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Learners

Some usefull links and advice about learning to drive

Getting Started

efore you start to drive, you must:hold a valid, provisional driving licence for Great Britain or Northern Irelandmake sure that any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insuredWho can you drive with?You can learn to drive with a full licence holder provided they ar over 21 and have held a full UK driving licence for 3 years. The car must be insured for you to drive, even on a car park, otherwise both you and the accompanying driver can be prosecuted.

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Applying For a Licence

You must hold a valid provisional driving licence before you get behind the wheel of a car to learn to drive. It is an offence not to hold such a licence and you could find yourself with points on your licence before you get it or a delay in your licence being issued.Also you should be aware that trying to drive any vehicle without a valid provisional or full licence negates your insurance thus leaving you uninsured whilst driving. This in itself is a criminal offence which can carry a hefty fine or in some instances a custodial sentence.Applying for your driving licence onlineYou can apply for your first provisional driving licence online using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's (DVLA) website

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Rules for Learner Drivers

Rules for Learner DriversBefore you start to drive, you must:hold a valid, provisional driving licence for Great Britain or Northern Irelandmake sure that any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insuredDriving LicenceYou must hold a valid provisional driving licence before you get behind the wheel of a car to learn to drive. It is an offence not to hold such a licence and you could find yourself with points on your licence before you get it or a delay in your licence being issued.

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Theory Test

The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.If you pass one part and fail the other you'll fail the whole test, and you'll need to take both parts again.The questions in each multiple choice test vary according to the category of vehicle you're hoping to obtain a licence for.

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Practical Test

Here you can find out all about the Practical driving testThe examiner will give directions throughout the test, but you will also be asked to do 10 minutes of independent driving. You will have to follow traffic signs or a short series of verbal directions, or a combination of both. To help candidates understand where they are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show a diagram. Candidates can also ask for a reminder as they drive.

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Environmental Driving

At Mitchells school of motoring we are committed to teaching people to drive efficiently. There are lots of small changes you can make to your driving style/lifestyle that will save money as well as the environment.Some tips for economical and eco-friendly driving:Planning ahead makes you more aware of hazards. It also helps you to drive smoothly and economically. Anticipate the need to slow down early and ease off the accelerator. This will reduce the need for the footbrake.Keep your cruising speed constant. Constant accelerating and then braking will use more fuel.Fuel consumption is poorer at low and high speeds. Driving at less than 15mph or more than 60mph creates the most carbon dioxide.Don't fill your fuel tank to the top, you will be carrying extra weight, reducing fuel efficiency.

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Independent Driving

Independent driving was introduced into the car driving test in October 2010.The idea is to give the candidate the experience of finding their way somewhere without being told step by step. Previously on test and also while learning with an instructor it was just a case of following instructions as you go along, e.g. take the next road on the left, turn right at the traffic lights or go straight ahead at the roundabout. For the rest of the test when you are not driving independently this will still be the case.

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Book or Change Test

Find out more information on booking your Driving Test.

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Show Me Tell Me

The examiner will ask you one: 'tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving ‘Tell me’ questionsThese are not too difficult and designed to show how you would check a car is road worthy before starting a long jorney or as part of your weekly and daily car checks. Failure to answer 1 or both incorectly will result in 1 driver fault. You will not fail your test.

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