Lessons and Practice


It's best to take lessons with a qualified instructor who follows the recommended syllabus for learning to drive. Have a look at the 'driver's record', produced by the DSA, as it'll show you how you're getting on in each of the required topics.

Have your lessons at different times so you'll experience different driving conditions. This will help increase your confidence the more you drive.


Extra practice

Doing extra practice really improves your driving and means you won't need as many lessons. If you want to do extra practice make sure you meet these rules:

An accompanying driver must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have held a full EC/EEA driving licence for at least 3 years for the type of vehicle being driven.

Remember the accompanying driver may have picked up a few bad habits along the way. He/she is also bound by the same rules as the driver relating to, for example, drink-driving, mobile phone usage, etc.

The car you intend to use must be:

  • Insured for the learner
  • Fitted with L plates (D plates in Wales) to both the front and rear of the car
  • In a safe and roadworthy condition.


Hot Tip

Research shows that the more driving experience you have before the test, the more your overall performance will improve.