Benefits of Driving Lessons
There are many Benefits of Driving Lessons. Learning to drive from a qualified driving instructor will help ensure you have the skills you need to be a safe and competent driver. A qualified driving instructor can develop a learning plan that suits your needs. In order to develop a plan to prepare you for the driving test, one must first know what is in the test. The question for you is how up to date is your supervising driver. Most people complete the 120 log book hours with a parent who did the driving test 20 or 30 years ago. Obviously a lot has changed in that time and if your supervising driver has not been re tested, or had more driving lessons then chances are they are not up to date.
You will learn more and have a better chance of passing the test if you learn from someone who actually knows what is in the test. A recent survey showed that 97% of supervising drivers would fail the driver knowledge test. Which means 97% of learner drivers are learning from someone who could not even pass the test to get a learners licence.
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Learn from the Best
First of all a driving instructor has to complete a training program approved by the Government to teach them more about road safety. This includes road rules as well as driving techniques and low risk driving strategies. Then once they have passes the driving instructors course they start working as a driving instructor. Which means they are continually meeting examiners and learning more things about the driving test. Which means they know what you need know and do in order to pass the driving test. In addition to that some driving instructors undertake additional training. Because of this they know more and are in a better position to teach you how to drive and pass the test. This means that the best person to teach you to drive is a driving instructor.
Unfortunately most drivers did a short driving test decades ago and that’s it. As time goes by they forget things and road rules change. Which explains why 97% of them fail the basic drivers knowledge test. Don’t rely on someone who has not kept up to date with the latest road rules and defensive driving techniques.
Taking driving lessons helps you become a safer driver. Anyone can read a book and gain some knowledge about road rules. However it is an entirely different proposition to get in a car and navigate your way around busy streets. Ensuring you avoid dangerous situations requires a sound knowledge of road rules and procedures. In addition to knowing the rules you have to be able to apply those rules. Which means being able to make decisions in fractions of a second to avoid dangerous or potentially fatal situations.
Preparing for the driving test
The benefits of driving lessons includes getting you ready to pass the driving test. The best way to get ready for the test is to learn from someone who can pass the test. Does your supervising driver have a list of things you need to know to pass the test. A good driving instructor will have a list of all the things you can be tested on. They will have a structured lesson plan to make sure they cover everything you can be tested on. They will keep a record of what you have learnt and they will know if you have met the standards required to pass the test. You should receive a student record card at the end of the driving lesson that shows the things you still need to learn and improve on.
Ask yourself if you know what to do in every situation. In driving the laws are very specific. There is a correct response to every situation and that is what you will be marked on in the test. If your supervising driver can not explain to you what the correct response then you have a gap in your knowledge as a driver. More importantly you should be learning from someone who can explain to you why you should react in a particular way. If you do not know why you should do something there is a high probability that it will be a problem later. This could mean failing the test, having an accident or getting fined by the police.
Having an experienced driving instructor to guide you and help you improve your decision making abilities will improve your driving. In addition to that a driving instructor will also identify weaknesses in your driving technique. A driving instructor can identify any weaknesses in your driving and explain to you how you can improve your driving. You can then fix it and become a better driver. It is amazing how many students I meet who can not pass the driving test. Yet their parents have been telling them they are good drivers.
Driving lessons can save you money
The benefits of driving lessons includes saving you money. Even if you spend a $1, 000 on driving lessons it is still cheaper than having a driving accident. When you have an accident there are many costs incurred, not just the cost of lodging an insurance claim or paying for repairs to your car. Particularly for younger drivers with age excesses on the insurance policy. There is also the cost of being without your car whilst it is being repaired. There is also the potential cost of fines, injuries, stress and other associated costs. In addition to that you will save money on cheaper insurance premiums when you do not have accidents. Furthermore motor vehicle registration in NSW is cheaper when you have a good driving record.
Then there is the savings associated with the running costs of your car. Learning to drive economically saves you additional costs for fuel, tyres and mechanical repairs. Because when you learn to corner properly there will be less wear on the tyres as well as your suspension which will save you money. In addition to that learning when to slow up for a corner will reduce the amount of petrol you use as well as reduce the amount of breaking required in corners. Finally good driving techniques reduce your chances of being involved in a car accident.
Learn defensive driving
Good driving schools will have structured lessons that incorporate defensive driving techniques. Make sure you pick a good driving school so you can learn this important life skill. You will spend a lot of time driving. Your safety as well as the safety of family and friends will depend upon your ability to avoid accidents. The fact is that accidents occur because someone did something wrong. They either broke the road rules or they failed to apply appropriate defensive driving skills.
Your ability to apply the road rules and drive defensively will determine how safe you are on the road. During your driving test you will also be tested on your ability to apply low risk driving techniques in real life situations.
For more tips on becoming a safer driver and preparing for the driving test please read our blog “Driving Test Tips“.
Driving Lessons improve your confidence
Not only does driving lessons improve your confidence it also makes you better at driving. When a situation arises and you are unsure of what you should do, this leads to uncertainty and lack of confidence. Which can be dangerous when you are driving. When you have a driving instructor who can explain the road rules to you and help you apply the road rules in real life situations you become more confident. Because you become better at applying the road rules and knowing what to do you become a safer driver. In addition to that you driving instructor can also explain to you how to apply safe driving techniques. Consequently you will learn how to drive safely and minimise the risks associated with driving.
Furthermore when you are relaxed and confident driving a car your stress levels will subside. It is much nicer driving around in a relaxed and stress free environment. In fact you might actually begin to enjoy driving more. Your attitude to driving greatly effects your decision making abilities. Because it’s the bad decisions that drivers make that causes accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are not random events. They happen because someone does something wrong, like speeding or being distracted or driving whilst tired or drunk. When you are relaxed you are less likely to make bad decisions.