Before you learn to drive with Nayland Driving School, you will need a provisional driving licence. If you don’t already have one, then you can follow the links below to apply for one. The process to attaining your driving licence comes with two tests; a driving theory test and a practical driving test. What is required of you to pass these tests can be found on this page. If you have any more questions about the tests, please check out our FAQs or contact us.
How to Get Your Provisional Licence
Before you can get started on your practical driving lessons, you need to gain a provisional licence. The form needed is the “D1”, which will be available at your local post office. You will need to fill this out correctly and send it to the DVLA, along with two suitable passport photos.
You can apply for a provisional licence online at the DirectGov web site here.
You can learn to drive when you are:
17, if you want to drive a car
16, if you want to ride a moped or light quad bike.
About your Theory Test
Your theory test will take place at a local centre, and when you arrive on the day to take the test, you will be checked in and then provided with your own private booth with a computer to complete the test.
The test consists of two parts; you will need to pass both parts in order to be successful.
Section 1: Multiple choice questions and answers
Section 2: Hazard perception, this is based on 14 video clips. Each clip is a minute long. Your job is simply to click the mouse when you see a hazard. Depending on how soon you spot it you could score anything from 0 to 5 points. This test must be passed before you can apply for your practical test.
Once you have passed the theory test it is valid for 2 years. If your practical test has not been passed within this time, you will need to repeat the theory test.
To book your driving theory test, please visit this website: https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test.BOOK LESSON
About your Practical Driving Lessons
So well done, you’ve passed your theory test – you’re now ready to take your final step to gaining your full driving licence!
On the day you MUST remember:
Your e-mail confirming the date and time of your test.
Your photo card licence.
Theory test certificate.
Failure to remember all of these things could result in you not being able to take your test.
At the start of the test the examiner will give you an eyesight test. If you fail this, then the practical test will not continue.
Next, your driving examiner will ask you one of your vehicle safety questions, and the other question will be out on the road. These are also known as “show me/tell me questions”
Then you will go on a drive of approximately 40 minutes. The drive will also incorporate one of the following manoeuvres:
Forward bay park.
Reverse parallel park.
Reverse bay park.
Pulling over on the right of the road and reverse safely.
There is also a 1 in 3 chance of having to do an emergency stop.
As part of the test, you will also have to drive using a sat nav, or drive independently for approximately 20 minutes.
You could be shown a diagram with directions on, the directions will also be told to you verbally. It is then expected that you remember the directions; keeping your driving safe at the same time.
The other possibility is that you are asked to follow the roads sign to a specific place, such as Mersea for example – this will normally last for 2 or 3 junctions.
Remember you cannot fail for going the wrong way as long as it is done safely as this is not a driving fault
On your drive, the examiner will record any faults that they observe. You are allowed a maximum of 15 minor driving faults. No serious or dangerous faults are acceptable, and this will result in an automatic fail. You will not be told your result until the end of the test back at the test centre.
To book your practical driving test, please visit this website: https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test.