Plan your time

Give yourself a sufficient amount of time to learn how to drive and pass your test. Don’t try to rush the process, as many skills are developed through experience and taking numerous tests can be expensive. Let your instructor advise you on when you are ready.


There are many costs to take in to consideration when learning how to drive so make sure you’ve got the budget in place to see it through. Costs include a provisional driving licence, theory test, professional driving lessons (the UK average is 45 hours) and the practical driving test.

Have regular lessons

If possible keep your lessons regular and try to aim for two hours a week behind the wheel. This will help you progress consistently.

Record your progress

Keep yourself motivated by noting down when you’ve reached a big milestone and celebrate it. Some tutors use a progress log that helps pupils keep track of where they are on the syllabus, but if yours doesn’t then consider making your own.

Practice, practice, practice

Once you’ve gained some experience with an instructor, if possible, get a friend or relative to take you out for extra practice on the road. One of the key ingredients of driving is gaining experience. So spend as much time as you can behind the wheel. There are rules about who can accompany a learner – they must be over 21 and have had a full licence for over 3 years. Make sure you have the relevant insurance in place, too.