Taking the first steps in learning to drive can feel exciting but for some it can be overwhelming, no matter what your age is.
This page aims to help you on your journey to independence and freedom by showing you the first steps in this process.
Learning to drive is a life skill, one that some find very easy and others a real challenge, either way you'll be glad to know that with our friendly, professional, patient and understanding trainers you're in the right hands.
According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) the average learner in the UK takes 47-50 hours of lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and around a further 20 hours of private practice before passing the practical driving test.
All of our training is delivered on a one-to-one basis, we use a structured client centred approach to your training in three manageable stages: Learn, Develop and Master
GETTING STARTED ON THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE & FREEDOM
DRIVING EYESIGHT RULES
Poor vision is estimated to cause 2,900 road casualties every year.
You must wear glasses or contact lenses every time you drive if you need them to meet the ‘standards of vision for driving’.You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1st September 2001 from 20 metres.
APPLY FOR YOU LICENCE
Apply for your provisional driving licence early.
Did you know that you can apply for your provisional driving licence up to three months before you turn 17? Also if you're disabled and receiving mobility allowance you can apply as soon as you're 16. Then once you're 17, you can legally drive a car on public roads in the UK.
You've checked your eyesight and got your provisional licence, or maybe you're coming to us from another instructor, so what's next?
It's simply a matter of giving us a Call: 0800 009 6622,
We then arrange a mutually convenient time and day for you to meet your trainer and have your first lesson
to start your driver training.
Automatic or Manual?
Deciding which type of training vehicle to choose is sometimes a hard decision,
We've put together some information to help you decide!
So what to expect on your first lesson
Your friendly trainer will first introduce themselves, putting you at ease.
Driving 2ition aims to get you driving on your first lesson, putting safety first.
Things to bring to your first lesson.
Eye correction if required
Provisional Driving Licence
National Insurance Number (for online licence check)
Comfortable clothing and suitable footwear
Eyesight test and checking provisional licence:
Your trainer will ask you to do a roadside eyesight test, You'll be asked to read a number plate which will be approximately 20.5 metres away (5 car lengths), be sure to wear any eye correction (glasses or contacts) as failing this test will not allow you to drive.
Once your eyesight has been checked, your instructor will then need to look at your provisional licence and perform an online check, and take down some further details including your driving licence number.
Getting to know you.
Your trainer will want to know a little about you and any experience you've had with driving, whether you've only been a passenger, been riding a moped, racing go karts at the weekend or any practice you have had with family or friends. Finding out what knowledge or experience you have will help your trainer tailor your driver training.
The drive to the training area.
Depending on where you live or where you have been picked up from, your trainer may choose to drive you somewhere quieter and safer, this may take 5- 10 minutes. It is important to find somewhere that isn't busy giving you the best opportunity to practise the new skills you'll be learning.
On the way to the training area your trainer will offer to demonstrate or run a commentary drive, for example which mirrors to use, how to change gear, how to turn the steering wheel etc.
Getting in the driving seat.
Once your trainer has found somewhere suitable, it is time to swap seats...
Depending on your knowledge you will be learning about:
The cockpit drill (setting the car up to drive and safety checks)
Hand and foot controls
What you need to do and check before safely moving off
Learning to stop safely
How to secure the car when parked
Don't worry you're not alone as your trainer is there to give you a brief and help, guide and encourage you. In addition, with the added benefit of dual controls they are able to keep you safe and help you every step of the way.
Time to reflect
Towards the end of your lesson depending on where you are being dropped off your trainer may drive you back to be sure your lesson finishes on time, this time can be used to ask your trainer any questions or ask them to demonstrate a skill.
Once you've arrived at your drop off location, it is time to reflect on your lesson and your performance, working out areas for development for your next lesson and filling out your reflective log in our App.
Before you leave the car your trainer will book you in for your next lesson and answer any questions you may have.
(noun. a smile that lasts for a long time)
Now smile, you're en route to independence and freedom with your first lesson completed and on the road to being a safe driver for life.