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Take a look at this useful information and make sure you know the next step to take to get your full driving licence.
APPLYING FOR A PROVISIONAL LICENCE
First things first, before you can even get into a car and start learning to drive, you have to get hold of a provisional driving licence. To apply for this, you must complete the application form D1 available from either:
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Form Ordering Service – apply to DVLA Swansea (telephone number 0870 2400009)
Post Office – just pick up a form, complete it and post to the DVLA.
On line. Visit www.direct.gov.uk and follow the directions.
It takes about four weeks for your application to be processed and for your licence to be sent to you – so if you want to start learning to drive as soon as you hit 17, make sure you apply early!
The Highway Code is essential reading for everybody learning to drive. It contains all of the rules and regulations that relate to driving in the UK. As a driver, it’s your duty to know these rules – and remember if you don’t abide by them, you will be breaking the law and could end up being prosecuted. This could lead to you losing your licence, so it’s worth getting to know what’s what.
Essential Skills a DSA Publication. This book is about the skills of driving a car and will help new drivers with their practical driving lessons.
YOUR DRIVING THEORY TEST
The Theory Test is made up of two parts
1. a multiple choice section. This is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse
2. a hazard perception test. This records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.
You will need to pass both parts to successfully complete your Theory Test. If you pass one part and fail the other, you will fail the whole test, and will have to take both parts again.
APPLYING FOR YOUR PRACTICAL
Before you do anything you will be asked to perform an eye sight check and then be asked some vehicle safety questions. You will then be tested on your general driving ability, including two reversing exercises.
The ‘Driving’ part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for evidence you have reached an overall safe standard of driving, as you carry out both general and specific manoeuvres. You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more minor faults results in a fail. However, if you commit just 1 serious or dangerous fault, you will fail the test automatically.
WHAT TO TAKE ON YOUR TEST
Your car must be correctly insured and licensed – displaying “L” plates. Kings Way School of Motoring car is of course, perfect for the job!
• The appropriate Theory Test Pass Certificate.
• Your appointment letter confirming your test time and date
• Both parts of your photocard licence. If you don’t take both parts of your licence your test will not take place and you will lose your fee
If you have old style paper licence, you must take your signed driving licence and separate approved photo identification with you.
Applying for the full driving licence – when you pass your test the examiner will issue you with your Test Certificate and he will arrange for your full Licence to be sent to you.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Legal requirements - You must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres. Your Instructor will conduct a simple eye test on your first lesson. You must also hold a valid driving licence with either full or provisional entitlement to drive in the UK. Please bring your licence to each lesson.