How to get your driving licence as fast as possible

How to get your driving licence as fast as possible

If you’re a young driver looking to get your licence, you’ve come to the right place. With tricks and tips for test preparation and advice on how to take and pass the driving test, this article has everything you need to know about getting behind the wheel — quickly.

Apply for a provisional licence online 

The first step to take if you want to pass your driving test as soon as possible is to order a provisional licence. It only takes 10 minutes to do this online and the licence will be with you in a week or so.

Once you have this, you are legally allowed to operate a vehicle and you can start looking for a driving instructor

Study for your theory with an app 

The theory test is perhaps the biggest hurdle you have to jump before you take your driving test. The theory test measures your ability to read road signs, understand important rules, and know your speed limits.

It is important for you to pass this test before you take your practical test as it will help you while on the road. You can study for your theory using mobile apps to take mock tests and get used to the type of questions you’ll get.

You can also use YouTube videos as examples of hazard perception – which is often the most tricky aspect of a theory test. 

Book your theory as soon as possible 

Once you feel ready to take your theory test, you should take it as soon as you can. There are test centres in every city so you’ll have no problem finding a local test centre where you can complete this important step. Once you have taken and passed your theory test you have 2 years to pass your practical test, so now it’s time to get behind the wheel! 

Book your lessons 

Finding a great driving instructor can be a struggle, but once you do, you should try and book a block of lessons on your first visit to ensure you keep learning consistently.

Ideally, you want to be taking lessons every 3-4 days if possible, as this will ensure that the lessons stay fresh in your mind and you get used to driving.

You can often choose between 1 and 2 hour slots – and a 2 hour slot might be the best option for you if you want to learn quickly. 

Try an intensive course 

If you can’t wait to be on the road and you don’t want to wait too long for lessons – why not try an intensive course?

You can take a 10, 20, or 30 hour course over a week which will aim to have you licenced by the end of the week. These courses can be incredibly useful and if you are short on time or simply impatient, these could be a good option to explore. 

Practice driving at home 

If you want to increase your driving time throughout the week, consider driving with a family member between your lessons. If you have a parent or a sibling who has a low litre car to use, you can ask them to let you take the wheel and practice driving around your local neighborhood. Driving in a different setting without your instructor present may actually help you to learn, and using roads local to you will ensure that you feel comfortable and safe. 

Take your test

It’s now time to take your test, and the first step is booking it. When booking your driving test it is a good idea to consider where the test centre is and also what time of day you do it.

For example, if you were to take your test at 8 am the local area will likely be much busier with traffic due to the school run as well as the rush hour for work. It is best to try and avoid these times of day as there are a lot more people on the roads and you are more likely to make a mistake. 

Once you have booked your test at the preferred time, it is time for you to take it. Your instructor will drive you to the test centre and you do have the option to have a lesson just before – however, this might tire you out before your test.

Once you are on the road, take your time with decisions and trust your instincts. It is always better to drive too slow than too quickly (but not too slow!). 

Hopefully, these tips will help you get your driving licence quickly this year. 

33 New Drivers Are Losing Their Licence Every Day

Young drivers have historically been given a bad name and new statistics suggests why this is.

On average, 33 people are losing their licence each day in the UK with nearly 70% of these being new drivers between the ages of 17 and 24.

It isn’t surprising that new drivers often have to pay a higher insurance premium, and younger drivers even more so.

Why are so many people losing their licence?

The statistics follow the introduction of the New Driver Act that was put into practice in 2018. Some may believe that the act is unfair on new drivers, but all new drivers have a responsibility to keep the roads as safe as possible.

Under the act, if a new driver obtains six points on their licence in a two year period (within two years of passing) their licence will be revoked.

However, this doesn’t mean that the new driver is banned forever, instead, the driver is banned temporarily and has to apply for their provisional licence again.

After they have obtained their provisional licence, they will then need to retake their theory test and practical driving test and pass these before being allowed back on the roads.

