Top Tips for Learning to Drive as a Parent
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An increasing number of people are learning to drive later in life; for many of us, the cost of learning to drive, purchasing and then insuring a car isn’t worth it in our younger years – especially for those living in areas with great public transport.
But, when you welcome a little one into your family, suddenly taking the bus or train just isn’t as easy as it used to be. So, it’s no surprise that many new parents will learn to drive to make everything more convenient for them. But, juggling driving lessons and a little one isn’t always the easiest of tasks. So, read on for our top tips on how to make it work.
Give Yourself Time
When taking driving lessons, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to learn, build your confidence and eventually pass your driving test. When it comes to the time-frame, don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure. If it is possible, begin learning to drive before the baby arrives; if it’s not possible to take your test before the birth then make sure you’re fully prepared to do so afterward. For example, take your driving theory test well in advance; you will have two years’ time after passing the theory test to take and pass your practical driving exam. You can find driving theory test practice material at TopTests.co.uk.
Find the Right Instructor
Finding an instructor who understands and supports you whilst you learn to drive is essential for any learner, but especially those who are learning to drive because of a new addition to the family. The right instructor will not only encourage your driving abilities, but they’ll also offer the flexibility and patience that you need when under stress. Wherever you are located, always choose a reputable UK driving school with licensed and approved driving instructors. If you’re in the US, there are companies like Wheely Good Driving School in Irvine, CA that provide this.
Get Some Extra Practice
If you have a friend or family member who’s over the age of 21 and has held a full driving license for over three years, then you can also get some practice on the road with them. In this case, you could even buy your own car so that you have a vehicle ready for you as soon as you pass your test. Just remember that whilst you still only have a provisional license, you’ll need to always be accompanied whilst driving. Don’t forget that you won’t be allowed on motorways and you must display clear ‘L’ plates at all times.
Don’t Worry if You Don’t Pass the First Time
When you want to get your driving lessons out of the way and get on the road as soon as possible, failing your driving test can be a massive blow. But, don’t worry – statistically, most drivers don’t pass their test until the second or third try. Once you’ve already taken a test, the next time you go for it isn’t quite as nerve-wracking since you’re more prepared and know what to expect. So, if you do fail the first time, don’t worry about it – just think of it as a practice run.
Good luck with your driving lessons!