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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
Okay, I had £45 today from some money I got and I wanted to keep it for my provisional, but because of this site and my impulse-instore-buying I decided to get the postal order today.

I've got the form all written out. The photo etc.


My birthday is June 5th.

Does anyone know when I can send this off.

I've probably asked before, But i've forgotten.

and using search is so uncool...
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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#1
you can get your provisional 3 months before your 17th birthday so march
#2
"Minimum age you can take a test
You can take your theory test once your provisional licence becomes valid.

Normally, for car drivers, the earliest date your provisional licence can become valid is your 17th birthday, however you can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday.

So, if you apply for your provisional licence before you are 17 you will still have to wait until your birthday before you can take your theory test."

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/LearnerAndNewDrivers/LearningToDriveOrRide/DG_4022661
#3
Ah, so 5th march! thanks people.
#4
Also, if I order it in march, can I book my theory in march to take in june?
#5
t0mm
Also, if I order it in march, can I book my theory in march to take in june?


You should be able to:thumbsup:
#6
yeah you can book it so long as you will be taking it on or after your 17th
#7
Sorted :thumbsup:
#8
t0mm
Sorted :thumbsup:


You're welcome! Good luck:thumbsup:
#9
Be prepared for the cost of learning,I wish my partner hadn't started :(
#10
out of interest how much are lessons in england etc

here in ni i was shocked to discover it was 25 pounds a lesson
#11
I pay 18 a lesson, its a 1 man business.
#12
mine were £16 a lesson in Doncaster but when I was 17 12 years ago it was £11 the going rate
#13
My partners are £22 per hr I think,but if you buy 12hrs at £240 then they working out at £20 each.He does 2hrs sessions at a time once a week,no time really for extra cos instructor not do Sundays.
As I said I wish he hadn't started,I think he getting taken for a ride!
He handed over 3rd cheque other week so far its cost us £720. Then it was provisional and then I bought the usual Highway code book and some pc cd rom and dvd pack so its touching close to £800 already.
He not done his theory test yet,so theres the cost of that. You need pass that before you can take a test.
#14
£39 for your first 4 lessons here, then £20 after. £18 each if you book 10 in advance.

My dads gonna teach me too though..
#15
t0mm
£39 for your first 4 lessons here, then £20 after. £18 each if you book 10 in advance.

My dads gonna teach me too though..


He got 1st hr free.
Yeh thats the best way if you know someone who can get you started and you can always have some lessons but get some practise inbetween.My partner don't get any practise so I think its taking longer than it should be his Mum should be helping out but thats another story.
#16
You can book your theory from the day you turn 17 onwards.
#17
It supposedly takes between 40 and 45 hours of lessons, and between 20 and 25 hours of additional practice (e.g. with a parent) before you are ready for your test

I am paying £20 for an hour lesson with BSM, and 10% discount if you book 10 in advance.
#18
My daughter passed her test in November last year, she was having lessons and failed the first time but, got a little car and was practising inbetween lessons for the second test and passed.

I'm sure it does help to get in as many hours as you can on the road.

She was paying £18 a lesson, this wasn't with a "school" but a one-man buisness.
banned#19
kelly_o_fanatic;1559568
It supposedly takes between 40 and 45 hours of lessons, and between 20 and 25 hours of additional practice (e.g. with a parent) before you are ready for your test

I am paying £20 for an hour lesson with BSM, and 10% discount if you book 10 in advance.

According to BSM I expect.

Most people I know took their test after 20 hours. I booked mine after 10 hours and the instructor wasnt happy at all as it came through 4 weeks after I applied for it. Crash course of 10 further hours got me through.

If you have a choice of test centers, opt for the quietest flattest area. I chose Worthing and the roads were pretty empty during my test (monday 10:30AM).

Also, the average age in Worthing must be about 70 so very difficult to fail on speeding if in traffic :-D
#20
csiman
According to BSM I expect.

Most people I know took their test after 20 hours. I booked mine after 10 hours and the instructor wasnt happy at all as it came through 4 weeks after I applied for it. Crash course of 10 further hours got me through.

If you have a choice of test centers, opt for the quietest flattest area. I chose Worthing and the roads were pretty empty during my test (monday 10:30AM).