Are the new rules fair?

It is difficult to argue with the statistics that show young drivers are the most dangerous group when compared to others. For example, those aged between 17 and 24 make up just 7% of drivers on the road, yet the age group make up 20% of serious injuries or deaths on UK roads.

With numbers like this, it is easy to see why extra precautions need to be taken.

Whether the New Driver Act is the most successful method of giving extra protection to road users or not is debatable, and the act hasn’t yet been in place long enough for a true conclusion to be made.

Will I be penalised for being a new driver?

If you are looking to take your test in the near future then it is likely that you may have to adhere to additional rules initially.

Whether or not the New Driver Act will remain is unknown, especially as the UK is currently in a potential parliamentary transitional period.

With the future of the UK’s laws uncertain, a new act or regulations may be introduced for new drivers. There has been some talk of introducing a graduated licence scheme with an ongoing trial in Northern Ireland set to end in 2020.

This trial could lead the way for new rules and regulations in the UK for new drivers. The trail is based on similar schemes that have been put in place in other parts of the globe and have been fairly successful.

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What would a graduated licence scheme look like?

Although it is currently difficult to say what the exact structure of the scheme would be (as these vary globally), the road safety charity Brake has given us some idea of how this could look. Brake support the idea of the UK introducing a scheme like this.

Furthermore, they have called on the UK government to consider making it a legal requirement for all new drivers to spend 12 months learning to drive before they are allowed to take a test. This isn’t all that Brake wants to see if the scheme is introduced, they also want the government to consider introducing a curfew for new drivers.

This would mean that new drivers would only be allowed on the roads between certain times.

Finally, Brake believes that drivers should be given a two year probation period once they are given their licence, and only be able to graduate to a full unrestricted licence after two years of safe driving.

Legal Obligations Of Any Driver

Legal Obligations Of Any Driver

There are several legal obligations and things to consider before you drive any car or motorbike in the UK. Before making any attempt to drive, you should have a valid driving licence and your vehicle should be registered, insured, and taxed, and also possess a valid MOT.

Legal obligations of UK drivers

Once you meet all the above requirements, legal obligations before driving your vehicle on UK roads include:

  • you must be at least the minimum driving or motorcycle riding age
  • you should have the right kind of driving licence
  • your eyesight should be good enough to meet minimum sight rules

If you are a learner driver, you should also:

  • be constantly supervised by a driver at all times you drive on UK roads, unless you are riding a motorbike
  • ensure “L” plates are prominently displayed at the front and rear of your vehicle. In Wales, these are “D” plates

Legal requirements for UK vehicles

Any vehicle which is to be driven on UK roads should:

  • hold a registration document to prove it is registered with DVLA
  • possess valid vehicle tax
  • be MOTed, unless your vehicle does not require an MOT
  • driver and any passengers should always wear seatbelts
  • be suitable for driving and roadworthy
  • the vehicle should be insured for you to drive, this must be at least third party insurance cover

Further obligations for drivers

If you are stopped by police at any time, you must be able to show the officer your driving licence, insurance cover certificate, and a current MOT certificate, if your vehicle requires one. You will usually be able to take these documents to a local police station within seven days of the police officer’s request.

You should also be aware of the permitted level of blood alcohol content within your locality, as police officers can stop your vehicle if they suspect you are drink driving.

You can be fined up to a maximum of £5,175 and could also lose your licence if you are caught driving while under the influence of alcohol. If you take drugs on a regular basis, you should check the legality of driving on UK roads.

Texting or using a mobile phone while driving is also banned, and phones can only be used when vehicles are parked.

The only exception to this ruling is if you are in an emergency situation and need to call for emergency assistance. Although you are permitted to use hands-free mobiles, there is a risk you could be stopped by police if they feel that use of your hands-free set is causing a driving distraction.

There are lots more legal requirements and driving tips for new drivers, your driving instructor can give you information if you’re unsure about anything.