Are you ready to drive?

Being able to drive is a fantastic skill: it can give you the freedom to go where you want, when you want.

Learning to drive checklist

To learn to drive a car, you must:

  • be 17 years old.*
  • hold a provisional licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland.
  • be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away (with glasses or contact lenses if you need them, as long as you always wear them when you’re driving).
  • make sure any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured.
  • display L plates on the front and rear of your vehicle (L or D plates in Wales)..
  • be accompanied by a qualified driver who is over 21 and has held a full British car driving licence for at least 3 years.
  • Remember: the rules of the road apply to learners as well as fully-qualified drivers. Provisional licence holders can still be fined and given penalty points for breaking the law.

*16 years old if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Learning to be a safe and confident driver

Good driving is not just about learning the rules of the road: your skill and attitude are important too.

A good driver:

  • is responsible
  • shows excellent concentration
  • anticipates and responds to hazards
  • is patient and considerate with other road users
  • is confident, but not over confident
  • keeps improving by learning from experience

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