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Learning to drive should be Fun and Stress free, but Ultimately your driving lessons should be Structured, in a way to Ensure your Timely Success and Full Value for Money. Everyone wants to Pass their Driving Test at the First Attempt, and I am Sure you are No Exception. So we have put together a Simple 8 step plan to give you the best chance of Success.
Our 8 Steps to Success
1) Learn Faster with Regular Driving Lessons
You Should Take, Regular Weekly Driving Lessons. If Possible Take 2 Lessons a week, You Will Learn Much Faster, & Remember More of what you did on the last lesson.
You Might think you Can’t Afford more than One Lesson a Week. If you Only have One lesson a week it will take you longer to Pass Your Test, because you will find it harder to remember what you did last week. Therefore it will Cost You More !!
2) Preparation makes Lessons Easier
You’re Paying for your Driving instructor’s time, Why wouldn’t you make the best of it ?
Being in the Right Frame of Mind, and Being Awake, will Give you the Best chance of remembering what you did on your last lesson and how you did it.
You need to Spend Some Time in between lessons to Reflect on What Went Well, and What Didn’t go So Well. Plan What to do to Fix anything you had problems with. You Should Make Notes to help you Remember and read though them before your lesson. If you are Not Fully Prepared to learn, you will be Wasting Your Time & Money.
3) Lessons begin with Recap of Previous Lesson
This is Your chance to Discuss what went well, and what problems you had last Lesson.
This is Very important Step, it will help you and your Driving instructor decide what to work on this lesson.
Do you need to spend more time on what you did last lesson, or do you want to work on something different ?
You can then Agree between You, What You want to Achieve on this lesson.
4) You help Set the Lesson Goal
Possibly the Most important Element to Your Progress of your lesson. You should be part of the decision of what you want to achieve from the lesson. Once you have decided what you want to achieve, you need to decide how much help you want, and how much responsibility you are taking for the potential risks involved.
Trust Me on this, Without knowing who is in control could affect your confidence, and slow down your learning.
It is vital, that every lesson has a objective, so you know what you’re trying to achieve.
5) Structured Lessons Encourage Skill Development
You will be helped to take Responsibility for the control of the Car and Potential Risks involved, by following a structured path. Responsibility will be handed over to you when you are happy to take it. Your lessons should start off Very Easy at the beginning, and increase in complexity as you feel more confident in what you are doing.
You will be encouraged to develop, with relevant questions to check your understanding. This is a Very important procedure, as full Responsibility is Gradually Transferred over to you, when you are ready.
6) Lesson Summary Feedback
Your instructor should spend at least five minutes at the end of each lesson to sum up what you have done.
He should give positive feed back on all points, and discuss with you to encourage you to find solutions to any problems that happened during the lesson.
So you remember the Main Points, What you Discuss at the end of the lesson, is Probably What you will Remember from that lesson.
7) Self Evaluation to Develop skills
Be Honest with Yourself, if You are still Making Mistakes on your driving lessons, it’s Quite likely that you Will Make even More mistakes on the day of your test, because you may be Nervous.
You Should Not even Consider Booking a Driving Test, Unless you are driving Consistently, with Only a Few Minor Faults, and you Feel 100% Safe, and Confident when driving.
Too Many Test Candidates Fail their Driving Test, because they are not Confident, and driving Consistently.
8) Follow Your instructor’s Advice
Driving instructors are Highly Trained and Experienced in Assessing when you are Ready for your Test.
So you Need to Trust your instructor’s Advice, Trust What you have Learned, Believe in your Ability, and Make your First Test the Only Test you have to Take