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A driving instructor will teach pupils to drive safely and during the driving lessons will prepare them for their driving test.
Driving lessons are normally for a minimum of 1 hour but the pupil can decide to take 1½, 2 hour driving lessons etc. if it suits their needs and wish to get to driving test standard quicker.
The first driving lesson will be to introduce the pupil to the controls and the basics of driving, but the rest of the driving lessons are usually held on the road with the learner driving the car and carrying out manoeuvres. Before the lesson, the instructor will plan the lesson and a route relative to the pupils experience. During the driving lesson, they monitor the learner, the road and other vehicles very carefully. The car will have dual controls so that the driving instructor can stop if necessary.
Subjects covered will include:
- Controls of the car.
- Moving off & stopping safely.
- Angled / uphill / downhill start.
- Turning left & right from major to minor roads.
- Emerging at T Junctions.
- Pedestrian crossings.
- Meet, cross & overtake other traffic.
- Turn in the road.
- Left hand reverse.
- Reverse park.
- Emergency stop.
- Show Me / Tell Me.
The subjects will not necessarily be covered in that exact order as
much will depend on the local area, the instructors style and the pupils
needs. Also, the lesson plan could change during the lesson if,
say, the pupil is experiencing difficulty in a particular area then the
lesson may be diverted to concentrate on that.
Additionally, driving skills such as clutch control, steering, use of mirrors, road positioning, speed and anticipation will be taught and assessed.
You will also be given tuition and practice on town driving, rural driving & dual carriageway driving.
Knowledge of the Highway Code will also be taught and tested during the driving lessons. When the pupil is ready for the test, they apply for a driving test date.