Before starting your driving lessons you must make sure you have a valid provisional driving licence (category B) and are physically fit.
On a driving test you must be able to read a car number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres (about 5 car lengths) or 20 metres if it is the new-style number plate. New-style number plates were introduced on 1st September 2001and are easily identifiable. They start with two letters i.e. AB51 ABC.
When applying for your driving licence from the DVLA, you should let them know if you have:
- Any need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
- Any visual condition that affects both eyes (not including short or long sight or colour blindness).
- Any visual condition that affects your sight (not including short or long sight or colour blindness), for example:-
- if you have sight in one eye only.
If you have had sight correction surgery you should declare this when you apply for your provisional licence.
You can’t read the first/second number plate
The aim of the first lesson is for your assigned instructor to take you to a safe location and to carry out above number plate check, check your licence and then to introduce you to the cockpit drill and the main hand and foot controls of the vehicle, and if time, how to move off and stop under full control with your instructor giving you full talk through.
Lesson aims, objectives and goals of today’s lesson.
The aim of this lesson is for you to complete and understand the cockpit routine and know the main hand and foot controls.
Then practice moving off and stopping safely with full talk through from your assigned instructor, reducing support throughout you lesson. By the end of your lesson you will be introduced to the P.O.M, P.O.S.M and the M.S.M routines making proper use of the accelerator, clutch and handbrake.
On the way to the location you will be demonstrated the pull push method of steering.
The cockpit drill is a simple sequence that must be carried out each time that you sit in the driver’s seat on your driving lessons as everyone is not the same build and size.