Q: I need a Provisional Driving Licence to start my lessons so how do I apply for one?
A: By Post using a D1 form available online or using the Gov.uk website. You will need to provide identity evidence when applying unless you have a biometeric passport.
Q: It says I can apply for my Provisional Driving Licence when I am 15 years and 9 months old.
A: This is correct however you are not legally allowed to drive a car on the road until you are 17 years old.
Q: How many driving lessons will I need before I will be ready to sit my driving test?
A: This is what most people want to know and it's very much dependent on the individual; your previous driving experience (if any), how quickly you pick up and retain the knowledge and skills taught during your driving lessons, how much addtional driving practice you manage to fit in around your driving lessons etc. However, it is normaly expected that a completely new learner driver may need around 40 to 45 hours of professional driving instruction.
Q: I passed my test a while back but I still find that I'm afraid to drive on busy motorways?
A: Yes, Motorway driving is something that can be frightening, but a little help to explain how to handle joining, leaving and overtaking can calm those nerves.
Q: I've let my lessons lapse and haven''t had one in a while, do you offer lessons even though I've done this?
A: Yes, of course, at 1st for Learning Cardiff I understand that things can interfere with the learning to drive process. The good news is that it's never too late to start to drive again! On your first lesson I will take our time to evaluate your current driving ability and tailor-make a driving tuition plan that is perfect for you.
The Theory Test
Q: What resources are available to help me revise for my Driving Theory Test?
A: There are numerous printed and online study aids available to help you revise for your Driving Theory Test, along with a variety of paid-for courses and private tuition if required. However, some of the best resources we have found are: An essential Book to read is the DVSA's Official Highway Code which can be viewed or purchased online or from any good book store. A great website to use is the Theory Test Pro website which you will have FULL, FREE access to as a pupil of 1st for Learning Driving School Cardiff.
Q: How can I book my Theory Test?
A: This can be done simply and easily online thorugh the gov.uk website. You will need your Driving Licence Number, a current email address and a debit or credit card to pay for the test. Alternatively you can contact the DVSA direclty: Tel: 0300 200 1122 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, call charges apply)
The Practical Test
Q: How will I know when I'm ready to take my Driving Test?
A: When every subject has been learnt, practiced and perfected, and you can drive without any help from your instructor then you will be ready to take your Driving Test. Your Driving Instructor will be able to tell you when this happens - but you should know this because the assistance from your instructor will become less and less.
Q: How do I book my Driving Test?
A: You don't have to worry about booking your driving test yourself. I will book the Driving Test for you on an agreed date and time. This is to ensure that you are ready for the test, the car will be available for you on that day and that the test won't clash with another pupil's Driving Test. There is NO extra fee for this booking - you will just pay for the Driving Test fee directly to me at the time of booking.
Q : What is the cost of the hire of the Instructor's Car on the day of the test?
A: The cost will be 2 hours at your normal lesson rate - even though the lesson will normally overrun.
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