So you are thinking of learning to drive in the UK, If you are then here is a quick guide to help you start your journey as a full UK licence holder. Learning to drive and obtaining a full licence will open up a whole new world of independence and give you your own little personal space while traveling rather than sharing public transport with strangers, it will be like your home on wheels. But driving is not just about personal space it comes with responsibilities, this is why you will need to gain the correct skills and knowledge to prove to the examiner that you are a safe and responsible driver who has all the required knowledge to drive in the public roads when you sit your driving test. This brief guide will help to give you a little of idea what lies ahead when you start to take driving lessons.
OK you have all your required documents and you are legally ready to take driving lessons, you must also make sure that
you have the financial means to cover the cost of lessons as they can be very costly, here in East London driving schools can charge up to £1,000 for courses. You will also need decide how quickly you want to learn as more hours per week you train the quicker you will become test ready, taking single lessons per week can take up to 10 months.If you have a family member or a friend who is over 21 then you can practice with them in addition to your driving school tuition but the accompanying driver must be over 21 and must have held (and still hold) a full licence, in the relevant category for three years.
Ok once you are in the driving seat here are some of the things you will see, The instrument panel, foot controls, hand controls and last but not least mirrors. Ok what are the foot controls? they are three pedals that you control with your feet known as the accelerator,foot brake and clutch. The accelerator and foot brake is operated by your right foot while the clutch is operated by your left foot only. Hand controls - The parking break, gear stick, steering wheel and the indicators are all operated with your hands, there are also many other hand controls such as the horn, windscreen wipers, demister controls, headlights.
A quick talk through on moving off, to move off it is important to understand the biting point- biting point is when the clutch plates start to engage. Lets get ready to move off, first with your left foot press the clutch pedal fully down and hold it down, then select first gear. With your right foot press the accelerator very lightly until you hear a slight humming sound from the engine and again hold it steady, now slowly start bringing the clutch up until you hear the engine noise change slightly, you may even see the bonnet of the car rise - this means you have the biting point so hold your feet still in position. Now you need to do your observation including blind spots and then decide if a signal is necessary, if it is then signal right. Do one final check over your right shoulder and if it's safe to move off then release the hand brake,the vehicle will begin to move, gradually depress the accelerator to increase speed and at the same time bring the clutch up smoothly and take your foot completely off the pedals.
OK these are few things to get you started but as you start to take your driving lessons you will realize that there is much more to driving than you originally though. If you live in East London then you can always contact our driving school, our expert instructors will help you achieve success.
I am a driving instructor and currently live in the United Kingdom where I have lived the most of my life and is the proud owner of Infodrive a driving school based in East London. My school has been helping the people of London since the year 2001 to successfully train and pass the practical driving test. We have received awards from the local borough of Newham in recognition of our high quality driver training.