Top Lessons for a Learner Driver
So you’ve started to learn to drive and are working nicely through the syllabus on your Driving lessons.
Any problems with your junction routines are a thing of the past, fruit stalls are now standing safe on market day and pedestrian crossings are no longer left looking like a scene from a Stephen King movie.
It might be time to move onto something else, so lets have a look what ideas we have for you.
Ideas for Top Lessons For a Learner Driver
In this article we have a look at some additional ideas you could look at on your lessons. These ideas have not only benefited our novice drivers in the past but also helped them to become safer on the road post test.
Sooner or later you may want to ask your instructor on the next 2 hour lesson to include some or all of these things.
1. Filling the Car up with Fuel
After passing your test your out on your own and nothing is going to wipe that cheesy grin off your face. ‘Bing’ the little orange petrol pump light comes on. Whilst touching cloth you think to yourself ‘wouldn’t it be good if I had practised this on a driving lesson.’
Refuelling your car can be a bit tricky at first, wheres the nearest petrol station? How can we use the sat nav to find it, how do we enter the petrol station safely and WHICH SIDE OF THE CAR IS THE FUEL CAP ON?
You may be like me, after 22 years of driving, frantically stretching the pipe over the roof and praying to god the nozzle will reach your tank. Yes my friend like me you are a dork.
OK (smug face) it reached, lets just pretend i was supposed to park this side now.
For dorks some cars have an arrow image on the refuelling light warning, pointing out which side to use for example.
Many garages are now ghost stations with no attendant. You have to pay at the pump. How does the pump work, how do you pay, how do know when it’s full and are you afraid of Ghosts?
Remember phones off on the forecourt too or kaboom
you will be a ghost!
2. Multi Storey Car Parks for Top Lessons for a Learner Driver
Shopping’s become a breeze as you mastered the bay park at ASDA. Getting your car in a bay without upsetting the hoard has become the status quo.
What about a multi storey car park and why not add this to one of your driving lessons.
How do you get in? Many multi storey car parks have a one way system. If you get this wrong it will be impenetrable to everything besides Bulldozers
and large Volvo estates.
Is it a ticket operated barrier to gain access and have you parked close enough to it. No we’re reaching again aren’t we? Ticket dork too.
If you thought hill starts were tricky, in a multi storey car park you may be required to do sharp turns whilst doing hill starts. This could be like patting your head and rubbing your stomach. In reality it probably isn’t anything like that at all but you get my drift.
Diving down a multi storey car park can be a bit of a shish kebab sandwich too. We recommend using engine braking and the brake together.
Why not perfect this by smashing your instructors car mirrors off before moving on to your own.
3. Drive thru’s
‘Its been a long day, I’m not cooking tonight!’ This is the excuse I use most days anyway. It’s beef burger time so how do you get through a drive thru in one piece?
Another tight gap challenge here and also quite often the car parks can be very small. Choker block with people rushing to clog up their arteries.
‘Thanks Have a Nice Day!
4. City Centre Driving
So your breezing through town now, arm out the window whilst loving life. But wait a minute have you really been thrown in at the deep end yet? A large city can be very daunting for the first time to a newly qualified driver. Get your arm back in and lets concentrate.
One way systems, gyratory roundabouts
and those pesky double decker busses pushing you around. This sounds like something you really want to tackle on your own for the first time right?
I remember my first time driving in London, it took me and my auntie 9 hours to get out. That was with a sat nav too! Don’t drive in London!
5. Night time driving
Another great addition to our top lessons for a learner driver is night time driving. A survey was conducted and 500 learner drivers were pounced on and asked to answer questions on driving at night. 58% of them said they wished they had done a lesson at night time. The other 42% were just miffed they were pounced on.
Night time driving can throw up some new questions.
Firstly – do you know how to operate the full beam headlights without burning out your fellow motorists retina
Secondly – whats the differences between the colours of the cats eyes (they don’t have retina’s by the way)?
Thirdly – how do you deal with driving when you are tired? Don’t worry I’m not going to mention retina again.
It’s not all doom and gloom. At night time the roads are usually quiet and road signs tend to be more visible. Most of our clients say they feel totally comfortable at night just after one session.
6. Rural roads and village driving
With all those sharp bends, damaged road surfaces, cyclists and slow moving farmers, rural roads can be more of a sticky bun than a piece of cake. With speeds of up to 60 mph and tractors coming at you left, right and Chelsea you could be forgiven for getting a little hot and bothered.
All jokes aside there is an alarming amount of fatal accidents happening to newly qualified drivers at night on rural roads. Why not get a bit of practise on your night lesson with your instructor.
Get out and Practise our Top Lessons For a Learner Driver
So to summarise here’s just a few ideas you could look at when out on your next driving lesson to spice things up a little. Road traffic conditions change constantly due to different times of day and in different environments.
We hope these top lessons to do as a learner driver help you on your journey and remember your not a DORK really.
If you have any of your own ideas it would be great to hear from you.
For any questions about anything you have read please find a friendly instructor here .