Learning to drive is a rite of passage, regardless of whether you’re doing it as soon as you turn 17 or you’ve left it a bit later. Driving is an important life skill and will enable you to be more independent and flexible, as well as opening up more opportunities in terms of employment not just in driving jobs and jobs where driving is a compulsory requirement, but for jobs in locations not well served by public transport. If you are looking to learn to drive, it is always best to go to a professional driving school to learn, and make use of a driving instructors experience not just at driving, but at passing the test.
Tests of all kinds are intimidating and with a practical test such as a driving test you need to think on your feet and react the circumstances around you. There are also various ‘hoops’ to jump through such as manoeuvres and emergency stops. A professional driving instructor from one of the many Gillingham driving schools will be best placed to show you how to carry out these tasks and drive in a manner that is conducive to passing the test itself.

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When you take driving lessons, you shouldn’t expect to take 10 lessons, your test, and pass first time. Driving tests are more complex these days, and the road system is becoming more congested. It will take as long as it takes and your driving instructor will be the person best experienced to know when you are ready. It can be intimidating learning to drive, but here’s what to expect when taking driving lessons in Gillingham:

A slow start

Your driving instructor won’t just throw you onto a dual carriage way shouting instructions – in fact you shouldn’t expect to do too much on your first lesson. If you rush to get onto the road and have an accident or bad experience, it can put you off for life, so a good instructor will start you somewhere quiet.

To study

Like it or not, and probably not, there is a theory test to pass and it doesn’t matter how good of a driver you are, you will still need to pass this test. The theory test will help you drive more safely as well as pass your test, so it is well worth studying for sooner rather than later.

To learn manoeuvres

Whilst being a safe driver is important, you will need to learn the manoeuvres in order to pass the test, as well as in order to be able to park the car when you stop!

To be patient

Everyone learns at different rates and if you’re not ready even after 20 hours, you shouldn’t feel under pressure to take your test. Taking your test can be expensive and so if you take it too soon and fail, it will be money badly spent as you will just need more lessons before you take your test. Failing your test can also knock your confidence and make it harder to pass the next time.

To pass your test

Even if it’s not the first time. Whether or not you pass your test is as much about what happens on the day as anything else, so if you don’t pass first time it doesn’t mean you’re a bad driver and you shouldn’t give up.