Getting Started for Your Driving Lessons
Choosing a Driving Instructor
Franchise or Independent Instructor? New to the job instructors usually use a franchise e.g. BSM, so that they can attract business and get their name known. They will be learning their trade as they teach! If you want to know who your instructor will be, choose an independent instructor who will usually be experienced. You can be assured of an experienced and patient instructor here with PassMyDrivingTest.
Before you can drive a car on our roads, you need to hold a Provisional Driving License, the application form is available from any post office. You can also apply for this in preparation for a 17th birthday.
You should be able to read a number plate from 20.5m (67 feet), with glasses, or contact lenses if usually worn.
Passing your Test
Before you can take your Practical Driving Test, you need to pass the Theory/Hazard Perception Test. This test can be booked on-line, by post or by telephone to the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Beware of web sites that are not DVSA, as some offer poor customer service, and cost more than the current government test fee (£23).
The theory test involves multi-choice questions followed by computer generated clips of everyday driving scenarios, where you have to identify the hazards. I can recommend books and CDROMs that will help you to pass this test. The Highway Code book also provides essential information that you must learn.