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Driving Test Information


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.


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.

Independent Drive

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.


I was taught by Geoff for about 2 months and I went to my test and passed the first time with this company and I would highly recommend Geoff and the company ad he teaches really well, he ensures that you end up being a driver and not a learner and i felt that is a really respectable quality when it comes to a teacher. I could not say any bad experience and was extremely happy

Alen Thomas

For any one wanting to learn to drive but not sure who to go with I definitely recommend Nayland, with his great help I passed first time and in just over three months, the lessons were great I always looked forward to them as Michael is a lovely guy and very down to earth, and up for a laugh 🙂 but he is also very patient for any one who is nervous about driving. 🙂

Harriet Osborn Davies

Thanks a lot to Dave, very calm and professional instructor. Passed after 20h, would definitely recommend.

Mikolaj Witkowski

I passed my test first time, I didn’t need to use any other instructor as Michael gave me all the advice I needed, down to earth, practical and easy to understand. While learning to drive can be stressful, Micheal made it so easy for me. I enjoyed learning and looked forward to the lessons as they were really enjoyable, if you want to learn to drive with someone that will make it enjoyable and practical Micheal is the guy! guy.

Peter Callaghan

Before having Michael as a driving instructor I was with someone else! I was given his number through a recommendation, and his lessons gave me the confidence to pass my test! Michael has great prices and deals, to suit anyone! I have now been driving a year, and I have recommended many people to go with him and they have gone on to pass very fast! 🙂

Amy Cowlin

Massive thanks to Suzanne! Amazing instructor! Helped to boost my confidence and pass my test quickly! Highly recommend!

Tom Clarke