It’s easy to assume that when learning to drive, all you should do is find a driving instructor and book a lesson. Learner drivers discover quite quickly that there is a lot more to driving than simply getting behind the wheel.
Learning the theory
Driving is an acquired skill. It is an activity that requires practice and patience. Part of acquiring this skill involves passing a theory test. The abundance of resources available that support UK driving theory tests are unsurprising. Apart from books and DVDs, there are sites online that provide mock tests and phone apps to help you along. Some drivers are dyslexic or have other reading difficulties and will need to make additional arrangements for their theory test. Resources to help disabled drivers are available and should be requested at the time of booking your theory test.
It is imperative that you know the highway code. Your practical driving tester may ask you about a sign that you are approaching or have just passed. You will be tested on all aspects of your practical skills many of which will include theoretical knowledge. The two aspects go hand in hand. There are several mock exams that can be taken online and it’s not a bad idea to try them out.
Practical driving resources
Apart from using a reputable driving instructor, a learner driver may want to be able to practice between lessons with a friend or family member.
Booking the practical test
Having passed the theory test you may want to book the practical test online. To do so you will need to have your driver’s licence number to hand. You cannot book the practical test until you have completed and passed the theory test.
If you fail your driving test, or your test centre has long waiting times, it’s ideal to have a back-up plan. There’s an awful lot of Cancellation Checkers now a days. These services check frequently to try and find you a driving test cancellation.
To do so they will have to be adequately insured. There are some specialists that deal with insurance for learner drivers. Below is a selection of preferred insurers.
National learner driver Insurance
AA learner driver insurance
Insurance can be for as little as £2 per day and will enable you to practice. Practice sessions should not replace professional driving instruction.
There’s more to insurance than just insuring yourself. If you are involved in an accident you will be able to check whether the other party is insured as well. This can be done by going to the Motor Insurance database.
Buying a car
New drivers will usually purchase their first car shortly after they have passed their practical test. If the car is second hand and more than three years old, it will need to have an MOT. You can check the cars MOT history going back all the way to 2005 by visiting the DVLA MOT checker. This will highlight the possibility of any major problems that are otherwise hidden.
From insurance to servicing, being a driver costs money. Discovering the cost implications of driving starts when you have to look up the fees for the theory and practical tests, just to get on the road legally.
Don’t forget to research breakdown recovery when you get your first car too.