Congratulations to those Pupil’s who recently passed their test with us:
JANE AND I REALISE THAT LEARNING TO DRIVE can be quite a complicated undertaking, there are lots of forms to fill in and information you will need to remember.
A lot can be done online, so to help, we have put together the following helpful links on the left of the page and listed below is general advise for learning to drive.
if you have any more question’s then please do contact us on the number above.
Oh and Good Luck!
First things first, before you can even get into a car and start learning to drive, you have to get hold of a provisional driving licence.
To apply for this, you must complete the application form D1 that's available from either the 'Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) form ordering service', or from your local Post Office. Alternatively you can now apply for a provisional licence online. (see the link on the left of the page) and follow the directions. It takes about 4 weeks for your application to be processed and for your licence to be sent to you -
The Highway Code is essential reading for everybody learning to drive. It contains all of the rules and regulations that relate to driving in the UK. As a driver, it's your duty to know these rules -
We recommend that you also read “Essential Skills”, a DSA publication. This book is about the skills of driving a car and will help new drivers with their practical driving lessons.
The theory test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice section and a Hazard Perception test. The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse, while the hazard perception test records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.
You'll need to pass both parts to successfully complete your theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other, you'll fail the whole test, and will have to take both parts again.
It is easiest to book your Theory test through the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) website, see the link on the left.
OK, so you've had all your driving lessons and you're ready to go -
You need to apply to take your test with your local DSA centre. You can do this online from the DSA website , but we strongly recommend you don't apply for your test until you feel thoroughly well prepared. The DSA suggest the group of people most likely to pass first time will have taken about 1½ hours instruction for every year of their life and a similar amount of practice in their own vehicle.
You must bring with you your photo card licence.If you have an old-
If you don't, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) will refuse to carry out the test and you will loose your fee.
An appropriately insured and licensed vehicle, displaying L-
At Bletchley test centre the following documents are useful to have, your theory test pass certificate and appointment letter confirming your test time and date.
Before you do any driving you'll be asked to perform an eyesight check, you must be able to read a car number plate at just over 20 meters distance.
Then you will be asked two vehicle safety questions. After that you will set off on a test route, You'll then be tested on your general driving ability, including two reversing exercises.
The 'Driving' part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for evidence you've reached an overall safe standard of driving, as you carry out both general and specific manoeuvres. You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more minor faults results in a fail. However, if you commit just one serious or dangerous fault, you'll fail the test automatically.
Congratulations you passed! You can now get out on the road and drive straight away, assuming of course that you have a car that’s properly insured.The driving examiner will keep your old licence and counterpart, but will give you a pass certificate as proof of your passing, the DSA will then send your full licence to you within normally a couple of weeks.