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    How It All Works




    We understand how confusing it can be for someone who want’s to learn to drive.

    Where do you start? What do you need to do?

    Here you can find information on how it all works, what you need to do, and it what order you need to do it.

    In short you ensure you are legally allowed to drive, take driving lessons whilst learning your theory, pass the theory test then continue driving lessons until you pass the practical test.


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    1. Legal Requirements


    Most people can learn to drive when they are 17 years old. You can however learn to drive a car and take a driving test when you’re 16 if you are getting, or have applied for, the mobility part of Personal Independent Payment (PIP)


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    Before you drive a car with a driving instructor (or anyone else) you MUST have a provisional driving license. You can get your first provisional driving licence from DVLA online. To apply you must:

    – be at least 15 years and 9 months old
    – be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away

    If you already have a provisional licence, you do not need to apply again to drive a car.

    Provisional License Application


    Check your legal obligations

    2. Driving Lessons
    Once you have your Provisional Driving License you can start taking driving lessons. You can take driving lessons with our driving school.

    It is advisable to also take driving lessons with someone else who meets the rules, for example family or friends, alongside your professional tuition.

    We will work to the DVSA syllabus throughout your lessons until driving test standard is reached. The amount of driving lessons you will need will vary dramatically depending on any previous experience and/or learning abilities.

    The car you learn in must display ‘L’ plates.

    You can drive at any time, day and night.


    You do not need insurance if you are taking driving lessons in any of our vehicles.

    You do need insurance if you are using a family / friends vehicle.


    You can only drive on motorways if all of the following apply:

    – You are driving in England, Scotland or Wales

    – You are with an approved driving instructor AND the car is fitted with dual controls



    Rules for driving with family / friends

    3. Driving Theory Test
    You can start to practice your driving theory whilst you are taking driving lessons. The sooner you start your practice the better and this will also help you whilst you are out on the road on your driving lessons.

    You can only take your practical driving test once you have passed the driving theory test.

    The driving theory test contains two parts. Multiple choice questions and hazard perception.

    More detailed information can be found on the Gov.UK Driving Theory Test page.

    4. Practical Driving Test
    You must pass your driving theory test before you can apply for your practical driving test.

    There is no set amount of driving lessons you must take before taking your practical driving test although we will advise when you are within reach of the required driving standard.

    More detailed information can be found on the Gov.UK Practical Driving Test page.

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    If your looking for Driving Lessons our Driving School in Preston offers them.

    Whatever your driving experience, Alder School of Motoring will help you fulfil your potential to become a safe, competent driver for life.

    Whether you are a complete beginner or seeking to advance your existing driving qualifications, we have driving lessons to suit you.

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