When you get your licence, your risks of crashing increase significantly. Suddenly, you have to find your own way, without the protection of a parent/supervisor or driving instructor. Find your own way now by taking active control of your learning. Get used to asking questions in a way that shows you’re curious.
If you’re not sure where to begin, focusing on forming good driving habits and working on your car control skills is a good starting point:
- Take control of the driving habits you begin to learn – talk to your parent/supervisor about working together on making your automatic driving habits high-quality ones.
- Work hard on your car control skills early on. Car control takes time and concentration, but it's easy compared to gaining good awareness and driving experience – the more automatic your car control skills, the more you'll be able to concentrate on the road and traffic.
Be determined. Driving – like football, maths or piano – is a complex skill that takes a lot of practice. You should feel confident that you'll get there, but it definitely takes hard work.
Find the right support
When choosing a driving instructor, arrange to have a trial to see if their teaching style suits you. If you feel you're not being taught well, tactfully look for another instructor.
Your free lesson is a good place to start – a Keys2drive-accredited instructor can help you determine what you need to look for in a driving instructor.
You also need to ensure that you and your parent/supervisor are compatible. Have a look at How to work with your parent/supervising driver for tips on communicating.