Taking the wheel for the first time is a mix of excitement and responsibility. In England’s winding roads and bustling streets, it’s essential to start your driving journey with confidence and knowledge. Surrey Driving Force, one of the leading driving schools in the region, is here to steer you in the right direction with our top tips for first-time drivers.

Get to Know Your Vehicle

Before you ignite the engine, take a moment to familiarize yourself with your vehicle. Understand the basics of the car’s controls and features: from the lights and indicators to the wipers and demisters. Knowing how to operate your vehicle in all conditions is crucial for safety and confidence on the road.

Understand the Highway Code

The Highway Code is your bible on the roads of England. It’s not just about learning the rules to pass your test; it’s about understanding them to keep yourself and others safe. Surrey Driving Force emphasizes the importance of respecting speed limits, road signs, and markings – they are not just guidelines but the law.

Master the Art of Observation

Observation is key. Always be aware of your surroundings and anticipate the actions of other road users. Check your mirrors regularly, and remember the all-important ‘blind spot’ check before manoeuvring. At Surrey Driving Force, we teach you to read the road, not just the textbook.

Practice Makes Perfect

There’s no substitute for practice. The more you drive, the more comfortable you’ll become. Surrey Driving Force encourages learners to drive in various conditions – rain or shine, day or night. Each experience is a building block towards becoming a proficient driver.

Stay Calm and Drive On

Nerves are natural, but letting them take over can affect your driving ability. Learn relaxation techniques to keep calm. At Surrey Driving Force, we provide a supportive environment to ease anxiety and help you find your driving zen.

Develop a Defensive Driving Mindset

Defensive driving is about being prepared for the unexpected. Assume that other drivers may make mistakes and have a plan to avoid them. We teach you to stay alert, maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and always have an escape route in mind.

Take Your Time with Manoeuvres

Manoeuvres can be daunting for new drivers. Whether it’s parallel parking or reversing around a corner, take it slow. Surrey Driving Force instructors give step-by-step guidance to help you master each manoeuvre with precision and patience.

Ask Questions

Never hesitate to ask your instructor questions, no matter how trivial they may seem. Our instructors at Surrey Driving Force are not just teachers; they are your driving partners, ready to clarify and explain any doubts you have.

Embrace Technology, But Don’t Rely On It

Modern cars are equipped with advanced technology to aid driving. While features like parking sensors and lane-assist can be helpful, they should not replace driving skills. We ensure you learn the fundamentals so you can drive any car with confidence.

Keep Learning, Even After You Pass

Passing your driving test is a milestone, but it’s only the beginning. Consider taking additional courses, such as motorway driving or even a Pass Plus scheme, to further develop your skills.


At Surrey Driving Force, we’re committed to helping you navigate the road to success. Remember, driving is a continuous learning experience, and with these tips, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a safe, confident, and responsible driver on England’s roads.

Embark on your driving journey with Surrey Driving Force – where every lesson puts you one step closer to mastering the roads.