The Reality Of Learning To Drive

Before anyone makes the decision to learn to drive, please consider the following points that I’m about to make.

  1. You are learning to operate a machine that if used or operated incorrectly, or irresponsibly, can result in serious injury or, even worse, fatality.
  2. Your learning process will not be simple, quick or cheap. The co-ordination and spatial awareness takes time to develop – particularly to a point where it becomes second nature.
  3. As the driver you are legally responsible for the vehicle, yourself and equally responsible for the safety of others. Being a learner driver doesn’t excuse you of these responsibilities – nor does it make you immune from prosecution if laws are broken.
  4. The importance of knowing your subject matter should not be underestimated or taken lightly. The theory test isn’t just an obstacle on the way to your practical test. Revise thoroughly and aim to pass with the highest score possible. The more knowledge that you learn and retain can potentially make a massive difference to all round safety.
  5. We are all individuals who learn at different rates. Friends or family may have reached the standard more quickly, but don’t treat the learning process as a competition. Equally, guard against becoming demoralised if you’re taking longer to learn than you thought. Don’t let pride get in the way of safety.
  6. Always listen to your Instructor and take on board their advice. An Instructor’s advice is more likely to be correct and up to date than that of friends or family – no matter how well meaning. Your Instructor is also the best person to advise you when you’re ready to take a test.
  7. When you have passed your test please remember that a test pass means that you’re safe enough to continue learning on your own. It takes years of experience to become a truly good driver, so never assume that you’re the finished article.

We at Brilliant Driving School Swansea never stop learning, nor should you.


Shaun Day driving instructor