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Approaching 17? ...Ensure Your Ready For Your First Driving Lesson With 'The Road Ahead's' Checklist

Published: 5th November 2013 09:56

The Road Ahead Driving School, Driving Lessons, Rugby, Warwickshire

Approaching 17? ...Ensure Your Ready For Your First Driving Lesson With 'The Road Ahead's' Checklist

Rugby based 'The Road Ahead' driving school have kindly provided a checklist for those approaching 17, to ensure they are ready for their first lesson.

1. You must hold a provisional licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland. See details below on how to obtain your provisional

2.  You must be able to read a new-style number plate from 20 metres away (with glasses or contact lenses if you need them, as long as you always wear them when you're driving).

3.  I advise that you start to revise your theory.  Any knowledge you have of the road will be of great benefit to you when you start your driving lessons and could reduce the number of hours you require

4.  To avoid disappointment contact your chosen driving instructor and book in, some driving instructors run very busy diaries. Plan ahead. 

Private Practice

  1. It will be your responsibility to ensure any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured.
  2. Make sure you display L plates. You must display L plates on the front and rear of the vehicle where they can be clearly seen when you're driving (L or D plates in Wales).
  3. You must be accompanied by a qualified driver who is over 21 who holds a full car driving licence (for at least three years) We'd recommend you have most of your lessons with an approved driving instructor.
  4. Your accompanying driver must abide by the same rules as a driver... so no chatting on the mobile, no being over the drink drive limit etc... A provisional licence holder must be observed at all times... your private practice influences your learning and should be treated as a learning tool... not as a taxi :)

Getting your Provisional Licence

Before you can start driving on the road you'll need a provisional licence, which currently costs £50.

The quickest way to apply for your provisional licence is online at GOV.UK. You'll need a debit or credit card, proof of your identity (such as your passport) and your address details for the last three years.

You can apply for your provisional licence by post. You apply using a D1 form, which you can get from any post office. Find out more about applying by post at GOV.UK.

You can apply up to three months before your 17th birthday (or when you're 16 if you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance).

There are some things you must and mustn't do when you're driving with a provisional licence. Check GOV.UK to see the rules about driving with a provisional licence.

The Road Ahead Driving School, Driving Lessons, Rugby, Warwickshire


Tel: 07792 549230


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