KJ's School of Motoring
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FAQ

Here is a list of the Frequently asked questions about learing to drive. If you have a question that is not listed CLICK HERE and ask us directly.

Q. HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY PROVISIONAL LICENCE?

Before you are allowed to drive on a public road you must have received a valid provisional driving licence from the DVLA for the category of vehicle you wish to drive or ride.

To apply for your licence you can go into any post office and pickup a driving licence application pack "D1" this contains all of the information you will need to obtain your licence.

The DVLA now only issue photo card driving licences, whether you are applying for your first licence, renewing or exchanging your old one, make sure you send your best passport sized photo as this will stay on your licence for 10 years, after this time DVLA will update it for free, if you would like to update it before the ten years is up then you will have to pay.

Q. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LICENCE?

You should receive your licence within 3 weeks. This is required when you go for your theory and practical tests.

Q. I WEAR GLASSES CAN I STILL LEARN TO DRIVE?

To drive on a public road it is a legal requirement that you can read a new style car numberplate format "FD57 LVF" from 20 metres away, for the old style numberplate format "W123 XYZ" it is increased to 20.5 metres. If you need glasses or contact lenses to read it then you must wear them every time you are driving.

Q. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO PASS MY TEST?

Everyone learns at there own pace so it will be impossible to say for certain, it will be completely dependant on the ability of the individual. Take your time when you learn to drive as trying to rush it will add to the pressure. If you talk to your parents or other family they may say it only took them 10 hours or so but they will also agree that the roads have become much busier than they used to be. The driving test has also become much more difficult so you may find it will take you longer to pass than when they first took their test. You can get the official number of lessons needed, on the DVSA website at http://www.dvsa.gov.uk.

Q. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR THE TEST?

The best way to prepare for the test is to follow a structured programme of driving lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), if possible also get as much private practice as you possibly can, this will give you greater experience and help build up your confidence.

Q. HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I'M READY TO TAKE THE TEST?

You are ready to take the test when you can drive independently, this means you can drive in a wide range of road and traffic conditions and complete all of the manoeuvres without being prompted by your instructor.

Q. I FEEL REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT THE TEST HOW CAN I HELP WITH "TEST NERVES"?

When you have booked your practical or theory test only tell those who need to know that you will be taking it. The interest of your family and friends might be nice but it can add to the pressure.

You will hear a lot of horrible stories about the practical test, most of these are exaggerated by someone that has failed. Very few people will go into the detail if they have passed so there are not many positive stories out there.

Do not try and control your nerves with any kind of medical remedy, most of these will reduce your reaction time and your overall performance when taking the test.

Most examiners will not talk to you much during the test, they will all try to put you at ease but if they feel they are distracting you then they will limit themselves to just giving the route directions.

During the test, for most people the tension will start to build. Try taking a couple of deep breaths and exhale slowly, this will help to reduce your anxiety levels.

Try to focus just on driving and not the fact that you are taking a test. Everyone makes mistakes and the examiner knows how much pressure you are under, if you do make a mistake try to put it behind you and keep concentrating on what you are doing. It may not have been serious enough to make you fail your test.

Keep concentrating and put everything you have learned on your lessons into practice and this will get you through with the result you want.

Q. WHAT DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED WITH ME FOR THE TEST?

You must take your photo-card driving licence as proof of identification. If you have the older style paper licence then you will also have to take a passport or a photograph signed by an authorised person. A list of the various forms of identification that is accepted can be found on your appointment letter.

If you don't bring suitable proof of identification with you to the test centre, the test cannot take place and you will lose the money you paid to book the test.

We also recommend that you take your theory certificate and your appointment letter with you.

Q.WHAT HAPPENS IF I DECIDE TO HAVE MY LESSONS AND TEST IN MY OWN CAR?

You will be responsible for some of the aspects of the vehicle that would normally be checked by KJ's school of motoring.

Make sure that you are properly insured to drive the vehicle and that its road fund licence has been paid.

