Things You Need To Know Before Your First Driving Lesson

Whether you’re a college student or more mature learner, getting behind the wheel for the first time can be intimidating. However, it’s also one of the most exciting milestones in someone’s life.

Here’s just a few things to know before booking your first driving lesson in Leeds:

Firstly, there’s the admin involved. Before having any lessons, you must have a provisional driving licence. You can do this online through the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) website. Alternatively, you can do it by obtaining a D1 application form from a post office.

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You also need to meet the minimum requirements when it comes to eyesight. In particular, you need to be able to read a standard number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres (67 feet) using glasses or contact lenses if necessary.

It’s also crucial to consider your budget.

Learning to drive can be expensive: you have to consider not only the lessons, but the theory and practical tests, the potential cost of insurance, and ongoing maintenance if you invest in a vehicle.

Practising outside lessons is a great way to speed up the learning process. Alternatively, you must want to book intensive driving lessons, which means having more lessons in a short period of time. We provide a wide range of courses to suit your needs.

When you start driving on public roads as a learner, you must display red L-plates (Learner plates) on the front and rear of your vehicle. The person you practise with must have been qualified and have at least five years of driving experience.

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Along with having driving lessons, you need to take a theory test before you can take your practical examination.

This consists of multiple choice questions and a hazard perception test. Our driving school in Leeds is always happy to recommend materials and practice tests to help you prepare beforehand. This will help you get a good understanding of the rules of the road. Before taking your test, it’s a good idea to study the Highway Code to understand the basics, along with using a theory test book.

Familiarising yourself with the car’s controls, including the pedals, gears, indicators (if learning in a manual vehicle), lights and mirrors helps before your first driving lesson.

Finding the right driving instructor is key, so how do you find them?

Look for instructors who are registered with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Skyline Driving School is a leading choice for driving instructors in Leeds and Bradford. Our top graded DVSA approved instructors teach students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Along with being DVSA qualified, a driving instructor must have the right qualities, including being patient, understanding and flexible. Our instructors in Leeds can support even the most nervous learners and make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

It’s important to remember that driving is a skill that takes time and practice.

You don’t want to rush the process, but instead focus on becoming a safe and confident driver.

Driving is not just about passing the tests but also about being a responsible and considerate driver on the road. Above all, you must prioritise safety and follow the rules and guidelines provided by your instructor and the DVSA.

If you’re looking to book your first driving lesson in Leeds or Bradford, simply contact us for more information.

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