Can we call a man who doesn’t drive yet an unfinished man? We seem to put a lot of importance on someone’s ability to drive. Well, I’m not going to go as far as to accuse someone who can’t drive of being “unfinished”. But if you’re a young adult who is thinking about learning to drive, then things are going to seem complex at first!
Here’s a quick guide that will help you get your head around the whole thing!
Choosing a driving instructor
There are two kinds of driving instructor: licensed, and illegal. Driving instructors need to be legally registered as such. Let’s say that a person is offering a paid service that works towards you getting a driving license. But you find out they’re not actually registered as a driving instructor. They’re offering you driving instruction illegally!
Driving instructors need to be licensed by whatever state they reside in. Of course, you can accrue a bunch of training hours with an adult who has a driving license. But these hours aren’t the same as formal driving lessons. Formal driving lessons can only be overseen by someone with the right credentials. Otherwise, you’re simply wasting your time and money. So make sure they’re legal before you work with them!
Remember that a driving instructor doesn’t have to work formally for a driving instruction company. Freelance driving instructors do exist, and may be able to teach you for a better deal. But you may need to be extra cautious when it comes to checking their credentials.
Don’t expect your first car to be a stunner
You need your first car to be practical. You also want it to be fairly cheap. The tragic truth about this whole thing is that you’re likely to get into a minor accident at some point in your first year or two. Inexperienced drivers simply don’t have the years of accumulated driving knowledge under the belt.
What this translates into is this: it’s not recommended that you get something expensive and flashy for your first ride. Not only will the insurance be incredibly high, but you’re also going to have to pay even more in basic repairs. And you will need basic repairs sooner rather than later.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t look into a car that’s configured for you. In fact, such a car might be best for a new driver. Companies like DriveK allow you to do just this. They also give you a bunch of information about the kind of car you should be driving. After all, there are a wealth of types out there. Before you even think about the model, you have to consider what kind of power you want the car to run on!
Ask for help if you need it
You probably know loads of people who already drive. You should seek the advice of many different people among different age groups. Modern driving education has a lot of differences when compared to the lessons of a few decades ago. Remember this when deciding who to speak to.
People who have passed their test more recently will be able to help you out more with the lessons and tests themselves. Older drivers will be able to help more with practical, “real life” application.