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Your 5 Step Guide to Becoming a Qualified Driver

by Kamal Salar

If you want to become a qualified driver, it’s a process. It’s not as easy as just turning up and being allowed to drive. You’ll need determination and dedication to become a driver, and you’ll need to maintain this. You’re also going to need to factor in the fact that it’s expensive being a driver. There are quite a few decisions and steps you’ll need to go through at the start of the process. Here is a five-step guide you should follow if you want to become a qualified driver.

Image Credit: Sauerlaender

Image Credit: Sauerlaender

  1. Make a Decision That You Want to Be a Driver

Right at the start before you do anything else you need to come to a decision that you want to be a driver. It’s not something that everybody wants. And you need to give some thought to whether you want and need to be able to drive. It’s going to be an expensive process owning a car and being a driver. You might feel it’s an expense that you can’t justify. Or you might decide that you need a car in order to function in your daily life. Whatever the choice you’ll need to make this decision before you can proceed.

  1. Pick the Right School or Instructor

Okay, so you’ve decided you’d like to become a driver. Well, then the next step is going to be to take lessons. To do this, you’ll need to attend a driving school or use a driving instructor. It can be a daunting process trying to decide which school or instructor you should choose. It’s often difficult to know what the right choice is if you’ve never done this type of thing before. A good idea at this stage would be to consult friends or family members who drive. Find out what they did about getting lessons and what their experiences were like. This should help you in the decision-making process.

  1. Take Enough Lessons

You need to be sure that you take enough lessons. Learning to drive might be a long and arduous task. But remember, there’s no right or wrong length of time it should take somebody to learn. It’s down to personal preference. You just need to make sure that you’re happy with what you’re doing, and you take enough lessons to make you feel comfortable. You need to make sure you’ve had an adequate number of lessons to make you feel confident behind the wheel.

  1. Pass Your Theory

Once you feel as though you’ve had enough lessons you want to think about taking your theory test. You can do this alongside your lessons, so you don’t have to have taken all of them, don’t worry! You’ll need to find theory test centres in your area that you can visit to take the test. Your theory test is primarily common sense, but you’ll need to do a bit of study. Once you’ve passed your theory you’ll have much more confidence, and you’ll be ready for the next phase.

  1. Prepare for Your Practical

After you’ve done everything else, the final stage will be to prepare for your practical test. This is the physical act of actually passing your driving test. Don’t get too stressed if you fail your test because you’ll be able to retake it. But, this will, of course, cost you more money and stress. So it’s better to try to pass first time. Just try to relax, make sure you’ve had enough practice and take your time.


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