How to drive a car

Learn how to drive a car with my driving lesson help guide.

This guide and all the videos were filmed by me, Paul, a driving instructor with 20 years of experience in the driving tuition industry. I have taught well over 1,000 people to drive in real life as well as thousands of driving instructors and even some driving test examiners have emailed me to say they have learnt from my work.

This how to drive guide was originally made just for pupils that learnt with me. Around 2015 I decided to open it up to be available to everyone so that everyone can benefit from it.

Scroll further down this page to see a directory of pages written by me. I’ll go over each subject with video demonstrations included from myself and pupils.

The videos above show me teaching Lucy to drive over a 42 hour course of lessons. Click the menu button at the top right of the video box below to select the topic you want to see.

How to drive a car

Click on the links below to be taken to pages full of detailed written information on each topic. Each page also contains shorter clips from Lucy’s lessons.

The black links below are topics which don’t have pages on my site but are covered in my YouTube videos. Just search my YouTube channel to find them.

Bay parking


Car controls

Changing up gears

Changing down gears

Clutch control



Dual carriageways

Emergency stop

Emerging from junctions

Moving off

Gas then clutch or clutch then gas?

How to move off quickly in a manual car

How to move off uphill and downhill

Parallel parking

Pulling over/stopping

Right reverse


Beckett’s farm roundabout

Maypole roundabout

Setting the car up

Show me tell me

Three point turn

Turning left

Turning right

What is undue hesitation in the driving test?