Learning to drive

When applying for your provisional licence, you will need a D1 form from the post office, which currently costs £38.

You must be able to read an old-style number plate in good daylight from a distance of 20.5 metres (67 feet), or a new-style number plate from 20 metres (66 feet). If you need glasses or contact lenses, they must be worn at all times during driving, including all lessons and your driving test.

For your first driving lesson, you will need to provide both parts of your provisional licence and wear any glasses or contact lenses required.

During your lessons you will get the chance to take several “mock” driving tests, which will be marked as they would be in the actual driving test. You will be unable to ask for help from your instructor during these tests, giving you the chance to see what it’s really like and find any weaknesses you may have.

The pass plus course consists of six practical modules covering areas that cannot always be covered until you have your full licence. These include: driving in town, driving in all weathers, driving on rural roads, driving at night and driving on dual carriageways and motorways.

The course is designed to improve your basic skills after you have passed your driving test and can be taken within the first 12 months after passing your test. To successfully complete the course you will need a minimum of six hour-long lessons. Most insurance companies offer discounts to new drivers who have completed the course.