You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old. You can normally start driving on your 17th birthday and your first lesson can be arranged for this date.
It is essential you hold a valid UK Provisional Driving Licence before starting your driving lessons.
You can apply online or by post by completing a D1 application form, which you can get from the DVLA form ordering service or from a Post Office.
The cost is £ 34.00 and applications take approximately 10-14 working days to process.
The first step would be to ask, friends and family for recommendations. It's better to seek advice after they have passed, as this is when they can comment on the complete service and not just after a few hours training.
General referrals for a large school are fine, but be sure to ask for the instructor by name. You are investing in the Instructor, not the driving school directly.
Think about the service you are looking for, spend some time narrowing down a list of instructors and then make contact with the driving school or instructor directly.
It's very useful taking a short assessment drive to meet the instructor, see that they can provide the service you are looking for, you should not be tied into long term deals, and feel comfortable before committing.
Check the finer details. Are all the lessons at the same price? Are you being charged per hour? Will you be dropping people home, or picking others up?
They should certainly not be talking on a mobile phone, or smoking in the car both are illegal, not to mention very unprofessional.
To help you make that decision, I can arrange a no obligation home visit to discuss what Target Tuition can provide for you.
This gives us an excellent opportunity to meet before your driving lessons start and discuss the available options in regard to your driving tuition.
There is no obligation to continue lessons until you are comfortable with your instructor.
I can also make the necessary licence and eyesight checks before you start your training.
You will be given our full 'Starters Pack' in advance and there's a chance to discuss how you would like to approach your lessons.
To book your home visit or first driving lesson you can contact us online, or call either:
Mobile: 07958 294 959
Office: 020 8360 9559
Some instructors choose to gain experience by using a trainee licence (or pink badge), they are not Approved Driving Instructors and have not completed all the qualifying exams, and may never do so.
Go Green! Approved Driving Instructors will display a Green Badge in their window, it is essential you see this displayed, as you may be putting yourself at risk if the person providing lessons is not qualified.
Illegal Driving Instructors!
If you think your instructor is working illegally then contact the DVSA with as much information as possible.
If they are offering lessons at low prices, or do not display a Pink or Green Badge, keep personal details hidden, for example they do not supply business cards, or log books, then the chances are they are working illegally and putting you and other road users at risk.
The driving test will last approximately 40 minutes. Your drive will take on a number of different roads and traffic conditions, and you will be asked to carry out one set exercise which will include reversing, you may also be asked to perform a controlled stop/emergency stop.
Learner drivers will be tested on independent driving as part of the practical driving test. Two questions are asked of the mechanical nature of the vehicle starting with the words 'Show me or Tell me'.
Target Tuition will provide all the preparation you will need to drive safely, and pass your driving test.
An accumulation of more than 15 driving faults will result in a fail.
One dangerous or serious fault will result in failure. A high standard is now expected of learner drivers, you must be fully prepared.