IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR FIRST LESSON

In my long career as a driving instructor I’ve found that my pupils fall into one of three distinct groups (A) Pupils who do exactly as they’re instructed straight away (B) Pupils who will eventually do as they’re instructed with encouragement, and (C) Pupils who won’t do as they’re instructed. I’d estimate that around 45% of pupils fall into group A and a similar proportion to group B with the remaining 10% comprising group C.

Group A pupils will make rapid progress, often driving to test standard within a month or so of regular lessons. Group B take longer, but by far the biggest difficulty is encountered with group C, often resulting in them throwing in the towel within a few lessons. It is therefore vital that you come to your first lesson with these points firmly at the forefront of your mind.

Following instruction DOESN’T mean general guidance, it literally means doing exactly as instructed! This is why so-called ‘experienced’ drivers are the most challenging as they assume they can do most of it themselves and simply need to tidy off the rough edges. You’ll be instructed as though you’re a puppet with the instructor being the puppet master, literally telling you what to do with which part of your body regardless of how much experience you have.

An issue some pupils have is one of trust, and instead of following instruction will assume that the instructor hasn’t seen the car slowing ahead or the pedestrian crossing in front of them etc. The instructor has seen and planned for EVERYTHING and more, and has worked out what you need to do in good time. If there isn’t time to instruct you then the instructor will do it themselves using their controls.

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE RAPID PROGRESS – FOLLOW INSTRUCTION TO THE LETTER!