Driving SchoolsLearning to drive is one of the most liberating things you can achieve. The freedom given from being able to get in a car on your own will open your horizons. When you are ready to begin driving lessons there are a few things to consider.
1. Are you over 17 years of age and do you have a Provisional Licence?
It is only legal to drive in the UK if you are over 17 years of age. To demonstrate that you are of correct age and are eligible to drive (and therefore begin lessons on the road) you will also need a Provisional Licence. You apply for a Provisional Licence by filling in a form online or from the Post Office.
If you are not yet 17 then you can still begin learning. Some centres have simulators in their schools which are set up like a car and can help you with some of the basics. Using a simulator means that when you can train on the road, you do so with a real head start. Remember, there are no restrictions on when you start learning your Highway Code.
2. Who do you want to learn with?
There are a lot of driving schools, driving instructors and driving centres in your local area, you can start narrowing down the list by asking friends and relatives about places they learned to drive. Most driving schools will also have a website so you can read through their company information and make a more informed choice.
3. How much time do you want to commit to learning to drive?
There are Intensive Courses available for people who want to learn quickly or who perhaps have prior experience and feel confident in an Intensive Course. Most Instructors will offer 1 and 2 hour lessons once or twice a week. It is important that you feel comfortable in your selection so you learn successfully.
4. What tests do I need to Pass before I can drive alone?
You must pass your Driving Theory Test and Hazard Perception Test before you can attempt to pass the Practical Driving Test.
On your Theory Test you are tested on your knowledge of the Highway Code. At this time you will also take a Hazard Perception Test which takes place through interacting with a computer screen and responding to questions.
Your Practical Test takes place as an approximately 50 minute drive with a qualified Driving Examiner this is the test that your driving instructor will spend most time preparing for. If you successfully pass this test then you can legally drive on your own.