Ok so you decided you want to learn to drive, learning to drive gives you an opportunity to learn a completely new skill, a skill that will open up a whole new world of independence for you and change your life completely . It is important that before you apply for your practical driving test you are not only fully ready to pass the test but also are well prepared for a lifetime of safe and responsible driving. You need to be able to drive without any help or prompting consistently as well as know and understand all the road markings and traffic signs therefore you will need to gain all necessary skills to pass the test. So we, one of the premiere driving schools in East London who have extensive knowledge and have been providing quality driving lessons in East London for years have prepared a guide for you, to give you some ideas about things to come when you start your journey towards a full UK licence holder.
To begin the first thing you will need to do is to make an application for a provisional licence, you must meet the requirements to be approved for a provisional licence. The minimum age for driving is 17 Normally for car drivers, the earliest date your provisional licence can become valid is your 17th birthday. You can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday however, you will still have to wait until your birthday before you can take your theory test. Driving licences are issued by Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and you can pick up an application form (D1) from any post office.
First things first!
First thing first, you will need to pass the theory test although you can do this while your taking driving tuitions but we will always advise to do the theory before you start booking a driving instructor as the theory test will give you huge amount of knowledge regarding driving and this knowledge will help you during your driving lessons and may also reduce the number of lessons you may need to complete your training. The theory test in two parts first part is the multiple choice questions, the multiple choice questions are selection of questions that will appear in the computer screen with a choice of few answers,you will need to select the correct answers.To study for this part of the test you will need to purchase the highway code and DSA official essential skills books, there are also many DVDs and computer software that are also available. The second part is the hazard perception test which is a series of video clips that will be shown on the screen with a developing hazard that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction and you will press the mouse button as early as you spot the hazard to show your response.
The driving school
Choosing the correct driving school or instructor can make the difference between learning in fewer lessons to complete the training and receive high quality tuition or taking large numbers of lessons with incomplete DSA syllabus knowledge. Find a driving school who has a good reputation, you can always ask your friends and relatives who may have recently completed driver training for recommendations making sure the instructor is reliable, experienced and has the patience to deal with nervous pupils.
Once you're in the driving seat
Ok once you are in the driving seat here are some of the things you will see, The instrument panel, foot controls, hand controls and last but not least mirrors. Ok what are the foot controls? they are three pedals that you control with your feet known as the accelerator,foot brake and clutch. The accelerator and footrace is operated by your right foot while the clutch is operated by your left foot only. Hand controls - The parking break, gear stick, steering wheel and the indicators are all operated with your hands, there are also many other hand controls such as the horn, windscreen wipers, demister controls, headlights.
It is very important to balance the use of accelerator and clutch so you can move off or pull away smoothly and once you have moved off accelerate gradually to gain speed. Use the ball of your feet and press the accelerator gently, do not press harshly as you will make the car accelerate fiercely, the must not be used sharply. Always remember to release the parking break (hand break) before you move away and choose the correct gear for the speed your car is traveling at or any hazards or junctions you come across. Keep both of your hands on the steering wheel at all times unless you need to change gears or indicate and make sure you are holding the wheel in the correct position.
A s a driver it is very important that you check your blind spots before you move your vehicle, a blind spot is the area that is not covered by mirrors or cannot be seen when looking ahead. The main blind spots is the area between what you see when you look forward and what you see in the exterior mirrors, other blind spots include area obscured by the vehicle bodywork such as windscreen pillar. You can buy auxiliary blind spot mirrors but although they help reduce blind spots it is very important to remember they do not completely eliminate therefore only way to check is by looking over your left shoulder for the main left blind spot and over the right shoulder for the right. Looking right round to check blind spots while your car is moving can be very dangerous especially if your car is in high speed as your eyes should on the road ahead at all times, there may be occasions where you may need to check them while moving like when changing lanes or before joining a dual carriageway from a slip road then it must be in quick glances.