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How Many Lessons Will I Need?

DVSA Research shows that learners who have had a combination of professional instruction and private practice perform better on their driving test.

Those who pass, on average have had 40-50 hours of professional instruction and about 20-30 hours of private practice.

New Drivers Act (1997)

Under the New Drivers Act, you’ll lose your licence if you reach six penalty points within two years of passing your first driving test. Find out how the Act could affect you, how penalty points are calculated and how you get your licence back if you lose it.

What the New Drivers Act Means for You

If you have just passed your first driving test, the New Drivers Act means you’re ‘on probation’ for two years. If you reach six or more penalty points in that time, you’ll lose your licence. Then, you’ll have to apply and pay for a new provisional licence. This means you’ll be classed as a learner driver again.

Additional items which should be carried during summer months include:
Sun cream
Additional water
Portable battery-operated fans
Additional items which should be carried during winter months include:
Extra blankets
Warm and waterproof clothing
Tow rope
Emergency Kits
Even if you take every precaution is taken to avoid breakdowns, you should always carry an emergency kit with you in the car at all times. 

This kit can be used in breakdown situations and will also be useful if you are unfortunate enough to become involved in an accident.

This kit should include:
First Aid Kit
Emergency Triangle
Last but not least, you should always carry your mobile phone with you and if possible, an in-car charger for your mobile phone.

Getting your UK Drivers Licence

The application form (Form D1) can be obtained from the Post Office or you can apply online from the ‘Direct Gov’ site

Getting your Provisional Driving Licence is the first step towards your full driving licence. There are certain requirements you need to meet to enable you to successfully apply :

- You are a resident of Great Britain

- You meet the minimum age requirement

- Your eyesight is of the necessary standard

- There is no reason (i.e medical) why you are being  
prevented from driving.

- You can pay by credit or debit card (for online application)

- You have a valid UK passport or another formal form of

- You can provide addresses of where you have lived over
the last three years.

Can You Drive in Great Britain (GB) If Your Licence is From Another Country?

 - You can drive in (GB)  on your full, valid driving licence for up to 12 months from the time you first became a resident.

- You will need to stop driving once the 12 months are over.

- You will not be able to exchange your licence for a GB licence.

- If you wish to continue driving in GB you will need get a GB driving licence and sit both theory and practical driving tests.

List of European Community/European Economic Area (EC/EEA) Countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstien, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

- You can drive in Great Britain on your full, valid driving licence from an EC/EEA country, until you are 70, or for three years after becoming a resident, whichever is the longer period.

- If your driving licence has been previously exchanged from a non-EC/EEA country you can drive for up to 12 months from the time you first became a resident. You will need to stop driving at the end of the 12 months. You may be able to exchange your licence for a British one.

What is meant by the term Eco-Driving?
Eco-driving means smarter and more fuel-efficient driving.

1. Anticipate Traffic Flow
Read the road as far ahead as possible and anticipate the flow of traffic. Act instead of react – increase your scope of action with an appropriate distance between vehicles to use momentum.
2. Maintain a steady speed at low RPM
Drive smoothly, using the highest possible gear at low RPM.
3. Shift up early
Shift to higher gear at approximately 2.000 RPM.
Consider the traffic situation, & safety.
4. Check tyre pressures frequently at least once a month and before driving at high speed
Keep tyres properly inflated as low tyre pressure is a safety risk and wastes fuel. For correct tyre pressure (acc. To loading, highest pressure and speed driven), check with car’s manual. 
5. Consider any extra energy required costs fuel and money
Use air conditioning and electrical equipment wisely and switch it off if it's not needed. Electrical energy is converted from extra fuel burnt in a combustion engine, so electrical equipment doesn’t work “for free” – it uses extra energy and costs more money to run.

6. Do not carry any unadditional weight when travelling?
Avoid dead weight and aerodynamic drag. As this wastes fuel and you'll spend more time filling up than driving.
Good Driving is No Accident
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