Embarking on your first driving lesson is an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. It’s a crucial step towards gaining the independence and freedom that comes with driving. While everyone’s first driving lesson may differ slightly, there are certain common elements and expectations. In this blog post, we will guide you through what to expect on your first driving lesson with Mutlows, helping you feel prepared and confident as you embark on this important journey.

Meeting Your Instructor:

Your first driving lesson typically starts with meeting your driving instructor. They will introduce themselves, discuss the lesson plan, and ask you a few questions to assess your prior knowledge and experience with driving. This is also a good time to discuss any specific concerns or goals you may have for your lessons.

Getting Familiar with the Vehicle:

Once you’re introduced to your instructor, you’ll head to the car. Expect a brief introduction to the vehicle and its controls. The instructor will explain the function of various components such as the steering wheel, pedals (accelerator, brake, and clutch if applicable), gear shift, indicators, windshield wipers, and mirrors. Take this opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the vehicle.

Basic Driving Skills and Techniques:

Your first lesson will focus on basic driving skills and techniques. You’ll start by familiarising yourself with the starting and stopping procedures, as well as how to use the clutch, if applicable. The instructor will guide you through simple manoeuvres, such as moving off and stopping, steering control, and changing gears (if driving a manual transmission car). Expect to drive in a controlled environment, such as an empty car park or quiet residential area, to practice these fundamental skills.

Observation and Mirrors:

Observation is a critical aspect of safe driving. Your instructor will emphasise the importance of regularly checking your mirrors, scanning the road, and being aware of your surroundings. They will guide you on proper mirror usage, checking blind spots, and anticipating potential hazards. You’ll learn how to use your mirrors effectively to maintain situational awareness while driving.

Traffic Rules and Regulations:

During your first driving lesson, your instructor will introduce you to basic traffic rules and regulations. This includes understanding and obeying traffic signs, signals, and road markings. They will explain concepts such as right-of-way, speed limits, and the importance of signaling. While this overview won’t cover everything, it will provide a foundation for your future driving lessons.

Duration and Progression:

Typically, the first driving lesson lasts around one hour. The duration may vary depending on your booking/package and your comfort level. Your instructor will gradually increase the complexity of the driving tasks as you gain more confidence and experience. Expect to progress from basic manoeuvres to more advanced skills like lane changes and navigating different road conditions in subsequent lessons.

Questions and Feedback:

Throughout the lesson, don’t hesitate to ask us questions if something is unclear. Your instructor is there to help you and provide guidance. They will also provide constructive feedback on your driving skills, highlighting areas where you can improve. Remember, learning to drive is a gradual process, and it’s normal to make mistakes. The important thing is to listen to your instructor’s advice and work on refining your skills.


Your first driving lesson marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards becoming a competent driver. By understanding what to expect on your first lesson, from meeting your instructor to practicing basic driving skills and learning traffic rules, you can approach the experience with confidence and enthusiasm. Embrace the opportunity to learn and grow, and remember that practice, patience, and a positive mindset will help you progress and become a skilled driver in no time.