What to expect on your first driving lesson
Last updated: 21/02/2022 | Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes
Whether you’re super excited or a little nervous, your first driving lesson is a huge step! Let’s take a look at how you can stay calm in your first driving lesson, and prepare you for what to expect for your first time behind the wheel.
A little preparation goes a long way! In advance of the big day, make sure you do the following to get the most out of your first lesson:
Every driver’s first lesson works in the same way, with the learner going over the cockpit check and car controls. After this, you’ll get a little taste of life on the road.
Once you’re in the driving seat, the first thing your instructor will go over with you is a cockpit check. These are the first checks to ensure you’re in the right position to start driving and entails:
You’ll then move onto some simple car controls, the basic mechanics of driving. You’ll be introduced to the clutch, break, accelerator, handbrake and be shown how to use the gearbox. You’ll also be shown where the indicators are.
Next, you’ll hit the road! Your instructor will ask you to practise what you’ve learnt with your cockpit checks and car controls, and off you go. It involves starting the car, signalling you intend to move and stopping the vehicle after a little drive. You may even learn some parking and manoeuvres while you’re at it!
Everyone learns at different paces, so don’t be disheartened if you have a rocky start. Instructors know learner drivers may be nervous, which is natural. And for peace of mind, your instructor has dual control of the car, so you’re in safe hands!
Your first driving lesson is a huge experience and your brain may be in overdrive trying to remember an abundance of new information. So we’ve put together a few tips to help you have the best possible experience:
If there’s someone out there who didn’t make a mistake on their first driving lesson then we’re a monkey’s uncle. Driving takes commitment and practice, and as the old adage goes, you learn from your mistakes.
Errors like stalling or a juddery gear change are not just common but expected, and even if something more significant happens, remember your instructor has control of the vehicle too.
If you’re taking a driving lesson with a qualified instructor, then you don’t need to take out car insurance – your instructor’s vehicle is insured for you. But once your first lesson is over, you may be keen to get some extra practice in. If you’ve got your own vehicle, or plan to practice in your parent’s car, then you’ll need insurance, for which you’ll need specialist learner driver insurance.
After all those lessons and once you’ve passed your test, you’ll need to change insurance policies to reflect that you hold a full driving licence. Searching for a suitable deal can feel like a minefield, so check out our comprehensive guide on how you can reduce your premium as a young driver.