Driving can be stressful at times, but if you are just beginning to learn how to drive, it can be downright nerve-wracking. You have to be aware of a variety of rules in driving, especially in the UK, and it can quickly become confusing and draining (as well as daunting).
But if other people have done it, so can you. If you are just learning to drive in the UK, here’s a list of top tips which can help make your driving experience less stressful and more manageable.
* Learn the basics first
Before you go for your first driving lesson, you can give yourself a bit of a head start by learning the basics of driving. Find someone who has the time and who is willing to show you their vehicle’s key components and parts.
When you are more familiar with a car and its parts before you start your first lesson, then you will automatically become more comfortable once you begin. Both you and your instructor will have an easier time, which makes it a more stress-free (and perhaps even enjoyable) experience as well.
* Know what transmission you want
Not everyone is comfortable with a manual transmission, although most of us are encouraged to learn with a manual transmission vehicle. But if you feel that this is not for you, then it’s your right to choose to learn with an automatic transmission. Of course, if you feel comfortable learning to drive in a manual vehicle, then by all means, do so.
The important thing is to know which transmission is best for you. Bear in mind, however, that if you learn to drive with an automatic car, you will not be allowed to drive a manual transmission car in the future since your license will only be for an automatic transmission vehicle.
* Take advantage of block booking when you can
Since there is no time frame or time limit for learning how to drive, you can take your driving lessons at your ease or whenever you really have the time for them. You are not required to have a minimum number of driving lessons before passing your driving test, either, and this is why many people tend to spread out their lessons over a few months.
But if you can, it may be a good idea to block book the driving lessons you have to around one to two lessons a week for a few weeks well in advance. When you do this, you should be able to remember more of what you took up in the previous lesson, and you don’t have to worry about your instructor’s availability either. There may even be instructors who can give you discounts when you block book.
* Do your research
It also pays to do research when it comes to the right driving school or instructor, as confirmed by the renowned Suja Driving School, which offers flexible driving lessons in Manchester. Don’t just settle for the first driving school you see – look around and ask for references, and you can establish a particular driving school’s reputation and the expertise of its instructors.
Once you find some prospective driving schools, ask them about their qualifications, prices, track record, and experience. It’s important to be happy with your driving instructor; after all, they are your best partner when it comes to acing that dreaded driving test.
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