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SPEP I – HEALTH: Before you consider starting to drive you have to ensure you are medically fit to do so. If you have any of listed below you have to let DVLA know when applying for you provisional licence, and update them of any changes in the future.
  • Health vision condition which affects both eyes (not including short or long sight or colour blindness)
  • Health vision condition which affect sight- not including  long or short or colour blindness, but  like: one eye sight only.
If you have had sight correction surgery you should declare this when you apply for your provisional licence. This will not stop you from learning to drive, but it is necessary information.
Part of the process learning to drive involves taking a practical driving test. At the start of the test the examiner will ask you to read a number plate on a vehicle. If it’s one with an old-style number plate the required distance is 20.5 meters (about 67 feet). Number plates with a narrower font, such as the new-style number plates introduced in 2001, need to be read from a distance of 20 meters (66 feet) and are easily identifiable, they start with two letters e.g. AB51 ABC. If you wear glasses or contact lenses to do this, you’ll be expected to keep them on during the test.

STEP II – LICENCE:
The minimum age requirement to be able to drive on public roads in UK is 17 years old. You can apply for your provisional licence three months before your 17th birthday and if you’re disabled and receiving mobility allowance you can start at the age of 16.
Before you can start learning to drive, you need to obtain a provisional licence from the Driving and licensing Agency (DVLA).
How to apply for a provisional licence:
  • Complete forms DL1 and DL750 available from any Post Office
  • Enclose two passport-size colour photographs,
  • Enclose Proof of your identity
  • Enclose fee of £50 when you submit the forms.
  • DVLA aims to deliver your licence in about 3 weeks. Different rules apply if you are an EU citizen or have come from outside the EU. Check with DVLA for details.
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.

STEP III – STUDY:
It will help you prepare for your theory test and your driving in the future by reading book like: like the Highway Code, is a great place to start before you start learning to drive. You can also start practice your driving theory and hazard perception  and boost your skills and improve your chances of passing both the Theory and Hazard Test.

STEP IV – DRIVING LESSONS:
Learning to drive on the public roads you have to make other road users aware that you are not fully qualified driver, this is theory should guarantee you more patience . By law when learning to drive you have to be accompanied by someone but they must be over 21 years old and have held a full British driving licence for minimum of 3 years.
You are responsible for making sure that any vehicle you drive is legal, roadworthy and properly taxed. When you learn to drive with START, you can be sure that all these things are taken care of, so you can have fully insured, taxed and fitted professionally dual controls. When practising with friends or family, it is your responsibility to make sure you’re covered on their insurance policy.