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How long are lessons?
Lessons are at least one hour, although we recommend two hours. Years of experience of driver training has told us that two hour lessons are far more productive than just one hour, as more repetition can take place. In addition, time is not lost travelling to a suitable training sight from the place of pick up, so lesson content will flow more consistently and seamlessly. As a result, a fewer number of lessons should be needed overall to pass the driving test, which saves the pupil money.
How many lessons will I need?
Each individual learns at a different rate. According to statistics from the Driving Standards Agency, a learner driver who passes their driving test has had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training combined with 22 hours of private practice. However, this is the national average figure and many pass with far fewer lessons. Your instructor will provide you with a detailed lesson structure and advise you on your progress using a Driver's Record Card as recommended by the Driving Standards Agency. This will include a guide of what to practice between lessons when you have a car and supervising driver available.
Should I practise between lessons?
Any practice is good practice. If you have a suitable vehicle and accompanying driver to carry out private practice between lessons, your instructor will give you their professional advice on what you should work on. Each individual pupil progresses differently, and each vehicle has different characteristics, so your instructor will develop your instruction accordingly. Just because a friend may be doing something different with another instructor, it doesn't mean either one is wrong.
What is the minimum age I can start learning to drive? I hear they're putting it up to 18
You need to be 17 years old to legally drive on the public road. You can apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday. You cannot take the theory test before you are 17 years old, but if you have a provisional licence before you are 17, you are permitted to book it in readiness for when you are.
If you are receiving disability living (mobility) allowance at the higher rate, your provisional licence will come into effect when you are 16, but you can apply for it within three months of your 16th birthday.
There are rumours that the minimum age is going to be raised to 18, but at the moment there are no plans by the DVLA for this to be implemented.
How do I get a provisional driving licence?
You can pick up an application form for a provisional licence (D1 Pack) from a Post Office, or you can order one online here.
What does the theory test involve?
Please see our Driving Test page and the government's Theory Test website.
How do I book a test?
You can find information on booking both theory and practical tests here.
Will my instructor help me get ready for the theory test?
Yes. It is a good idea to take some practical lessons before the theory test to help develop your knowledge. Your instructor can also supply, at reduced cost, official theory home study materials (books and DVDs).
What are the ' show me / tell me' questions all about?
These questions were introduced to the driving test in 2003, but were updated in July 2008. They involve answering two questions on basic vehicle safety checks. These questions will be supplied by and covered by your instructor during the course of your lessons. They can also be viewed here.
Can I take lessons in my own car?
This might be possible. It depends on your insurance policy. Some policies have exclusions on using your vehicle for professional driving tuition. You will need to check your policy conditions prior to booking lessons, and proof of a valid insurance policy will need to be seen by your instructor at the start of the first lesson. We would suggest that using your instructor's dual controlled vehicle would be the best and safest option.
Will I share my lesson with another learner sat in the back?
No. This is sometimes known as 'piggy backing' as is done to save the instructor time between lessons by picking up the next pupil before the end of the previous lesson. We see this as totally unacceptable, as you are paying your instructor for that time.
My friend had another examiner sat in the back seat on their test, could this happen to me?
Unfortunately, yes. The DSA examiners are regularly 'check tested' themselves to ensure quality standards are met and that learner drivers like yourself are being tested fairly. If this happens, you need to remember that the examiner in the back of the car is watching the other examiner, not you. They will make themselves as inconspicuous as possible so as not to put you off.
Can a friend or relative come along and sit in the back of my lesson?
Yes. Up to three people can sit in the back but you do have to ask for permission in advance.
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