Friday, 25 May 2012

Learner Drivers - Think Before You Learn

When you hit the age of 17 one of the key things on your mind is learning to drive. However, you really need to consider a few things before jumping in the deep end, including:

1. Who do you want teaching you?

If you think about it learning to drive is one of the most important things you will ever do. It is also one of the only times you can actually choose who you want to instruct you.

Some learners try out two or three instructors to begin with to help decide who they want teaching them. Others may only require one, however, it is essential that you get on and respond well to your instructor so be careful when looking.

2. Do you want intensive courses or weekly tuition?

This really depends on your learning style - for instance, some people find that learning over a number of weeks or months is more beneficial to them. It may also be more cost effective - not everyone can shell-out a lump sum to pay for an intensive course.

However, other people may find that they benefit from an intensive course over a week or two week period. This is especially useful for young drivers who need to get on the road quickly - i.e. for work purposes. It's worth bearing in mind that an intensive course may prove too expensive for some as it requires a larger up-front payment than one spread out over a number of weeks.

3. Have you the money to set-aside for driving lessons?

Whilst some learner drivers have parents to help them out with lesson fees there are inevitably those that have to pay for the lessons themselves.

If you're working a full or part-time job it's important to make sure that you have enough to cover your driving lessons. However, it's also important to make sure you have your cost of living covered - i.e. bills, rent money, etc.

5. What course materials do you need?

Course materials are more essential than you may think. However, like anything, the type of course materials you require are partially dependent on your learning style. But let's take a look at the main essentials:

Highway Code -  it should go without saying that the Highway Code is a vital document to study. It outlines the rules of the road for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Driving Theory Book - this allows you to learn and test your driving knowledge. By using this book you are increasing your chances of passing the driving theory test that you are required to pass before going for the practical test.

Whilst these are the two main essentials there are a number of other resources available to learners. The DSA, for example, offers an online theory test so you can practice. There is even software available to buy if you think you need it, however, we don't necessarily endorse this.

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