Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a handy list of the questions I am asked regularly.
On average, a beginner pupil will need around 45 hours of professional training as recommended by the DVSA plus additional private practice if possible for the best chance of passing first time. This is, assuming the pupil has reasonable continuity of at least 2 hours per week, however some people may need more and others less and it is very much dependent on their acquired skills, knowledge, competence and age.
Yes you can. You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you're 15 years and 9 months old or three months before you turn 16, but you will need to wait until your 17th birthday before you can learn to drive. You can drive on private land at any age. You must be supervised when you’re learning to drive a car on public roads, this can be by a driving instructor or someone else, family or friends, who meets the rules ie: must be at least 21 years old and have held their driving licence for at least 3 years. The car you learn in must display ‘L’ plates and you need to be added to the insurance policy as a learner driver. You can drive at any time, day and night. You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Also, at 16 you are able to ride a moped once your provisional licence arrives.
Yes you can since June 2018. You can only drive on the motorways if you are driving in England, Scotland or Wales, when you are with an approved driving instructor, the car you are driving is fitted with dual controls and display red 'L' plates. Any motorways lessons will be voluntary and at the full discretion of the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough and upon ascertaining that pupil has reached driving test standard skills.
You need to pass the theory test before you can book your practical test to get your full car driving licence. You don’t need to take the car theory test if you want to upgrade an automatic car licence to a manual one but you need to pass your driving test again in order for you to be able to drive a manual car. When you are ready to book your driving test ensure you are well prepared in order to give yourself the best chance of passing hopefully first time. It costs £62 (£75 evenings & weekends) https://www.gov.uk/driving-test-cost You can use your own car if it meets the rules. If you don't have a car then you can book your driving instructor's car which is fully insured and meets all the rules for a fixed test day fee of £110.
Yes, you can start having lessons before you take your theory test but I recommend preparing for it by studying the recommended books as it enhances your lessons as theory becomes reality.
The Theory test costs £23 and you must have your provisional driving licence to be able to book it. There are 2 parts to the test: Questions and Hazard Perception. You are given 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice questions and then watch 14 video clips. The clips feature everyday road scenes that contain at least one developing hazard but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards. This is to test your scanning skills and get scored on how you respond to the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen. Ensure you only use the official booking website https://www.gov.uk/topic/driving-tests-and-learning-to-drive/book-tests
1. The DVSA will send you a letter with a new date. If you cannot attend on that day then you need to contact them or re-book online at no extra cost to you. 2. You must take your provisional driving licence, theory test certificate and a car as well an accompanying driver, either a family member, a friend or your instructor. 3. If you paid for your instructor's time and car normally you can use up the rest of the time practising as in a normal lesson and drive home. 4. When you do pass your practical driving test, your instructor drives home as you will be too excited and may not focus fully on the road. 5. If you are driving your own car, it is recommended your accompanying driver drives you home for the same reasons. 6. Once you pass your test the examiner asks you if you want your provisional licence to be automatically sent to you and presents you with a (blue) Pass Certificate. 7. After you get home and have allowed the good news to sink in, ensure you notify your car insurance that you are a new full licence driver and you can drive on the same day. 8. You can drive on your own, unsupervised even before your pink full licence has arrived. Keep your Practical Driving Test Pass Certificate in a safe place. Should the police happen to pull you over, you have 7 days to present it at the nearest police station to prove you are a new driver and that you are awaiting your full UK licence. 8. Your pink UK licence should arrive in around 10 working days, if it doesn't then you should call the number at the back of the Pass Certificate. Be safe and happy driving!
If your licence was issued in any country within the EU or EEA you can drive in Great Britain on your full, valid driving licence. If your licence has been issued outside the EU or EEA, you can drive in Great Britain on your full, valid driving licence for 12 months from when you became resident. After 12 months you’ll need to apply for a provisional licence and pass the theory and practical driving tests in order to legally drive in Great Britain. Visit https://www.gov.uk/driving-nongb-licence
Yes, how many points you get depends on the motoring offence and will stay on your driving record for 4 or 11 years. Any penalty points on your provisional licence that have not expired will be carried over to your full licence when you pass your test. However, they will not prevent you from taking your test even if they number 6 or more. Having six or more points does not mean your licence will be revoked straight after you pass your test. Your licence will be cancelled (revoked) if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test. You will then have to apply and pay for a new provisional licence and pass both theory and practical parts of the driving or riding test again to get a full licence. When you pass your driving test, your examiner retains and sends off your provisional licence for you if your details are correct, if you need to change say your address then you need to send if off yourself. If you forget and have not sent off for your full licence within two years, your pass certificate is cancelled and you must take both parts of your driving test again. You can use your current provisional licence to retake the tests. For more info visit https://www.gov.uk/penalty-points-endorsements/new-drivers
On the period between July 2022 and August 2023, Sandi’s Driving School achieved a pass rate of 83%, that is 8 out of 10 tests passed 1st time with 4 to 6 driving faults. It is the responsibility of each ADI to ensure all pupils have had plenty of tuition encompassing all syllabus including private practice where possible and are taught to a high standard to be safe drivers not just for test but for life. ADI’s reserve the right to refuse the use of their car for test if they deem the pupil is not test ready and when pupil is advised to postpone their test they still insist to go ahead. It is up to the said pupil to find an alternative car through a family/friend as another instructor most probably will also refuse to take someone to test at short notice. From August 2021 the DVSA starts to monitor all ADI’s performance by the performance of their pupils so your instructor’s success is in your hands too.
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