Learner Driver Guide
Learning to drive in four steps
Learning to drive is an exciting journey, but for some it can also be intimidating. At How-2-Drive, we use a structured learning system that guides our pupils every step of the way.
To complement this approach, our free learner driver guide breaks the journey down into four manageable steps:
- Steps to take before you begin taking lessons
- Skills to master once you’re taking driving lessons
- How to prepare for your theory and practical tests
- What happens after your test? — Coming soon!
Once you’ve completed these steps you’ll be able to enjoy your new-found independence. What’s more, if you learn to drive with us we won’t just teach you to pass your test, we’ll give you the skills and experience you need to become a safe and confident driver.
Finally, whether you study with us or not, you can also take advantage of our free learner driver downloads to help you get the most out of your driving lessons.
Stage 1: Before you take lessons
Get your provisional driving licence
You’ll need to get your provisional driving licence before you can get behind the wheel. We won’t be able to offer you driving lessons until you have it, so make sure you apply as soon as you can.
Stage 2: Taking lessons
Level 1: Basic driving skills
Success starts with a solid foundation. When learning to drive these are the fundamental skills you will need to master before you learn anything else. Your journey to becoming a safe and confident driver begins here!
Level 3: Practical driving manoeuvres
Our tutorial videos are designed to help you learn the core practical driving techniques that make up the driving test. Master these manoeuvres and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a safe driver for life!
Stage 3: Preparing for your test
Step 1: Driving theory test
Even if your instructor agrees that you’re ready, you can’t apply for your practical driving test until you’ve passed your theory test. Be sure to book your theory test in plenty of time, and read our guide so you know what to expect.
Step 2: Show and tell
The Show and Tell component of the practical driving test is all about showing the examiner that you understand the basics of how to care for your car. Your examiner will be looking to see that you know how to carry out routine maintenance and perform vital safety checks. Find out more about what you need to understand.
Step 3: Practical driving test
Once you’ve passed your theory test and your instructor agrees that you’re ready, you’ll be able to book your practical driving test. All you’ll need to do then is make sure you’re prepared for the big day! We’ve put together some resources to help you get ready.
Resources for learning to drive
Free Driving Lesson Downloads
Download our free driving lesson resources to help you get the most out of each of your lessons. We’ve made our resources free to everybody. You don’t even have to be learning with us to get them!
I passed back in November and keep forgetting to review. I was sitting in my car today when I realised how thankful I was for all the help Jamie at How-2-Drive gave me. I was so uncomfortable behind the wheel and terrified of everything that I would be stuck at a roundabout for what felt like the entire two-hour lesson!
Now, here I am, driving around Norwich, actually managing to find and pull out into a gap at a junction. Who’d of thought it? Thank you, Jamie, for being brave enough to sit next to me and for giving me the confidence I needed to drive around all by myself.
Really glad I took my lessons with Howard from How-2-Drive – I passed first time and learning to drive was lots of fun. Go with these people, they won’t let you down!
I just passed my test first time with Fabio at How-2-Drive. He’s very relaxed and thorough with his method of teaching; he’s a great guy and really makes you relax into a learning atmosphere. Top Instructor! I’m definitely going to recommend How-2-Drive to others, great school!
I needed to pass the UK Driving Test and thought I give How-2-Drive a go. I’m real glad I did as these guys know what they’re talking about. My instructor Nick was very professional and easy to get on with – I passed after a just a few hours tuition — 5 stars!
I have just passed my driving test first time and am over the moon – I can’t recommend Howard from How-2-Drive enough. He helped me every step of the way and kept me up to date with my progress, I passed after just 24 hours of lessons.
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We’re always trying to improve our learner driver guide. Is there anything else you’d like to learn about?
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* According to the DVSA (the people who set the driving test) it takes on average 47 hours of driving lessons and another 20 hours of private practice to pass the driving test.
By using our structured training system we help our customers pass after an average of just 30 hours of driving lessons — that’s 17 hours less than the DVSA average!