Thinking of learning to drive questions
You can only start learning to drive from your 17th birthday, but you can apply for your provisional driving licence up to three months prior to your 17th birthday.
When it comes to applying for your provisional licence you can either do so online or by post by
completing a D1 application form which you can get from a Post Office or by ordering one, here.
You will have to wait until you turn 17 before you can take your theory and driving tests.
It’s recommended that you start lessons while waiting for your theory test date. The practical experience will help you understand the theory and hazard perception element of learning to drive. This will greatly assist you in passing the theory test and hazard perception test first time.
We receive many enquiries on this topic every year from worried teenagers. There are currently no such plans. So there is nothing to worry about!!!
Intensive courses are regarded as the fastest way to pass the practical test. These courses are popular because tuition is taken over 6 days enabling everything learnt to remain fresh in your mind. Your 6 day intensive driving course will culminate in a practical test arranged by Britannia.
Queries on learning to drive with Britannia
On your first driving lesson, whether you have driven before or not, you will need to bring your provisional driving licence and payment for the lesson, either voucher or your instructor will ask you to sign a token (if you have pre paid. Please also bring along any glasses/contact lenses if you need to wear them, and sensible footwear!
Yes. We can pick you up from home, college or work.
No. All our lessons are one to one. We don’t “Piggy Back” (two or more pupils in a car during lessons).
Normal driving lessons can be 1 hour or 2 hour, it’s entirely up to you. We recommend 2 hour driving lessons as this will give your instructor more time to take you further away from your home and over test routes. Beware some schools do 45 minute lessons and charge you for a full hour.
This depends on how many driving lessons you take in a week. You will need fewer lessons overall if you take 2-3 driving lessons per week or an intensive driving course. According to The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency: “Those who pass their driving test have had on average, about 45 hours of professional training, combined with 22 hours of private practice.”
Yes. For your theory test preparation please visits our free Official Highway Code, Mock Theory Test and Hazard Perception Test. We also do one to one lessons in our air conditioned classroom in Wimbledon for a very reasonable charge- Please contact us by phone, email or live chat for details.
Yes. All our male and female driving instructors are licensed by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency).
Yes. Britannia has many female instructors-please check for availability in your area by contacting us by phone, email or live chat.
Yes. We have a large number of dual controlled automatic cars. Automatic lessons are becoming increasingly popular as the roads become more and more congested. With Automatic Driving Lessons, you can enjoy clutch-free driving. This has the advantage of making the physical job of driving easier, giving you more time to concentrate on road and traffic conditions.
Yes. For your safety and peace of mind, all our tuition cars have the latest dual controls.
No driving school can guarantee a pass. Driving Examiners are very experienced, impartial and professional and will test you fairly. The so-called “Guaranteed Pass” is a ploy used by some discreditable organisations to entice you to learn with them. However, Britannia does have a very high pass rate, well above the national average. Don’t just take our word for it, read through our hundreds of testimonials from successful pupils!
Yes. Please visit our Intensive Driving Courses Section for more details
Britannia instructors have had lots of experience in dealing with nervous pupils. They know that nervousness is completely normal and we do have instructors who are especially trained to teach the most anxious learners. All our instructors are friendly, patient and understanding and will help you build your confidence by teaching you on nursery routes at first. As your confidence grows they will progress you to intermediate routes and finally to advance routes.
Please visit our Pricing Section for more details.
No. Most other schools charge 3% to 4% on top of your course fee if you use a credit card to book lessons.
Questions relating to the driving and theory test
Yes. Please visit our Driving Test Booking Section for more details.
Please visit our DVSA Price List for details.
Please visit our Theory & Driving test centres for more details.
Your theory test is valid for 2 years from the date you pass the test.
Yes. You have a far better chance of passing if you use your instructor’s car. Pupils who turn up in their own vehicles are usually those who have had no professional driving tuition, or are so dangerous the driving school has not let them use their vehicle. The examiner will be aware of this from the beginning and it’s likely to make him / her nervous.
When you are near driving test standard, your instructor will give you a mock driving test, and advise you accordingly. A pupil ready for the driving test should be able to drive consistently well and with confidence – without the assistance and guidance of their instructor.
Lack of practice and observations. Please visit driving test tips page for the 10 most common reasons for driving test failure.
This depends on where you live. In some areas, it’s a few weeks, in others it can be up to eight months. Please contact us by phone, email or live chat for details of waiting times in your area. We provide a quick driving test booking service for you for a small fee.
Please visit our Start Times Section for more details.
Yes. All our instructors are police (CRB) checked for safety and peace of mind.
Please visit our Pass Plus page for details.
Yes. Depending on your requirements, there is a choice of courses to help brush up your skills. Please visit our Refresher Driving Courses section for more details.
Please visit our Non UK drivers section for details
Yes. Please visit our Book Store details for details
Yes. Please contact us email for more details.
Simply contact us by phone, email or live chat– one of our highly trained staff will be more than happy to answer your questions.