But how do you get the ball rolling? What are the steps you need to take in order to find a qualified driving instructor so you can hit the road?
It’s worth bearing in mind that the Government will let you plan ahead and obtain your first provisional licence well before your 17th birthday. In fact, you can submit your application to the DVLA once you’re 15 years and nine months old. This allows teenagers to begin riding a moped or a light quad bike after turning 16, and start learning how to drive a car when they’re 17.
The provisional licence application is quite straightforward and can be done online. There are just a few requirements to bear in mind:
Provisional licences currently cost £34 to buy and typically arrive within a week of a successful application.
The best bit of advice we can probably give you as you prepare to begin learning how to drive is to take a little time finding the right instructor.
Here are some top tips on selecting a professional who will be able to confidently give you comprehensive training that’s good value for money:
Reading a copy of the Highway Code is going to be an essential part of your theory practice. It forms the basis of many questions you will be asked in your exam, and a significant number of the rules inside are the law. Breaking these rules through a lack of knowledge could have serious consequences including monetary fines, penalty points or a disqualification.
For the first two years of having your full licence, you are only allowed a maximum of six penalty points. As many offences carry a punishment of three points, this means you could have your driving privileges revoked after just two motoring offences. From here, you would need to start the process of taking your theory and practical tests all over again.
It’s good to allow plenty of time for preparation and to invest in official books and apps which will give you a clear path through the many rules, regulations and road signs you’ll need to absorb to pass your theory test with confidence.
There are hundreds of potential questions that could crop up during your exam, so it’s a great idea to take mock tests like those you’ll find on our website. It’ll get you accustomed to the structure of the questions and help you determine the subject areas where your knowledge is a little thin.
As such, you shouldn’t rush yourself into taking an exam too soon.