Driving Lessons in Bourne: Before Starting

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Before you can start your driving lessons you need to have a provisional driving licence. If you do not have one you will need to apply for one from the DVLA. You can obtain a provisional driving licence application form (the D1) from your local post office or by contacting the DVLA direct on 0870 240 0009. It is also possible to apply online by going to the DVLA website. You can apply for your provisional car driving licence up to three months before your seventeenth birthday (however, it would not become valid until you are seventeen).

Although you can start your driving lessons as soon as your provisional driving licence becomes valid, you cannot book the driving test until you have passed the theory test.


You should be able to book your theory test with a few days notice and receive your test results on the day of the test - see a DSA video on the Teory Test. You can book your theory test to take place on or shortly after your seventeenth birthday provided you have a provisional driving licence.


The waiting time for a driving test is typically 4 - 8 weeks dependent upon area. Earlier dates are sometimes available through test appointment cancellations. You can only book your driving test after having passed your theory test - see a DSA video on the Driving Test.

Provided you have a valid provisional driving licence you can start your driving lessons before you take your theory test, thus combining your theory study with the early part of your driving course. This gives you the added advantage of being able to consult your instructor on various matters relating to the theory test and your theory study. Once you have passed your theory test your instructor could book your driving test and schedule the remaining part of your driving lessons.

From the above you can see that learning to drive can be achieved quickly. However, it is important to book your course in advance to ensure you get the desired lessons and test dates. I can advise and assist you in choosing the right training course and in booking tests.


In the UK people usually take somewhere between 40 and 50 hours to learn to drive. DSA suggest that the candidates who have had about 45 plus hours of professional training and about 22 hours of additional practice stand the best chance of passing. However, how many lessons you need will depend upon your motivation and aptitude for driving, whether you have had any relevant past experience, and whether or not you can obtain any supplementary practice between lessons with a relative or friend. The courses shown under Courses and Lessons are therefore only a guide to what hours you might need based on the circumstances outlined. It is not a guarantee that you will be ready for the test; this will depend on your individual progress.


The best way to learn to drive is to take regular lessons spread over a few weeks on a semi-intensive basis. Pupils using the ''one-lesson-a-week'' approach often take many months to learn to drive. While this helps to spread out the cost you do end up paying more in the long run. This is because you often forget what you have learnt from one week to the next . You end up taking two steps forward and one step back. Consequently, you take many more lessons to pass the test. If you are taking just one -lesson-a-week you would need to increase the hours you need to learn to drive by at least 50%. Therefore if on a semi-intensive basis you need 30 hours to learn to drive, it is likely that you would need 45 hours on a one lesson per week basis. This is the real reason why so many driving instructors encourage their pupils to take just one lesson a week and avoid doing intensive or semi-intensive courses. However, the LD system does help to overcome this problem because you can use the LD materials to remind you of what you did during the last lesson while preparing for the next. The materials are also extremely useful if you are able to get any supplementary practice between lessons as they can be used to guide the relative or friend who supervises you. Again this supplementary practice helps to overcome the problem of taking too long and paying more than you need as a consequence of only taking one lesson per week. Please note that anyone who accompanies a learner driver must be at least 21 years of age, have held a full EC/EEA driving licence for at least three years for the category of vehicle, and that the vehicle must be insured for use by the learner and display L plates to the front and rear of the car.


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