Before you begin to drive there are some requirements you need to meet:
• You must be 17 years of age or over. Did you know you can apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday?
• You must hold a preliminary licence.
For details of how to apply - follow this link: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/Motoringtransactions/BeforeyouapplyA/DG_10032690
• Must not have any convictions or related restrictions that mean you cannot apply for a licence
• You must make sure any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured - at L2P with Gary this is taken care of for you, the vehicle we use is well maintained, taxed accordingly and has the insurance you need.
• You must meet the legally defined eyesight requirements - you must be able to read a new-style registration plate from 20 metres (66ft) or an old-style one from 20.5 metres (67ft).
Before your test the examiner will ask you to demonstrate that you can do this, you will have 3 chances to get this right. If you need glasses or contact lenses you can wear them but they then must be worn for the rest of the test - this is a legal requirement.
NB: You should inform the DVLA when applying for your driving licence if you have any visual condition which affects both eyes (not including long/short or colourblindness); and visual condition that affects your sight (for instance reduced peripheral vision, only one eye). You should also declare on your preliminary licence if you have had corrective surgery on your eyes.
Some questions that you might want answered
A: The UK average for the amount of hours tuition to pass a driving test is 40 to 47 hours with an additional 20 hours of private practice. Of course this is a guideline figure and is in no way typical of every learner, but should be used as an estimate of time. At L2P with Gary, we are aware that each pupil will learn at a different rate; therefore we ensure the best possible tuition is given to enable each and every pupil to achieve the required results, at a pace that is suitable, challenging and manageable.
Q: How many lessons will I need?
A: Everyone learns at a different rate so there can be no definitive answer to this question. But since DVSA offical statistics state the average is 40 to 47 hours, then if you take hourly lessons it will take 40 to 47 lessons (not including any private practice you take). You may decide to take 1 and a half or 2 hour lessons which will undoubtably accelerate your progress, if this is the case, you could be ready for your test quicker.
Q: What car will I be learning in?
L2P with Gary will supply a car that is suitable for your lessons and give you comfort and ease to learn in. The car with be fitted with dual controls meaning you can be sure you are in a safe, controlled environment.
Q: What is an ADI?
A: ADI is Approved Driving Instructor; Trained to exacting DSA standards, having undergone thorough and comprehensive training with an advanced knowledge of theory, and a high level of driving ability and skill.
Q: Why should I use an instructor?
A: Some people ask a parent or an older family friend to teach them to drive. While this has it's advantages, an ADI has been trained specifically to use the DSA syllabus and will be able to apply a range of teaching techniques to suit the learner. They have up to date knowledge of what the driving test requirements are and have a range of resources availaible to support the learner making sure that the correct level of training is supplied and upto date information.