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Steps to learning to drive

Map your route to passing the test

Hopefully you've already looked at our checklist for new learner drivers. And you've been reading the Highway Code, of course. Now it can help to get a view of what's coming up over the horizon, and what your next steps should be.

The typical timeline below gives you a good idea of what to expect, and what needs to be done as you progress towards pass success.

Getting into the flow

Start your lessons

You've booked your driving lessons and are now in the driving seat (perhaps feeling a tad nervous ). If you're learning with us, our instructors should provide you with a pupil workbook. Use it to track your progress and remember to take it to your lessons.

Keep up the study

Don't forget the theory test – that's right, stop using those books as coasters. And get your friends or family to start testing your knowledge. Also, consider signing up to the DVSA learning zone for a range of useful theory study content.

Get some private practice

Practice makes perfect, as they say. If you can, supplement your instructor lessons with driving sessions accompanied by a friend or family member. This can really speed up your rate of progress towards becoming test-ready. Do make sure that the car you're using is fully covered for learner driver insurance.

Nearing pass success

Book the theory test

Ramp up that study and get your theory and hazard perception tests under your belt. The car theory test is in two parts: a series of multiple-choice questions to test your knowledge; plus an interactive scenario-based hazard perception test. You can book the test at GOV.UK. But our instructors will take care of the booking on your behalf.

Take the practical test

You should feel genuinely prepared for your test, if not, reconsider whether it really is time just yet. There are 5 parts to the driving test:

  • an eyesight check
  • 'show me, tell me' car safety questions
  • general driving ability
  • reversing your car
  • independent driving

See, doesn't sound that scary. You can book it online at GOV.UK.

And you've passed

What next? Besides jumping for joy (or driving, if you prefer), you might find the following info useful:

  • The first-time car buyer's guide.
  • AA cars: all the cars we sell are history checked and include 12 months' free breakdown cover.
  • A guide to car costs for first-time buyers.
  • Top tips on keeping the costs of driving down.