ready to pass
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is running a campaign called “Ready to Pass” with the aim of increasing the pass rate and making drivers more aware of what driving lessons involve.
You’ll usually be ready when:
- You do not need prompts from your driving instructor
- You do not make silly mistakes when you’re driving
- You pass mock driving tests
- You can control your nerves
- Your driving instructor agrees you’re ready
Source: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
What should I do before I start to learn to drive?
You need to apply for a provisional driving licence. You can usually apply when you are 17 years old. If you don’t have one, click on the button below to apply.
How many lessons will i need before taking my test?
There’s no minimum or maximum number of lessons you must have done before you book and take your practical test. How many lessons you need will depend on how quickly you learn. According to DVSA, on average it takes around 45 hours of lessons to learn how to drive. On average, a complete beginner with us takes around 25-30 hours of driving and for part trained it takes around 10-20 hours of driving. We’ve also had students in the past who reached their driving goals with less then 20 hours of driving practice.
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What happens during the test?
There are 5 parts to the driving test:
- an eyesight check
- ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
- general driving ability
- reversing your vehicle
- independent driving
The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars.
TOP 6 FAULTS MADE DURING PRACTICAL TEST
Not making effective observations at junctions
Not having proper control of the steering
Incorrect positioning when turning right at junctions
Not using mirrors correctly when changing direction
Not responding appropriately to traffic lights
Not moving off safely
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What is the difference between a manual and an automatic gearbox?
- A manual car has a gear system that you operate yourself
- Automatic cars change gears for you
I’m a new driver. What to expect from my first lesson?
You will learn about the function of the controls, the cockpit drill, and moving off and stopping.
I’m a part-trained driver. What should I expect during my assessment lesson?
During the 2-hour assessment lesson, your instructor will watch you drive and help you when needed. By the end of the lesson, your instructor will be able to tell you how much more driving you need before you take your practical test.
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