Lessons and practice

Advice for New Drivers

Getting driving lessons

It’s best to take lessons with a qualified instructor who follows the recommended syllabus for learning to drive.

You can have a look at the ‘Driver’s Record‘, produced by the DSA, to see how you’re getting on with each of the required topics.

Make sure you have your lessons at different times so you’ll experience different driving conditions.

Getting some extra practice

Doing extra practice really improves your driving and often means you won’t need as many lessons. If you want to do extra practice make sure you follow these rules:

An accompanying driver must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have held a full EC/EEA driving licence for at least 3 years for the type of vehicle being driven.

Remember, the accompanying driver may have picked up a few bad habits along the way. They are also bound by the same rules as the driver relating to, for example, drink driving, mobile phone usage, etc.

The car you intend to use must be:

  • Insured for the learner
  • Fitted with L plates (D plates in Wales) to both the front and rear of the car
  • In a safe and roadworthy condition.

How to improve your driving test performance

Research shows that the more driving experience you have before the test, the more your overall performance will improve.