Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do before I can start driving?

You need to be at least 17 years of age and if you have not already done so, apply for a provisional license from the DVLA. You can do this online or by getting an application form from the post office. It is also worth having an eyesight check, but in any event, ensure you can read a standard car number plate at 20.5 metres.

How many driving lessons will I need to pass my driving test?

Well, this is the million dollar question! Unfortunately, it doesn’t have an answer. Round The Bends has an excellent 91% first time pass record, which reflects our high quality of service. Everyone has a different rate of learning. The number of lessons required varies from student to student and is dependent on many factors, such as age, availability and learning style. Your instructor will, however, monitor your progress with an individual learning plan and keep you fully informed.

Do I need to pass the Theory Test before I can start my driving lessons?

No, and in fact it may be better to learn the theory whilst having practical lessons. You will, however, need to pass the theory test before applying for the practical test. It is also advisable to take into consideration the duration of time required for learning and successfully passing your practical test; the theory certificate is only valid for 2 years.

Will the examiner provide me with a car for the test?

No. Examiners do not provide vehicles for test purposes; your instructor should allow the use of his/her car for your test, unless you have made arrangements to take your test in a private vehicle, in which case it must be insured for test purposes, contain an extra rear view mirror and L plates.

Does my instructor need to be with me for the test?

You can ask your instructor to be present, if you wish to do so, it is entirely your choice. This is not necessary.

What do I do if I need to cancel a lesson?

You are required to give your instructor as much notice as possible, if you intend to cancel or postpone a lesson.