Learner driver resources
Your guide to learning to drive!
Your step by step guide to learning to drive...
Navigator Driving School is here to help you on your learning to drive journey. We have compiled a list of things you will need to do to ensure that you have the right information, direct booking links and what theory software and books you should be using.
1. Read a number plate from 20 meters away.
If you are unable to read a number plate from 20 meters away you will need an eye test and advise the DVSA when you apply for your driving licence.
2. Applying for your driving licence.
You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you're 15 years and 9 months old. You can start driving a car when you're 17. You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
3. Theory practice software.
Driving test success theory software is the most comprehensive and easy-to-understand web-based or mobile app software current on the market. With a straightforward interface, you will be learning in no time. Navigator Driving School offers 3 months free subscription when block booking 10 hours of tuition.
3b. Theory practice literature.
Any books you purchase should be published by the DVSA or at least approved.
We recommend purchasing...
We also recommend the Highway Code and Traffic Signs Booklet, but your instructor will be able to direct you to a free downloadable version.
4. Booking your Theory Test.
Ensure that you have practised enough for the test. Ask friends or family members to test you. You will need to score a minimum of 43 to of 50 on your theory and a minimum of 44 out of 75 on your hazard perception to obtain a pass certificate. When booking your theory test, be aware that some companies offer to book the service for you for a small admin fee. When booking your tests, ensure that you are on the DVSA Official site to ensure you are paying the correct fee.
*The current cost for the car theory test is £23.00.(correct at time of publication)
5. Choosing your driving instructor or how you learn to drive.
There are no rules to say that you must have professional driving instruction. Still, professional education is always best from the offset to avoid learning bad habits and not learning the correct procedures. Finding the right instructor for you is easy, a PDI(an instructor that is still receiving instruction) will be showing a Pink Badge and their fees may be a little lower than a qualified instructor. An ADI(fully qualified instructor) will display a Green Badge. A Fleet Badge Holder(higher training achieved including driver development), these trainers are fully DVSA Approved and will display an orange badge alongside their Green badge and can offer driver development and courses that may include advanced driving
6. Booking your Practical Test.
The same as when booking your theory test, be aware that there are companies which offer to book the service for you for a small admin fee, they may also book a test that is not convenient for you or your instructor and may not refund you if this happens. When booking your tests, ensure that you are on the DVSA Official site to ensure you are paying the correct fee.
*The current cost for the car practical test is £62.00.(correct at time of publication)
7. Training after you pass...
There is nothing to say that you should receive any additional driver training after you pass both your Theory Test and Practical Test.
Things to consider...
When learning to drive, you mainly train within areas where you live or where the driving test will be carried out. This may limit your confidence when venturing out by yourself. Here at Navigator Driving School, we believe that continuing education will improve your driving ability and awareness, lower running costs of fuel consumption and maintaining your vehicle. We offer additional courses, including Passplus, Motorway Lessons, Refresher Lessons and Advanced Driving Courses.