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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about learning to drive.

  1. What age can I start learning to drive in the UK?
    • You can apply for your provisional driving license when you’re 15 years and 9 months old, but you can’t start driving until you’re 17.
  2. How do I apply for a provisional driving license?
    • You can apply online through the official website or by completing a D1 application form from the Post Office.
  3. How many driving lessons do I need before taking the test?
    • There’s no set number of lessons required before taking the test. The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) recommends around 45 hours of professional instruction, supplemented by private practice.
  4. How much do driving lessons cost in the UK?
    • The cost varies depending on the driving instructor, location, and whether you choose manual or automatic lessons. On average, lessons can cost between £20 and £30 per hour.
  5. What’s the difference between manual and automatic driving lessons?
    • In manual lessons, you learn to use a clutch and change gears manually. Automatic lessons involve driving a car with automatic transmission, where the car changes gears for you.
  6. How do I find a good driving instructor?
    • Look for instructors who are approved by the DVSA, have good reviews from previous students, and are reliable and patient.
  7. Can I learn to drive with a family member or friend?
    • Yes, you can practice driving with a family member or friend who is over 21 and has held a full driving license for at least three years. They must also meet certain criteria regarding their license.
  8. How do I book a driving test?
    • You can book your driving test online through the website or by phone.
  9. What happens during the driving test?
    • The driving test consists of an eyesight check, ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions, general driving ability, and independent driving. It usually lasts about 40 minutes.
  10. What happens if I fail my driving test?
    • If you fail, you can book another test, but you’ll have to wait at least 10 working days before taking it again. You can take as many tests as needed until you pass.

Remember that these answers are based on general guidelines and regulations in the UK, and it’s always a good idea to check with official sources like the DVSA for the most accurate and up-to-date information.