Many teenagers around the United Kingdom eagerly await their 17th birthday when they will be able to set foot inside a car for the first time and legally be able to drive it, or at least start to learn how to drive it at least. On this page I want to talk to you a little bit about learning to drive in the UK. This guide is not only going to be useful for overly anxious teenagers but for just about anybody who really wishes to learn to drive in the UK.
Before you can even so much as start thinking about lessons you are going to need to apply for a provisional licence. You can apply for this license a few months before your 17th birthday. The charge for this licence does go up each year but at the time of writing it is currently set at £34.00. You are currently able to apply for a provisional licence online and it should arrive within about a week.
One of the most important things to think about when it comes to learning to drive in the UK is who you actually want as a driving instructor. As you may well know; there are a lot of driving instructors operating in the United Kingdom at the moment and many of them are not all that good. This can make finding the right one rather difficult. Thankfully if you have friends who have learned to drive in the past then you can always ask their advice. You may also wish to take a little look online for various reviews of driving instructors in your area. Remember; you should not just opt for a driving instructor simply because they operate under the banner of a larger company. Just because they have been approved by AA Driving Schools or a similar company does not necessarily mean that the driving instructor is going to be a good fit for you.
It is always worth taking a couple of trial lessons with a few different instructors to determine who is going to be the best match for you. Remember; just because a driving instructor may be good for one person does not necessarily mean that they are the best person to teach you to drive in the UK. You will want to choose an instructor who fits your own personal learning style.
You are going to need many hours on the road if you wish to learn to drive in the UK. Whilst the recommended amount of time is around 20-30 hours of lessons, there are very few people who are going to be capable of that. Your instructor will put you through for your practical examination when they believe that you are ready to pass. You will be put through for your theory examination within a month or so of actually starting your driving lessons. The theory examination is going to be fairly easy to pass in the UK providing you study the material in-depth. Your instructor will also provide you with tips and tricks throughout your lessons.