Halfords

If you need vehicle accessories, car 'learner driver' accessories and/or car driving lessons, Halfords WebsiteHalfords is well worth a look.

Halfords Car Accessories

They have partnered with Red Driving School WebsiteRed Driving School whereby you can get an exclusive 27% discount on the first four hours of lessons purchased through the Halfords website.


Driving App

This is the official DVSA DVSA AppTheory Test app.

DVSA App

They have other apps such as the official Highway Code AppHighway Code and Hazard Perception AppHazard Perception apps.


M.O.T / Tax

In order to drive in England (UK), your vehicle needs to pass its M.O.T Web PageM.O.T (Ministry Of Transport) test.

M.O.T

Once it has passed its M.O.T test, you then need to get it insured and Vehicle Tax Web PageTaxed.


Car Insurance

APlan WebsiteA Plan are insurance brokers who will find the best priced APlan Motor Vehicle Insurance Web PageCar Insurance for your type of car.

A Plan Insurance Brokers

You will find A Plan very down to earth, friendly, professional and experts in their field of insurance.

149/155 Mitcham Road, Tooting Broadway, London, SW17 9PG - Tooting BranchWebsiteFacebook PageFacebookN 51 25.473 W 0 09.782GPS Map Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm and Sat: 8:30am - 12:00pm - Tel: +44 (0)20 8672 3375.


AutoTrader

AutoTrader WebsiteAutoTrader is a long established 'new and used' car classified ads magazine that allows you to AutoTrader Seller Web PageSell your car or AutoTrader Buyer Web PagePurchase a car; as well as other vehicles.

AutoTrader Apps

They also have mobile phone and tablet AutoTrader Apps Web PageApps, reviews, insurance and finance sections and a AutoTrader Vehicle Check Web PageVehicle Check web page.


Driving Apps

Here are the official BSM (British School of Motoring) BSM Theory Test AppsTheory Test Apps and BSM Hazard Perception AppsHazard Perception Apps for Apple and Android devices.

BSM Driving Apps

The AA (Automobile Association) AppAA (Automobile Association) App comes with a route planner and 'live traffic updates'; among other features/services.



Prepare For Driving Lessons And Tests In England (UK)

Theory And Practical Tests - Driving Lesson Prices - Rules & Regulations

If you want to take driving lessons in England (UK), you first need to apply for a First Provisional Driving Licence Web PageProvisional Driving Licence (£34 online / £43 via post) - see the Exchange Driving Licence Web PageExchange Driving Licence (Absolute Beginner - FIRST TIME DRIVER) section of this website, if need be. When it arrives, make a note of its 'driving licence number', which you will need later.

You should also buy yourself, or lend from a public library, books/cds about the Official Highway CodeOfficial Highway Code, Official DVSA Complete Theory Test KitOfficial Theory Test and Practical TestOfficial Practical Driving Test. There are also driving apps available online (see the right column).

Study The THEORY OF DRIVING

Before taking any driving lessons you should study the Driving Theory Test Web PageDriving Theory Test books/cds/apps you have lent and/or purchased first. Those books will teach you the 'theory of driving'. You could also Theory Test Practise Web Pagepractise the Theory Test using the 'Safe Driving for Life' website, which is the official driving theory test from the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency).

There are two parts to the actual theory test - Multiple Choice (multiple answers to a given question whereby only one answer is correct) and Hazard Perception (spot the potential driving dangers within 14 video clips). You need to pass both parts of the theory test, otherwise you fail it and have to retake it (both parts) again. Furthermore, you then have to wait at least 3 working days before you can retake a failed theory test.

Book A THEORY TEST

When you feel confident enough about the 'theory of driving', and more precisely about the multiple answers and road hazards, you should Book A Theory Testbook a Theory Test (online); preferably after you Find A Theory Test Centrefind a Theory Test Centre. You will need your 'driving licence number' to book the theory test and will need to take your actual photocard Provisional Driving Licence to the test centre; for verification purposes for example.

The theory test fee for a car is currently £23. When booking online you will need an e-mail address (to receive your booking confirmation) and a debit/credit card to make online payment. The whole booking process should take around 10 minutes.

NOTE: The fee above is when you book your theory test using the official service (linked above). Unofficial websites may charge more.

Have Some DRIVING LESSONS

At this stage you have, hopefully, passed your theory test, but do not worry if you have not though because you can actually take driving lessons without having passed your theory test; even though the standard method is to pass the theory test first and then take driving lessons. Saying this, you can NOT book a Practical Driving Test until you have passed the theory test.

The Theory Test PASS CERTIFICATE

Assuming you have passed your theory test, and therefore have your theory test Pass Certificate (valid for two years), the next step is to book some driving lessons. As the Pass Certificate is valid for two years only, it means you only have up to two years to pass your Practical Driving Test. If you have not passed that test within the two years, you have to retake the theory test.

