Learning To Drive Means Freedom and Responsibility

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Stuck at home because you never got around to learning how to drive the family car? That can be quite a problem when you do not live in walking distance to the grocery, bank, or even a local restaurant. One of the greatest freedoms we can have is the ability to own and drive our own vehicle. Petrol being as high as it is today we may not do much pleasure driving, preferring to keep it local and as needed. But just being able to get in and go means a lot to most of us. Once you turn 16 years of age you can legally drive a moped (small motorized two wheeled vehicle). For the average motor car the age is 17 and if you plan on driving one of those larger vehicles or maybe a bus or minibus you must be 21 to be licensed. Most of us begin driving with help from our parents and by age 17 have some confidence behind the wheel. Hiring a driving instructor is definitely a good idea because they will offer advice and good driving habits you may not get from the folks.

Laws rules and regulations abound when behind the wheel
Before you can become qualified to drive there are laws of the roadway you must learn and just like going to school you need to pass tests to earn the privilege of driving on the roads of the UK. First comes a provisional driving license and you can apply for one as much as three months before you turn 17 years of age. This provisional license can be found at the Post Office (form D1) or through the DVLA or Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. There is a fee for this license and you will need it before hiring a driving instructor. You can actually ask any licensed driver over the age of 21 to help you learn to drive but this is one time it helps to have a well experienced trainer or instructor who knows the laws and rules of the road. Even with an approved driving instructor you must display an L plate on front and rear of any vehicle you learn to drive in.

In theory and in practice take your driving seriously
There are two tests you must pass before you can get your drivers license. First there is the Theory test which pertains to laws of the roadways in the UK. Learning what the various signs look like and what they mean is vital to being a safe driver as are laws regarding conditions of the road and how to drive on rain slick roads or contending with other traffic and drivers. Practical testing involves an eye exam to assure you can see well enough to negotiate the roads. They do not expect you to be a mechanic but you should be familiar with what can go wrong while driving. And finally the actual behind the wheel road test which will show them you really can control your vehicle. They will allow you as many as 15 faults while taking the test but if anything major occurs or you make 16 or more minor faults your test will be considered a failure and you must take it again (you must wait 10 working days before retesting). Many fail the test the first time but with practice they learn from their mistakes and pass next time to become licensed and safe drivers on our roadways.
 

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This article was published on 2013/05/23