Learning with a disability

If you have a disability you need to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) by filling in a medical questionnaire when you apply for your provisional licence. The usual minimum age for learning to drive is 17, but if you get the Higher Rate Mobility Component (HRMC) of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), […]

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Getting a provisional licence

Before you can learn to drive a car, moped or motorbike you need to get a provisional driving licence. Are you 17? (16 for mopeds) Then you can apply. Actually, you can apply up to three months before your 17th birthday so you can get going straight away. Online You can complete the application form on […]

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Reasons for failing the driving test

“On my first test, they asked me to reverse into a bay of cones. I put my foot down, reversed at high speed and completely flattened the cones. I did the girlie thing and burst into tears, but the examiner was having none of it. He told me to get out of the car and […]

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You fail

Never mind, plenty of people who are very good drivers, fail their first test. You’ll find out if you’ve passed or failed straight after the test. And you can ask the examiner for on the spot feedback about where you failed. You will also get a driving report form, which shows the mistakes you made. […]

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What happens in the driving test?

So, you’ve passed the full theory test: now for the practical driving test. It all begins with a brief eyesight test – reading the number plate on a car about 20 metres, or six car length away, don’t wait until the test before you get your eyes checked out – as well as two vehicle […]

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Theory test

Before you can hop in a car to take your practical driving test you must pass the theory test – so you’ll want to get it right first time. Once you’ve applied for your theory test, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) will send you a DVD called Are You Ready? which explains the theory test. […]

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