Learning to Drive

Pretty teenage driver holding L-plates and car key.

Learning to drive is an important life skill and one that many people couldn’t do without. It’s best to learn to drive as soon as you are legally entitled to as you will learn quickest at that age. It’s a sad fact that after your early 20’s your speed of learning decreases.

How many lessons does it take to learn to drive?

The number of lessons required to pass the driving test will vary from one person to another – there are many variables. These can include such things as:

  • Your age
  • The area where you are learning
  • Whether you are able to get private practice
  • Similar previous experience eg tractor, or motorcycle

Intelligence plays little part in ability to learn to drive, but psychomotor skils will play a more important part.

How to choose the best driving school?

How do you know which will be the best driving school for you? An important factor in choosing the right driving school is to ask your friends who they have learned with and get their views on how good the instructor is. You might ask them to comment on –

  • Price (although with all things cheapest is not usually the best)
  • Timekeeping
  • Friendliness
  • How relaxed they feel on driving lessons
  • Do they feel they’ve made good progress
  • Do they feel encouraged by their driving instructor

All instructors are examined by the DVSA – fully qualified driving instructors with have passed all 3 exams – part trained instructors (PDI’s) will have passed their first two exams. Always try to get a fully qualified ADI (with a green badge). In addition all instructors are regularly cheked that their standard is satisfactory through the Standards Check.

Most driving instructors work independently, although some work for driving schools such as AA, BSM, Red Driving school or other local or regional driving schools.

Your route to passing the driving test

You will firstly need to apply for a provisional driving licence (forms available from the post office) which usually takes about 10 days. You can then start your driving lessons. it’s always best to start with a driving school rather than family member so that you start learning the correct way. You can wait till later to start getting private practice. You will need to also start learning for the theory test. you must pass the theory test before you can apply for a date for the practical test. make sure that you are definitely 100% ready for the test. Most people who fail, do so because they had had too few lessons and too little experience.

How many driving lessons will I need?

Generally it is accepted that most people take between 1½ – 2 lessons per year of their life. So a 17 year old would not normally expect to pass with less than 25 lessons.