We’ve teamed up with the experts at RED Driving School to bring you some great advice on getting started on the learning to drive journey.
1. Applying for a licence
Before you can start learning to drive, you must apply for a provisional licence.
To apply online for your provisional driving licence, go to GOV.UK. https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence
Alternatively, you can apply for your provisional licence by completing the D1 application form, available at your local Post Office.
To apply for your provisional driving licence, you need to:
-Turn 17 within 3 months (but you need to wait until your birthday before you can drive on the road)
-Have a valid proof of identity
-Live in the UK
-Give all addresses where you’ve lived over the last three years
-Be able to read a number plate from 20.5 metres
-Not be prevented from driving for any reason
-Be able to pay £34 by debit or credit card
The DVLA will normally send you your provisional within 3 weeks of receiving your application.
2. Choosing A Driving Instructor
RED offers a refreshing approach to driving tuition that will make you feel relaxed and eager to get on the road.
We’re the largest driving school in the UK, which means that you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to driving instructors! We pride ourselves on the high standard of tuition we deliver. All of our instructors are DBS checked and undergo regular assessments to guarantee that our standard of teaching is high.
Driving lessons are more productive when you’ve got a good relationship with your instructor and we want to make your learning experience as comfortable as possible. At RED all of our instructors are passionate about driving and are great with people.
Learning to drive is an exciting experience, but it’s natural to feel a bit nervous the first time you get behind the wheel. RED offers a variety of different types of lesson – such as manual and automatic, or lessons in a foreign language – to make sure you have a positive experience.
Female Driving Instructors
Some people also feel more comfortable being taught by a female driving instructor, but there are fewer female Driving Instructors in the UK than male so driving lessons taught by a female instructor can be harder to find.
If your preference is for a female Driving Instructor we are most likely to be able to help- as we’re the largest driving school in the country.
Manual or Automatic driving lessons?
At RED Driving School we can offer both automatic and manual driving lessons. There are many benefits to choosing manual lessons, such as having more control, the ability to drive a wide range of makes and models that only come with manual transmission, and, in some cases, greater fuel efficiency.
It’s important to remember that with a manual licence you’ll be able to drive both manual and automatic cars once you’ve passed your test (the reverse does not apply with an automatic licence). That means that choosing to learn to drive a manual will give you more options when buying or renting a vehicle. Another benefit to getting your manual licence is that manual transmission cars tend to be cheaper than the automatic version of the same make.
It’s worth taking the time to consider which is best for your needs, but whether you choose manual or automatic driving lessons, you can be sure that you will receive the same high standards of tuition from RED’s instructors.
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Find a RED Driving Instructor near you
RED’s experienced instructors operate nationwide. So whether you’re learning in Newcastle or Norwich or Plymouth or Preston, they’ll find the perfect instructor to help you on your journey to passing.