What age do I need to be before I can legally Drive a car?
Normally, for car drivers, the earliest date your provisional licence can become valid is your 17th birthday, you can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday. If you are receiving disability living allowance at the higher rate your provisional licence will come into effect when you are 16, but you can apply for it within three months of your 16th birthday. Use the following link for more information: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/LearnerAndNewDrivers/TheoryTest/index.htm
Do I have to pass the Theory Test before I can start to drive?
No but you must pass the Theory Test before taking your Driving Test.
How many lessons am I likely to need?
It will take around 40-45 hours of professional training and if possible
around 22 hours private practice. Some people need more lessons and practice than others. One session of 1.5 hours per week will normally be enough to be ready for the practical test
within 6 months.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has produced a Driver's Record to help you learn in a structured way. You may have received one with your provisional driving licence. This will help you monitor your progress and provide you with a lasting record of your achievement, however, I provide one to monitor your progress.
You will be ready for the test when you show that you have reached Level 5 in all the key skills on your Driver’s Record. Learners who pass first time have had good professional instruction and get plenty of practice, and don't take their test until they are ready. As a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor I have the knowledge and experience to advise you when this is.
THE PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST:
The driving test will last approx. 40 mins.
The test will begin with an eyesight check followed by one 'show me' question and one 'tell me' question regarding vehicle safety checks which your instructor should have covered with you. The examiner will be looking for a safe overall standard of driving giving you the chance to show your practical skills and understanding of the Highway Code. You will be tested in different road and traffic conditions and will be asked to perform one reversing manoeuvre and possibly the emergency stop. Click on the following link for more details: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/motoring/learnerandnewdrivers/practicaltest/dg_4022540