You want to learn to drive as soon as possible? When can you start learning to drive in the UK?
There is a lot of confusion as there are different answers depending on what vehicle you would like to drive. You can also apply for a provisional drivers license before you can actually drive. We will answer all the questions you may have regarding this.
It is important that you know when you can start learning. If you start driving before it is legal then you could find yourself and your supervisor in a lot of trouble
How can I check when I can start driving each vehicle type?
The most common vehicle types are car, moped and motorbike.
You can start to drive a moped at the earliest age. You only need to be 16 years old to start driving.
To start driving a car, you must be at least 17 years old.
Motorbikes are a little more tricky because it depends on the power. But you can drive a small motorbike (category A1) from 17.
If you want to drive a different type of vehicle then it is a good idea to have a look for yourself.
This web page provided by the government allows you to answer a few questions on which vehicle you would like to drive. It will ask your age and then give you more information on when you can legally start driving.
The different types of vehicle vary from car, to minibus, to agricultural tractor.
When can I apply for my provisional drivers license?
You can apply for a provisional drivers license from the age of 15 years and 9 months. This gives time for the license to arrive in the post before turning 16.
If you would like to drive a moped then it is a good idea to order your provisional when you turn 15 and 9 months. The license can take a couple of weeks to arrive.
We recommend everyone to apply for their license as soon as they can. It is great motivation to start and gives you no excuse to delay learning to drive.
Should I start learning as soon as it is legal?
The answer to this depends on the individual.
If you have free time and are not busy with school or work then we would advise starting to learn as soon as possible.
However, learning to drive can be very expensive so make sure that you also take this into account when deciding to start.
With the cost of lessons, practice and tests, most people spend over £1,500 on learning to drive.
It is not ideal to have a long period away from driving. You can forget a lot of the skills in this time. So you must try your best to start when the time is right for you.
Driving is a great skill and one that can be used for the rest of your life. We recommend everyone to learn as soon as possible!
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