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Is Learning To Drive As Difficult As People Say?

On Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

If you’re starting the process of learning to drive, you might have started to panic. Learning to do something and looking it up online is sort of like checking illness symptoms. If you check illness symptoms online you’ll find horror stories about the weird and wonderful ways you’re going to die. If you check up on learning to do something, you’ll find equally horrifying stories about how difficult it is. But is learning to drive really that difficult? We certainly don’t think so, but here are some tips to get you through the process and on the road faster than you’ll believe.

Learning to Drive

There Is A Learning Curve

Most people are surprised how difficult driving is when they first get in front of the wheel. They’ve seen lots of people do it before with no problem and think it’s going to be a piece of cake. But, you should think about when you learned to ride a bike. The first couple of times you almost certainly fell off. So, don’t be surprised if the first time you’re in the car you grind the gears a couple of times and stall it. It does happen! Also, don’t be shocked when you find out your best friend is having a whale of a time. Some people find it easier than others, that’s just how it goes.

You Won’t Be Driving First Lesson

When you start taking lessons, you won’t be thrown in at the deep end. A driving instructor isn’t immediately going to guide you to a motorway. In fact, if you live in the UK you won’t drive on the motorway until after you pass your test. But on the first lesson, you won’t even be driving the car. Unless you count moving roughly five metres down a road as driving. It’s a gradual process so don’t panic and you’ll pick it up in no time.

Don’t Drive Before Your Lessons

A lot of learner drivers think they can jump-start the process by driving before they have lessons. They get taught by a mum, a dad or an older sibling. You should avoid this at all costs. After you have passed your test, you will pick up bad driving habits, everyone has them. If you start your learning process with these habits already embedded in your mind, you’re going to drive your instructor crazy.

Passing Your Theory

After a few weeks driving you’ll hear those magical words from your instructor. Time to book driving theory test, he’ll say. At which point you may start to panic. But you shouldn’t because the driving theory test is one of the easiest exams you’ll take in your life. You stare at a computer screen clicking when you see hazards like a blind bend. It’s a nice warm-up for the grand event.

Passing Your Practical

After four to six months, driving you’ll be ready to take your practical. The key thing to remember is to try and stay calm. Contrary to popular belief an examiner will not try to trip you up. They will guide you and if you encounter a hazard it is up to you to deal with it. Brush up on your highway code, making sure you know all the signs. If you do this, we’re sure you will pass. But if not, don’t worry. You’ll get another shot, and everyone manages it eventually.

Then, you can look forward to having some fun out on the roads. Be careful of those blind bends, though.

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