Driving School

We break down what applicants are required to accomplish to pass, common mistakes to prevent and top tips from the professionals:

Step one: getting a provisional licence:

Applicants can apply online and must:

  1. be a resident of good Britain
  2. meet minimum age and eyesight requirements
  3. never be prevented from driving for almost any reason
  4. possess a valid passport or other type of identity

Cost: £ 34

Step two: Driving lessons:


Step three: theory exam

Cost: £ 25

Step four: practice exam

The practical exam comprises of three parts:

  1. Applicants will have to undergo an eyesight check, which involves reading a licence plate at distance of 20m. If an applicant fails the test, they will be unable to continue utilizing the exam.
  2. Applicants will likely be asked vehicle safety questions, also called “show me, tell me” questions.
  3. The examiner will likely then test a job candidate’s general driving ability by instructing them to conduct different manoeuvres in numerous road and traffic conditions, includes reversing. Learners will likely then be viewed as they drive without instruction. This section will last roughly 40 minutes.

New changes to your practical test came into effect in December to try and bring the format up to date by including modern driving styles and technology. They involve satnav challenges, tweaks to your manoeuvres, longer independent driving sections and an expanded distraction test.
Applicants must ensure they bring the correct documents, otherwise the test will soon be cancelled.
Cost: £ 62 on weekdays or £ 75 on evenings, weekends and bank holidays

Common mistakes

Advice on passing

The RAC also has a summary of handy ideas to help you pass the first occasion:

  1. Tune in to your instructor
  2. Bring your test in a rural location
  3. Be an early bird
  4. Use the instructor’s car
  5. Have a backseat driver
  6. Forget about mistakes
  7. Exaggerate those mirror checks
  8. Make inquiries
  9. Don’t attempt to second-guess the examiner
  10. Tune in to what you’re told at the conclusion of the test

Finally: try your absolute best to remain calm. “Any time you feel tense or feel you’ve lost your focus, or if you feel you’ve made an error on your own test, remember to focus on your breathing and take a few deep breaths,” says Auto Express. “this may calm your brain, stop you dwelling in past times and help you concentrate on the next instruction.”

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