Learning to Drive

Learning to drive is a major responsibility and an overwhelming experience for many seventeen year olds that first get behind the wheel of a car. A number of emotions including excitement, fear and nervousness will be all part of learning to drive. Learner Drivers must:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Hold a valid provisional licence – this costs £50 can be applied for on https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence
  • Have insurance on the vehicle they are driving
  • Clearly display L plates on the front and back of the vehicle they are driving
  • Only drive when supervised by an instructor or someone over the age of 21 that has held a full valid licence for over three years

Practice makes perfect and this is the case when you are learning to drive. On average a learner driver has about 40 hours of lessons before they are ready for their test, but every new driver is different. You will learn a number of manoeuvres and road rules to help make you a confident new driver. Being able to practice around your driving lessons helps build driver confidence and makes you more aware of road situations and will help you prepare for your test.

Theory Test

You need to pass your theory test before you book your practical test. A driving theory test currently costs £31 but as of the 1st October 2014 it will cost £25. You will need to be in possession of your provisional licence to be able to book your theory test and it can be booked on You need to pass your theory test before you book your practical test. A driving theory test currently costs £31 but as of the 1st October 2014 it will cost £25. You will need to be in possession of your provisional licence to be able to book your theory test and it can be booked on https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test

Your theory test will consist of two parts, a multiple choice section which involves questions about signage, road markings and basic rules of the road, and a hazard perception test that focuses on your hazard awareness. It is a good idea to practice your theory test prior to taking your actual test.

Practical Test

You can only book your practical test once you have taken and passed your theory test and can be booked on https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test. The cost of your practical test is £62 on weekdays and £75 on weekends.

Many learners don’t pass their test the first time so don’t be disheartened and use it as experience. Your driving test will last around 40 minutes and will consist of a selection of manoeuvres, eyesight check and vehicle safety questions. You are allowed up to 15 driving faults but one serious or dangerous fail will unfortunately result in a fail.

You are allowed to drive as soon as you receive your pass certificate, which will be given to you on the day you pass your test but make sure you have insurance on the vehicle before driving.

As a learner and new driver you need to pay more attention whilst driving. With lack of experience on the roads you may not be fully prepared for problems that you may come across including:

  • Road conditions such as traffic or road works
  • Weather
  • Vehicle malfunctions

The more experience you get out on the roads and the more scenarios you are faced with will help make you more comfortable on the roads and a better driver.

It is essential that as a new driver you are completely comfortable with being on your own in your car on the roads and that you are able to deal with a variety of situations. You may find that you will benefit from post-test driving courses which will help you build confidence and teach you how to deal with different situations. Some courses that are available to you include:

Choosing your First Car

Your first car will always be your pride and joy. Choosing your first car is a big commitment and requires a lot thought and research into making sure you make the right decision and that you choose a road worthy and safe car.

Once you start driving you will heavily rely on your car so you want to make sure it is a personal choice and one that you are completely happy with. There are a number of small cars that are popular with new drivers and it is a good idea to read reviews. If you want help in finding your perfect first car come and visit us at your closest Mon Motors centre where our experienced sales team will be able to help you.

We hope our useful tips answer all your questions about learning to drive and give you advice for helping your through your theory and practical test along. Good luck!