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  • Writer's pictureSteve King

10 Essential Tips For Beginners!

1. Don’t plan for the test, plan for life Focus on the importance of learning skills for life, not just learning skills to pass a test. You are learning safe driving skills which you will use forever, ask yourself if you would feel safe driving with a small child in the back. If the answer is yes, then you are ready for life post-­test.

2. Practise with the music on Practise driving with music on. The majority of learners won’t be listening to music during their driving lessons, but practising with the radio on can be a great way to prepare learners for going it alone on the road. 3. Don’t dwell on your mistakes It is important it is not to dwell on mistakes you make during your driving lessons and test. You can’t change them, and there’s no guarantee that your mistake has resulted in a fail. Concentrate on what they’re seeing ahead of them at that very moment instead of looking back at what’s already.

4. Think about footwear Your shoes might not be the first thing you think of when you start learning to drive, but wearing the wrong footwear while driving can not only make it harder, but it can also be dangerous. Learners should wear something with a flat but thin sole, because you want to be able to be able to feel the car respond to what you’re doing. 5. Know your routines You’re likely to hear lots of strange new terms while you’re learning to drive, important it is that you get to know what they all meanbut just as importnant to ask if you are not sure. The MSPSL routine, for example, is the Mirror, Signal, Position, Speed, Look routine which all drivers should go through every time they’re on the road. Learn your routines and make sure you’re using them every time you drive.

6. Get your gear changes right There’s nothing worse than a clunky gear change, so finding the correct palm position to wll help you loads. Face their palm towards the passenger when changing into 1st or 2nd gear, and towards themselves when changing into 3rd and 4th. Taking a moment to position your palm will achieve an un­rushed, smooth gear change which will always put you in the correct gear.

7. Think about how you learn best Have a think about how you learn best, and, if you are not sure thnk back to how you learn other skills. do you prefer an in-depth explanation? a demonstration? or do you just like 'having a go'? As every learner is different, it’s important that you know which learning style and teaching technique works best for you. Are you a practical learner or do you learn best through reading and listening?

8. Forget about the examiner Having a driving examiner next to you can understandably make you nervous, try pretending you’re just taking someone out for a drive. You’d want to give your passenger as smooth a ride as possible, just like you do with the examiner.

9. The learning doesn’t end once you’ve passed Keep in touch with your instructor even after you’ve passed your driving test. Having lessons for post­-test skills like motorway driving, night time driving and driving in snow can all be crucial for a lifetime of safe driving. 10. Break up your learning Learning to drive can be broken up into small pieces. You will never be able to pick it all up at once, but learning new skills every lesson will allow you to build up safe driving skills which you’ll use for the rest of your driving life.

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