Taking driving lessons is not just for passing the tests and earning your driving licence. Being a competent driver is important for your safety and the safety of others! Before taking the driving tests or even taking lessons for driving you will need a provisional licence. Learner drivers must have visible L plates on the front and back of the vehicle when driving; in Wales you may use D plates.
Choosing between manual and automatic driving lessons is always a matter of preference. Anyone can learn one and then the other much later on but it’s still important to choose wisely. Manual driving takes a bit more work to learn and to practise as you’ll be dealing with three pedals (clutch, brake, and accelerator) and four to six gears. Its biggest benefits are being cost efficient and providing the driver with greater control over the vehicle. On the other hand, automatic vehicles are becoming more and more affordable and are easier to learn.
For your convenience, driving schools and driving instructors offer classes and courses for both types here:
A good rule of thumb is to stick with whatever type of car you’re will most likely drive after getting your licence. However it’s worth noting that if you have a licence for automatic cars only and eventually need to drive a manual, you will need to upgrade your licence by passing another driving test.
Technically there is no minimum number of hours or lessons a learner driver must practise driving. Everyone learns at a different pace; there are plenty who will be able to get by with an intensive driving course, while others may need standard driving courses. This depends on an individual’s ability to pick up the lessons and whether they practise outside of the formal classes. How much you already know about driving and road safety is also a factor. In general learner drivers have 40 hours of driving lessons and on average will need to take the tests twice. The more you spend time practising behind the wheel before taking the practical test, the higher your chances of passing.
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