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Thinking about learning to drive?  What next?

What age?

The minimum ages for driving on British roads are:

16 for mopeds

17 for tractors, small vehicles (most cars) and motorbikes

21 for medium/large sized vehicles, minibuses and buses

Start your engines!

Before you can get in the driver's seat, you need a provisional driving licence. You can apply for it when you’re 15 years and 9 months. You can start driving a car when you’re 17.

You apply for a provisional driving licence from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) online: https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence, or you can get an application form (form D1) from the Post Office. You'll have to pay for the licence.

Then you have to find a driving instructor. In theory you can get anyone over 21 to teach you to drive, but in reality they probably wouldn't have the experience or training to do it properly. Find the local Approved Driving Instructors here: https://www.gov.uk/find-driving-schools-and-lessons You might also want to ask friends and family whether they might recommend

While you're learning you have to display Learner (L) plates (L or D plates in Wales) on the front and back of any car you drive.

The theory test

You have to pass your theory test before you book your practical test.

You can book a theory test online at gov.uk.

The practical test

Currently, the practical test consists of an eyesight check, some vehicle safety questions, and a 40-minute driving test, which will include specific manoeuvres. From December the test changes to incorporate use of a Sat Nav – more info here.

You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test.

Make one serious or dangerous fault and you'll fail.

The majority of people don't pass first time, so don't worry if you fail. If you do fail, you can take another test 10 working days later.

Features, LifeWeb editor