Learning to Drive - The route to your driving licence

The first step to passing your driving test is to obtain your provisional licence. For many people they can apply online as long as they meet certain residency requirements, can pay online and have another form of official identification such as a passport. You can apply for your provisional licence online here.

Once you have got your provisional licence and are 17 years of age or over you can start your on the road driving lessons. The DSA suggest that on average people take around 45 hours of tution with several hours of extra practice. Of course we will always try to help you get through your test with the minimum number of lessons. However, there are no short cuts and nationally, by far the biggest reason for people failing their test is that they have not had sufficient professional driving lessons.

During the course of your lessons you should also learn for the theory test. You need to pass the theory test before you can apply for the practical test. The theory consists of 50 multiple choice questions on touch screen computer and 14 hazard perception video clips where you need to click the mouse when you identify the developing hazards.

When you are aproaching driving test standard your instructor will advise you when to apply for your driving test and which driving test centre is best for where you live - (eg Croydon, Wallington, Sutton, Mordern driving test centres. Before your test we will do a mock test to help you prepare for the big day and also to identify any areas of weakness that still need to be looked at before your test.

Passing your test does not have to be the end of the process to your becoming a safe and competent driver. The Pass Plus course involves lessons that may take you into slightly greater depth about many aspects of driving and will also give you the opportunity to learn motorway driving.

For lessons with a Croydon driving school (other areas also covered) call 07540 438831