What is the process for learning to drive?

Driving Test

You will have to pass the UK driving test before you can get your full driving licence.

Worried about deteriorating road safety, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) continues its efforts to improve the ways learner drivers are tested. We have seen some changes introduced over the past several years and further revisions are on the way, however, the current requirements currently consists of two basic parts:

  • Theory test
  • Practical driving test

Provisional Licence

For starters, you need to apply for a provisional licence. You can apply for your driving licence once you are over 15 years and 9 months but can’t sit any tests or drive on a public road until your 17th birthday. You also need to be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away.

You are not allowed to take driving lessons until your provisional licence has been accepted and in your possession. The application process is easy. You simply need to fill out a driving licence application from the Direct Gov website (see the links here) and pay a provisional licence fee.

Provisional licences, however, put drivers under certain restrictions:

  1. You must clearly display L-plates on the front and rear of your car.
  2. You can’t drive car alone. Learner drivers must be supervised by a full driving licence holder aged at least 21 who has been a full driving licence holder for at least 3 years.
  3. Learner drivers are not allowed to use motorways unless with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) in a car with dual pedal controls fitted.

You will also be asked about your eyesight as it is compulsory to wear glasses or contact lenses if you do not meet the legal requirements, as found here.

I recommend that you wear sensible shoes & clothing, allowing you to drive safely without any distractions. I also expect you to bring a good attitude and desire to learn.