Learning To Drive
The best way to learn to drive is to take professional lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).
Driving instructors must be registered with the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The teaching standard or a driving instructor is regularly assessed by the DVSA. Grades are issued after these assessments. Try to choose an instructor on recommendations, don't just go for the cheapest. LDUK Driving Instructors abide by the "Industry Code of Practice".
The Driving Tests – Practical and Theory
The driving test consists of theory and practical tests. You must pass the theory test before you can apply for the practical test. The theory test includes multiple choice questions and hazard perception testing. You must pass both parts of the theory test and the practical test to obtain a full licence.
Newly Qualified Drivers
Newly qualified drivers have a probationary period of two years which starts from the day they pass their practical test. If in that period, they commit offences which incur a total of 6 penalty points or more the courts will revoke their licence. This includes offences such as driving while using a mobile phone, speeding, having bald tyres on their car as well as other offences. They will then have to apply and pay for another provisional licence and then go on to retake both the theory and practical tests.
Pass Plus Course
A newly qualified driver should be encouraged to take a Pass Plus course, North Yorkshire County Council run an Enhanced Pass Plus course. This involves extra practice and experience with a specifically training ADI in various conditions including driving on a motorway, at night and in bad weather etc. There are six modules to work through, plus a New Driver Discussion Group to help new drivers to come to terms with the potential problems they will encounter when first driving unsupervised. There is no test at the end of the course. Drivers can obtain insurance discounts from some insurance companies after taking Enhanced Pass Plus and new drivers will receive a subsidy from North Yorkshire County Council when successfully completing the full course.
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