The First step: Before starting your driving lessons you will need to apply for your first provisional driving licence Information on how to get a driving licence can be found by clicking this link
Finding a driving instructor who can offer you regular lessons is crucial to speed up your learning process. Because driving instructors have a diary full of customers all wanting regular lessons you will need to make sure that they can fit you in around your availability each week. My advice is pre-book the same spot each week to ensure continuity. You’ll also want to choose a driving instructor who has good customer reviews and is well recommended by people who have taken lessons with them previously.
Driving lessons start with a conversation between you and your driving instructor to establish the lesson plan and any previous experience that may influence the driving session. Your driving instructor may ask you what topics you would like to cover on the driving lesson and ask questions to establish your theory knowledge of the subject.
For your safety and that of other road users including pedestrians, your driving instructor will establish a risk plan and clearly identify whose responsibility it will be for what actions taken on the lesson: For example – your driving instructor will tell you that they will be responsible for talking you through the entire topic, or you will share the responsibility or they may suggest that they will coach you as required with well guided questions.
It is extremely important that you understand your role and responsibility during each lesson because it will help your confidence grow quickly and insure good progress is learnt with each driving lesson taken. As each of your driving lessons progress your driving instructor will evaluate what has been learnt with you and discuss the next phase of your training to continually improve your ability.
The theory test: It is recommended that you prepare to take the theory test as early in your learning as possible. There are two reasons for this, One: Knowing the theory will help speed up your learning progress. Two: You cannot book a practical driving test until you have passed the theory test first, and if you delay the theory you could also be delaying your practical driving test date especially when the waiting list is a few months in advance.
The theory test can be taken locally in most cities and towns across the UK, to find and book a test with your nearest Driving Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) theory test centre click here.
Good Theory preparation is vital to passing the test at the first attempt. I recommend reading the Highway code from cover to cover and using a reputable online company such as Theory Test Pro to help with study and MOCK tests. You can register with them by clicking here
Booking a driving test:
Before booking a practical driving test speak with your instructor first. It is important that the date you select fits in with your instructors schedule, and allows them enough time to get you to the required driving test standard.
How do you know when you are at a high enough standard to take your practical driving test?
You should be able to continually drive to a high standard on each of your driving lessons without making major or dangerous mistakes. If you are good one lesson and bad the next then you’re not quite ready and require more practice. If you still need the assistance of your instructor talking you through areas of driving then again more practice is needed. A good indication of how test ready you are is to take a MOCK driving test, this is where your instructor will take on the role of an examiner and conduct the driving lesson as though you were on a proper driving test. Some driving instructors use another instructor to conduct a MOCK test in order to create the realism of the test.
It is quite common for people to book an intensive driving course, so that they learn quickly and avoid taking lessons every week. Intensive driving courses can take one to four weeks to complete. Please click here for further information.
If you want to know what the pracitcal test waiting time is in your area follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test. You will have to enter you licence number, name and address, don’t worry you are not committing yourself to anything and you can simply leave the page after checking dates.
Pauline and Kev are our customer service staff and are very keen to answer any of your questions. They will be able to discuss your existing experience if any and recommend a course of driving lessons to meet your circumstances.
Elite Driving School offer driving lessons in the following towns:
Hull Beverley Brough Hedon Withernsea York Leeds Lincoln
I wish you every success with you driving and a FIRST time pass.
Applying for your first provisional driving licence online click here
Applying is straight forward...
You can apply up to 3 months before you can start driving. You can normally start driving on your 17th birthday if you want to drive a car and your 16th birthday if you want to drive a motorcycle or moped.
If you’re getting the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) you can drive at 16.