Why Learning to Drive at the Age of 17 is Better

It’s quite normal now for the younger generation to learn to drive as soon as they can. It is actually a really good idea. So, if you are 17, or are wanting to get someone driving lessons, here are some reasons why learning to drive when your younger, is easier. It has been found in…

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You’ve Passed Your Test, Now What?

Congratulations on passing your test and gaining a full licence!

You can now enjoy your new found freedom but you must remember that passing your driving test doesn’t necessarily mean you know everything, it is just your first step at becoming a skilled driver.

You will learn whilst driving and better improve your skills.

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New Year’s Resolution: Learn to Drive

With December just around the corner and the New Year following that, it might be about time we think about our resolutions.

This year, instead of picking one you’re likely to forget or break, we have a suggestion for you, only if you haven’t learnt yet: learning to drive!

Driving schools can provide students with great packages and offers that are tailored to suit them, Elite can even have you test ready in 66 days.

Learning to drive comes with an endless list of benefits, of course, you will have your own freedom and the ease of getting from A to B.

For more information about driving, check out our FAQ!

Before you start driving

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).

Provisional license

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.

Please visit the website if you would like to begin your driving lessons in the Hull area!


Tips for passing driving theory

Preparing for a practical driving test can be stressful and with the added pressure of needing to pass the theory prior to getting a full driving licence.

Elite Driving School have compiled a list of tips together to help those taking their theory achieve success.

First and foremost, in order to be prepared, you should:

Book you test

It is the obvious step however you have the option to book your theory at one of the many test centres nationwide. To find your nearest centre, you can visit the official website here.
Ensure you have your provisional licence with you, along with your credit/debit card as there will be a fee to pay.


The theory test will include fifty multiple question from a bank of over one thousand and the candidate will need to get over 90% of the questions correct to pass.

To make the revision easier, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has released a Theory Test Handbook that has a lot of useful tips and example questions that will help any candidate and is brilliant to revise from.

Hazard perception

After the candidate has completed the multiple choice question test, they will progress on to the hazard perception test.
The test will include a series of video clips that feature a variety of video clips that will feature a selection of driving hazards that the candidate will need to spot.

Click here to test your knowledge and practise scanning the road effectively, identifying any distraction and looking out for cyclists to make sure you are fully prepared.

Mock tests

If you believe you are ready for your theory test, there is a government-run website called Safe Driving for Life that enables users to try out a mock test, exclusive to the multiple choice test only.

TIP: Practise with friends and family that have already completed their theory test asking them to quiz you on your driving knowledge.

Once you have gotten all of your prep work complete, you will need to focus on these things on the day of your theory:

TIP: Arrive at the centre 30 minutes prior to the theory test.


Allow yourself extra time to arrive at the theory test centre, as there is a high chance that a candidate hasn’t visited the centre before. It relieves stress on the day also.


Candidates must ensure they have brought along with them their paper and photo card of the driving licence on the day of their theory test.

Utilise your time

There will be an allocated 15 minutes of practice time prior to the test which will allow those sitting it to get used to the screen and familiarise themselves with the layout of questions etc.


Along with the 15 minutes of extra time at the beginning of the test, there will be a 3 minutes break between the first and second part of the test signifying a half way point.
This is the perfect time for the candidate to take a breather and stretch from their desk, clearing their head and readying themselves for the second and final part, hazard perception.

For further information about driving theory tests and driving lessons, please visit our website!

Driving: FAQ

Driving instructors will hear the same questions being asked when prospective learners are enquiring about driving.

Below we’ve listed the frequently asked questions we hear and provided answers to help shed some light.

What age can I start learning to drive at?

To begin driving lessons and obtain a licence, you must be 17 years of age. However, there are some driving instructors that offer lessons to be taught on private land, in this case, learners can begin at a younger age.

I’m 17, what do I need so I can learn to drive?

Prior to driving, you will need to apply for your provisional driving licence – at this present moment in time, a provisional costs £50 and can be applied for in two ways:

  1. Online

The fastest and simplest way to apply for a provisional is to apply online; you can visit the direct gov website and you can apply if you are eligible to the following:

– a resident in Great Britain
– are no younger than 3 months prior to your seventeenth birthday
– can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
– are currently not prevented from driving due to a conviction or health
– can pay £50.00 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card
– own a valid form of identification e.g. British passport
– are able to provide evidence of residence for the past 3 years

  1. Post Office

Provisional driving licences are obtainable from most Post Offices when an application from D1 and a photo card application form D750 should be completed, and sent up to 3 months before your 17th birthday to the following address:

DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD

After you have received your licence by post, you can then begin your driving lessons!

When am I able to take my theory test?

You are able to take your theory test once you receive your provisional licence and are 17 years of age.

To book a theory test you will need:

– your Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional driving licence number
– your debit or credit card
– a valid email address in order to receive a confirmation email that will contain your booking details

The two ways to book a theory test are:

Online – The easiest way is book online here.

By phone – You can call the DSA on 0300 200 1122, welsh language 0300 200 1133 or text 0300 200 1166, these lines are open weekdays from 8am to 4pm

When can I book my driving test?

You will be able to book your driving test once you have received your provisional driving licence and have passed your theory test.

To book a driving test:

In order to successfully book your driving test, you will need:

– a valid Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional licence number
– a debit or credit card
– if applicable, a theory test pass date and certificate number

Booking by phone – Call the DSA on 0300 200 1122, welsh language 0300 200 1133 or text 0300 200 1166.

Online – One of the quickest ways to book your driving test is online, here.

Check driving test date

This can easily be done online if you have the following data:

– your valid Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional driving licence number
– you application reference number
– your theory test pass certificate number

Check online –

Cancel/reschedule online – the same data, as listed above will be mentioned when cancelling or rescheduling your driving test, you can do that here.

We hope any of the questions you may have had about driving have been answered above!
Please visit our website to view our driving test dates and more!

Importance of going to a driving school

Obtaining a driving license is a great achievement for a young person; they now have that extra freedom to explore, although along with it comes responsibilities.

A driving school will offer that little bit of extra help to process these big step, and here are a few factors to consider attending a driving school prior to trying for your driver’s license:

Comfort – It can be a daunting and awkward feeling sitting behind the wheel for the first time; a driving school will help eliminate that feeling and make students feel comfortable behind the wheel.

Techniques – Driving schools are also a great way to learn the proper techniques of driving and quell bad habits that could get prospective drivers in trouble on the road.

Confidence – Confidence behind the wheel is another hurdle to overcome, but with practice, and comfort, a student’s confidence should develop.

Insurance – It is possible to save on insurance if you show your insurance company proof you attended an accredited driving school and passed.

Preparation – Along with being prepared to drive, you will be prepared to face all of the possible issues and situations you may face when on the road.

Road Rules – Good driving schools will aid their students in learning and understanding road laws and rules.

Foundation – A driving school can also help a prospective driver build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge that can and will be utilised for their time on the road.

Reduction of accidents – The experience a student gains from attending a driving school and through the education will give a better understanding to driving as a whole, what to do in tough situations – these lessons will be vital in the future to avoid accidents.

Learning to drive is a wonderful experience but should always be taken seriously!
Smart Driving can offer you that, please visit our website for further information.