MSM Driving

Your Licence

Before you learn to drive (practical and theory) you will need to apply for a provisional driving licence. You can apply (upto 3 months before your birthday) for a provisional licence to drive a car from the age of 17, (16 if you are receiving disability living allowance at the higher rate) the application form (D1) is available from most Post Offices. Send the form with the current fee, original documentation confirming your identity, and a passport-sized colour photograph to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD. You can expect to receive your licence within 10/14 days.

If you did not order a copy of the Highway Code when you applied for your licence, you can purchase a copy from most good book shops, or online

Further information about driving licences is available on the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) website at

Choosing your Instructor

Choose an Instructor who has a good reputation and who is reliable and dependable. Ask your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues if they can recommend an instructor.

If you are paying for lessons, make sure you choose an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or Licensed Trainee because only they can legally give you driving lessons for financial gain.

ADI's are graded 4, 5 or 6 which is 'competent', 'good', or to a 'high standard', and are check tested regularly. The ADI displays a GREEN certificate in the windscreen of the tuition car.

Trainee driving instructors are granted a trainee license so that they can gain teaching experience before their final qualifying examination. Their certificate is PINK

ADI Badges

Do not just choose the cheapest. Prices vary, so make sure you check the duration of the lesson as well as the instructor's terms and conditions for giving lessons and hiring out the car for the test.

How Many Lessons

The number of lessons you will need depends on how fast you learn. Your instruction should match your rate of learning, a good instructor can do this.

Most new drivers need around 35 hours of professional driving lessons before they reach test standard. Some will need more. Nerves play a big part in how some drive on their test. It stands to reason, if you are better than test standard then even if nerves do have any effect, you are still good enough to pass. The main reason for failing a test is because candidates are not properly prepared, physically or mentally, in other words, simply not ready.

The latest Driving Standards Agency (DSA) research established that "those who pass their test have had about 45 hours of professional training, combined with 22 hours of private practice. Candidates who combine professional instruction with private practice are also more successful on the test"

(booklet 'Safe Driving for Life' available on request)

Pass Plus

Once you have passed your Practical Test you are recommended to take the Pass Plus course, which will extend your driving experience further.

Pass Plus consists of a minimum 6 modules :-

Town Driving
Out of town driving and rural roads
All-weather driving
Night driving
Dual carriageways

Once you have successfully completed the set of modules you will receive a certificate that is recognised by many insurance companies. These companies will give you a discount on your insurance, usually more than the cost of the course.

For further information click on these links:

Passplus Bucks County CouncilThe Highway Code

The above information is provided as general guidance only, and while it is believed to be correct at the time of print, you should confirm its accuracy and whether any special requirements apply in your case.

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