I'll be having my first driving lesson tomorrow!
I'm scared because I might cause accidents in the road (since I'm a complete novice).
How did you nail your driving classes back when you were learning how to drive?
I want to hear some stories to calm myself and for motivational purposes as well.
Additional question: What shall I keep in mind so I will be able to drive safely?
Most Helpful Guy
The majority of my drivers ed in the classroom was spent with the teacher...
-- Going over how his doctor tells him he needs to stop going to KFC because of his health. (But really, he could barely fit into the car.)
-- Going over past students and stories that may or may not have been true. Example: A story of a student who got into a high speed chase with the cops and went to visit him.
-- Him making jokes in general.
Not to mention...
On the first driving lesson, he brought me onto one of the most crowded streets in the area 😭.
On the third driving lesson, I had to drive in flooded streets in crowded areas.
On the fifth lesson or so, I got a guy who was very grumpy and yelling the whole time.
On every lesson, we drove to a gas station, Starbucks, or donut shop so driving instructor could get a high caloric food.
Why am I saying all this?
If I was able to make it through just fine despite having an awful teacher and being thrown on busy/raining streets for first time driving, I can almost guarantee you'll be fine. Chances are that your driver's ed school is 100x better than mine. They'll have more experience and can make sure you are more safe. I picked the cheapest one in the area-- at Sear's, and it reflected it.
Talking to my friends about their experiences, most driver's ed places are decent. I was the only one who had an awful place, but I still made it.
(On a side note, no, I do not suck at driving. After my Sear's experience and before my actual test, my dad gave me additional lessons and practice time.)
Likewise, if you are worried about driving after you have your first lesson, get a parent to give you additional help afterwards.
Some mistakes I made when I started out:
-- Squaring off corners vs rounding them out.
-- Accelerating too quickly.
-- Braking too hard.
Really, it's just a matter of getting a feel for it. I'm guessing you'll be driving an automatic so you won't even need to worry about gears. It's not as hard as you think. 👍1
Most Helpful Girl
I'm guessing from your age that you're American.
With complete novices, you aren't just "let loose" on the road. It's not like you're pointed at a fast road and told to go. You'll start off in a quiet back road, a driving test centre, a car park, etc. Somewhere with little moving traffic. You'll be taught the basics of the car.
Over here instructors have dual control of the car, meaning they also have a set of pedals so even if you do get confused and have a slip you aren't a danger to yourself or others.
The biggest thing is keep calm. The L plates are there for a reason and nobody is expecting you to be Ken Block by the end of the hour. Go at your pace, have a scream if you need to. I picked up driving quickly but some people do some don't. My boyfriend at the time took about a year and a half to learn and pass his test - I took about 4 months. It's not a competition, it's about being safe and sensible. Listen to your instructor and if you don't get on with them remember IT'S FINE TO CHANGE. You've got to spend hours in a confined space with them - not everyone gets along and it is fine to want someone else if you don't like them.1