In Learning to Drive we are going to cover the basics of driving lessons from day one. From moving off and stopping, all the way up to and beyond the standard required for the driving test. You can use these pages to learn with a friend or relative; or to reinforce and revise the lessons you receive from your driving instructor.
Not using a driving school? Then I would highly recommend that your teacher gets hold of a copy of ‘Teaching a Learner Driver‘. Teaching someone else to drive is as much of a skill as the learning itself, and this book will take your instructor through each stage of your learning progress in a structured and methodical way.
You can also use The Learner Driver’s Logbook to keep a record of your lessons and progress. It is full of useful information to help you while learning to drive.
Before we Begin
Before you get behind the wheel of a car on a public road, you must be sure of several things:
- You have a category B provisional licence – the easiest way to get one is to apply online at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence. If you’ve a full licence in another category, that may also act as a provisional for category B
- Your eyesight must be up to standard (can you read a car number plate from a minimum of 20 metres away?)
- The car is insured to be driven by you
- The vehicle is in roadworthy condition; it’s taxed and has an MOT certificate if necessary
- Anyone sat beside you must be over 21 years old, and must have held a full category B driving licence for at least 3 years
- ‘L’ plates must be clearly displayed to the front and rear of the vehicle (but NOT stuck in the windows where they may restrict your view!)
Now would also be a good time to start learning the Highway Code! UK Skill’s version of The Highway Code comes complete with 200 Theory Test practise questions. You can also visit http://www.ukdrivingskills.co.uk/theory-test-practise to get access to the full theory test question bank.