Starting Out Guide for Learner Drivers
The minimum age for a UK provisional licence is 17. You will need this before you can start taking lessons.
Any car that you drive before passing your test must display L-plates front and rear.
There are Rumours of the minimum driving age going up to 18 in the UK.
You can apply for a moped provisional licence when you are 16, but you have to take and pass the CBT test before you are allowed on the road.
If you want to learn to drive a large goods vehicle (LGV) or a bus or coach (PCV) you have to have a full driving licence for a car and you have to be over 18 years old.
If you are receiving Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate your provisional licence can come into effect when you are 16.
You can only take the car theory test when you are 17 and your provisional licence is in your possession.
Follow the links on the left to find all the help you need to get started on your driving lessons.
Your Provisional LicenceFirst things first. Everyone needs some sort of licence, otherwise you can't take to the road even under instruction. You can apply for your Provisional licence up to 2 months before your licence is due to start.
Driving School DirectoryLooking for a new Driving School or Instructor in your area?
Have a look at our Driving School listing.
Thousands of Schools and Instructors Listed including Bike trainers and LGV and PCV schools.
Finding a good instructor is not easy, especially with so many instructors and schools to choose from. And what type of course suits you, Hourly Tuition, Intensive Courses or Residential.
Watch out for Illegal driving instructors, they could be working in your area.
It is vitally important, particularly in today's society, that you know who is teaching you, your son or daughter to drive.
Making The Most Of Your LessonsAnd you’re off! You’ve booked your lessons and you’re sitting beside your instructor. Not only that, but you’re actually in the driving seat, surrounded by pedals, brakes and gear leavers which one day you’ll have mastered. You could be feeling terrified, excited, impatient to get going – or a bewildering cocktail of all these emotions.
Find out what to expect on your first few driving lessons
Taking Lessons in an Automatic CarLearning to start, stop and steer is much easier in a automatic car. So if you are having trouble mastering a manual have a go at an Auto.
Learn to Drive with Family or FriendsPractice makes perfect, so when your driving instructor thinks you are ready, why not get more practice with family or a friend.
Tips and hints for family and friends helping a person to learn to drive.