PROVISIONAL LICENCE

All you need for your first driving lesson is your provisional driving licence and an eagerness to learn. Some nerves are totally normal, but I promise that I will not throw you in the deep end and more often than not my first lessons remain away from busy high street roads to ease you into the idea of driving. Before you can start learning to drive you will need a valid Provisional Driving Licence. Follow the link below to order your licence online or go to www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence and follow the Driving and Transport links. It costs £34 to order online or £43 with the form D1 which is available for The Post Office. You can only start your lessons after you have received your licence.

I passed my test first time with Natalie. I was nervous about going on my first lesson but she soon put me at ease. She is very friendly, patient and a calming instructor. She has an excellent pass rate and she gave me a lot of help and guidance with my theory test as well as the practical. I loved my lessons and would definitely recommend her to anyone thinking of learning to drive.

– Leah Roberts –

THEORY TEST

When it comes to the Theory Test I will guide you with your revision, recommend revision aids and methods to keep you on track and I’ll also advise you when you’ll be ready to book. Here you will find some helpful information regarding Theory tests. Please watch the YouTube videos below for a clear understanding on what happens during the test, it’s less than five minutes long and is really informative for those who are wary of the test and its structure.
Are you ready to take your Theory Test?
If you are not sure if you are ready to take your Theory Test yet, try these free assessment tests to see if you are nearing the standard required. http://www.safedrivingforlife.info/official-theory-test
Please follow the link below which will take you to the official www.gov.uk website to book your Theory Test. The test fee will be £23. Please be aware that if you use other sites there may be extra fees involved.
The theory test is made up of two parts –
1) Multiple Choice
You will have to answer 50 questions and you will have to get 43 out of 50 questions correct to pass this part.
2) Hazard Perception
You will be shown 14 clips. Each clip will consist of one developing hazard, but please be aware that one clip will contain two developing hazards. The earlier you spot the hazard, the more points you score. You have to get 44 out of 75 to pass this part. You have to pass both parts at the same time in order to pass the test.

PRACTICAL TEST

I will give you clear advice and guidance on booking your Practical Driving Test which is currently £62 for a weekday test. Also advice on all test standards and the Show me / Tell me questions which can be found in the link below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions

STANDARDS OF VISION

You must wear glasses or contact lenses every time you drive if you need them to meet the ‘standards of vision for driving’. You must be able to read a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres. At the start of your practical driving test you have to correctly read a number plate on a parked vehicle. If you can’t, you’ll fail your driving test and the test won’t continue. DVLA will be told and your licence will be revoked.
When you reapply for your driving licence, DVLA will ask you to have an eyesight test with DVSA. This will be at a driving test centre. If you’re successful, you’ll still have to pass the DVSA standard eyesight test at your next practical driving test. The practical test is to make sure you can demonstrate the skills required to be a competent, independent driver and lasts for approximately 40 minutes. If you think you may have any problems with your eyesight please visit an Optician before you plan to have lessons as any issues will delay your learning.
 THE TEST INCLUDES
– The eyesight test
– Show Me / Tell Me Questions
– Assessment of your general driving abilities. During your test the examiner will give you directions that
   you should follow. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions.
– 1 reversing manoeuvre chosen from the following exercises:

– Reversing on the right side of the road for 2 car lengths. 
– Reverse parking – either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road
– You may also be asked to do an Emergency Stop
– Independent Driving which may include following Sat Nav directions.
 For all the information you need on the Practical Test please follow this link
https://www.gov.uk/practical-driving-test-for-cars