Before you start learning how to drive you must be 17 and the holder of a valid provisional licence.
This can be obtained by completing a D1 Form which is available from a Car Tax issuing post office. This needs to be returned with your birth certificate or passport and a passport sized photo for identification purposes. Alternatively you can apply online by clicking on the link provided below.
The current cost of a provisional licence is £43 by post and £34 when applying online. You can be apply up to three months before your 17th birthday. Providing a valid provisional licence is available to view, a Driving lesson can be given on your 17th birthday.
Your First Driving Lesson
On your first driving lesson your Driving Instructor will issue you with one of our welcome packs and will recommend useful publications and training aids.
These can be supplied if required. Your instruction will be provided on a one to one basis and we will always honour the full 60 minutes of each lesson.
The current average amount of lessons required to pass your driving test is about 45 hours of professional tuition combined with 22 hours of private practice.
We highly recommend two hour driving lessons if possible. In a two hour lesson the Instructor can cover much more ground, this is particularly beneficial in the beginning. We find that pupils learn quicker and pass with fewer lessons if they have two hour lessons at a time.
The Theory Test
The Theory Test must be passed before you take the practical exam. This is is a multiple choice computerised test and there is also a Hazard Perception Test.
We can advise on the learning materials required and our Instructors will be there to advise and provide you with support at every stage.
The multiple choice section consists of 50 questions which you will be required to answer in 57 minutes. This part of the test requires you to answer the questions by touching the correct box on the touch screen computer.
The system is very easy to use and before you actually start the test you have the option of a 15 minute practice session before the real test begins. Throughout the test you have the option to flag any questions that you would like to come back to a bit later on. So when you’ve reached question 50 you can go back to any that you’ve flagged.
Also make sure you use all the time available to go over all the questions again just in case you’ve made any obvious mistakes. The PASS MARK for this section is 43 out of 50. When you have finished the multiple choice section you can have a 3 minute break before the Hazard Perception section starts.
The Hazard Perception Test
The Hazard Perception element of the Driving Theory Test was introduced by the DVSA on 14th November 2002.
This test will be taken at the same time as The Theory Test and will take about an extra 20 minutes. The object is to identify up to 15 hazards as quickly as possible from 14 video clips.
Before the real Hazard Perception Test begins you have a tutorial which shows you what you need to do for the test. You can repeat this tutorial one more time if you need to.
The test requires you to spot the hazards in the clips by clicking on the mouse button as soon as you see the hazard develop. The earlier you spot the hazard the higher your score will be. A Hazard is anything that could cause you, the driver to change speed or direction.
The Pass Mark for this section is 44 out of 75.
The Driving Test
There are 5 parts to the driving test:
- Eyesight check
- ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
- General driving ability
- Reversing your vehicle
- Independent driving
The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars. You’ll drive for around 35-45 minutes or around 70 minutes if you’re taking an extended driving test because you’ve been banned from driving.
You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:
- 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
- 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC. You’ll fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check. The test will end.
‘Show me, tell me’ questions
You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. The ‘tell me’ question will be asked at the start of your test, before you start driving. The
‘show me’ question will be asked while you’re driving.
Your general driving ability
You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways. The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes aren’t published, so you can’t check them before your test. You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:
- Normal stops at the side of the road
- Pulling out from behind a parked vehicle
- Hill start
- You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:
- Parallel park at the side of the road
- Park in a parking bay – either by driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
- Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic
You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:
- Directions from a sat nav – They’ll set the sat nav up for you. You can’t use your own sat nav.
- Traffic signs – If you can’t see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.
The examiner will tell you which you have to follow. The examiner won’t give you a fault for taking a wrong turning so don’t worry if you go the wrong way they will help you get back on the route if you do.
If you make mistakes during your test
You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious. The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.
Driving test faults and your result
There are 3 types of faults you can make:
- Dangerous fault – this involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
- Serious fault – something potentially dangerous
- Driving fault – this isn’t potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same fault, it could become a serious fault
You’ll pass your driving test if you make:
- No more than 15 driving faults (sometimes called ‘minors’)
- No serious or dangerous faults (sometimes called ‘majors’)
If you pass your test the examiner will tell you what faults you made, if any. Then they will give you a pass certificate and ask you if you want your full licence to be sent to you automatically – give the examiner your provisional licence if you want to do this.
Good quality teaching is worth paying for. Our prices are as follows:
Areas we cover
Below are the areas we cover. We also have Instructors who cover surrounding areas so if an area convenient to you is not listed below please don’t hesitate to call 01902 272727 to find out if we can provide you with tuition: