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 recent studies that learning is significantly easier for younger people, rather than in older years. The brain is a lot more capable of learning when younger, meaning that it is learning new things, such as driving is considerable easier and less frustrating.

Because Driving is a new skill, it requires a lot of patience and time and effort, but also a lot of concentration.

Meaning that the younger generation are going to require less concentration, and patience, because their brain is more capable of learning, unlike someone in their late twenties, and thirties and so on.

Obviously, it depends on the person, and their own personal and mental development, but generally it is easier for younger people to absorb information.

This means that passing driving and theory tests can be substantially quicker, and better, which means that more money is saved throughout the process, making it more cost-effective to learn to drive at the age of 17 than a novice at the age of 35.

Moreover, even if you can’t afford to get a car at the age of 17, the skills have been learnt meaning that refreshing your memory later on in life, when you can afford a car, is a lot easier than starting from scratch. It’s very similar to the saying ‘You Never forget how to ride a bike’.

It’s considerably the same thing, as most people to learn to ride a bike at a very young age, meaning that the skills learnt are more likely to stay stored in the brain.

But of course it is never too late to start to learn to drive. The freedom gained at the end of it will not differ, and the experience of lessons will not change.

 

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.

Revise

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.

Time

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.

Licence

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.

Breather

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!