Here’s What to Expect for Your First In-Car Driving Lesson

Excited. Nervous. A mixture of the two? However you’re feeling about your first in-car driving lesson, it might help to have an idea of what to expect. We can help with that.

Here are ten things that are likely to happen during your very first in-car driving lesson.

What to Expect for Your First Driving Lesson

You’ll Need to Bring Your Learner’s Permit

To legally be allowed to drive during your first in-car driving lesson, your instructor will ask to see your learner’s permit or student license. At, you must bring it with you to every lesson.

You’ll Start in the Passenger Seat

No need to worry about your friends videoing you driving off for the very first time. Your instructor will drive you away from your pick-up location to either a parking lot or other quiet residential area.

The Instructor Will Ease You Into Driving

It’s normal to feel anxious about your first lesson. That’s why your instructor is trained to put you at ease so learning can take place. Take a deep breath and relax. You’ll soon find yourself enjoying the drive.

You’ll Look in the Mirror. A lot.

During your first in-car driving lesson, the instructor will discuss the car’s instruments and controls. And, you’ll discover why the mirror is important. So important that you can expect your instructor to discuss it in great detail the first lesson and every other lesson.

You WILL Drive

It’s what you’ve been waiting for! Bonus - during your first in-car driving lesson, you won’t have to worry about other cars or traffic. You’ll get to try out a few basic maneuvers and learn some important techniques. These are techniques that will set you up for a lifetime of safe driving.

But You Won’t Drive for Miles and Miles

You’ll probably only cover a total of 4-6 miles during your first in-car driving lesson. You will not just be “driving around,” but will experience lots of pulling over, where the car will turn into your classroom.

You Might Switch Seats Several Times

At, our instructors know that you learn not just by listening through your ears, but by observing skills and actions performed correctly. That’s why you might switch sides with your instructor several times. If this happens, watch carefully. Whether it be showing you how to hold the steering wheel, the art of easing off the brake or how to read the gauges, you can’t beat a real-life demo combined with explanations on paper.

There’s a Lot of Q&A Time 

Don’t understand something? That’s normal. During your first in-car driving lesson, you’re almost certain to have questions. Ask your instructor about anything you do not understand or do not feel comfortable with. Even better, ask them to show you. 

You’ll Build a Bond With Your Instructor

You + your instructor = a great TEAM! Remember, your instructor is highly trained and wants to help you succeed. And they do have an instructor brake, which they can use if need be. Rest assured your instructor will be there, for whatever happens during your driving adventure!

You’ll Get a Personalized Report

At, our instructors evaluate your progress after your very first in-car driving lesson and every subsequent in-car driving lesson. They then put together a personalized report which you and your parents can access online. So, even though your parents already know how great you are, you can now give them something else to be proud of!

New Covid-19 Driving Lesson Policies

Things have definitely changed in the last few months. Even driving lessons are getting a COVID-19 adjustment to keep students and instructors safe. Each state is enacting special regulations that must be followed. Here are a few changes you need to know about before heading to your first driving lesson:

  • Students must wear a face mask at all times.

  • Students will wear gloves in the vehicle.

  • Students must wait outside of the driving school facilities for the instructor to greet them and check their learner’s permit.

  • Your temperature will be checked upon arrival.

  • Clean your hands just prior to the lesson. (Bringing a bottle of hand sanitizer is a good idea.)

  • Instructors and students will practice social distancing.

If you aren’t feeling well or have a fever you’ll need to reschedule your first driving lesson. As all seasoned, accident-free drivers know, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

Hopefully, you’re feeling a little more prepared for that first in-car driving lesson. Still need to sign up for in-car driving lessons? Use your zip code to see the available driving lesson packages.

*This article was updated on 6/17/2020

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