When you hit 17, the very first thing most of us want to do is book some driving lessons and pass your test as soon as possible. Before you do that, here’s some essential tips before booking an instructor and hitting the road for the first time:
It is a legal requirement that you must have a provisional driving license from the DVLA before you can start learning. It is important to note that you can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old, but cannot start driving a car until you’re 17.
You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Research your instructor
We are fortunate to have social media as a powerful tool to give us valuable insights into local driving instructors. Most instructors nowadays will have a Facebook or Instagram business pages with relevant reviews, however it is important to fully read their track record, whether this be on social media, their website or relevant review websites.
Get some tips from family or friends before your first lesson
If you have a family member or friend that drives, ask them to demonstrate the basics to you, so that you have a head start in your first lesson. This could be anything such as gear shifting and clutch explanations to boost your confidence.
Feel comfortable with your instructor
We hear of so many stories where students simply don’t get along with their instructor, and this has severely hindered their lessons and overall progression. It is very important you feel you can ask questions to your instructor and both have strong communication with each other. If not, you could be wasting a lot of time and money on additional lessons down the line where it may not be needed.
Before every lesson…
Make sure you leave enough time before your lessons to relax and eat / drink. Jumping out of bed 5 minutes before your lesson can damage your concentration and may even cause an accident. Schedule your lessons at the right time!
Additional driving practice with family or friends
Extra lessons from your family or friends can give you a huge advantage and allows you to practice things you’ve learnt in your lessons without having to pay more. Your supervisor has to at least 21 years old, and holds a full driving licence held for the type of vehicle they are supervising in for at least 3 years. More information on this can be found here
Consider passing your theory test in advance!
You can take your theory test as soon as you have your provisional license. Passing this whilst in the early stages of your learning will give you better knowledge of the road and the overall driving environment. Make sure any theory test material you purchase to learn from is up to date and DVSA approved!
Learner Driver Insurance
At MyFirstUK, our brand-new hybrid policy gives you a price on a provisional licence and then does not charge you a penny more when you pass your test! What often happens in young driver insurance is that you will have to pay separately for your learner insurance cover and then your newly passed cover. We don’t believe paying twice is fair, and so what we have developed is a solution that’s a real money saving alternative. Click here to find out more.