Common questions answered for High Wycombe learner drivers



Q. When can I apply for my provisional driving license.
Q. Do I need a professional driving instructor?
Q. Should I drive with family members?
Q. How do I prepare for my Theory Test?
Q. How many lessons will I need to pass my test?
Q. How can I save money but still have the benefit of professional instruction?
Q. Where can I get useful information to help me prepare for my Theory and hazard perception test?
Q. What about learning to drive in poor weather or Winter?
Q. I am very nervous and feel extremely anxious about learning to drive or just getting behind the wheel of a car. What should I do?
Q. What if I am making slow progress?
Q. Do I get charged for missed driving lessons?



Q. When can I apply for my provisional driving license.
A. Before learning to drive the student must be of the lawful age. Generally this means they must be 17 years of age, but if they are in receipt of the higher rate of disability allowance they can start to learn how to drive when they reach their 16th birthday.

Applications for a provisional licence can be submitted up to 2 months before the license is due to start. The student is not allowed to drive on the road until they are in possession of the license, and not until they have turned 17 (or 16 if that applies.) Their eyesight must also meet the required standard laid down by the DSA.
An application D1 form, which can be obtained from most post offices must be submitted or you can apply on line.

Q. Do I need a professional driving instructor?
A. The modern driving test asks far more from learner drivers and whilst practice from a qualified driver is most welcome a professional instructor will help structure your learning experience to meet the required standard.
DVSA registered driving instructors are tested regularly to ensure they meet the required standard and teach safety and watch the student all the time to see how they deal with the many different circumstances they come up against on lessons.

Q. Should I drive with family members?
A. Any form of practice is great. Driving lesson briefs are available for friends and family to follow the same lesson structure as the instructor to the DVSA standard.

Q. How do I prepare for my Theory Test?
A. There is a lot of FREE information available under the resources menu tab which will help you prepare for the Theory and Hazard Perception test with training videos and quiz's.
When trying the Theory Test video clips when you see a hazard developing click the mouse button to the rhythm of One-short pause-Two

Q. How many lessons will I need to pass my test?
A. Every ones learning abilities are different, but the DVSA statistics indicate the national average is about 50 hours of professional lessons. However following my structured training methods where the pupil contributes some home study can reduce this to an average of between 20 and 30 hours.

Q. How can I save money but still have the benefit of professional instruction?
A. I do my best to offer great value driving courses to help pupils budget. To avoid unnecessarily complicated offers my prices are simple so please see the driving lessons page. as PayPal charges are expensive lesson cost are more expensive. Save money by paying by cash or bank transfer.

Q. Where can I get useful information to help me prepare for my Theory and hazard perception test?
A. Take a look at my Theory test Prep or resources pages where you will have access to all the free resources you will need to practice for all aspects of learner training. Utube is a good resource to watch others actually do things which you can copy.

Q. What about learning to drive in poor weather or Winter?
A. When the clock go back in October, it gets dark at about 4.30pm. For new drivers or beginners this is difficult but for those with a little more experience it can be good experience. My advice is to arrange driving lessons to finish no later than 5pm if you are about to learn to drive for the first time. If it is unsafe to get on the roads we will have to rebook a lesson. It is often not possible to make that decision until the day of the lesson. Don't forget their are insurance issues and it is my job to keep you safe.

Q. I am very nervous and feel extremely anxious about learning to drive or just getting behind the wheel of a car. What should I do?
A. Anxiety is generally caused by not feeling in control. So the first thing we must do is to become confident we know how to deal with things when they go wrong. Confidence grows quickly when you realise you know how to control the car and deal with problems when they arise.

Q. What if I am making slow progress?
A. Some people learn quicker than others. Some find particular things difficult to master. Most of the time their is a way to overcome learning difficulties. However sometimes it must be realised that if the very basics prove to be difficult and progress is not made within 10 lessons perhaps now is not the best time to learn or you may have too many things going on in your life right now or just not cut out to drive. Sorry its just the way it is.

Q. Do I get charged for missed driving lessons?
A. Obviously I earn my living as a driving instructor, so if I am not out teaching I am not earning. If I am unable to rebook the time allocated for a cancelled lesson with a pupil for any reason I may have to charge for that missed lesson. I do accept that sometimes illness and unforeseen circumstances may occur.
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