Setting Achievable Goals for Your Driving Lessons

Setting Achievable Goals for Your Driving Lessons

Starting your journey towards earning your driving license is an exciting milestone, but it can also seem a bit overwhelming. There’s a lot to learn and a lot of responsibility wrapped up in becoming a safe road user. 

Setting reasonable and achievable goals for your driving lessons is not just a strategy; it’s a powerful tool. It can help you overcome the initial complexity of learning how to drive, boost your motivation, and build your confidence step by step. These goals can range from what you want to get from your next lesson to covering specific aspects of driving that you’re not yet comfortable with.

The expert driving instructors at NorthWest Driving School have been helping new drivers earn their licenses for decades. Here are their tips on setting achievable goals for your Nevada driving lessons.

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Setting Smaller Goals For Each Lesson

One of the best advice our instructors can give learner drivers is to set smaller, achievable goals for each lesson. These goals provide a clearer sense of direction and progression and act as milestones toward you becoming a fully qualified driver.

People are naturally keyed towards achievements and progression, so setting and hitting as part of your driving lessons will help to motivate you and make you feel more confident behind the wheel. 

Goal setting also lets your driving instructor provide more focused and effective feedback. If they know what you want to achieve in the short term, they can focus on that particular aspect of driving and provide you with the instruction and reassurance you need. This personalized approach means that every driving lesson can be tailored to address your particular strengths and weaknesses, helping you remain motivated and enjoy the learning process.

Common Goals for Learner Drivers

Now that we’ve underlined the usefulness of setting goals for your driving lessons and the benefits they can provide let’s look at some common goals that our students typically use throughout their driving journey. You don’t have to copy them directly (although you are welcome to), but instead, you can use them as examples to help craft your own.


Understanding the basics of driving

One of the most common and important aspects of your early driving lessons is learning the basic operating principles of your vehicle and the rules of the road. You should let your instructor know if you’re nervous about covering these basics. They will be able to walk you through the functions of critical aspects of your car, such as the indicators, headlights, and windscreen wipers, as well as how to adjust your mirrors and how to start the vehicle.

Knowing the basics of the Nevada rules of the road can give you more confidence when taking your first driving lessons. You can download a copy of the Nevada driving regulations from the DMV, meaning that you can review them in your own time. However, having your driving instructor help you through any sections you are confused by is a great way to solidify your grip on the rules. 

Not Stalling the Car 

Stalling is one of the most common mistakes when learning to drive a manual car. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most stressful. When pulling away from the traffic lights, other drivers can be less than patient, and nothing ratchets up the stress levels like a beeping horn. If you’re concerned about stalling, talk to your instructor, and they can help you master the balance between the clutch and accelerator pedal. This can even be done in a car park, so you have a firm handle on using the clutch before hitting the road.

Mastering Parallel Parking

Parallel parking can be one of the most stressful maneuvers a learner driver must master. It requires excellent control over your vehicle and accurate judgment of space and distance. There’s also the added pressure of not damaging other people’s cars if you misjudge the maneuver. Focusing on mastering parallel parking as a priority can help bed in the skills needed to park effectively and safely and reduce the anxiety you feel about parking on busy streets.

Driving in Different Weather Conditions

While learning to drive in the snow might not seem a priority during June in Nevada, it’s a vital skill to master. Not every state enjoys the near-constant sunshine of Las Vegas, and if you want to take a trip to Minnesota or New York state, you’ll need to know how to control a vehicle when there’s ice and snow on the road. 

Learning how to drive and maintain your car during the hottest parts of a Nevada summer is just as important. Cars can overheat, and the road temperature changes braking distance and tire pressure. If you break down on a desert road, you’ll need supplies of water and shade that drivers in other states don’t usually carry with them. A good instructor can talk you through all of this, ensuring you stay safe no matter where you travel.

Achieving Your Goals With NWDS

Setting and hitting goals as part of your driving lessons is an excellent way to cover aspects of learning to drive safely that you might have concerns over and increase your motivation and satisfaction as part of the learning journey.

If you’re looking for a driving school in Nevada that focuses on your needs and helps you meet your goals, then NWDS is precisely what you’re looking for. Our experienced driving instructors are here to help you conquer your fears and earn your license, so contact NorthWest Driving School today to book your lessons.

David Cook
Certified Instructor, NV DMV

David Cook was raised in the State of Oregon and graduated the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s and master’s in music education. David moved to California and taught music in the public schools for several years and then moved…Read More