Lesson plans are designed to flex around your individual needs and set to a pace that suits you. But you can expect to cover off all the essentials required to get you raring to go on test day.
Legal requirements for learning to drive in the UK
First, in order to learn to drive there are some basic legalities. So you need to:
be 17 years or olderhave a valid provisional driving licence
If want to be ready as soon as you turn 17, you can apply for your provisional licencefrom the age of 15 years and 9 months.
If you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you can begin driving a little earlier, at 16 years.
In addition, to start learning:
You must be able to read a number plate 20 metres away (with glasses or contact lenses, if needed).You must be accompanied by a qualified driver who is over 21, and has had a full car driving licence for at least 3 years. (That person is usually a driving instructor.)The car you learn in must be taxed and have a valid MOT, be insured, and have display L plates on the front and rear. (If you're learning in a qualified driving instructor's vehicle, they'll take care of this.)Behaviour and mindset
Driving is much more than learning rules and technicalities. You need to respond to the behaviour of other drivers, road users and pedstrians.
So ultimately, road safety is the priority for everyone. And some of the most important characteristics of a safe driver include:
Respect and adhere to the rules of the road. - Never underestimate the serious consequence that can arise from comprising those rules. Falling into bad habits is a common cause of avoidable accidents.
Focus - Never forget the importance of concentration and awareness of your surroundings. So avoid needless distractions (especially mobile devices).
You will share the road with many others, and it's important to remain calm and patient with them. When patience is lost, and tempers begin to flair, accidents are more likely.
Going from A to B, living a busy life, visting places, family and friends. Whatever your journey, remember to be polite and friendly towards your fellow drivers.