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Pick out a practical outfit. Try to wear something comfortable that you can move around in and avoid any restrictive clothing and footwear. High heels and flip flops, in particular, aren’t ideal when driving.
Remember your provisional licence – your instructor will check that you have it. You can’t legally be behind the wheel without one so it’s an absolute must for your first driving lesson. You might also be asked for your check code, so your instructor can check your online licence counterpart.
Make sure you’re physically fit to drive. Avoid drinking the night before and remember to bring your glasses or contact lenses if you need them.
Will I drive straight away?
Don’t worry – you won’t get in the driving seat straight away. First, your instructor will drive you to a quiet road where you’ll learn all the fundamentals of the car controls. This includes the gears, the pedals, and what’s known as the cockpit drill.
What’s a cockpit drill?
This is an exercise that all drivers should carry out when they get in the car, and it’s usually one of the first things you’re taught. The cockpit drill (often known as the DSSSM routine) consists of checking your doors, seat, steering, seatbelt and mirrors:
What if I make a mistake?
It’s normal to be nervous when you’re learning to drive – and you’re not expected to master everything straight away. Driving is something you get better at with time and practice. Even drivers who’ve been on the road for years are still improving. So don’t worry about making a mistake – your instructor’s seen it all before.
In the (unlikely) case of something going wrong, rest assured that your instructor can control the car. All professional driving schools use dual controlled cars, which means your instructor can step in if you need some help.