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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find a list of complete and very practical answers. Don’t forget, our experts are best placed to answer your questions.
What do I need to do before I can start driving?
You must have a Provisional Licence You can apply for a provisional driving licence quickly and easily online from Directgov or by completing the D1 application form available at most post offices All applications made by filling in the D1 form will also require original documentation to be sent to the DVLA to confirm your identity The minimum age, which you can legally, drive a car on the public roads is 17 If you are disabled and in receipt of mobility allowance, the minimum age is 16 Until the day you pass the practical part of the Driving Test you are not allowed to drive on your own It is also worthwhile having an eyesight test to check that you meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving
Do I need to pass the theory test before I can start lessons?
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. It is also possible to book semi-intensive courses. We will arrange to carry out a driving assessment and talk through the various options available. Learning to drive is different for everyone so rather than sell you a set package we'll tailor one to suit you
How many lessons will I need to learn to drive?
This depends on the individual, as every student has different abilities, needs, levels of experience and different opportunities to practice. Be aware of anyone who “quotes” a number of lessons over the phone as it is impossible, without first assessing your current skill levels. Once one of our Driving Instructors have assessed your current skill level, ability and have ascertained how much practice you can obtain between lessons, we will be able to provide you with an accurate estimate.

Please keep in mind that you can never have too many lessons as the more professional training you have then the safer you will become prior to going solo.

Should I learn to drive in an automatic or manual car?
The decision to learn in an automatic transmission or a manual car depends upon many factors including personal choice, skill level, confidence and the cars you are able to practice in. It is important to be aware however, that in city if you gain your licence in an automatic car; you are not permitted to drive a manual until you successfully pass a practical test with a manual car.
When will I be ready to go for the practical test?
This timeframe will vary for absolutely every student. You are ready for the practical driving test when you can drive confidently and consistently without the help of your Safe Drive instructor. As you are getting closer, Scott will run you through a mock test to demonstrate what stage you are up to.