Before the tests
We know that when starting out on your learning to drive journey, there is information overload. This section of our learning hub concentrates on helping you prepare yourself for your tests, applying for your provisional driving licence and the best way to get into a car and start driving.
Taking the tests
So, you’re ready, right? This section helps you understand what happens on the day of both your theory and practical driving tests as well as suggesting some hints and tips that will help you pass, and deal with those last minute nerves.
After you pass
Congratulations. You’ve Passed! Have you thought about putting P Plates on your car to warn other drivers you are a new driver or even thought about talking an enhanced Pass Plus test? Read more about it below.
GOV.UK learning videos & links
Did you know that the Government publish official videos to help you get through your tests? This section contains all you need to know from a DVSA point of view.
What happens during the practical driving test?
There are five parts to the driving test An eyesight check. Show me, tell me vehicle safety questions. General driving ability. Reversing your vehicle. Independent driving. Find out more about the practical driving test in our Learning Hub. ...Read More
Do you have any tips to cope with nerves?
Of course. At times, everyone will suffer from nerves even top sports stars and pop singers get nervous before performing. In fact having some driving test nerves on the day of your theory or practical test can help you to perform better because when your adrenaline kicks in, you become highly focused. Visit our page ...Read More
Can I learn with my family or friends?
Yes you can! The DVSA, the people who set the driving test; say learner drivers who receive about 20 hours of driving practice with parents or a friend between driving lessons are more likely to pass at the first attempt. You can also get learner driver insurance to cover you whilst learning. Read more about ...Read More
How can I get my Provisional driving licence?
To apply for the provisional driving licence you need to be at least 15 years and nine months old. You can start driving a car when you are 17. At 16, you can begin to ride a moped or a light quad bike. If you receive the enhanced rate of the mobility component of the ...Read More
Learning to drive topics
Provisional driving licence – Before you learn to drive you need an official DVLA Prov licence..
Quickest way to pass the driving test Learning to drive as soon as possible? We show you the fastest way to get your full licence.
Intensive driving lessons – A quicker route to taking your test but is intensive lessons right for you?
Cost of learning to drive Driving lessons are not the only expense when you learn to drive. Before starting to drive check out the YCD real cost of getting legal on the road.
Driving lessons with an ADI – 90% of young drivers passing the test at the first attempt learn to drive with an Approved Driving Instructor.
Learning to drive with family and friends – Most drivers who pass the test first time do so with additional driving practice with a family member or friend.
Learner driver insurance – Your driving lessons will include driver insurance. However, you need to get learner driver insurance if you are practicing in somebody else’s car.
Booking the driving theory test How to book your theory test.
On the day: theory test – Did you know that most people fail their driving theory test at the first sitting! Remember theory test revision is a critical part of learning to drive.
Book the practical driving test – You can book the practical test online but not before you have passed your theory test.
On the day: practical test – The Big Day! Be confident your ADI believes you should pass your driving test and so should you!
Driving test tips – Theory and practical driving test tips to help you be ready.
Driving test nerves – Learning to drive is not easy being nervous about your driving test makes learning harder so find out how to control your nerves and still pass the test.
P Pates – P Plates can be useful when you have just passed your driving test, but young drivers won’t wear them on their car.
Pass Plus – The Pass Plus helps you to gain additional driving experience with lessons from an ADI instructor. You can practice maneuvers not included when learning to drive such as motorways and night driving. Some Insurance companies give lower insurance premiums for new drivers who have completed the Pass Plus course.
Graduated driver licensing – GDL will change how young adults are taught to drive. Graduated driver licensing is not currently the law, but there are proposals to introduce it in the future.