It's only natural you might feel a little nervous or apprehensive, but also excited at the prospect of driving for the first time. There should be no need to worry, when you meet your instructor for the first time you will be driven to a quiet area before changing seats; you will not be 'thrown in at the deep end'. On the drive to the nursery area your instructor might ask about previous experience and may demonstrate how some of the controls work.
Once at the training area, your instructor would normally check your licence and do a quick eyesight check to ensure you're legally able to drive before changing seats, then your journey begins, enjoy!
What you need to bring on your first lesson.
- Your photo card driving licence and counterpart(As of June 2015 GB licences don't have a counterpart. NI issued licences are still issued with one).
- Glasses or contacts lenses if required. You must be able to read a car number plate at a minimum distance of 20 metres.
For a rough online eye check try Vutest
- A comfortable pair of shoes suitable for driving; no flip flops or high heels.
- Comfortable clothing
- Any payment if required
In the Driving Seat
Once you're in the driving seat you will learn how to get your seating position comfortable to allow safe control of the vehicle followed by an explanation of the main controls and their use. You might be surprised how much you already know but don't be afraid to ask any questions if there's anything you're unsure about.
Time permitting there is usually an opportunity to get the car moving with help and talk through from your instructor. It will only be a few short moves, if it is a longer than an hour lesson there will a chance to get a start on the next lesson: Move off and Stop.
Read more detail about this lesson in The Cockpit Drill and Safety Checks.