FAQ's on driving tests and lessons.
What will I need to bring with me on my first lesson?
You will need your photo licence, or your licence and another form of ID for the old style paper licences. Also you will need prescription glasses or wear your contact lenses if you have them and comfortable footwear, not flip flops or boots.
What do I need to take with me for my theory test?
You will need your photo licence, or your licence and another form of ID for the old style paper licences. You will also need the letter the DSA sent informing you of your test time.
What do I need to take with me for my practical test?
You will need your photo licence, or your licence and another form of ID for the old style paper licences. You will also need the letter the DSA sent informing you of your test time. Don't forget - no licence, no test!!!
Provisional License details
There are minimum age requirements put in place by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) which must be met by anyone wishing to learn to drive.
In order to drive a car you must be no younger than seventeen.
You can apply for your provisional drivers licence on or shortly before your seventeenth birthday.
If you receive your provisional licence before your seventeenth birthday you will still not be eligible by law to begin driving until after the date of that birthday.
You can take your theory test on your seventeenth birthday.
If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again.
The questions in the multiple choice test will depend on the category of vehicle you are hoping to get a licence for.
For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, but the pass mark is different for them.
The current cost is £23. (2015)
The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you:
* can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
* know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving
After meeting your examiner, the next two stages are:
* an eyesight check – if you fail this, your test will not continue
* your examiner will ask you two questions about carrying out vehicle safety checks
You'll be asked one 'show me' and one 'tell me' question. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.
The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes during which you will be examined on your general driving and ability to reverse your vehicle safely. One exercise will be chosen from:
* Pulling up on the right hand side of the road and then reversing two car lengths
* forward bay parking or reverse bay park
* Parallel parking
You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.
Throughout the test you should drive in the way you have been taught. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it as it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. However, if at any time your examiner considers your driving to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.
Your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of independent driving.
This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently.
You can find source material in the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) publication 'The official guide to Driving - the essential skills' and 'The official DSA guide to learning to drive'. Advice and information on how to carry out vehicle safety checks can also be found in the manufacturer's handbook.
The current cost is £62 (2015) weekdays Mon-Fri, or £75 (2015) for a Saturday.
Can I guarantee you will pass your driving test?
The driving test is a test of your abilities and no one can guarantee you a pass.
The only person that can guarantee a pass is you, the pupil.