Getting Started

Wanting to begin learning to drive but not sure what needs to be done before you can start?

No need to worry, below is a simple quick checklist of everything you need to begin your lessons and get you on the roads in no time at all.


1. Do you have a provisional licence?


Before you can start driving lessons you must hold a provisional licence. If you don’t already have one you will need to apply for one to the DVLA. You can get an application form from your local post office or apply online at:

The current fee is £50. You need to be 17 years of age or older to hold a valid provisional driving licence, but you can apply up to three months before your 17th birthday for the licence to become valid at midnight on your 17th birthday.

2. Check your Eyes


Before you start learning, make sure you can read a number plate in good daylight from 20.5 metres away – that’s about five car lengths. For the new-style number plates (that were introduced on September 2001), the distance is 20 metres. If you wear glasses or contacts, that’s fine. Just make sure you always wear them when driving.

The above two reasons are all you need to get started, although you may consider:

3. Theory and Hazard Perception Test

You can start your practical driving lessons as soon as your provisional becomes valid, you do not have to pass the theory and hazard perception tests first.  In fact, we recommend studying for these tests whilst your lessons are ongoing. This way you will be able to call upon your instructors vast knowledge during your practical lessons to point out signs and topics on the roads you have been reading about and put them into practice.

To purchase quality Theory and Hazard Perception study materials are available from Carl Adams Driving School on request, please contact us on the contact page if you are interested in purchasing them. Or if you have already began lessons you can log in using your username and password to theory test pro using the link below:
Theory Test Pro in partnership with Carl Adams Driving School


2 Comments on Getting Started

  1. Hi there. I’ve seen a friend (Iain Silver) that has recently passed his test with you and I’d like to enquire about starting driving lessons. I live in the LS7 area of Leeds and would like to get started mid November if the availability is there.

    • Hi Alex, Sorry only just picking up on this. Are you still looking for an ADI? I’m fully booked at the moment but happy to get in touch further down the line once I have a space available if you are still looking? Thanks

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