Taking professional driving lessons is one of the best, if not the best, ways to learn how to drive. However, professional lessons are not cheap, and most people only get to take a few of these lessons before testing for their license. How do you get the most out of these lessons, then? Take a look.
1. Take private lessons
In most cases, you will be given the choice between private lessons — just you and the instructor — and semi-private lessons — you, the instructor, and two or three other students. Private lessons may cost a bit more, but if you can afford that extra cost, private lessons are definitely the better choice. You won't be splitting your time with anyone else. You won't have to wait your turn to ask the instructor a question or worry that another student may monopolize all of the instructor's time. You'll also get to drive for the whole lesson rather than taking turns with the other students.
2. Turn your phone off
While you should certainly never text or take a call while driving, it can be tempting to do so during parts of the lesson when you're not behind the wheel. One second you're just checking your email, but before you know it, you've spent five minutes staring at your phone and you've missed everything your instructor said. The easiest way to avoid this is to just turn your phone off, tuck it away, and don't turn it back on until your lesson is fully over.
3. Read about what you'll learn beforehand
Most instructors will give you a basic idea of what a lesson will be about before you arrive. For instance, that may tell you that during your next lesson, you'll be practicing driving on the highway. Prepare for the lesson by reading a little about whatever you'll be learning. Having this baseline knowledge will allow you to better absorb what your instructor then teaches you.
4. Ask questions
If your instructor has you do something during the lesson that you don't quite understand, ask about it! Don't just assume you'll figure it out later or that it was not important. Your instructor has a wealth of knowledge, and you can often access that knowledge by asking questions.
Taking driving lessons can be an excellent experience, especially if you implement the tips above to get more out of your lessons. Be safe out there!