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Learning to drive can seem like a daunting task, however with the correct guidance and the right driving trainer, you'll soon be confident in your driving skills, and have the freedom that driving provides.

Getting Started

Throughout this page we link directly to the government (Directgov) website - this is to ensure the provided information is up-to-date and correct.

Before you start to drive (even with an instructor), or take your theory test, you must hold a valid, provisional driving licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland. To obtain your provisional licence, you can apply either online, by post or in person. See the Directgov website here for more information.

Highway Code

We recommend starting to learn your highway code before you start your lessons - the official Highway Code manual can be obtained from any good bookshop.

Click the logo to open the official directgov website.

Theory Test

The theory test is split into two sections. The first is a serious of multiple choice questions about driving practice, vehicle maintenance and road signs. The second, is the hazard perception test, in which you will watch a series of short driving videos, in which you will need to react to certain events.

You can take your theory test once your provisional licence becomes valid.

Normally, for car drivers, the earliest date your provisional licence can become valid is your 17th birthday. You can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday however, you will still have to wait until your birthday before you can take your theory test. There are special circumstances in which you can apply for a provisional license at 16 due to disability, please see the Directgov website for more info.

Driving Lessons

Choosing the right instructor is crucial to being a happy, confident driver. We are here to not only help you pass your driving test, but to make you a happy, confident driver.

Important qualities for a good instructor are;
  • A good reputation
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Providing a car that suits you, the driver
As your driving trainer, we will provide you with information for everything you'll need, from before your theory test, until you pass your practical driving test. This includes;
  • All aspects of driving
  • What books to read
  • When to take your test
  • How to practice

Practical Driving Test

The driving test for a car is designed for you to show you understand and can demonstrate your knowledge of the Highway Code and the theory of driving safely. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises.

The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you:
  • Can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
  • Know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving
After meeting your examiner, the next two stages are:
  • An eyesight check - if you fail this, your test will not continue
  • your examiner will ask you two questions about carrying out vehicle safety checks

Passing your Test

Once you have passed your driving test (both theory and practical), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will need to be told. Whether it's for a car, motorcycle, lorry or bus you must exchange your test pass certificate within two years of passing your test - we can help you with this.

That's it!

A pass with 1st for Freedom means a confident, safe and happy driver.

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