Learner drivers in Leeds

You have taken the first step in learning to drive, great! It is exciting and a valuable life skill!

First you will have to apply for a provisional driving licence.

Once you have your licence you can start lessons whilst studying for your theory test. You do not have to pass the theory test before starting on-road lessons.

Eyesight requirements for drivers

Before your practical test, your examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a stationary vehicle.

The distance requirements for old style licence plates is 20.5 metres or 20 metres for the new licence plates.

If you have difficulty speaking English or reading you may copy down what you see.

If you have to wear glasses or contact lenses for the test then you must also wear them whilst driving.

We will conduct an eyesight test on your first lesson.

Theory Test for learner drivers

Currently the DSA charge £31 and there are two parts to the test:

Part one – multiple choice

Before the test starts you'll be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer.

Some car and motorcycle multiple choice questions will be given as a case study. The case study will show a scenario that five questions will be based on. The subject of the scenario focuses on real life examples and experiences that drivers could come across when driving.

You can navigate between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

The passmark is 43 out of 50 and you have 57 minutes to complete this section.

Part two – hazard perception

After the break you'll then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.

The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You'll be presented with a series of video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there'll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the car/motorcycle clips will feature two developing hazards.

To achieve a high score you'll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You won't be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you'll only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

There are 14 clip with 15 developing hazards with a pass mark of 44 out of 75.

Practice the theory test – have a go and see how well you do!

Practical Test for learner drivers

Currently the DSA charge £62 for weekdays and £75 for weekday evening and weekends.

The practical test is the one a lot of people fear and are nervous about. This should not be the case, if you can drive and have been prepared properly, it should cause no more or less worry than sitting any exam or job interview. You should be a little nervous as this helps to focus your mind.

It is relatively straightfoward and has been designed to see if you can drive safely and if you know the highway code, demonstrated by the way you drive.

You are allowed to have someone accompany you if you wish, though most choose not to.

The examiner will start by checking your documents then the eyesight test as described above. Following this will be the 'show me/tell me' questions. There are 19 questions which we will go through as part of your lessons, normally after you pass your theory test.

You will be asked two vehicle safety check questions. These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use. Although some checks may involve you opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, you will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.

You will then be examined on your general driving and on two reversing exercises. The reversing exercises will be chosen from:

  • Reversing around a corner
  • Turning in the road
  • Reverse parking

You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.

During the driving test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions.

Throughout the test you should drive in the way I will have taught you. Do not try to impress the examiner or drive extra cautiously! If you make a mistake, don't worry about it as it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.

You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test. 16 or more faults results in failure. If you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test. If at any time your examiner considers you to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.

Once finished I will be waiting at the side of the road (under an umbrella if it's raining!) and the examiner will tell you if you have passed or not. If you have not passed the examiner will ask if you wish to be debriefed, say 'yes' and that you would like me to listen in - this helps me understand what we need to look at so that we get it 2nd time!

If you have passed then the examiner will take your provisional licence from you and your 'proper' licence will be posted to you – congratulations!

Theory, practical & hazard perception tests

To help you with the first step of passing your test, we are happy to provide:

Free theory and hazard perception training

Free theory/hazard perception test booking

Free practical test booking

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Block booking discounts are available when booking driving lessons in blocks of 10 or 20 hours. Call or email to find out more. If I'm unavailable, I could be on the road instructing (leave a message & I will call you back).

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