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Frequently Asked Questions 
  • How old do I have to be to start driving a car?
    You can start learning to drive at 17.

  • How do I apply for a provisional licence?
    You can apply online, click on Useful Links and follow link to DVLA. Or complete driving licence application form D1 and photo card application form D750 (available from most post offices).

  • How do I apply for a theory and or a practical test?
    You can book online, click on Useful Links and follow link to DSA. You will need your driver number (from your provisional licence) and a credit/debit card to pay.

  • Can I start driving lessons before I have passed my theory test?
    Yes, I would recommend you have a few lessons prior to applying for the theory test. The practical driving experience will help make more sense and I can assist in your study for the exam.

  • Who is allowed to teach or supervise me?
    Anyone who is at least 21 years old and have held a full EC motor car licence for at least 3 years can supervise your private practice. It is illegal for anyone else other than a registered driving instructor to charge money for teaching you to drive.

  • How do I know when I am ready for my driving 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. As your instructor I have the knowledge and experience to advise you when this is. It is my responsibility to ensure that you are capable and safe to drive alone, without supervision. If you book your test without my prior approval, I may not allow you the use of the school car. I do not like having to refuse, but the safety of you, the examiner and other road users is my primary responsibility. Most people fail their driving test, so are you really ready? The pass rate for the practical car test is 43%, and for first time candidates it's even lower. The reason for such a low success rate is because candidates are not properly prepared. You must be able to drive consistently well, with confidence and without help or guidance from your instructor. If you can't then you are not ready for your test. If the examiner has to intervene then you will have failed the test. Those who pass have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training, combined with 25 hours of private practice. Candidates who combine professional instruction with private practice are also more successful on the test. Remember that it's practice that makes perfect, it's perfect that will pass the test.

  • I have a question not answered here.
    Call me for a chat or send me an e-mail, advice is without obligation and free of charge!

C'MON! Learn to drive in Aldershot and Farnborough and surrounding areas

Andy Bailey Driving School


Office: 01252  653171
Mobile: 07989 177778


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