If you want to pass your driving test as quickly and cheaply as possible, then you need to get properly prepared for your first driving lesson. Nobody wants to book lessons only to realise that they’ve forgotten to apply for a provisional licence or that their college schedule clashes with their instructor’s free slots.
Before you begin your lessons, make sure you’ve done the following:
Get your provisional licence before your first driving lesson
You can apply for your provisional licence three months before your 17th birthday or as soon as you turn 16 if you’re disabled and in receipt of mobility allowance.
The quickest and easiest way to apply for your provisional licence is to apply online.
Get some practice in
If you’ve never driven before, a lap or two around an empty car park will do wonders for your confidence. If you’re properly insured and have got a set of L-plates, there’s no reason why you can’t practise with a properly-qualified driver before your first official driving lesson.
Get a good night’s sleep before your first driving lesson and wake up at least an hour before the lesson begins. You’ll find it far easier to concentrate if you’re well rested.
For obvious reasons, you should’t hit the bottle the night before your lessons. Keep a clear head and you’ll learn a lot more.
Don’t let your nerves put you off having breakfast, the last thing you need is a grumbling stomach distracting you on your first driving lesson.
You don’t need to dress up for your first driving lesson. Wear something comfortable and make sure you pick sensible shoes; no high heels, flip flops or platforms.
If you’re really not sure what to wear, we’ve written an article to help you out.