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How to Take Driving Lessons

You've decided you want to start learning how to drive and you're not sure how to go about it.

You can find out how to take driving lessons with our blog written by our senior Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Richard Sokhal. Richard is a well know driving instructor trainer who trains people to become driving instructors and offers driving instructor training in Goodmayes and Loughton.

First off you must hold a valid U.K provisional licence to take driving lessons.

Before you start learning to drive you must be at least 17 years old and hold a valid provisional driving licence to learn how to take driving lessons on UK roads. The easiest and cheapest way to apply for a provisional licence is online. It costs £34 to apply online and £43 by post. Your provisional driving licence will arrive in 7 - 10 days. Once you have your provisional driving licence you can move on to the next step.

Start Preparing for Your Theory Test.

You must pass your driving theory test before you take your practical driving test, but you can start practical driving lessons at this point. You can use software or books to revise and prepare for your theory test. The theory test is a set of multiple choice questions and hazard perception clips which you will be tested on. The multiple choice questions are based on informaton from 3 books: The Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and Driving - The Essential Skills. You can purchase these books online or the High Street. You can practice both parts of the Theory Test online and Hazard Perception.

Book Your Theory Test.

It will cost you £23 (prices correct on 26/06/19) to book your theory test. On the day of your theory test you will need to take your provsional licence with you and you will be given the result of the theory test after you have finished it. Once you have passed your theory test you can book your practical driving test when you are ready to take it. If you can't find an earlier driving test date you can use our driving test cancellation service to find driving test cancellations.

Decide on a Weekly Time that is Best for You to Take Driving Lessons.

It's a great idea to plan your weekly driving lessons. You will need to consider how many lessons you may need and how much your budget will be for taking driving lessons. The DVSA recommend that on average it takes 40 hours with an approved driving instructor and 20 hours extra practice with someone at home. Taking driving lessons twice weekly helps to retain learning (remember practice makes perfect) and you will pass faster. Did you know that you can take driving lessons with a family member or a friend. Please check the rules for learning to drive with a family member or friend.

Choose a Driving School That Has Real Pictures or Video Testimonials.

When you are choosing a driving school make sure you have a look at their website to see if they have any proof that they actually have experience when it comes to gets learners through the driving test. You should be looking out for pictures reviews, or video testimonials from learners who have passed their driving test and are happy to recommend the driving instructor or driving school to other learners. Some driving schools will have loads of online written reviews but these are sometimes invite only reviews or often fake and only learners the driving school invites by email can leave a review so the learners that were unhappy cannot.

Another thing to watch out for is reviews left online as it could be the owner of the driving school giving lessons and requesting reviews and they might have 30 other not so good driving instructors working for them. So you may read these reviews thinking everyone at the driving school is good. Also, don't forget to ask for a fully qualified driving instructor with a green badge. only have fully qualified driving instructors with vast experience and numerous brilliant reviews. See for yourself.

Choose Which Transmission Manual or Automatic You Want to Learn to drive.

Manual driving lessons are usually cheaper than automatic driving lessoons. The reason for this is manual cars are generally cheaper to buy than their automatic equivalents. As automatic transmissions are more complicated to build and develop than a manual transmission car. This cost is also reflected in the price of automatic driving lessons. Also, remember if you pass your driving test in a manual car you are allowed to drive both manual and automatic cars. If you pass in an automatic car and you want to drive a manual car you will need to retake your driving test in a manual car.

Decide if You Want to Learn With a Male or a Female Driving Instructor.

You can also request a male or female driving instructor depending on your preference. Some learners prefere to learn with a female driving instructor and some learners want to learn with a male driving instructor.

Agree a Date and Which Driving Test Centre With Your Instructor and Book Your Driving Test.

Check which is your local driving test centre and if the driving instructor that you are going to take driving lessons with teaches around that test centre. After all you will probably be more familiar with your local test centre are, which will give you an advantge in passing your driving test with less stress. Make sure when you find a driving test cancellation that you check that your driving instructor can do your driving test date and time as you will need their car for the driving test day.

Learn Your "Show Me" "Tell Me" Vehicle Safety Questions.

During your driving test the driving examiner will ask you Show Me Tell Me vehicle safety questions. You must learn and practice these questions before you go and sit your practical test. If you get any of them wrong you may get a minor mark on your driving test report form. Also getting a show me question like, open the window and close it while you are driving, could go wrong if you have never done it before. Your attention could come off the road and the car might crash and the examiner takes control, which leads to a dagerous fault and you failing your test.

Areas Covered for Driving Lessons

Have a look at the areas we offer driving lessons in and book online today!

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