What Should You Expect on your First Driving Lesson in Leeds?

Feeling a bit anxious before your first driving lesson is totally natural. The best way to make it through your first driving lesson in Leeds is to prepare yourself for what to expect from your first time behind the wheel.

Getting Ready Your First Driving Lesson

Getting ready for your first driving lesson is essential to ensure that you find the right motivation to start your journey through your driving licence.

The first thing you need to do is to get some sleep. Try to avoid going to bed too late. Remember that you must never drink before you drive your vehicle, even if it is before your driving lessons.

As you would most likely do before going to school, you should pack your bag with everything you are going to need for your driving lesson, such as your glasses. Don’t forget to bring your provisional licence with you!

The last thing you want is to be late for your first driving lesson. Your driving instructor will pick you up at the time you both agreed on, and your session will start as soon as you get in the vehicle.

Getting to Grips with the Basics of Driving

You are not going to have to get in the driving seat straight away. You will most likely get in the passenger seat to start with, while your instructor will explain the basics of driving your car.

Once you are ready, your instructor will have you switch to the driving seat. This is when you will get acquainted with the cockpit drill, also known as the DSSSM routine (Doors, Seat, Steering, Seatbelt and Mirrors).

As a learner driver, you must use the following routine whenever you get into your car:

  • Doors. Before you start your engine, you must check that all doors are closed and locked.
  • Seat and Steering. You should adjust your seat and headrest, and ensure that all of the controls are within a comfortable reach.
  • Seatbelt. Is your responsibility to make sure that all occupants of the car wear their seatbelts.
  • Mirrors. You should adjust the centre and door mirrors for maximum rear view.

Next, you will get a run-through of the controls of your vehicle. This includes the clutch, accelerator and brake, how to use the handbrake, and how to change gear.

Taking to the Road in Your First Driving Lesson in Leeds

Each pupil is unique, and your instructor might decide to cover different topics based on your learning pace and your ability behind the wheels.

However, as a general rule, these are some of the key procedures you will learn about in your first lesson:

  • Clutch control and changing gear
  • Checking your mirrors and blind spot
  • Signalling with your indicator
  • Stopping the car
  • Curb-side parking

After Your First Driving Lesson

At the end of your first lesson, your instructor will drop you home. This is the perfect time to have a chat about how you found the lesson, address any doubt, and review what you think you need to work more on next time.

Sometimes, pupils feel demotivated after their first driving lesson. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t rush. Ideally, you should have two or three lessons a week to minimise the time between each session. This is the best way to memorise what you are learning, and become confident about your driving skills.

Everyone learns at their own pace and you still have many other lessons to be fully prepared to take your test. If you trust your instructor, you will soon become a great driver.

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Nancy Furtado Roundhay, Leeds

"Having had a different driving instructor prior to join AIM Driving School! The difference is immediately noticeable. Ashvin teaches with a lot of patience and explains things in detail. I felt a lore more confident in my driving. Clearly this helped me a lot in passing my driving test and would recommend this driving school to others"

Neha Pandey Chapel Allerton, Leeds

"I was recommended by my dad who also learned and passed with Ashvin. Learning with Ashvin meant learning from someone who has had numerous years of teaching experience.

You get to learn how to drive safely and the most efficient. All manoeuvres are taught in such a simple and easy way that anyone can learn and carry out.

The best thing about learning with Ashvin is that he knows what the instructor/examine is going to be looking for so he knows how to prepare his students like he carried out various mock tests to get me to increase confidence in driving by myself and helping me understand exactly how the driving test will be structured. As a result of his well preparation I passed first time."

Burhan Sied Headingley

"Just like to say that Ash is a great instructor. He pushes you to the limit which makes you to focus on what you are doing, so you develop all skills you need to feel confident behind the wheel. He also doesn't waste your money as other instructors do and makes that money you spend worthwhile. Ash made it seem easy and with his positive attitude, it made it a lot easier to achieve my goal of passing my test. Thanks Ash!"


Jonny Adams Pudsey, Leeds

"I contacted Ash because of the introductory offer to new drivers. He arranged my first lesson at a time best suited for myself, and this remained the case for each lesson I had. Lessons were specific to the strengths and weaknesses of my driving at the time, whilst continually reinforcing safe driving.

Ash is well prepared for each lesson, and does not waste your time with personal requests like other instructors can do. He has a vast array of resources to help demonstrate every aspect of the lesson, including google map print outs of junctions and t est routes. ASh is extremely personable and relaxed. He is a very experienced instructors and his ability to approach different aspects of driving in a manner that suits the individual helps get you to a test quickly"

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