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Want to learn driving?
1. Before you learn to drive
You must apply for the provisional license. You can get this license from DVLA.
There are some legal issues while driving on the road.
  • You must be of the appropriate age to drive the vehicle.
  • You must have a provisional driving license.
  • You must be supervised by a person who is over 21 and who has held a valid drivers license for 3 or more years.
  • You must display learner driver identification "L" plates.
2. How to choose a driving school?
Driving school that would make learning as thorough and enjoyable as possible...
There are driving schools that offer either driving test preparation or practical driving skill courses or both. Some driving students prefer to attend driving classes that focus only on the hands-on portions of learning, because either they prefer to study traffic laws by themselves at home or they would rather use one of the online driving preparation services for this section of driver education.

Attending driving school will give you driving lessons in a structured environment with a classic curriculum and hands-on-experience. From a driving school, you can expect to learn how to drive, how to interact with traffic, how to drive in different environments, and how to uphold your end of being a responsible driver.
Important factors to consider
  • Registered educational institution
  • Number of years in business
  • Consumer protection insurance
  • ADTA members
  • Regular instructor upgrading
  • Audio visual equipment
  • Classroom facilities
  • Driving Instructor with license issued by the RTA
  • Instructor qualifications and experience
  • In-vehicle topics covered
  • Night driving
  • Type of vehicle offered
  • Duration and cost of each lesson
  • Student progress and evaluation reports
  • Basic manoeuvre, strategic driving, freeway driving
  • Risk perception and management
  • Driving in adverse conditions
  • Good references
3. How to choose a driving instructor?
It is unlikely that anyone except an approved driving instructor (ADI) would have the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly. Learning safe driving habits from the start will improve the safety of yourself and other road users. Driving instructors are called Approved Driving Instructor (ADIs), and are registered with Driving Standard Agency (DSA). Two types of badges are issued by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) for display in tuition vehicles.
Types of badges -
  • A Green, Octagonal badge
    shows the instructor is fully qualified and approved.
  • A Pink, Triangular badge
    shows the instructor is licensed under training and is not yet fully qualified.
The DSA authorised ADIs should be having the following qualifications.
  • Must be having a full driving license for the last 4 years
  • Passed successfully the complex theory test
  • Registered with DSA.
A good driving instructor should provide you with advice on the following
  • All aspects of driving
  • When to sit for your driving test
  • What to read to help you pass the theory test
  • Finding the best way to practice and improve your driving skills
  • Driving tips and skills and guide you to drive safely
Important factors to consider -
  • For how long have he/she been a driving instructor?
  • Option of choosing male and female instructors
  • Is ADI fully qualified? (i.e. Green Badge Holder)
  • Same instructor for the complete course?
  • Duration of one lesson
  • Types of car, age of cars, are they dual controlled?
  • Same car for every lesson?
  • Individual pick up service
  • Lessons on weekends
  • Discounts on block booking?
  • Test centre does he/she use?
  • Average pass rate?
A good driving instructor must be - Reliable
  • Punctual
  • Should have a good reputation/references
  • Registered with DSA
  • And a well maintained car!
Before short listing a driving school please ask the following questions. These might help you in choosing a school best suited for your needs. You can get good driving instructors from-
  • Yellow pages
  • Local test center
  • Local papers
  • References from friends, relatives etc
4. How to choose a best driving course?
Before starting the actual lesson, you need to decide which driving course is best suited for you. There are various learner programmes driving schools offer, you, depending on the time and the speed at which you want to learn.

Hourly tuition
This is most preferred choice of many learner drivers. Hourly tuitions offer one-to-one training over a period of an hour. This means that you can learn at your own pace and can take your time to practice actual road skills and develop a road sense. Here driving instructor will guide you when should you appear for practical tests.

Intensive home courses
An intensive course is a fast track version of the hourly tuition method. In the intensive course, you are given many more hourly sessions, and exposed to intense driving. This course style might lead to enhanced pressure and in turn there is an increase in failure rate. Best suited as a refresher course if you are a confident driver, who has had previous driving experience, these courses can get you to learn quickly and cost effectively. Some intensive courses require that you should have passed your theory test, before you begin your driving lessons.
Intensive residential courses
Learning to drive does not get any more intense than this. In these types of courses you go through an intensive learning session either living on the driving school campus or in the vicinity of the Driving School. These training camps train you for several days and give you a driving test at the end. These courses should only be considered if you are able to take some time away from work or school. Compared to home-based intense courses, the pressure here is much more because you don't have the liberty of taking your own time. Should have passed your theory test before embarking on such a course. A good opportunity to learn to drive in unfamiliar conditions. With courses available everywhere in the UK you can enjoy a holiday whilst learning to drive.

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