Learners always get really excited when their driving training program starts to draw nearer. It's like you're about to undergo a course on your next vital life skill. You may even Google up stuff about cars, gear boxes, engines and roads in order to stay abreast with relevant information. But once the D-day approaches, excitement turns to nervousness. You're about to be a driver and it's actually happening. Well, Naijauto, as the biggest car website in Nigeria, have decided to help ease that tension by bringing you things to expect on your first day at driving school.
1. You will definitely be anxious
Being anxious is almost inevitable when it comes to doing something for the first time in your life. Even the best of drivers felt same way of their first days too. But no need to worry, as your trainer is a professional so you're in good hands. Take a deep breath, relax and pay attention.
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2. You won't start driving immediately
On your first day at driving school, you won't immediately get into the driver's seat. Your instructor usually takes the wheel while you sit next to them and watch how they drive. They drive to an open field and show you the basics - how to start the car, change gears, step on the acceleration pedal and brakes.
You will sure get nervous on your first day at driving school but no need to worry as its only for for a short while
3. You will eventually drive
To be honest, this is even when your nervousness will increase some more. But no need to worry, simply follow the instructions ask given by your trainer. You probably will have just a few stones and objects set in front of you to maneuver. So don't fret about being stuck in traffic or being overtaken by some Formula One racer. Just drive gently. You mostly will use the gear One mostly, if it's a manual car. Almost all Nigerian driving schools teach with a manual car, because of the belief that if you can drive a manual car you can drive anything.
4. You will learn about how using the mirror works
Most times, you will be more focused on the windshield on your first day at driving school. This is probably because you don't have other motorists on your tail. But you will also learn the importance of the mirror especially when you have to park between objects in the field or reverse the vehicle.
5. You will make mistakes
Nobody who learnt how to drive got it right in a minute. They all made mistakes and so will you. From changing gears wrongly and missteping the pedals to flickering with the switches and so on, the mistakes are numerous and can be corrected. Most times, the instructor will keep switching seats with you to show you what to do till you get it right.
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6. How fast you learn determines if you get on the road
For most of your first day at driving school, you will be in the open field. But you won't just be driving round and round for the whole day. If you're a fast learner, your instructor might get you on the road. Definitely not a busy road, but one where you can practice in "real time". Good thing is most parks or fields are in areas with little traffic so you won't have distractions.
Finally, don't forget to ask questions where you're lost. Some instructors might feel you understand everything perfectly when you're quiet. So ask when lost and be sure you understand what is explained. Good luck on your first day at driving school.
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