NOTE: Many driving schools now operate online, as opposed to having a dedicated office in your local high street, whereby you register with them online and pay online for your desired number of driving lessons. Once paid, a driving instructor then arranges for an introductory visit to your home whereby they then give you your first paid-for driving lesson. They subsequently pick you up from your home to give you your further paid-for driving lessons.

How Many DRIVING LESSONS?

Although there is no set number of driving lessons you must take before booking a driving test, 30 to 40 driving lessons is seen as the recommended amount; but it really does depend on each individual's ability to learn and confidence to believe they are ready for (to pass) a driving test.

Check The Instructor Is QUALIFIED AND REGISTERED

When taking an actual driving lesson, anyone you pay to teach you to drive must be a qualified and approved driving instructor (ADI) or at least a trainee driving instructor. They must also display either a green badge (qualified instructor) or pink badge (trainee instructor) on the car windscreen to prove they are registered with the DVSA.

If an Practise with unpaid personunpaid person (such as an unpaid family member or unpaid friend) is teaching you to drive, they must be over 21 Years Old and must have had their FULL (Manual or Automatic Car) Driving Licence for at least 3 Years (if they come from an EU or EEA country, which the UK is of course).

NOTE: It is illegal for your family member or friend to use a mobile phone while supervising you.

Do You Need CAR INSURANCE?

If you are having driving lessons in a driving school's car or independent qualified instructor's car, you do NOT need any car insurance simply because their own insurance policy should (will) cover you while driving in their car. It will be included as part of their overall driving lessons fee.

If you are practising privately in your own car, being supervised by a FULL Driving Licence holder (of at least 3 years), you will need to insure that car for you to drive it. Furthermore, that same car insurance policy should cover supervisors (i.e. family members and friends) while supervising, and/or driving, you in your own car.

If you are practising privately in someone else’s car (i.e. in a family member's or friend's car), you need to make sure their insurance policy covers you as a learner driver. Some car insurance companies require the person supervising you to be over 25 years old.

Which Plates Should You Use? - L OR P?

When you first learn to drive you MUST put an L and P Driving PlatesL Plate on the front and back of the car you are driving, regardless of whose car it is, to show other motorists and pedestrians that you are a Learner driver.

Once you have passed your practical driving test, you have the option of putting P (Probational) Plates on the front and back of the car you are driving. Remember: This is totally optional. It just lets other motorists and pedestrians know you have not long passed your practical driving test.

Find A DRIVING SCHOOL

Depending where you live in England (UK), there should be at least one driving instructor/school in your main town or city; if not locally. And the DVSA has an online search web page that could help you Find A Driving Schoolfind your nearest DVSA registered and approved Driving Instructor/School.

BSM Driving SchoolBSM (British School of Motoring) is the famous driving school in the UK (over 100 years old), now owned by the AA Driving SchoolAA (Automobile Association), but it is the local driving instructor who is more popular. BSM and the AA have around 2,000 driving instructors each, but there are more than 45,000 independent driving instructor in Britain. So you might be better off searching Yell (Yellow Pages) for a more local Yell SearchDriving Instructor/School.

Book A PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST

When you think you have had enough driving lessons from your preferred driving instructor/school and are ready to take a practical driving test, you need to Book A Practical Driving Testbook a Practical Driving Test. You will need your theory test Pass Certificate number, provisional driving licence number and debit/credit card when booking a practical driving test online. A practical driving test currently costs £62 (Weekdays) or £75 (Weekday evenings, 4:30pm onwards, weekends and bank holidays).

What Happens During A Practical Driving TestDuring the Practical Driving Test you will be asked to read a number plate from 20 Metres away (eyesight check) and be asked two vehicle safety questions (i.e. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil). During the driving part of your test, which should take around 40 minutes, your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.

The practical test is normally taken in a driving school's car simply because 1) You might not have your own car yet, 2) because you have become comfortable with the make/model of car used by the driving school and 3) because your own car would have to meet too many Driving Test Car RulesRules & Regulations.

Pass The PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST

You will pass your practical driving test if you make less than 16 driving faults (classed as: not potentially dangerous mistakes), make no serious driving faults (repeated mistakes that could be potentially dangerous) and make no dangerous driving faults (mistakes that actually cause danger to you, the examiner, the public or property).

The examiner will tell you if you have passed your practical driving test or not and will also explain how you did during your practical driving test. If you did pass, the examiner will give you a pass certificate and then ask you if you want your FUL Driving Licence to be sent to you automatically.

Once you have passed your practical driving test you can start driving straight away - You do NOT need to wait for your FULL Driving Licence to arrive.

If you do not pass your practical driving test you have to wait another 10 working days before you can take another practical driving test. You also have to pay the full test fee again.


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