Driving is one of the essentials that one cannot imagine living without and though it is quite easy to say that driving a car is the easiest and simplest thing that everyone can do it requires lots of effort, patience, and self-control. If you are planning to learn driving but a little confused about the procedure, then read on.
The first and foremost step is the age limit. You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old. You can start driving a car when you’re 17. You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
How much does it usually cost for driving lessons?
The average learner needs 20 hours of practice to pass the driving test, in addition to 45 hours of driving lessons. Once you've started learning, ask your instructor for advice about when you are ready to start practising between lessons. The cost of driving lessons varies depending on the instructor. The average price tag for 45 lessons, which is, typically, the number of lessons needed to pass, will set you back around £1,314. Individual lessons can cost around £29.20 per hour.
How do I get started?
Before learning the driving, get your eyesight checked first because, if your vision is not perfect you might feel difficulty in driving or if you wear glasses it will also affect your license. So, get your eyesight checked and then proceed further.
It is very important to report any health condition you may have before applying for your provisional license.
Before getting your hands on the wheel get familiar with your car, learn about its brakes, gears, and clutch, to avoid any problem while driving. The position of your car’s seat also matters a lot, as it will help you to sit more comfortably and relaxed during driving.
If you are a beginner, then you need to have a sound knowledge about the foot pedals. These foot pedals vary in manual and auto cars and have different purposes – brakes are used to slow down the car, the accelerator is used to increase the speed of the car and in manual cars, the clutch allows you to change gear.
While driving, your side and front mirrors play a huge role as they make you aware of the cars behind you and other sides, so do not forget to adjust the position of your mirrors to have a clear view. It is an idea to put the interior mirror slightly out of alignment so that you instructor can see that you deliberately use the mirror.
Though there is not a specific way to hold the steering wheel as everyone has their style but the grip on the wheel should be strong. It is generally ten to two!
Reasonably quickly, you will learn when to use indicators, how to pull away, use the clutch, brakes and accelerator. You will also develop hill start skills and use of the handbrake.
Can I learn to drive online?
Learning to drive online can help a learner driver’s ability for passing the driving test. You will start with the basics obviously and these will be the building blocks of your first physical lesson.
Most people will tell you that their biggest fear was the moving off. Fortunately, with video tutorials you can watch over and over again until you almost feel the action.
During the test, when moving off, the candidate will be required to demonstrate that they can efficiently drive on with the car under full control, as well as demonstrate a good understanding of when it’s safe to do so. To help with this, there is the Prepare, Observe, Move routine (POM).
Prepare refers to the candidate preparing the car to move so that a controlled and efficient take off can be made as soon as the road is clear.
Observe refers to the 360-degree observation that the candidate should make so that no area around the car is ignored, allowing for a safe and efficient procedure.
Move refers to the action of pulling away, making progress and adopting a normal road position.
As you can see, surprisingly, you can learn a lot by watching video guides. This along with studying the Highway Code thoroughly will enable and prepare you tremendously for the real thing.