It can be one of the most defining moments of your life, the day you gain true independence. We are, of course, talking about the day you pass your driving test.
The day you get that certificate in your hand is the culmination of many months of hard work and studying. But once it’s in your hand, all that hard work and the countless times you stalled are worth it. Apparently we’ve got it easy in the UK, compared to driving tests in other countries ours is one of the easiest, you probably didn’t think that while you were doing it.
But for many of you reading this, you might not have got to that stage yet. You may just be setting out on your journey to motoring freedom.
We spoke to driving instructor and owner of Gear Driving, Alex Spy, to get the low-down on exactly what the best tips are for learner drivers.
So if you’re a motorist-in-the-making this article will be right up your street, as we compile the top 7 tips for all you budding drivers.
Begin the learning experience with a professional instructor with an ADI qualification.
Seek recommendations from friends/family for the name of an instructor.
When in the early learning stages, avoid 'lessons' from friends/family. When competent only then consider practise with a willing and qualifying licence holder. Whoever is supervising must be over the age of 21 and have held their licence for at least three years.
Be patient with your learning process. This is a skill to last a lifetime and the competencies won't be achieved on the fewest number of lessons.
Approach your lessons with a positive attitude.
Never allow a lesson to end leaving you confused. Always ask your instructor questions.
If considering learning to drive make sure you want to learn. Avoid beginning to learn being sent.
These are only a few tips of many. If you’d like to share any we’ve missed out, feel free to leave them in the comments section below – we’d love to hear your tips too.
At Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental you can manage the cost of learning to drive by hiring a dual control car from only £9 per hour. As well as having dual controls, the cars come with high visibility graphics to ensure you are safe and clearly seen on the road, as well as ‘L’ plates on the front and rear of the car.