While many might see learning to drive a car as one of the ordinary things of life, for a few it is a step towards independence and hence very important. It is obvious that if you want to get on the road fast, you’ll need to first learn how to drive your four-wheeler. A driving school is the best place to go to for both your driving skills and your learner’s permit.
Where to look?
It starts with looking up organizations or agencies that offer driving lessons. If you are a student, you can enquire if your school or college offers lessons in driving. Many offer the facility for students studying on the campus. The classes are organized out of school hours.
You can also look up the yellow pages or online directories for a list of driving schools in your local area. Shortlist a few schools. Call the head office to enquire about the class schedule and costs. If you are working, you might need a class that is offered after your work hours. Some driving schools especially those that offer one-on-one training work with a flexible schedule to accommodate your timings. Also, if you don’t want to be taught in a class, you can look for driving instructors offering private lessons.
Today, given the issue of women security, there are many female driving instructors too.
What to expect?
Driving lessons include on-road training as well as classroom time. The time duration for the course varies. It could range from a few weeks to a few months. Depending on the overall duration, classes are held on a daily or weekly basis. Here is what you can expect from your driving lessons.
To start with, your instructor will teach you how to drive. This implies teaching you how to maneuver the vehicle. He or she sits in the passenger seat. There is a passenger-side foot pedal brake just in case of emergencies. You will start driving in low traffic areas and then move to other terrains such as high traffic areas, highways, inclines and winding roads.
After you are done with the basics, the instructor will teach you how to check the mirrors, how to signal, how to merge into traffic, how to back up and how to park parallel. Many instructors also extend training to defensive driving strategies so that the learner knows what to do in event of an accident such as a collision or a hydroplaning. At a later stage, you might be asked to bring along a few friends who will be the passengers in the backseat.
Moving to the classroom, the driving lesson includes written exams, reading textbooks and instructional videos. It mostly includes instruction on road rules and regulations.
A Few Handy Tips
- To learn how to drive faster, you should also practice driving after training hours. Always take an experienced and confident driver along.
- Wear comfortable driving clothing.
- Adjust the car in terms of the backrest, the rear-view mirrors, the seat and the steering wheel so that they don’t interfere with your driving.
- Make sure you follow all the traffic rules and pay special attention to the speed limits.
So, what are you waiting for! Enroll at the nearest driving school and get ready to get behind the wheel.