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How To Get Started

   
 

Before you start to drive you must ensure that:

You hold a valid, signed provisional driving licence

Ensure that any car that you drive is properly insured for you to drive.

 

Choosing An ADI Or PDI

 

Approved Driving Instructor – Green Certificate (As Shown Below)

   
   

Potential Driving Instructor – White/Pink Certificate (As Shown Below)

   
   

Why use an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) ?

It is unlikely that anyone except an ADI would have the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly. Learning safe driving habits from the start will improve your own and other road users safety.

To become qualified, an ADI must pass a theory test, and strict tests of driving and instructional ability. All ADI’s must maintain a high standard of instruction. Fully qualified ADI’s display a green certificate on the windscreen of the tuition vehicle.

Trainee driving instructors are granted a trainee licence so that they can gain teaching experience before their final qualifying examination. Their licence is pink in colour. The standard instruction of all ADI’s is regularly checked by the DSA. This is done by a DSA supervising examiner sitting in on a live lesson.

Your instructor should explain how your lessons will be structured and show you the syllabus that you will have to complete before you take your driving test (the syllabus is contained in the DSA publication The Official Driving Test).

Take advice from your ADI on all aspects of driving, including:
 
• Which books to read
• How to practise
• When you will be ready for your test
• Further training after you have passed your test (Pass Plus).

How Do I Choose An ADI ?

Select the area that you wish to learn in & either look in the yellow pages or better still ask around for friends or relatives experiences. If an instructor is of a good standard he/she is normally well recommended. Look for someone who has a good reputation is reliable and punctual and whose car suits you.

Ask the instructor if they have signed up to the Voluntary Code of Practice, or if there is a Company Code, and ask for a copy.

The Code of Practice has been agreed with the driving instruction industry and covers instructors’ personal and professional conduct, advertising and their complaints procedure. For further information, call DSA on 0115 901 2500.

What do I do if I am not happy with in ADI ?

If you are not happy with your instructor tell him/her why and discuss the way forward. If you still can’t reach an agreement then find another instructor. If you have any serious complaints about your instructor then contact DSA as above.

Practising

There is no substitute for learning car control skills and how to deal with different road situations with a professional driving instructor before going out to practise privately.

When you have enough confidence, your instructor will advise you what and where to practise. They will also be able to advise the person who is going to supervise you. Your accompanying driver must be over 21 years old and have held (and still hold) a full licence for 3 years.

Practise on as many different types of road as you can, in all sorts of traffic conditions even in the dark and on dual carriageways where the upper speed limit applies.

You may be asked to drive on such roads during the test. Don’t just concentrate on the exercises involved in the test.

When you practise try not to obstruct other traffic. Most drivers are tolerant of learners, but don’t try their patience too much.

Try not to annoy local residents; for example, don’t repeatedly practise emergency stops in the same quiet residential streets, or reverse repeatedly around the same corner.

To help you study

Books

The Highway Code is essential reading. It explains the rules of the road and gives sound advice about best driving practices.

The Official Theory Test for Car Drivers and Motorcyclists contains all the questions in the theory test and explains the answers.

The Official Driving Manual explains best driving practices in greater detail.

The Official Driving Test covers what is required during the driving test and explains the full test syllabus.

The Official Guide to Accompanying learners gives very useful information to anyone who is supervising you while you practice.

Other Media

The Driving Test - an inside view is a video explaining what the examiners expect to see and gives some practical tips.

What If - an interactive video and workbook designed to improve your ability to think ahead to boost your hazard awareness.

The Official Theory Test - your licence to drive is a CD-Rom providing interactive fun and a modern way of learning.

Your ADI will be able to advise you where you can obtain these.

How will I know when I am ready for my test?

You will be ready for the test when you show that you have reached the standards set in The Official Driving Test. Learners who pass first time do so because they are well instructed and get plenty of practice. They pass because they wait until they are ready. Your instructor has the knowledge and experience to tell you when you are ready.

You must be able to drive consistently well, with confidence and without assistance or guidance from your instructor. If you can’t, you aren’t ready for the test. Waiting until you are ready will save you time and money.

A good instructor will have a Drivers Record for each pupil.

This shows both the pupil and the instructor the standard in each of the categories that the learners are at, making the learning process simple and easy to follow.

   
 
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