Learning to drive is one of the biggest challenges young people face. The bar that has been set to drive in the UK is exceptionally high, and it’s even higher if you plan to participate in the pass plus program. That’s a good thing because the roads in the UK can be a treacherous place, especially if you aren’t ready.
Before you can jump at the chance to get behind the wheel for the first time, there are a few things you need to know. From applying for a provisional driving licence to stepping foot in the car to drive, you need to be prepared for anything. To help you get a nose ahead of the competition, here’s everything you need to know when you are learning to drive.
How old do I need to be for a licence in the UK?
The minimum age requirements for a licence in the UK is 17 for cars and 16 for mopeds. There are exceptions to the rule for drivers on PIP or DLA where they can apply at 16. If you are wondering if you qualify for an early licence, contact your local Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency.
What paperwork do I need to apply for a licence in the UK?
When it’s time to apply for your licence, you will need a bit of paperwork to make sure you can get your provisional drivers licence. You will need the following:
- be a resident of Great Britain
- meet the minimum age requirement
- meet the minimum eyesight requirement
- not be prevented from driving for any reason
- pay £50 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
- have a valid UK passport or another form of identity
- have your National Insurance number if known
- provide addresses where you’ve lived for the last 3 years
You have to make sure you can check all of these off the list. If you are missing any of these documents, you will not be eligible for your provisional licence and will be denied. It’s also important to note that you can post your application, but it does cost more to do so.
What questions do I need to answer during my driver’s test?
When you go for your test, you will be asked a few questions during the practical tests. These questions are called the “show me, tell me questions.” These questions will take you through the basics of your car to make sure you know what is going on with your vehicle. Understanding the basics of how a car works is extremely important for any driver, and these questions make sure you are prepared to handle emergencies if they happen on the road. The questions range from simple ones like, “how do the front window wipers work,” to more in-depth questions like “show me how to check engine coolant level on your car.”
There are a total of 19 questions that your examiner can ask you, but they will only ask you two of them during your test. You need to make sure you are ready to answer all the questions that are on this test because the two they ask could be anything. That’s why we drill you on all of these questions when you are learning to drive with iQ Driving.
How many parts of the driving test are there?
There are three parts of the driving test that you have to pass to get your licence. They are the multiple-choice test, the hazard perception test, and the practical test. You have to pass each part to move onto the next.
The multiple-choice test is a theory test. It covers a wide variety of questions about road rules and signs. It’s taken on a computer and it’s 50 questions long. You have to answer at least 43 of the questions right in 57 minutes to pass the theory test. If you have special needs for the test, you can apply for more time.
The hazard perception test consists of 12 quick videos that take drivers through different situations. You have to identify the hazards in the videos by clicking them on the screen to pass the test.
Finally, we have a practical test. The practical test is the portion that you have to drive and answer those, “show me, tell me questions” we talked about before. You can take your test in either an automatic or manual car, but if you pass in an automatic, your licence will be restricted to driving an automatic.
How do people fail their driving test when learning to drive?
There are a few different ways that people fail their driving test. The top ten reasons people fail their driving test comes down to simple mistakes during driving. Errors like failure to check your mirrors and observations are among the top reason people fail, so you need to have your driving skills down pat before you take the test. The smallest issues could lead to failure, and you don’t want that.
How much do driving lessons cost?
When you are looking for “driving lessons near me” on Google, you will see a wide variety of costs. Here at iQ driving, we provide different pricing depending on what you need. For single sessions, we charge ￡28.00 with discounts given for larger block bookings. For the Pass Plus Scheme, we charge ￡200.00.
Learning to Drive With the Best Instructors
As it stands, the national pass rate is 42%, and don’t even get us started about the first time pass rates because they are even lower. When it comes to learning to drive with IQ Driving, our student’s first-time pass rate is far far higher than that. We take the time to make sure our students are ready to pass their driving test and join the ranks of drivers on the road. We help you every step of the way, and we make sure you know everything you need to know like the back of your hand. You won’t just know how to drive, you will know how to drive like an expert with iQ Driving.
If you are ready to see what iQ Driving can do for you, you can head over to our Book Now page to secure your spot. We love helping people learn to drive because it’s our passion, so let us show you the ropes.