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

1. You’ll need to show your license. 
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 carry it with you every lesson.

2. You won’t jump straight into the driver’s 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.

3.  Your nerves won’t get the better of you. 
It’s normal to feel anxious about your first lesson. But, 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.

4. 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 even more detail during another lesson.

5. You WILL drive.
Of course you will — it’s what you’ve been waiting for! But 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.

6. 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, do a smooth start or stop or use your eyes, you can’t beat a real-life demo combined with explanations on paper.

7. You won’t drive for miles and miles. 
You’ll probably only cover a total of 4 miles to 6 miles during your first in-car driving lesson, sometimes less, sometimes a bit more. You will not just be “driving around,” but will experience lots of pulling over, where the car will turn into your classroom.

8. You can ask as many questions as you like. 
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. Believe it or not, your instructor can learn a lot from you too!

9. You won’t be alone. 
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, so rest assured your instructor will be there, for whatever reason!

10. 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!

First-lesson nerves. What nerves? Hopefully you’re now feeling a little more prepared for that first in-car driving lesson.

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