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Frequently Asked Questions

Read our frequently asked questions about learning to drive. We answer questions about driving theory test and passing the driving test.

Learning to drive


Each person has a uniquely different driving and learning experience. For example, you may find that you struggle to parallel park or feel the fear when approaching a hill start. It can often take people several tries to learn to drive, or some can achieve it the first time. 

Typically, people take at least 45 hours of lessons and 22 hours of practising to learn and nail their test. 

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The first thing to do before you begin driving is to ensure you get comfortable with your car. Then, take a look around and get familiar with your vehicle's basics, such as the gear arrangements and all the necessary compartments. 

The next most significant tip is learning the seating position. Ensure you sit straight, with your back and behind entirely against the seat's design; this can help prevent injuries and improve your driving posture. 

Be very attentive once in the driver's seat. Wear your seatbelt correctly and keep all road rules in mind. City roads can often be jam-packed, so it's best to avoid distractions and keep all focus on the road to prevent accidents.

There is no specific correct way to hold the steering wheel, but you do want to have it in a way that allows for maximum control. A good starting point is using the 10 o'clock - 2 o'clock method of positioning. 

Make yourself aware of the importance of turn signals. When you hit the road, you will be amongst several other drivers, so it's vital to be mindful of those about to turn surrounding you. Turning signals save plenty of mishaps from occurring. 

The best time to take your driving lessons is when the roads are mostly quiet for those new beginner drivers. Options vary depending on where you live but during weekdays, strive for times around late morning or mid-afternoon just before the school runs start and when work begins to finish, as that tends to be when the roads become more hectic. Avoid rush hours during the early morning, lunchtime and late evening. 

The best ways to gain confidence in driving to frequently practice and try your best to practice in all kinds of terrains and weathers are to ensure you adjust to all environments. You can bring along an experienced driver with you for support or guidance. 

If you are driving multiple vehicles, perhaps for a job, you might want to practice driving in different cars or vehicles.

Suppose you are still unsure about your driving ability. In that case, you can complete refresher driving courses to revisit the necessary rules and brush up on areas you may not be confident in. 

Absolutely not. Learning to drive at an older age is much more common than many believe, and older learners are often equally good at driving and learning the rules and highway codes. Those who are 40+, however, do require around 50 hours of learning time to ensure they reach the standard. 

Driving theory test


Yes, you require a theory test to begin learning to drive physically; it is one of the initial things you do once you start. The test plays a significant role in ensuring that you are safe enough to drive UK roads. Until you have passed this test, you cannot book your first driving lesson. 

Much of the theory test you are given is from Highway Code. In addition, the book contains the information, rules, and guidelines essential for drivers to know to ensure they and other road users are safe; for this reason, the theory is critical.

The rules in the Code are legal requirements.

Theory tests are comprised of two sections, these two being multiple choice and hazard perception. To complete and pass the overall test, you are required to both areas. Failure to pass these, you won't receive your theory test pass certificate, and you cannot book any future practical tests. 

In the multiple sections, there are 50 questions in 57 minutes. To pass, you must score at 43. In addition, there are often practice questions to put you at ease beforehand.

The hazard perception sections offer 14 clips containing several developing hazards on the road. Each risk you point out is worth 5 points, and scoring 44 or more points is a pass. 

If you are over the age of 17 and wish to book your theory test, you will require a provisional licence costing you £34.00 should you apply online. 

To book, you will also need any form of an identity document or UK biometric passport, your national insurance number and your address history from the past three years. 

Don't worry if you're struggling to study; the DVSA (Driving Standards Agency) has produced a thorough theory test handbook with all the necessary information, helpful tips and several example questions to utilise. So get your hands on a copy to make studying a little easier. 

Visit Drive iQ, a website where you can practice scanning the road for hazards for the hazard perception test. It allows you to get used to look out for your surroundings, other drivers, cyclists and identify potential distractions.  

Ensure you put the hours in and head over the government-run Safe Driving for Life website; they have numerous mock tests to prepare for the multiple-choice section. 

It is essential to revise the material to flag questions that you got wrong in any mock tests. In doing so, you can revisit the answers to these questions that you struggled with and nail them the following times. 

When taking the test, if you find you have time leftover, spend these moments thinking about any questions you were unsure of, check them for any glaring errors or any mistakes you could've made. 

Ensure you are constantly revising and routinely practising until the day of your test and do your best on the test. 

Passing the driving test


The practical driving test consists of five vital parts. To begin, there is an eyesight check and a few "show me, tell me" questions that let your invigilator know that you are aware of all compartments, mirrors, gears and potential surrounding signs on the street.

You will be tested thoroughly on your general driving skill and ability, alongside your ability to reverse your car and independently drive.

Overall the practical test should take around 40-70 minutes, depending on how extended your test becomes. 

You can fail your test if you struggle to complete any manoeuvre through hitting the kerb particularly abruptly, by mounting the pavement or for an overall lack of observation.

Manoeuvres are an essential part of the driving test as the driver has complete control over the car. You must ensure the vehicle is stable and you move relatively slowly. It would be best if you stay alert when manoeuvring in case there is oncoming traffic or pedestrians. Practice as much as you can to ensure confidence in this move. 

Many factors go into whether or not you feel your driver's test is hard for you or not. 

The driving centre location plays into how difficult you find the test; for example, test routes in big cities like London are challenging because they often run into fast-paced traffic on the roads, so the drivers must adjust to that driving style. 

You also could have a driving instructor or examiner with a stricter system. You never know who your instructor is going to be nor who will test you. It's best to look around for trustworthy driving centres with great instructors and invigilators to ensure the best learning experience. 

  • Forgetting your turn signalsNot yielding or stopping properly for pedestrians.
  • Failing to check your mirrors frequently
  • Letting nerves take overImproper lane changing
  • Driving too slowly
  • Making rolling stops
  • Braking too hard or abruptly
  • Confusion when reaching four-way stops
  • Unaware of changes to the speed limit
  • Failure to keep both hands on the wheelFollowing too closely
  • Changing lanes in an intersection
  • A faulty vehicle brought to the practical road test.

Yes. Usually, after your test, your provisional licence is sent off to the DVLA so that they can upgrade it to a fully-fledged driving licence. The process can sometimes take up to three weeks to arrive, but you don't need to wait to begin driving. 

As long as your car is insured and taxed, you are free to begin driving. 

As someone above 17, you will often require around 20 hours of practice and an additional 45 hours of lessons to pass the test. 

Are you looking for driving lessons in York and the surrounding areas? To contact David Daniels Driving School for your first free lesson, call me or send a text today on 0790 8916281 or complete the contact form for more information about how I can help you.