Driving Lessons with IDT Driving Instructors
Currently being featured are driving lessons in Leamington Spa.
Your self-employed driving instructor will probably have been trained in their profession by IDT Driving School. He or she will have been assessed before passing the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) examinations and their performance will have been regularly monitored thereafter. Students will be taught the skills to drive a car, given basic information about car mechanics and helped with any difficulties encountered during their early days of driving. Your IDT Instructor will encourage you to adopt a good attitude for safe driving and behave responsibly towards other road users, even if provoked by them. It is a fact that during the first 6 months after passing their Driving Test, many drivers are involved in accidents. This is often due to attitude rather than a lack of skill. Before passing the Driving Test learners often vow not to break the rules in the Highway Code, but many do.
Your instructor has been trained to ensure that you will mainly learn at your own pace. This does not mean that you will be allowed to jog along and you may well be pushed when it is felt that your progress does not match your potential and that you could be doing better. We operate a system of continuous assessment using a ‘Progress Record’ in the middle of our unique IDT ”HomestudyTM” Booklet which is supplied free to each student. Every aspect of your driving lessons will be constantly under review so that both you and your instructor can assess your strengths and weaknesses. You will be taught to drive using modern techniques, fully approved and recommended by the DSA and as set out in the Highway Code. Each course will cover the whole DSA syllabus but certain aspects, such as manoeuvres, will be fitted in as and when the instructor feels it is appropriate.
Instructors are frequently asked, ‘How many driving lessons will I need to pass the test’? Realistically this has to be the wrong approach. Would you allow a young child to ride a bicycle on a busy dual-carriageway? The potential danger is no different from letting an incompetent driver take responsibility for the control of a motor car, which could be disastrous. Many factors have a bearing on the number of hours of tuition needed, not least of all age. A general guide is that the number of hours could average 2 for each year of age. The progress from your 1st lesson onwards will always be personal to you. When you have achieved a satisfactory level of proficiency in all aspects of driving, have reached ‘L’ test standard and feel confident not only about taking the driving test, but passing first time, a mutually convenient date for it will be agreed with your instructor. Most students are well aware when this time has arrived. However don’t take our word for it, go to the DSA website for more information.
During the first few driving lessons you will be getting to know your instructor and becoming familiar with the car controls.
Younger students often appear to be able to learn to use the controls quicker than older ones, but this is a generalisation. It cannot be stressed too much that time spent on learning to control the car to a high standard will be rewarded later when driving in busy traffic, when you will not have time to think, or consider, clutch control, gear changing and the like.
It can be very rewarding for both student and instructor when a new student achieves competent car control. The realisation that a completely new skill has been learned will inspire mutual confidence. To start with, your instructor will restrict your driving to the very quietest roads to enable you to concentrate fully on the task in hand. The value of devoting sufficient time in practising car control during the initial stages of learning is not always fully appreciated.
Visit Provisional Licence for guidance on applying for your Provisional Driving Licence, which you will need before starting to take your driving lessons.
A situation that can often cause a new driver to panic is when they see an emergency vehicle approaching or even when they just hear the sirens.
Blue Light Aware is a short video, produced on behalf of the Emergency Services. Their drivers rely on the help of other road users when they are on a ‘blue light’ journey.
By watching Blue Light Aware, you will gain a better understanding of their needs, you will be reducing the risks you face, you will be contributing to a safer road environment and you might also be helping to save a life.