How to get your Driving Licence? Before you can begin your driving lessons you need a Provisional Driving Licence. To apply for this you must complete an application form. You can also do this online by clicking the link at the bottom of the page or you can wander down to your local Post Office and pick up a form. You can apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday, however it will not become valid until you are 17.
Remember it takes approx 4 weeks for your application to be processed!
The Theory test is made up of 2 parts, the first being a multiple choice section. The second part is a hazard perception test which records your responses to a series of short video clips depicting real life hazards that you may meet while driving. You need to pass both sections to successfully complete your theory test. We suggest that in the beginning you combine your theory study with the early part of your driving so you have the added advantage of having your instructor there to help you out with anything you are unsure of.
You can book your theory test by clicking the link at the bottom of the page, or we can book it for you.
Before you do your Practical Test your instructor would have carried out a number of mock tests so you’re all ready & know what to expect! Your instructor can book your practical test for you, or you can book your practical test by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
The test is approximately 45 minutes long. The first part will be where the examiner checks your details such as licence and eyesight, and then asks you a couple of vehicle safety questions. These are called “Show me, Tell me questions” and can be viewed on our “Learn to Drive Videos” page. (Don’t worry your Instructor will also go through these with you well before the test!)
Its then time to drive off where the examiner will be testing you on your general driving ability plus a serious of manoeuvres.
Ten minutes of the test will be Independent Driving. You will be asked to pull over and the examiner will ask you to drive independently by one, or possibly a combination, of the following methods. The candidate won’t be able to influence which method is chosen – that’s up to the examiner.
The independent driving section isn’t meant to test candidates navigating skills – if you take a wrong turn or get lost it won’t count against you, so don’t worry!
It’s more to do with letting you show your ability to drive safely without constant direction from their instructor or examiner. Though of course if you do get flustered and make a driving fault during this section, such as excessive hesitation at a junction then this will be marked as a fault.
At the end of the test the examiner will spend a few minutes completing the form. You can commit 15 minor faults and still pass, but 16 or more will result in a fail. If you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail automatically.
You will then be told the outcome! If you have passed – fantastic job and well done! The examiner will offer you a detailed debrief. It is a good idea to have your Instructor present, as you may not take it all in straight after your test
If you haven’t passed don’t worry! With more practise your driving will just get and better! Go home, relax and rebook!
The DIAmond Advanced Test is for everyone. It has been designed to build on the knowledge that helped you pass your driving test and the experience you’ve gained since. It requires no specialist skills or techniques beyond common sense and good car control.
This qualification is perfect if you have never taken an advanced test before, drive for work or simply have a keen interest in driving. The test lasts for 60 minutes and takes place over a route of mixed driving conditions, including motorways where possible.
Candidates’ driving will be assessed on their eco-safe driving ability and will include performing two out of five reversing manoeuvres (left and right reversing, bay and parallel parking and turn in the road).
A pass will be awarded for fewer than seven driving faults, none of which are adjudged to be serious or dangerous. For more information please click here!