Also, the average age in Worthing must be about 70 so very difficult to fail on speeding if in traffic :-D


According to BSM its 40 and 20, but I've read 40-45 and 20-25 in other places
banned#21
kelly_o_fanatic;1559613
According to BSM its 40 and 20, but I've read 40-45 and 20-25 in other places

yes but it is all down to the individual. Its in BSM's interests to hype up the hours required. You can generally know yourself when you are near ready so dont get fooled into paying for 40 hours+ when you feel confident in your driving and your instructor seems pretty quiet when in a lesson.
#22
What you will find is the majority of driving instructor's base learning around 40 hours. So that means delaying what you learn over 3-4 lessons to drag it out.

My instructor had a long list of things that I needed to learn and by each one's side there were 3 columns - done with prompting, done & good. After 18 lessons I had got down the complete list and had got "done with promting", he refused to use the "done" column, even though I was doing it by myself. then all of a sudden after the 23nd lesson "done" started appearing even though I'd been doing the same for the previous 5 hours - £100 wasted! So I got rid of him. Luckily I had enough money to buy a car so I practised a little bit, like driving to work etc (supervised obviously!). Passed 1st time after I'd say about 28/29 hours.

Also try and avoid instructors that just learn you test routes - unless all your life you'll be going along test routes to work, shopping etc then you might get a "complex" when you've passed as you've learned to be in a comfort zone and could be nervous of changing your ways.
banned#23
Also try and get an hour or two on a motorway. it amazes me to see the amount of drivers using the middle lane when the inside lane is clear. ITS FOR OVERTAKING ONLY!

Even saw a car come down the slip road on to the M23 last week and they stopped completely and started looking for a gap as though it was a give way junction.
#24
My partner got told its his age going aginst him,cos he early 30's and he ain't going remember as much as someone who say about 18 - early 20's.
Cos after this cheque he have had 60 hrs if he not ready I be annoyed and don't really want to hand over a 4th at £240. He probably get taken for a ride as I said before but he daft and won't speak up.
banned#25
Mum2Connor&Cerys;1559870
My partner got told its his age going aginst him,cos he early 30's and he ain't going remember as much as someone who say about 18 - early 20's.
Cos after this cheque he have had 60 hrs if he not ready I be annoyed and don't really want to hand over a 4th at £240. He probably get taken for a ride as I said before but he daft and won't speak up.

60 hrs without a test! Either he is getting ripped off or has a bad instructor or just useless at driving.

Early 30's should not mean any loss of concentration / memory.
#26
60 hours is a bit much

oh csiman i didnt think you were allowed on the m-way as a learner? you would have to do that in another set of lessons after the actual test if you wanted an instructor to take you on it (i may be wrong tho lol)

all in all i passed my test 1st time which was a mircale the way my lessons went

i started learning in feb and passed in sept (8months) but from that i didnt do any driving in the months of june bar 1 on last week (exams), july (instructor went on holidays) and august (i broke my arm) and only had one lesson between prob last week of june and my test lol

so for me it was about 18hours of lessons and no outside help :)
#27
you can get your provisional now, you need to be 16, you can learn to ride a moped @ 16 but you just wont be able to touch a car until you are 17.

Hope this helps
#28
csiman;1559973
60 hrs without a test! Either he is getting ripped off or has a bad instructor or just useless at driving.

Early 30's should not mean any loss of concentration / memory.


Just a loss of money! :whistling:I think you should try to tell him to use another instructor and/or go for a test. :thinking: :roll:
#29
yep you can order the provisional now and it will come within a 2 weeks or something but it wont be active till the data displayed on it.
#30
csiman
60 hrs without a test! Either he is getting ripped off or has a bad instructor or just useless at driving.

Early 30's should not mean any loss of concentration / memory.


Yeh I agree he being ripped off but he stupid like I said not to speak up.
Nah he not useless at driving,he was actually driving out of town after the 1st few wks over to a new town to practice.
#31
hukdhunter
Just a loss of money! :whistling:I think you should try to tell him to use another instructor and/or go for a test. :thinking: :roll:


Have tried,ain't that easy,I'm fed up of it.

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