Getting Started as a Learner
Before you begin learning to drive, it is important you are aware of the eyesight requirements. If you need to wear glasses or corrective lenses to meet the requirements, you must wear them every time you drive.
Private practice is a great way to increase your driving experience. The best way to learn to drive, is by taking professional lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). In addition to your professional lessons, you would largely benefit from being supported by private practice, supervised by a parent or friend. This helps the learner driver to develop their skills even further, as well as putting into practice what they have been taught in the professional lessons. The accompanying driver must be over the age of 21 years old, and needs to have held (and still hold) a full licence in the relevant vehicle category for three years.
Government figures show that on average those who have passed the practical test, have had around 45 professional lessons and around 20 hours of private practice.
Disability Living Allowance
If you are receiving disability living allowance at the higher rate, your provisional licence will come into effect when you are 16. However, you can apply for your provisional licence three months before your 16th birthday.
Directgov - Applying for a provisional driving licence.
Directgov - Driving eyesight requirements
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