Help & Advice

Frequently Asked Questions!


 

  • You must have a Provisional Licence.
  • You must complete driving licence application form D1 and photocard application form D750 (Available from most post offices).
  • The minimum age which you can legally drive a car on the public roads is 17.
  • If you are disabled and in receipt of mobility allowance, the minimum age is 16.
  • Until the day you pass the practical part of the Driving Test you are not allowed to drive on your own.
  • It is also worthwhile having an eyesight test to check that you meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving.

 

  • Instructor’s lesson prices vary depending on what is your driving ability and what type of lesson.
  • Please head over to our lesson prices page for price information, or you can just call us.

  • How often you have your lessons is entirely up to you. The instructor recommends at least 1 session of 2 hours per week (subject to availability).

  • You can cut the cost of learning to drive by taking advantage of block booking discounts. Savings can be made on courses of 10, 20 and 30 hours.

    • Driving Standards Agency research shows that the current average is 45 hours of tuition, with an additional 22 hours private practice to pass. Your instructor will give you an idea of how long you are likely to need after your first lesson.

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  • No. In fact it is a good idea to learn the theory whilst you are learning the practical as it can bring the subject alive making it easier to understand and remember.

  • Driving Standards Agency strongly recommends that you take lessons from an Approved Driving Instructor. If your friend or relative teaches you they must be over 21 years of age and have held a Full British Driving License for at least 3 years. It’s worthwhile remembering too that learning with a friend or relative means you could pick up their bad habits.

  • You will need both parts of your photo license, or your license and a passport if you have an old paper license. You will also need the letter the DVSA sent inviting you to your test.

  • There are Theory Test centres located all over the UK run by the DSA.

  • Yes! You need to deposit £50 to book driving lessons.

      • On your practical driving test, you will be asked two ‘show and tell’ questions about safety and maintenance checks on your car. Getting one or both of them wrong will count as a driving fault on your practical driving test.

        Help & Advice

Tell me questions

(questions asked before beginning your driving test) 

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

    • ‘Show me’ questions

    • (questions asked during your driving test) 

 

  • 1: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  • 2: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  • 3: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  • 4: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  • 5: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  • 6: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  • 7: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

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