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Driving lessons in RH10
Copthorne, Crawley Down, Domewood, Furnace Green, Northgate, Maidenbower, Pound Hill, Rowfant, Southgate, Three Bridges, Tilgate

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Driving lessons in RH11
Bewbush, Broadfield, Gossops Green, Ifield, Langley Green, Lowfield Heath, Pease Pottage, Southgate West, West Green, Crawley, Mid Sussex

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Driving lessons in RH12
Broadbridge Heath, Rusper, Rudgwick, Warnham, Horsham

Driving lessons in RH13
Barns Green, Cowfold, Mannings Heath, Partridge Green, Slinfold, Southwater, West Grinstead, Horsham


Driving lessons in RH14
Billingshurst, Ifold, Kirdford, Loxwood, Plaistow, Wisborough Green

Applying for a Provisional Licence

prov licenceWe recommend applying for a provisional licence as soon as possible as you will need this in order to start learning to drive.
You will need to complete the DVLA’s D1 application form, obtaining it either by telephone on 0870 240 0009 or at your local post office.

Alternatively you can apply online, via the Direct Gov website.

Click here to apply for a provisional driving licence online

You can apply for your provisional driving licence up to three months before your 17th birthday although you cannot drive on the road until you have turned 17 and you have the provisional licence in your possession.

Before applying for a driving licence make sure you:

* Are a resident of the UK
* Can meet the minimum age requirement
* Can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
* Are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
* Can pay £50 by MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo debit or credit card
* Have a valid UK passport or another form of identity
* Can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years

The DVLA will aim to send your driving licence within ten working days of you submitting your application. In the meantime, you can of course brush up on your Highway Code and the various driving laws before taking your driving theory test.
Full Driving Licence

Once you've passed your practical driving test you can apply for a full driving licence and get out on the road! You now need to contact the DVLA and exchange your test pass certificate and provisional driving licence for a new full UK driving licence as soon as possible.

Why not book your first lesson today! Simply use the adjacent form or contact one of our advisers on Lion Driving School.


Driving Theory

dtheoryOnce you’ve obtained your provisional licence, you will need to start thinking about taking your theory driving test.
The DSA theory test consists of a multiple choice section and a hazard perception test.

You will need to be successful in both parts in order to pass overall, so we suggest getting the recommended reading under your belt and attempting as many mock theory tests as possible to familiarise yourself with the structure of the programme.

The multiple choice section is presented with a touch screen computer. You will be expected to answer a total of 50 questions; answering at least 43 correct in order to pass. With the hazard perception test, your responses are recorded through the use of a computer mouse button. You must click as early as possible when you see a developing hazard with a maximum score of 5 per hazard. There are a total of 15 developing hazards giving a possible total of 75. You must score at least 44 in order to pass this part of the test.

If you fail one part of the test, you will have to retake both parts.

To ensure you fine-tune your knowledge and cram in as much practice as possible, Direct Gov provides a great online service where you can undergo practice driving theory tests to assess your knowledge and build up your understanding of the three key elements.

Click here for the Direct Gov information on practice driving theory test

You can also preview the Highway Code on the Direct Gov website and order the recommended reading materials including ‘Know Your Traffic Signs’ and the ‘Essential Skills’ series of books. This information and experience will prove invaluable leading up to your practical driving test.


Driving Practice

According to the DSA, “Those who pass their driving test have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training combined with 22 hours of private practice.”

This reinforces the importance of preparation and practice before embarking on your driving practical test.

There are numerous driving practical test tips and advice that will help you leading up to the big day; however the key things to remember are what your examiner will be looking out for.

For example, they will be observing an overall high and safe standard of driving, particularly when executing certain manoeuvres and exercises.

As well as this, your practical driving test will commence with an eyesight check and some key vehicle safety questions. You should be familiar with the vehicle manufacturer’s handbook beforehand in order to ensure you can answer this ‘Show me, tell me’ part of the test. You will also need a clear and coherent understanding of the Highway Code and the elements covered in your driving theory test.

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes, and if you are planning on using your own car, we recommend you check the test vehicle requirements on the Direct Gov website prior to your test. Some vehicles can’t be used for safety reasons, which could result in you losing your test fee.

Highway Code

hcodeFor those who live in England, Scotland or Wales, the DSA's Highway Code applies to you. The Official Highway Code, which was revised in 2007, should be read and adhered to by all road users.

Click here for the Direct Gov Information on The Highway Code

However, these laws apply to pedestrians just as much as they do to drivers and cyclists. The code aims to protect the more susceptible roads users, such as children, the elderly and horse riders.

Many people don't know that a vast majority of the rules within the code are in fact legal specifications and to break them constitutes a criminal offence. It's also worth noting that the Highway Code can be used as evidence in court proceedings under the Traffic Acts and various driving laws.

Know your code!

It’s essential that you’re familiar with the code’s many rules. This understanding will help everyone when preparing for a driving theory test and practical driving test, as well as collectively reducing road accidents and casualties.

The DSA has a host of invaluable information and tips online relating to The Highway Code, including ‘The Official DSA Guide to Driving - the essential skills’ and ‘The Official DSA Guide to Riding - the essential skills’ – material that all new drivers should have at home.

Here are some key elements and tips from the code:

* Be prepared to stop at traffic control systems, road works, pedestrian crossings or traffic lights as necessary.

* Try to anticipate what pedestrians and cyclists might do. If pedestrians, particularly children, are looking the other way, they may step out into the road without seeing you.

* Slow down and hold back if a road user pulls out into your path at a junction. Allow them to get clear. Do not over-react by driving too close behind to intimidate them.

* Do not treat speed limits as a target. It is often not appropriate or safe to drive at the maximum speed limit.

* Do not play loud music while driving (this may mask other sounds).

* Avoid inserting a cassette or CD or tuning a radio while driving.

Independent Driving

dtestFrom the 4 October 2010, an ‘Independent driving’ section was introduced to the practical driving test in the UK.

This means that at any point during your test your examiner will request that you drive to a specific destination; either by following a sequence of directions, road signs; or both, for approximately ten minutes.


However; don’t start panicking just yet!

Your examiner may offer you a diagram/map to highlight your route, but it’s not essential you follow these exact directions, just as long as you arrive safely and roughly within the allocated time.

Click here for further information on Independent driving



Click here to book your official DSA practical driving test online



Click here for further information on Learners and New Drivers


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