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Driving Newsletter - Tips and Advice on Passing your Driving Test

The Start of your Driving Career

  • Provisional licence - How and when to apply
  • Learner Driver Insurance - from only £2.72 per day
  • Getting you started learning to drive
  • Age restrictions for driving
  • Official driving instructor versus family and friend instruction

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  • applying for your provisional licence
  • learner driver insurance - the ins and outs of provisional insurance
  • age restrictions on provisional licence application

This is your first port of call when you start learning to drive. It can be a daunting prospect, getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time, so the team at are here to make sure you have all the information you need to start driving with confidence.

The first hurdle to overcome is applying for your provisional licence. It’s actually a lot easier than people think, and the DVLA send you the form in time for your 17th birthday without you having to do a thing – though don’t be fooled, they’re not always this helpful later on.

Then you have to choose between – or at least read up on both – professional driving lessons and learning at home, as it were, with your parents (or equivalent). Both have distinct advantages and disadvantages, which team have summarised to make your decision as easy as possible.

If you opt for lessons with a driving instructor, you’ll want to find instructors local to you, which you can do with our driving instructor search. You can also find a host of information about professional lessons: costs, duration, lesson content and also government guidance on the minimum number of lessons to take.

If you choose to learn with your parents, as many people are in these troubled financial times, then you’ll be interested in learner driver insurance. Short term comprehensive cover for provisional drivers from as little as £2.72 a day… Even if you’re not interested, your parents will be!

This is also the place to be if you want information and advice on changes to learner driver laws and regulations, including the proposed plans to raise the legal driving age to 18 years. There’s also a plethora of info on the Highway Code – a must-know for any driver, learner or qualified – and details on refresher lessons and crash courses, for the more eager drivers among us.

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