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Progress Driver Training - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You asked us, “How long does it take to learn to drive?” The DSA reckons that on average it takes about 40 hours of lessons with an instructor plus around another 20 hours of private practice, however, this is an average you may take more or less hours than this.
You asked us, “What can I do if I need extra help or support while I am learning to drive?” Let your driving instructor know, if you would rather speak to someone in the training centre then give us a call if you wish to discuss any aspect of your lessons or tests, with Progress Driver Training you are never left on your own to just struggle through. We offer you the support network that you need. If you are not happy – COMPLAIN – please remember to let us know if anything is troubling you and we will do everything we can to put things right, additionally, don’t forget to tell us when we do something well, as this can often help another learner driver.
You asked us, “What is required for me to take driving lessons?” Firstly, you should apply for your provisional driving licence; forms are available at most Post Offices. When you receive your licence, give us a call and we will book your first driving lesson for you. Every lesson after that can be booked directly with your driving instructor. Remember that your driving licence now comes in two parts, the photo card and the paper counterpart, you will need to provide both parts on your first lesson and also when you take your driving tests. You should purchase an up to date Highway Code and a copy of Driving-The Essential Skills plus the CD-ROMs, Driving test Success, Theory and Hazard Perception editions.

You asked us, “Is there an age limit to who can learn to drive?” You must be at least 17 years of age unless you qualify through mobility requirements at age 16. As long as you are in possession of a valid provisional licence, have no health problems and have not been banned from driving, you can learn to drive.

You asked us, “Do you provide lessons where I live?” Look at the list below to see if your town is listed, if not give us a call to find out if it can be arranged.

Progress Driver Training teaches here:

North Ayrshire Area
Ardeer, Ardrossan, Auchentiber, Barrmill, Beith, Burnhouse, Crosbie, Cunninghamhead, Dalgarven, Dalry, Drakemyre, Dreghorn, Drybridge, Fairlie, Gateside, Girdle Toll, Glengarnock, Highfield, Irvine, Kelburn, Kilbirnie, Kilwinning, Largs, Lawthorn, Millport, Montgreenan, Perceton, Portencross, Quarter – Largs, Routenburn, Saltcoats, Seamill, Skelmorlie, Springside, Stanecastle, Stevenston, The Den, Upper Skelmorlie, West Kilbride

Inverclyde & Renfrewshire
Gourock, Greenock, Inverkip, Kilmacolm, Port Glasgow, Wemyss Bay, Paisley, Johnstone, Kilbarchan, Erskine, Howwood, Bishopton, Quarriers Village, Langbank

Dumbartonshire & Argyllshire

Dumbarton, Alexandria, Bonhill, Balloch, Old Kilpatrick, Clydebank, Bowling, Helensburgh, Rhu, Cove, Clynder, Rosneath, Dunoon, Rothesay, Arran, Cumbrae

If the above information doesn’t fully help you and you want to ask more questions, drop us an email or give us a call.

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You asked us, “Can I take my Practical Driving Test before my Theory and Hazard Perception Test?” No! The government passed legislation a number of years ago that means you have to take and pass both your Theory and Hazard Perception Tests at the same sitting before you can even apply for your Practical Driving Test.

You asked us,What is the Hazard Perception Test? The Hazard Perception Test is a test of your ability to identify a hazard and do so in good time.

You asked us,Where can I get a Driving Licence?You have to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. Application forms for provisional driving licences are available at most Post Offices. It will usually take 2-3 weeks from the date of application for you to receive your licence. To see the DVLA Web site go to our links page.

You asked us, “Can I have a Driving Lesson before I have my licence?No! You must hold a provisional licence for the category of vehicle being driven prior to driving that vehicle on public roads.

You asked us,Do I need car insurance if I drive my own or other peoples cars for private practice?Yes you must have at least third party car insurance either in your own name for your own car or you must be named on the car insurance policy for the vehicle you are driving or you drive someone’s car with an open driving policy with no restrictions on who can drive the car. For more advise about car insurance we recommend that you speak with an independent insurance advisor.


You asked us,Can I drive without a Driving Instructor in the car?Quite simply… yes! You do need to have a supervising driver with you. Your supervising driver must be at least 21 years of age and have held a driving licence for that category of vehicle being driven for at least 3 years. We can chat with your supervising driver to assist them in the best methods of helping you.

You asked us,I'm 16, can I book my first Driving Lesson?Yes - so long as you are in receipt of your provisional driving licence, you can take your first lesson on the day of your 17th birthday.

You asked us, “What about the tests I have to take?” See our DSA Driving Tests page for more information.

You asked usWhat if I want to learn to drive automatic car?” If you require automatic driving lessons or intensive course  we will be delighted to help you, from January 2007 automatic cars will be available for you to learn to drive. Making learning to drive easier, so if you wish to learn to drive automatically, contact us for further information.

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