A seatbelt and head restraint must be fitted and working correctly and you must have an additional rear view mirror for the examiner to use, some times they may have a spare but if they don't then they can't take you for the test and you will lose your fee. These mirrors are pretty cheap and are available from most car accessory shops.

The car must have legal "L" plates on both the front and rear of the vehicle.

Q. WHAT HAPPENS AT THE TEST CENTRE?

Full details of what happens at the test centre can be found in the PRACTICAL TEST page.

Q. WHAT WILL I HAVE TO DO ON THE TEST?

Full details of what you will have to do on the test can be found in the PRACTICAL TEST page.

Q. WHAT CAR WILL I USE ON THE TEST?

The DVSA do not provide the vehicle for you to take on the test you must bring your own, so the car you will use will be the one you are using on your driving lessons this way you will be used to the car you need on the big day.

Q. WILL THE EXAMINER BE LOOKING FOR ANYTHING SPECIAL?

Drive just as you would have done on your last few lessons. The driving test is designed so the examiner can see if you have the necessary skill to drive unaccompanied on todays busy roads.

To make the examiner believe that you are ready to drive on your own you will have to make them feel safe sitting next to you and confident in your ability to drive on your own. Don't try to exaggerate any of your procedures, spending 5 seconds staring in a mirror just to make sure the examiner has seen you will not convince them that you are a safe driver.

Q. HOW WILL THE EXAMINER ASSESS ANY MISTAKE I MAKE?

If you make any mistake during your driving test, the examiner will grade them as follows:

  • Driving Fault - this is a less serious error made in one of your driving procedures like a slightly late signal, this mistake has not been considered a potentially dangerous or very confusing on it's own.
  • Serious Fault - this is marked when the error has led to a potentially dangerous situation e.g. when taking the second left turn the signal was given before passing the first junction which could be dangerous in a different situation and cause a car to pull out in front of you but this time you were lucky and no one did. It is also possible to get a serious driver fault if you make too many driver faults in the same topic which would show that your skill in that area is not at the required level.
  • Dangerous Fault - this is marked when actual danger has resulted from the error e.g taking the same example for the serious fault but this time a car was waiting at the first junction and pulled out in front causing you to brake sharply to avoid hitting it.

During the driving test you may commit 15 driving faults or less and still pass the test and gain a full licence.

If you commit 16 or more driving faults, or any serious or dangerous faults, you will fail and have to take the test again.

Do not try and look at the marking sheet while driving! This could distract you from the road and lead to a serious driving fault being committed. During the test it is normal for the examiner to make quite a few marks on the sheet to record certain things you have performed such as which manoeuvre you have just done. So if you see the examiner marking their sheet, remember it does not mean they are recording a fault in your drive.

Q. WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I HAVE PASSED OR FAILED?

At the end of test, after you have stopped the car and switched off the engine, the examiner will tell you verbally if you have passed or failed.

Q. WHAT HAPPENS IF I PASS?

The examiner will give you a copy of the "Driving Test Report" and will write out your pass certificate. The certificate permits you to drive unaccompanied while your new licence is sent out to you.

If your provisional licence was issued after 1 March 2004, the examiner may retain your provisional licence and have the full licence sent out to you by post.

If your provisional licence was issued before 1 March 2004, or if it requires any changes then you must apply for your full licence by post.

Q. WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL?

The examiner will give you a copy of the "Driving Test Report" and will explain briefly why you did not pass.

Listen very carefully to what the examiner has to say, as this information will assist you in preparing for your next test. We recommend that you ask for your instructor to be present for the de-brief. If the examiner does not offer this then please ask them if you can have your instructor present; they will not be able to explain again once they have left the car.

You must wait a full 10 working days before you are allowed to take another attempt at the practical test.

Don't worry there is no limit to the amount of tests you can take, however your theory certificate will only be valid for two years, if it expires then you will have to retake the theory test before you can book another practical test.

Here is a list of the Frequently asked questions about learing to drive. If you have a question that is not listed CLICK HERE and ask us directly.