Driving Lesson 1


How should I prepare for Lesson 1? To get the most out of this lesson and achieve the expected outcomes from this lesson, you should have familiarised yourself with:

  • the Rules of the Road;
  • the vehicle you will be taking the lessons in and its controls;
  • and the information on preparing for safety checks.

You should also have practiced with your ADI, Sponsor, or both:

  • to use the vehicle’s primary controls such as steering wheel and brakes;
  • to use the secondary controls such as windscreen wipers and lights;
  • driving in quiet and safe conditions;
  • some basic manoeuvres such as starting and stopping.

You should practice for at least three hours before your first EDT lesson.

What is the objective for Lesson 1?

During your first lesson your ADI should make sure that:

  • you can carry out appropriate start vehicle checks,
  • including checking the   of the vehicle;
  • and you understand the vehicle’s primary and secondary controls and know how to use them correctly.

What is the minimum this first lesson should cover?

At the very least, this first lesson must cover:

  • the use of primary and secondary controls;
  • vehicle safety;
  • and vehicle roadworthiness.

Expected outcomes: what should I have learned at the end of Lesson 1?

Primary and secondary controls

At the end of the first lesson, you should be familiar with the pre-start vehicle check and know the location and function of the following, and be able to show you know how to use them:

  • footbrake
  • handbrake or parking brake
  • steering
  • gears
  • accelerator and clutch (where fitted)
  • windscreen wipers and washers
  • lights and refl ectors
  • horn
  • front and rear demisters
  • windows, doors and locks.
  • You should also be able to explain why their correct and appropriate use is important to your own safety and that of other road users.
  • Vehicle safety

You should be able to explain:

  • what routine safety checks should be performed on a vehicle and demonstrate how to do these;
  • the main reasons why a vehicle may not be roadworthy;
  • the safety and legal consequences of driving a vehicle that is not roadworthy;
  • and the main points to take into account when carrying out safety checks;

You should also be able to explain:

  • the positive environmental impact of proper use of primary and secondary controls;
  • how to plan a journey;
  • and where relevant,
  • journey information may be available.