LEARN TO DRIVE
You will, of course, need to get a provisional driving licence. You will not be able to begin any form of driving lessons without this. You can pick up a form from most Post Offices which then simply need to sent off to DVLA. Alternatively, you can apply online.
Your provisional driving licence will cost you £34
You can apply for it from the age of 15 years and 9 months old
Go for an eye test
On your practical test, you will be required to read a number plate from roughly 20 metres away. Don’t worry if your natural eyesight isn’t fantastic though, you are allowed to wear contact lenses or glasses to help you. If you cannot read the number plate, with or without glasses or contact lenses, the test will not go ahead as it would be deemed dangerous for you to drive a motor vehicle. Furthermore, if you do fail to read the licence plate your licence can be revoked by the DVLA. You won’t lose it permanently, you will just have to reapply to the DVLA and undergo an eyesight test with the DVSA.
Of course it’s a great idea to get as much practice in before your test as you possibly can but just make sure you’re doing it legally! If you’re driving with somebody else they have to be at least 21 years of age, passed their driving test and they are also required to have been driving for at least 3 years, though there are also other areas to consider.
Whenever you drive, before passing your test, you must display L plates. Your instructor will already have them on their car but it is down to you to make sure that you display them in an easy to see place on the car that you are driving. Please ensure that you purchase regulation plates though as not all of them are up to standard.
Don’t worry about your instructor, they will have the relevant insurance. It’s the car you’re driving that you need to be careful of. You will need to ensure that you are ensured on the car that you intend to practice in otherwise you may not be covered in the event of a crash.
Learn the theory
The quicker you pass the theory test, the quicker you can book your practical test. We think it is best for you to get the theory test out of the way quickly so that you can then prepare for your practical driving test without having to worry about your theory test too.