Are you taking driving lessons in Bristol or the surrounding areas?
We understand that driving lessons are not cheap but they are after all a life skill.
Life skill definition – Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable humans to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life. This concept is also termed as psychosocial competency.
If you are looking for driving lesson tips then you have stumbled on a great webpage.
Driving lesson timings
We suggest you follow these simple steps to ensure you can feel alert and ready for your driving lessons. Book your driving lessons at a time that suits you, when do you feel at your most alert? Do you work best in the morning, or do you spend morning times battling with the alarm clock and a strong espresso? Pick a time which suits you and fits around your daily schedule. Most driving instructors work long hours including some evenings and weekends. So unless there a super busy you can usually find a time that suits.
Choosing the right driving instructor
Over the coming months you’ll be spending a lot of time with your new driving instructor. So do make sure that you get an instructor who meets your learning needs. Do you have a learning difficulty? If so maybe hunt out a driving instructor who has qualifications in teach people with learning difficulties. Lots of driving instructors go on special courses which help them deal with certain learning difficulties. We know from experience that being calm and in a happy environment helps you learn and retain information. Don’t be afraid to change driving instructors if you don’t feel that they provide the right environment. A good driving instructor should be experienced and qualified, as well as someone you feel comfortable and possibly can have a laugh with.
Practice your theory test now!
What? Theory test I hear you say…..but I haven’t even sat in the drivers seat yet!! Preparing for your theory test from day one will help you perform better and you will get more from your driving lessons. You should familiarising yourself with the basic road signs and the Highway Code early on meaning you will feel more confident during your driving lessons. Another great book we recommend would be driving the essential skills, everyone should read this from time to time as rules and regulations do change.
Have realistic goals
Rome wasn’t built in a day! We all can appreciate that learning to drive takes a long time. No one’s going to be able to pick it all up at once even the Lewis Hamilton’s of this world took a while to learn. Break your learning up into smaller, bite-size chunks. Instead of trying to do it all, focus on learning new skills in every driving lesson, and you’ll soon build up your learning in a safe and solid way that’ll serve you for the rest of your driving life. We believe in good solid foundations of the basics. A good driving instructor will have a plan of action for each lesson. Why don’t you ask them what the plan is and work together to reach that goal.
Learn to drive, not pass the test.
Every learner driver is focused on, or stressing about, their driving test. Just remember that your driving lessons are much more than passing first time. They’re about giving you the vital life skills you need to drive safely for the rest of your life. Do you have a family? Do you have young children? Would you be happy to carry them around if you didn’t really know what you were doing? If the answer to that question is yes then you know you are near to test standard.
We all get nervous in test situations. Nerves and anxiety have been the cause of many failed driving tests in the past and plenty of stressful driving lessons too. There are lots of relaxation techniques you can use, during lessons and in-between driving lessons, to reduce your anxiety levels and help you perform better behind the wheel:
• Get enough sleep
• Stay hydrated
• Practise deep breathing exercises
- Have a bite to eat before your driving lesson.
- Perhaps meditate before your driving lessons.
Take time out from work, your studies, or cramming for your theory test regularly – and spend some time doing something you love – rewarding yourself and giving your brain and body a break can really help. Go for a run or some sporting activity will help you forget about your stress and troubles.
Studies have shown that people learn more effectively when they’re happy. If you try to stay positive about your driving lessons this can really help. Try to focus in on the positives rather than the negatives.
• Think about all the aspects of driving that you really love – from the feel of driving on an open road, to the excitement you felt when you completed your first successful manoeuvre
• Don’t beat yourself up over your mistakes – everyone makes them. This is a learning process, and mistakes give you the opportunity to learn and improve.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this and we hope that it has helped you in some way.