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What do I need to do before I can start driving?

You must have a Provisional Licence. Application form D1and photo card application D750 are available from most post offices.

It is also worthwhile having an eyesight test to check that you meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving. You must be able to read a standard number plate from 20.5m (56 Feet).

When can I start to drive?

The minimum age which you can legally drive a car on the public roads is 17.

If you are disabled and in receipt of mobility allowance, the minimum age is 16.

What am I not permitted to do?

Until the day you pass the practical part of the Driving Test you are not allowed to drive on your own or on a Motorway.

How Do I know Iím getting a good instructor?

 

If you are using a professional instructor make sure that they are registered with the DSA. They should have a pink badge if they are still in training and a green badge if they are fully qualified on display in the windscreen. Make sure the badge is still in date.  It is an offence to give instruction for profit or reward if you have not been properly trained and are not registered.

 

Ask what grade they are. The DSA must periodically assess all ADIís to ensure standard are maintained. Instructors are graded on the standard of their instruction and attitude toward the pupil. Instructors are graded 1 to 6. Get a 3 or below and they maybe removed from the register and not teach any more.

Only 7% of instructors gain a grade 6 rating.

How much are lessons?

This will depend on whether you are booking a single lesson or a course of lessons. Click here to view rates

How often should I have my lessons?

This will be entirely up to you but it is recommended that you have at least one 2-hour session per week. This would be most important in you live in an outlying area.

What is the cheapest way of booking my lessons?

The cheapest method is to 'block book' your lessons. Click here to view rates

How many driving lessons will I need to take?

Driving is a skill that some people learn quicker than others. For an absolute beginner the national average is 45 hours plus private practice, there are those on the other hand that require less hours because they perhaps have been driving for a while and need to 'brush up' on their skills before taking the test. You will be assessed at the end of each lesson and given feedback on your progress

What should I wear for my lessons?

Whatever you feel most comfortable in.  That is why I donít wear a suit and tie. Thin-soled shoe would be best so you can feel the foot peddles easily.

Do I need to pass the Theory Test before I can start my driving lessons?

No. In fact it is a very good idea to learn the theory whilst you are learning the practical as it can bring the subject alive making it easier to understand and remember.

What should I study to pass the Theory Test?

You must at lest read the Highway Code.

It is a good idea to read Driving The Essential Skills this is the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) handbook.

The Highway Code contains most of the main road signs and markings, Know Your Road Signs contains just about all of them.

These books, and many others, are available from www.amazon.co.uk

Where do I take my Theory Test?

There are Theory Test centres located all over the UK run by the DSA. To find out where your nearest centre is click here

Now that there is a Theory Test, will I still be asked questions at the end of my Practical Test?

No. The Practical Test and Theoretical Test are now completely separate.

Can a friend or relative teach me how to drive?

The Driving Standards Agency strongly recommends that you take lessons from an Approved Driving Instructor. If your friend or relative teaches you they must be over 21 years of age and have held a Full British Driving Licence for at least 3 years. It's worthwhile remembering too that learning with a friend or relative means you could pick up their bad habits

What happens on the day of my test?

The Practical Driving Test lasts 35 - 45 minutes and is conducted by a Driving Standards Agency Examiner.

It is conducted from your local driving test centre details of which you can find out from your instructor. First of all you are given an eyesight test to make sure you reach the minimum eyesight requirement. The examiner then assesses your ability to drive competently and safely and tests you on some of the manoeuvres you have covered in your lessons.

When I pass my test, do you provide any further courses?

Once you have passed your driving test it is recommended that you look at the 'Pass Plus' course which is designed to improve your driving skills in specific areas such as town, night and bad weather conditions. The course is 6 hours duration and is backed by insurance companies, Central Government and the Driving Standards Agency. There is no test at the end of the course and as a new driver you can get reduced premiums.

 

Someone I know wants to be a Driving Instructor what should they do?

 

Being an Instructor is a good job but donít fall for the glossy adds in the papers and on the TV. Although what they claim is technically achievable it is extremely hard to in reality. Best thing to do is go to your local test centre and have a chat with instructors where you live.  I would be more than happy to chat to your friend on this subject.

 

What is "Defensive Driving"?

 

Driving to save lives, time and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. Thinking and anticipating what other road users will do. Not just relying that it's "your right of way!"

 

 

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