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How to Prepare for Your First In-Car Driving Lesson

Congratulations on receiving your California driver's permit! You are one step closer to becoming a licensed California driver. The next step is obtaining behind-the-wheel training and learning to drive.

Understanding the rules of the road is only the first step to legally driving. Learning how to operate a vehicle, however, can literally be a matter of life or death. The process is one filled with small steps towards the larger goal. Read on to learn how to prepare for your first in-car driving lesson.

Do You Have All of Your Documents Ready?

The very first item needed to prepare for your driving lesson is your California driving permit or student license. The law and Alliance Defensive Driving School prohibit any driving without proper licensing or permits. You must carry this document with you for every in-car driving lesson. If you forgot your permit, you will not be allowed to get behind the wheel during your lesson.

Before you get behind the wheel, you must complete an online driver's ed course. These courses are very affordable and interactive. The sessions may take a few days to complete. However, students can finish the course in one day. You must produce this certificate of completion to continue with your driving lessons.

Clear Your Fears

It is normal to be a little frightened before you get behind the wheel for the first time. It is probably abnormal to have no fear about it. However, it is unhealthy and unacceptable to become too anxious about the events ready to unfold. Too much anxiety can lead to careless driving and accidents.

Therefore, to prepare for your first lesson, read what you can expect. Most in-car driving schools operate in a similar manner, following similar rules.

What Can You Expect in Your First In-Car Driving Lesson?

Here are a few things you can expect during your first lesson:

  1. You will not drive as soon as you get into the vehicle. Whether driving alone with your instructor or involved in a group lesson, your instructor will likely start the lesson in the driver's seat and review the vehicle and its controls with you.
  2. You will not drive on a roadway. Your first driving lesson will be a basic introduction to driving a vehicle. Your instructor will take the majority of the time showing you where the controls are. Then you will get to practice while in the park.
  3. You may not drive at all. Your first lesson is about feeling comfortable behind the wheel. If you drive during the lesson, it will only be to learn how to stop a car in motion. If you get to 10 miles per hour in the exercise, you have likely driven too fast.
  4. You will practice how to see while you drive. Sight is a natural ability. However, visual awareness is a learned activity. During your first lesson, you will learn about visual awareness and how to put it to use. You will learn about your blind spot and then practice how to check it.
  5. You will never be forced into anything. You and your instructor will have open communication. Whether it is your first lesson or your 5 th , you will not be forced to do something that makes you uncomfortable. This discomfort includes driving on a highway or taking the vehicle into traffic. More importantly, you will never be forced to drive when you have not learned the basics and mastered them.
  6. Your instructor may stop the vehicle from the passenger side. Many driving schools install additional safety equipment in their instruction vehicles. For instance, some vehicles may have a gas and brake pedal on the passenger side for use by the instructor when needed. Do not be surprised if your instructor uses them in your first lesson.

How Long Will My First Lesson Last?

Learning to drive cannot be taught in 30 minutes. People drive for years before they master the art. California requires teenagers to complete six hours of behind the wheel instruction for eligibility to take the driver's test.

Many schools offer compliant instruction in two-hour intervals. Therefore, you will need at least three classes to meet the California guidelines. However, if you want more instruction, do not hesitate to take it. You should be comfortable behind the wheel of a car before getting your driver's license, no matter how long it takes.

Do You Have Questions?

The first driving lesson is a great time to ask any questions you have about driving or taking the driving test to get your license. To prepare for your first in-car driving lesson, write any questions that pop into your head. You will always be able to add to the list. However, your first meeting is a great time to ask questions to calm your fears and help you prepare for future lessons.

Contact Alliance Defensive Driving School to Schedule Your Driving Lessons.

If you are ready to learn to drive, contact the instructors at Alliance Defensive Driving School at 760-642-1466. Our experienced instructors can schedule your appointment and get you on your way to obtaining your California driving license.

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To offer a unique and progressive drivers training program that addresses the needs of the modern driver, as well as providing a welcoming customer service experience to all of our students. To retain top qualified office staff and driving instructors that exhibit professional, ethical, and personal standards that are far above other driving schools. To nurture and educate each student individually in an atmosphere of trust and safety through intelligent, intuitive, and interactive training methods, making each lesson conducive to optimum performance. Simply said, Alliance Defensive Driving School strives to be the very best in the collective field of driving schools.

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All Driving Schools are not created equal…

Our driver training vehicles are equipped with both a gas and brake pedal on the passenger side. Having the training car equipped only with a brake pedal makes you only half as safe. We want our students to be completely safe in the car if something unusual should happen. Don't be fooled if other driving schools tell you otherwise. Common sense tells us it is indeed safer to have both a gas and a brake pedal installed on the passenger side of the car for complete control of the vehicle during driving lessons. Second, our driver training vehicles are equipped with four training mirrors, and three student mirrors for complete circular vision. To be completely safe, the instructor must be able to watch not only the road, but the student's movements as well.

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