You have finally decided to learn how to drive, and a helpful instructor has already been found to match your needs. And yet, you cannot shake off that feeling of uneasiness and fear that you might crash or wreck the car. Well, to begin with, nowadays, chances are that you will probably be driving in a vehicle with dual controls – that is, the passenger seat also has driver controls – which means the chances of you wrecking the car are close to nil. Next, feeling uneasy is perfectly normal: you are about to do something you have not done before, and like every other thing you have done until now, you will probably be fine. If you still cannot calm down, here are some tips on what you should and should not do:
- Pick comfortable clothing – to start with, you do not want to go to your first lessons in tight clothing and dress shoes. These inhibit your ability to move freely. There is no need to appear professionally dressed for lessons (of course, being dressed slovenly is not ideal, but there is no dress code); you simply want to be comfortably dressed. Go for pants that are loose and shoes that allow you to feel the pedals and vibrations of the vehicle.
- Find a time when you can focus – if your weekends are packed with work, it might not be a good idea to add driving lessons Hoppers Crossing to the agenda as well. You should not be following whatever common perceptions of when sessions should be; instead, make sure to book your lessons for a time when you can be relaxed and focus on what is being taught to you. Whether that is early morning or late in the evening does not matter – it all depends on what works best for you.
- Ask all the questions you can think of – your driving instructor Carlton is with for the duration of the session. If you do not want to waste the money you invested in those few hours, then throw away your pride and ask every single question and point you do not understand. Do not try to act as if you understand or know anything when in fact you do not – this will only hurt you. Chances are that the instructor has heard of stupider questions, so make sure to not worry about looking like an idiot.
- Make mistakes – and of course, together with asking questions is being comfortable with making mistakes. As was stated above, you are a beginner and you are bound to make mistakes. This is perfectly normal. Furthermore, mistakes give you an opportunity to understand why something is a mistake – or why something does not work – which is why many instructors will make you experience errors on purpose so as to get you to know them.