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The minimum age which you can legally drive a car on the public road is 17.
You will need your provisional licence before you can take lessons, although you can book them at any time. Complete application form D1 and photocard application D750 available from most Post Offices. You can apply for your licence up to three months before your 17th birthday.
Until the day you pass the practical part of the Driving Test, you are not allowed to drive on your own.
It may also be worthwhile having an eyesight test to check that you meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving.
To get your full driving licence you will need to pass two tests, one theory and one practical. The theory test itself comes in two parts, both taken at the same time. Both parts also need to be passed together prior to you applying for a practical test. Practical tuition can start at anytime.
The theory test is a computer-based, touch-screen test at various centres around the country. You have 57 minutes to complete the test. There is also a 15 minute practise session you can work through prior to starting the test. There are 50 multiple-choice questions and you need to get at least 43 correct to pass.
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HAZARD PERCEPTION TEST
This forms the second part of the test, and both must be passed at the same time. There are 14 videos, each about a minute long. The videos feature various types of hazard such as, road conditions, vehicles and pedestrians. The aim is to spot a hazard developing that may require the driver to take some form of action.
The earlier you spot the hazard, the higher your score. There are a total of 15 scoreable hazards in the test, with a maximum of 5 points per hazard. The pass mark is 44 out of 75.
Once you've booked your test you will be sent an appointment letter. Check the date, time, and location of your allotted test.
On the day of your test you will need to bring with you the appointment letter, both parts of your driving licence (photocard & counterpart) as well as your theory certificate. Without production of these to the examiner you will not be allowed to take your test, and your fee will be lost.
Arrive at the test centre in good time, as an examiner will conduct up to seven tests each day, and so if you're late the test will probably be cancelled, and again you'll lose your fee.
At the time of your test, the examiner will call your name, and ask you to sign the insurance and residency declaration, thus giving them time to check your signature and photo id. You will then be asked to lead the way to your car. The examiner will then get you to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5m, and then will ask you two Show Me/Tell Me questions relating to the car.
The examiner will then explain the test to you and once any questions have been asked will ask you to move away when ready. The test will last for approximately 38 minutes, and you will end the test back at the test centre, ready for the de-brief and test result.
At the end of the test, the examiner will total up the faults and then inform you as to whether you have passed or failed. Throughout your drive you are allowed to commit a total of 15 Driver Faults, 16 and you fail. You must also avoid making either a Serious or Dangerous fault as this would also indicate a fail.
It is advisable that your instructor sits in the car for the de-brief, as they will have a clearer head and probably more understanding of the faults explained.
If you've passed you will be issued with a pass certificate, along with a few other leaflets and booklets relating to driving. You will then need to exchange your Provisional licence for a Full licence.
If you've failed the examiner will explain the faults in detail and give you some pointers toward passing next time.
Whether you've passed or failed your instructor will drive you home, giving you the chance to phone friends and family as well as discuss what comes next.
Driving Lessons in Sutton Coldfield are available from Practical Driving School.
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