Learning to Drive

If you are paying someone to teach you to drive, they must be approved and registered with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).  Only a registered Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) can charge money for teaching you to drive and that’s me and I display a green certificate on the windscreen of my car whilst teaching you.  Did you know driving instructors are graded as to their teaching ability, so always double check with the DSA as some people do advertise incorrectly their official grade?  I am a grade A within 23% of the UK driving instructor population.

I receive so many telephone calls about questions from worried teenagers and parents regarding the minimum age of driving going up to 18 in the UK. I can confirm there are currently no such plans and you will certainly hear about it in the NEWS!!!

Some trainee driving instructors are granted a licence, so they can gain experience before their qualifying examination. In this case, the Trainee Driving Instructor must display a pink certificate on the windscreen.

I find it amazing how so many people don’t know this information, always do your background before selecting a driving instructor, you want to feel confident that they are reputable (that’s me) that they possess all the qualities you need (that could be me) to help you gain your goal, you can do this by interviewing them.  I’m happy to answer any questions, the more the better.

Before you start to drive, you must:

  1. Hold a valid, provisional driving licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland
  2. Make sure that any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured

It is important to learn safe driving practice from the beginning of your driving career because bad habits are hard to break.  It is unlikely that anyone except an approved driving instructor (ADI) would have the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly. Learning safe driving habits from the start will improve the safety of yourself and other road users.

If you want to practice your driving with an accompanying driver, the accompanying driver must be over the age of 21 and must have held (and still hold) a full licence for three years.  As a learner driver you must display ‘L’ plates in a conspicuous position on the front and rear of the vehicle you are driving.

When learning to drive with myself I encourage family and friends to observe on lessons.  It is very helpful if they are going to be assisting with the learning process.  Driving has changed so much over the years and it will be a useful refresher for them especially if they passed some time back!

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, however you can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday.  So, if you apply for your provisional licence before you are 17 you will still have to wait until your birthday before you can take your theory test. There are special exceptions at 16 if you are receiving a disability allowance.

The provisional driving licence consists of many individual codes, if you wear corrective eye measures DVLA must be informed of this, otherwise any medical conditions not notified could be subject to a heavy fine.


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