Questions

Questions

How soon can I start?
We normally only need 7 days notice to start a course of lessons

Can I have 2 hourly lessons?
Yes, you simply arrange it directly with your instructor

How do I get my first provisional driving licence?
You need a D1 Application form which is available at the Post Office. Send it completed with two passport-sized photos to the DVLA Swansea with some form of acceptable ID (like a passport) and the fee of £50.00.

What do I bring for my first driving lesson?
You! Your driving licence too. You must have this in your possession before lessons can start. If you need glasses, wear them: you should be able to read a car number plate at a distance of 20.5 meters. Sunglasses are good, especially for winter evenings when the sun is low. Comfortable clothes are better, soft rather than hard shoes.

Do I need to pass the theory test before I can start learning to drive?
No. In fact it is a good idea to learn the theory whilst you are learning the practical as it can bring the subject alive making it easier to understand and remember.

How many lessons will it take me to learn?
Research referred to by the Driving Standards Agency tells us candidates who take around 40 hours of professional training and back it up with plenty of extra practice stand the best chance of passing their test. This doesn’t mean you won’t do it in less, though it may mean you will need more.

Can a friend or relative teach me how to drive?
The Driving Standards Agency strongly recommends that you take lessons from an Approved Driving Instructor, however private practice can help you to consolidate on what you have learn’t. If your friend or relative teaches you they must be over 21 years of age and have held a Full British Driving Licence for at least 3 years, but it’s worthwhile remembering too that learning with a friend or relative means you could pick up their bad habits.

How will I know when I’m ready for test?
Once you have reached a satisfactory standard normally a mock test will be conducted to confirm your strengths and weaknesses. You should feel secure with your skills. No-one wants to “string you along” but it is important when settling upon going for test to be honest with yourself about your readiness. If you are unprepared the test will show this up, and you may fail.

How much does a test cost?
Theory tests are currently charged at £31.00, practical tests £62.

How long does the driving test last?
Usually about 35 – 45 minutes depending on traffic conditions

What car will I have to drive on my test?
Usually, the car you learned in. If not, another vehicle can be arranged.

After I have passed my test, do I have to wait for my full licence to come through before I can drive?
No. The pass certificate is your qualification.

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