First Driving Lesson – What to Expect on the Day

So the time has come for your very first driving lesson and you don’t know what to expect. Well that’s why we’re here to talk about exactly what you will be doing on your first lesson and give you some tips and advice to help you to be prepared and hopefully ensure that your first lesson goes smoothly.

The pickup

You will meet your driving instructor at the location you previously arranged with them. You should be feeling fresh and clear headed, do not turn up for your first lesson overly tired from work or a late night. If you feel unwell or have a cold or flu you should cancel your lesson. All you need to have with you is your provisional driving license and if you need glasses or contact lenses you need to have these with you by law, so don’t forget them.


Your first lesson will usually be in a quiet residential area. Your driving instructor will probably drive you to a suitable location before letting you sit in the drivers seat. Once you’re ready and sat in the drivers seat its time for what is known in the business as the cockpit drill.

The cockpit drill

The cockpit drill basically involves your driving instructor explaining how to operate the vehicle. They will show you what the various pedals and levers do, how to operate the clutch and gears, how to use the indicators, as well as how to adjust the mirrors use them effectively. You will also discuss any hazards you need to be aware of such as blind spots and what to do in the case of an emergency.

Time to drive

The first lesson will mostly be spent getting used to starting and stopping. You will be learning about the bite point, clutch control, how to steer, and how to change gears. You will also learn how to use the mirrors and indicators and how to curb side park.

End of the lesson

At the end of the lesson you will be driven back to your chosen location and your driving instructor will most likely give you some feedback on how they think the first lesson went and what to expect on your next lesson. They will tell you anything that they think were your strong points and if there was anything you may need to work on in the next lesson. But don’t worry if things don’t go perfectly, it’s only your first lesson and you will soon start to improve.

General advice

My advice is stay calm, there’s no reason to be nervous. You won’t be driving on any busy roads or dual carriage ways on your first lesson, just learning the basics that’s all. And in the case of anything going wrong your driving instructor has dual controls and is able to take control of the vehicle at anytime.

Covid -19 update
Driving lessons will resume from 4th July for all pupil following the government guideline. The following Covid 19 measures are in place for the safety of the pupil and the driving instructors, these includes:
Driving instructors:
All instructors will declare whether they are Covid 19 symptoms free at the beginning of each lesson. We will ensure all instructors have face masks available during the day should they need to wear one. But it is up to the individual instructors and the pupil to decide what they would prefer during the lesson. Our instructors will be using the hand sanitiser every 20 mins during the lesson period. We will have the car windows half way down during lesson to keep it ventilated.

Covid 19 declaration for all pupil:
It is vital that you only book lessons if you are Covid 19 symptoms free. For more information on symptoms visit the NHS website for more details and guidance. Be aware we will ask you at the beginning of the lesson if you are symptom free. The driving instructor can refuse to give you a lesson if you are unwell and will be explained to you why on the day.

The driving school recommends face mask but it is not essential. Please bare in mind face mask do not protect you from Covid 19.
It is essential that all pupil sanitise or wash their hands before every lesson and after. Please avoid touching your face and eyes during the lesson period. During the lessons hand sanitiser will be available to use. Please ask the instructor when you would like to use it.
We advice all pupil to wear a suitable clothing which covers their arms and legs due to Covid 19.

Preparation of car:
We will do everything possible to keep the pupil and ourselves safe whilst on lesson. We will ensure the car surfaces are disinfected such as door handle, seat, seat belt, hand brake, gears, arm rest etc and any other surfaces. To confirm that is it safe for you next for your lesson. Your safety is our priority!
The used wipes, gloves or masks will be recycled after each lesson to avoid Covid 19 transmission.

Communication during lesson:
At the beginning of the lesson you will be greeted by the instructor outside the car. They’ll be at 2m distance and will explain to you what will happen during the lesson. Any queries you have please discuss with the instructor. Whilst in the car the driving instructor will avoid facing you due to Covid 19 but instead will look forward to communicate with you. If it becomes necessary to give you any detailed explanation during the lesson Instructor may ask you to step out of the car once parked at a safe place to explain the faults or to communicate something vital with you about your driving keeping the social distancing measure in place.

We thank all the pupil and the instructors for their support and understanding and we wish all the pupil and instructors best of luck with lessons.
For more information don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe!

RSM Driving School