How do I Start?
Driving on your own opens up a whole new world of independence. Learning to pass your driving test means you will not only gain a new qualification but you will acquire skills and confidence which will enable you to have decades of safe motoring.
Before you can start learning to drive
The minimum age for driving on the road is 17 years and you must hold a signed provisional licence. However, you can apply for a provisional licence before your 17th birthday. (If you are receiving Disability Living Allowance at the highest level you can apply at 16 years of age). The D1 forms are available from the Post Office or you can apply online by following this link: DVLA - Applying for a provisional driving licence
You must make sure your eyesight is of a certain standard. You will need to be able to read a previous style number plate from 20.5 metres away or 20 metres for a new format number plate.
Once you have gained some experience on the road you may be recommended to put in for your Theory test. This consists of a multi choice section and a hazard perception section - both of which must be passed to obtain a Pass Certificate. You will need a pass certificate in order to apply for the Practical test.
When driving you need to learn key skills which along with a drivers record, shows that you can drive consistently, without prompting before you are ready to take your practical test. You can download a Drivers Record here: www.direct.gov.uk
Check out my Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Section for more information or give me a call - I will be happy to advise.
Created on Monday, January 15th, 2007 and was last updated on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019