The ideal way to learn to drive

By Lewis on 6th June 2017 - View Comments

Today’s blog is all about the best way to learn to drive. This is how we at WrightStart personally believe is the right way to learn and obtain your licence.

If you follow these simple steps you will be well on your way in your driving career:

1. Discussion and observation with parents in early years

You can make an early start in your driving career by watching other people such as your parents or other relatives driving. Observing how they do things and talking to them will help to build basic knowledge and understanding prior to getting into the car for the first time.

2. Karting

Go-karting is not only really fun and physical but it is but it’s a great way to learn the basics of steering, acceleration and braking. They build on basic handling techniques that you can use and transfer into driving a full-size car.

3. Pre-17

WrightStart offers Pre-17 driver training, this is aimed at helping young drivers gain valuable skills and abilities prior to being 17. This helps the driver have more confidence but also better road awareness so that when they are 17 and begin to learn to drive they are safe and develop their skills more quickly.

4. Theory study

A lot of young drivers see the theory test as a means to an end and don’t fully appreciate or realise why it is an important part of the learn to drive process. Practising your theory questions and also hazard perception clips is vital to ensure you understand the road and also the Highway Code, at WrightStart you get theory training for free.

5. First driving lesson

Your first driving lesson with an instructor will set the tone for future lessons. It is essential that an instructor shows you the basics and discusses things in detail so that further down the line you understand how the car works mechanically and how the road operates.

6. Parental practice

Private practice is excellent way of enhancing and developing the skills you have learnt in your driving lessons with your approved driving instructor. When undertaken properly, private practice will help you improve all of the techniques and skills discussed in a lesson, in turn helping you to save a little time and money.

7. Theory test

Only take your theory test when you are ready but don’t put it off, you can’t book a practical driving test until this is passed. Ideally you want to be learning the theory content alongside the practical lessons. Ensure you know the pass requirements and don’t forget to take your documents with you.

8. Regular lessons and continued parental practice

Continuing regular driving lessons whilst also undertaking private practice is the best way to ensure skills and abilities are developed and maintained on the build up to the driving test.

9. Practical test

Before taking your practical test you must fully understand what the test involves, the requirements of the vehicle you are taking (especially if it isn’t your instructors) and how the test will be marked. Make sure you prepare fully for the test and don’t take it if your aren’t ready, WrightStart pupils have an excellent online revision tool for this making it easier. For further information check out the .gov site here.

10. Post test motorway

Motorway driving is a key part of driving, they connect major cities and provide key arterial roots between them enabling you to reduce time on your journey. At WrightStart we always give a free motorway session to a pupil after their test, yet another way we are Derbys unique driving school.

11. Skid pan and off-road training

Knowing how to handle a car in bad conditions is essential to ensure you stay keep your car in one piece, the only problem is it’s only discussed in theory as part of the learn to drive process. Skid pan training and other forms of off-road driving are excellent ways to improve your car handling skills and your abilities to stay safe on the road.


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