guide is all you need to know to start learning.
months before your 17th birthday you can apply for your provisional
license – or as soon as you're 16, if you're disabled and
receiving mobility allowance. Then once you're 17, you can
legally drive a car on public roads in the UK. It's okay to
start practising on private land, as long as the site is gated
and far away from public highways. But remember, supermarket
car parks are classed as public roads, so don't use these.
you start learning, make sure you can read a number plate
in good daylight from 20.5 metres away – that's about five
car lengths. For the new-style number plates (that were introduced
on September 2001), the distance is 20 metres. If you wear
glasses or contacts, that's fine. Just make sure you always
wear them when driving.
your 'L' plates
you're learning, you'll need to put 'L' plates (or 'D' plates
in Wales) on the front and back of your car – somewhere they
can be seen easily. And you're only allowed to drive with
someone who's passed their test, is over 21 and has been driving
for three years or more. Your 'L' plates also have to meet
legal specification - so buy them rather trying to knock some
up yourself. Whenever the car is driven by someone who’s passed,
the plates need to come off or be covered up.