How old do I need to be to take driving lessons?

You can apply for a provisional licence from the age of 15 years and nine months.

But you have to wait until you turn 16 before riding a moped or light quad bike and 17 before driving a car on a public road in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

You also have to wait until 17 before booking a theory test and practical driving test.

When you have a provisional licence and meet the minimum age you can drive with L-plates on all roads except motorways.

Learners must be supervised by an instructor or another qualified driver (eg a family member or friend), who must be at least 21 and have held a full licence for at least three years.

You must also have insurance cover if practising in your own car or with a family member or friend.

To apply for your licence online please click HERE 

Whats the average amount of lesson to be test standard

According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), on average, it takes around 45 hours of lessons to learn to drive, with an addition of 22 hours of practising.

But do remember this is a national average. Some drivers may need less, and some drivers may need more.

The number of new drivers involved in car accidents is enough evidence to highlight the importance of passing your driving test as a safe driver.

How soon can I expect to be behind the wheel?

A lot of instructors will teach you the theory part of driving by showing you diagrams and examples,  I am a firm believer in getting students driving as soon as possible as that’s when most learning takes place, the way I  see it is “if if it goes right at the beginning its a bonus” everyone makes mistakes and that’s how a lot of people learn.

I aim to get you behind the wheel, setting the car up safely and so its comfortable for you, then moving off, stopping with gears changes on the main roads, if possible on your first lesson.

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