If you didn’t know already, the UK driving test is changing from the 4th December 2017 (not a very nice Christmas present, is it?). We are updating you with the most recent changes made by the DVSA. It was released on the 13th September 2017, that there would be revised changes to the ‘Show me’…
Prior to taking the next step and beginning your driving lessons.
The minimum age in the UK to start driving lessons is 17. However, those that want to start driving should be in possession of a UK provisional license issued by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency).
The initial step is to acquire a provisional license. If a person wanted to begin their driving lessons as soon as they turned 17, it is possible to apply for a provisional license three months before that person’s 17th birthday. It will arrive before their birthday but will not be valid until that day.
If a person is entitled to mobility allowance, they can apply for their provisional license at the age of 16.
Another step to consider would be to take up some essential reading either during your driving lessons or before you begin them. The Highway Code is recommended, along with preparing for your hazard perception and driving theory to ensure you are well equipped with the right knowledge for your tests. There’s a variety of resources available on the internet.
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Learning to drive is an exciting time for anyone.
It’s natural for those that are eager to begin driving to want to pass as soon as possible and get out there.
Below, we’ve listed some steps that have the potential to cut down the overall length of your working process.
Apply for your provisional licence early as it will take roughly three weeks for it to be processed by the DVLA and then extra time for your licence to be delivered. Some may opt to apply for their provisional two months prior to turning 17.
If you send off your application early, you will be able to begin your driving lessons soon after your birthday.
Learn your theory
Along with applying early for your provisional licence, you may want to learn the highway code which will help with your Theory Test. You will then have a full understanding of procedures on the road, the signs and the markings you will come across when you are learning to drive.
Bump up your hourly lessons
Driving lessons are often split into one-hour sessions, however, it is considered to be advantageous to designate up to two hours of driving training per lesson. If you do manage to extend your hours to a couple of two-hour sessions could potentially reduce the overall learning time scale.
A disadvantage of only having a one-hour lesson is there not being enough time to fully learn a subject and practice it, whereas two-hour lessons will give you that extra time.
By having your car that is used for learning insured, you will be able to practice the routines and subjects learned in your driving lessons. This will be useful to avoid repetitive sessions. There are manoeuvres that will need to be practiced often to perfect, where your insured car will come in handy.
Keep in mind that you must always be accompanied by a full licence holder that is over the age of 21 and has 3+ experience in driving and display learner plates at the front and rear of the vehicle.
The time will come when your instructor believes you are almost there regarding taking your test. It is advisable to consult your local test centre seeking out the current waiting times for booking a practical test. It’s possible that you could be waiting weeks, even months thus meaning this extra time will lengthen how long it takes for you to pass your test. Discuss a suitable booking time with your instructor which can allow for a wise use of the waiting period between then and the day of your driving test to finish your training.
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