Learner Driver Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about taking driving lessons and your exams. If you have a question that isn’t listed below feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Q: What is the first step I need to take to start learning to drive?
A: To start learning to drive you must be age 17 or over. You will need to apply for a provisional Driving licence to drive a car. You can apply for a provisional licence either from your local post office where you ask for an application form (D1) or you can apply online at dvla.gov.uk.
Q: Can I apply for a Provisional Driving licence before I am 17
A: Yes you can the DVLA will accept applications for Provisional Driving Licences up to 3 months before your 17th birthday. However even though you may receive your licence before your birthday you will still not be able to start learning to drive a car until your 17th Birthday.
Q: Do I need to pass my Theory Test before I start learning to drive?
A: No. You can start learning to drive and learn for your theory test at the same time. We provide FREE Theory Tuition, which will help you to pass the test, and there are also lots of books and CD ROMs in the shops available for you to practice the theory questions and the hazard perception part of the theory test.
Q: I have received my provisional Driving Licence and I am 17. What now?
A: That’s simple just contact us and we will arrange for one of our driving Instructors to contact you to arrange a date and time for your first lesson to suit you.
Q: I work full time / I'm at school / College when can I do my lessons?
A: We have over 35 qualified Driving Instructors so we can arrange your lessons around your working / school hours regardless of what hours you do. You can have the same slot every week or it can change from week to week which ever is best suited to you. You can even start your lesson at home and finish at work / school / college or the other way around.
Q. What do I need to bring with me on my first lesson?
A: On your first lesson you will need to bring with you your Provisional Driving Licence, which includes both the paper part and the photo ID card, or if you have the old style licence then you will need to bring proof of identity for example a passport or any other photo ID and Glasses if you wear them.
Q. On my first lesson will I be driving on a main road?
A: On the first lesson for someone who is learning from the beginning you will start on a quiet road where there will be little or no traffic (these are called nursery routes), this is both for safety and to help you with your confidence. Sometimes the more confident learners do get to go onto a main road on their first lesson.
Q. Other than my instructor who is allowed to teach me to drive?
A: If you would like to gain extra experience with your driving and you have someone willing to teach you in between your lessons then they must have held a full EC/EEA driving licence for at least 3 years and be at least 21 years of age.
Q. When will I know that I am ready for my driving test?
A: You will know when you are ready for test, when you can drive safely and independently. At the end of your lessons your Instructor will do a progress sheet with you, which will show you how well you are doing and will highlight the areas that may need more attention. The progress sheets will help you to see when you will be ready to take your driving test.
Q. How do I book my driving test?
A: You can book your practical driving test either by phoning the DSA on 0300 200 1122 or online at dsa.gov.uk or send off an application form, which you can get from your local post office.
Q What car will I use for my practical driving test?
A: You can use your Instructors car for your driving test or you can use your own but it must be insured for you as a learner to drive it and have ’L’ plates on both the front and rear (Not in the windscreen or rear window) and be in a roadworthy condition. Most students use their instructor’s car; this is more advisable as this is the car that you will be most familiar with.
Q. What is the Pass Plus course?
A: Most of our students come back to us to do the Pass Plus course, which helps you gain further experience on other areas of driving. The course consists of a further 6 hours of driving and covers areas that you will not have been able to learn before you passed your test. Not only do you get more experience and therefore learn how to be a safer driver but most insurance companies offer reduced premiums for people who have completed their pass plus. For more detailed information on Pass Plus click here
Arksey School of Motoring, The Coppins, Thorne Road, Stainforth, Doncaster, DN7 5BG
Tel: 01302 840150 - Fax: 01302 840150 - Email: enquiries@arkseysom.co.uk