Driving Lesson Essentials – Before You Start

What you need to know before you start your driving lessons

Getting ready to start your driving lessons can be an exciting and nervous time, and the team at freeway driving school in Manchester can help you learn and pass your test. But before you even get into a car, there are few things you need to do and get. We’ve put together a list of the essential things you need to know before you begin learning to drive, to help you get ready for your first driving lesson.

1. Have your Eyesight Tested

The first thing you should do, before you even apply for a license, is to get your eyesight tested. There are legal requirements your eyes should meet, either unaided or with glasses and contact lenses, before you can pass your driving test. The very first thing you’re driving examiner will do on test day is check your eye sight and if you fail this, then you cannot take the test. All opticians will be able to test your eyesight and make recommendations for driving. You may not think you need glasses as your vision is ok, but a lot of people find that they actually do need glasses even if it is just for driving. The minimum sight requirement for students to pass the test is that old-style number plates (those produced before 2001) can be read from a distance of 20.5 meters (67 feet) and that new-style number plates (made after 2001) from a distance of 20 meters (66 feet).

2. You must have a Provisional Driving License

Before you can learn to drive, you must have a provisional driving license. This license allows you to learn to drive, supervised by an experienced driver, in a marked learner vehicle on most roads (not on motorways) Your driving instructor will ask you for your provisional license before you begin your first lesson and you will need both your card and paper copy. The current age limit for driving in the UK is 17, but you can apply for a provisional license up to 3 months before your 17th birthday. To get your provisional license you can apply online on the gov.uk website or pick up a paper application for your local post office. You will need to complete the form and send it away along with passport standard photographs.

3. Have a copy of the Highway Code, and read it.

You can begin you driving lessons without having passed your driving theory test, but we always advise new drivers to take some time to read through their highway code. The code will not only give you information on road signage and driving laws but also advice on what to expect and how you should behave on the road. The driving theory test that you will have to pass to be able to take the practical test is based on the highway code, so having a good understanding of it will not only ensure you have a better driving experience, it will make passing the theory test easier.

4. What’s on your feet?

From our decades of experience in teaching new drivers, we have seen a huge array of footwear, and lots of it is most certainly not appropriate. We always recommend flat and comfortable shoes to drive in, something that will allow freedom of movement and something that allows you to feel the pedals. Stiletto heels and flip flops are certainly out, and trying to drive in boots with big, thick soles will definitely impede your ability to drive properly, especially when learning.

5. The obvious – no alcohol please

We don’t expect you to turn up for your lesson drunk, though it has happened before, but it’s always good to remember that drugs and alcohol can stay in your system for up to 24 hours, which means if you regularly like to party on Friday nights, it’s probably best not to book your lessons for early on a Saturday morning.

If you’re thinking about learning to drive and need driving lessons in Manchester or the Greater Manchester area, please feel free to contact Freeway Driving School, we’ll be happy to help.