Lessons Question page
old do I have to be to start Driving Lessons? For most of
us it is 17 years but if you are currently getting Disability
Living Allowance at the higher rate (mobility component) you
can start at 16.
can, however, apply for a Provisional Licence when you are
16 (because at that age you are able to ride a moped) - so
if you are keen to start - apply for a provisional well before
your 17th birthday to get a Driver Number so you can the book
your theory test for your 17th birthday!
to Driving School home How soon after becoming 17 can I pass
my Driving test? 3 weeks is about the quickest and the way
to do this is:
for your provisional licence 3 months before your birthday.
soon as you receive it book your theory test for your birthday
and your first lesson with us the day after.
well so you pass the Theory test first time
test waiting times are 4-6 weeks, but we can usually get you
one within far quicker - so as long as you are able to take
whatever lessons you need quickly we should be able to get
you through your test within 2/3 weeks after your birthday.
to Driving School home How do I apply for a first provisional
license & how much does it cost? If you have never held a
driving license before you will need to apply for a provisional
license. You must:
1. Complete driving licence application form D1 and photo
card application form D750 (available from most post offices)
Enclose original documentation confirming your identity, either
valid Current Passport
of Registry of Birth (Provided your name is present on the
Card issued by a member state of the EC/EEA
Documents issued by the Home Office
of Naturalisation or Registration If your name is now different
from that shown on the document you submit to confirm your
identity, you must also supply original documentary evidence
to confirm your change of name e. Marriage Certificate, Decree
Absolute or Decree Nisi papers, Deed Poll or Statutory Declaration
Enclose a photograph of you which must be:
passport-type and size (size of image 45 mm x 35 mm) - Not
black & white
recent and true likeness, showing the full face, with no hat,
helmet or sunglasses •Taken against a plain, evenly lit and
on the reverse by the person who has completed section 5 of
your D750 form (if you enclose any document other than a full
valid current United Kingdom passport). Unless you send a
full valid current United Kingdom passport with your application
you must have the reverse of your photograph signed by either:
?An MP ?A Magistrate ?A Minister of Religion ?A professionally
qualified person (e. engineer, lawyer, teacher et) ie someone
with letters after their name ?A local councilor ?A bank officer
?A civil servant ?A police officer; or ?Someone of similar
standing. This person must have known you personally for at
least two years and must not be a relative and must also complete
section 5 of your D750 form.
Enclose the appropriate fee, which at Feb 2013 is £50.
Send the whole lot off to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD Note that
if this is your first license application then you cannot
legally drive until you have received the license. Back to
Driving School home How to save money learning to drive "Prepare
well and choose wisely" Latest figures from the Department
of Transport say that on average pupils passing their Driving
test take 49 hours of Driving lessons with a Driving Instructor
plus 20 hours of practice.
at an average price of £20 per lesson (£25 with some) its
going to cost you over a £1,000 (including test fees)- OUCH!!
- get hold of The Highway Code, Driving Manual and Know your
Traffic signs - each are best purchased from Amazon or Ebay.
You can either pay an Instructor to teach you all that is
in those books or you can do it yourself! Ideally you should
know everything about driving before you take your first driving
your Instructor wisely - Find out as much as possible BEFORE
you book a driving lesson - We provide Videos specifically
so you can see the type & personality of the instructor to
ensire they are right for you
book one lessons - tell you why like all industries you are
going to get the good and the not so good. You are paying
for Driving lessons and that means you actually driving the
car - Yes!. According to the RAC average mileage cost of running
a car is 52p per mile. So in one hour you want to be driving
- lets say 30mph which would equal 30 miles, but then with
maneouvres, start talk & end of lesson resume, etc.
say you actually cover say 1/2 of that = 15 miles at .52p
= £7.80 That is 1/3rd of the amount you are paying for your
Driving lesson!. So a good Instructor who does want to give
the best for you will let you drive - one thats not got your
interests at heart may keep you talking at the roadside (cos
he saves money when you are not driving).
if you are restricted in driving you are going to need more
lessons!!!!. So the first lesson is the test - a good Instructor
will test you to find out what you already know, work around
that and get you driving. The not so good will probably spend
a lot of the lesson talking to you and possibly telling you
things that you already know.
call - who is going to get you through a test quicker and
more cheaply??? So try before you buy - and quite realistically
we give you a 1st lesson moneyback guarantee Back to Driving
School home How to choose a Driving Instructor This can be
the difficult one - there are many Driving Instructors, many
Schools with different prices and all claim to be the best!
One thing is quite clear is that if you get the right one
you will save time and money, the wrong one could cost you
we are biased towards our Driving Instructors, but we do what
few other schools do. We publish a video introduction to them
and post their testimonials individually so you can read other
pupils experiences. That means that you can get a feel for
an Instructor before you book a trial lesson. Added to this
we also give a moneyback guarantee on your first lesson -
if you are not totally happy with your Instructor we will
refund that lesson cost in full.
to Driving School home How do I apply for a theory test &
how much does it cost? You can book online at www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test
or by phone on 0300 200 1122 Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.
You will need your driver number (from your provisional license)
and a credit/debit card to pay the appropriate fee. For more
details of how the test is conducted, etc. visit the DSA site
Back to Driving School home Can I start driving lessons before
I have passed my theory test? Yes - we suggest that you do
so that the theory test will make more sense. Back to Driving
is allowed to teach or supervise me? Anyone who is at least
21 years old and have held a full EC motor car license for
at least 3 years can supervise and teach you - as long as
you do not pay them. Only a registered Driving Instructor
is allowed to charge money for teaching and supervising you.
It is illegal for anyone else to charge you - either in money
or "money's worth" (means that you cannot pay for the petrol
or work off the lessons or anything else) Anyone who does
not comply with these requirements could be liable to a fine
up to £1,000, disqualification or 3-6 penalty points (as could
the learner driver).
to Driving School home How do I apply for a Driving test &
how much does it cost? You can book by phone on 0300 200 1122
or at www.gov.uk/book-practical-driving-test
theory test pass certificate number
driver number shown on your licence
personal details (name, address, day / evening telephone numbers)
driving instructors code number - this ensures that they do
not book two tests for him at the same time
preferred date/ unacceptable days or periods
disability or special circumstances
credit / debit card number and its expiry date
note that if you wish to cancel your practical test appointment,
you must give us at least ten clear working days notice, not
counting the day DSA received your request and the day of
the test. If you don't give enough notice you will lose your
and weekday evening tests are available at some driving test
centres. The fee for these are higher than for a driving test
during normal working hours on weekdays. Evening tests are
available during the summer months only Back to Driving School
do I know when I am ready for my driving test? If you can
drive and control your car safely and competently, with due
care and anticipation of other road users, weather and traffic
conditions and can competently complete all of the maneuvers
then, and only then are you ready to pass your driving test.
must take advice from your instructor as to when you are ready
- too soon and it can be a costly and confidence shattering.
However enthusiastic and keen you are please bear in mind
that your driving test will be the first occasion when you
are let loose on your own - if the examiner intervenes then
the test is automatically terminated.
Driving Instructor therefore will have to assess how safe
you are and also how safe his car will be in your hands. So
please do not go off and book a test before he advises that
your ready - we do not like to have to refuse the use of our
car for test. Back to Driving School home.