Before you start to drive
you MUST firstly apply for your provisional license. You can get the
application form from your local Post Office, just go in and ask for
it. You can check the DSA
website , section on provisional license for further information
If you have an international
license; you do not need to apply for a provisional license to start
taking lessons. For further information about this, check out the DSA
website under Foreign License Holders.
Before you can take your
practical driving test, you will have to pass a theory test, to show
you know the rules of the road and safety points of driving. You will
have 57 minutes to complete the 50 multiple choice questions. Prepare
well and you have an excellent chance of passing. Pass mark is 43.
The test can be booked over the phone using a credit card, where you
will also be asked for your driving license number.
The Hazard Perception Test
will also have to be taken at the same time as the theory test and will
take about an extra 15 minutes. The object is to identify up to 15 hazards
as quickly as possible from 14 video clips which tests your ability
to recognize hazardous situations and anticipate problems instead of
just reacting to them. Pass mark is 44 out of 75 marks.
However, You do not have to wait till you have
passed the theory to be able to start taking driving lessons.
Many people begin with
a 1 hour lesson a week, just to get in the fundamental basics, and then
as their confidence grows they can progress to 2 or more hours a week.
As we all learn at a different
pace; having 1 hour a week may be enough for some people but not for
others - it's entirely up to you and your abilities. As a guideline
the DSA suggests having around 45 - 55 hours lessons with a qualified
instructor plus twenty hours private practice (if you have the use of
a car) to be able to increase the chances of a first time pass. Our
first time pass rate is high and on average our pupils pass with a very
good test mark.