Help For Learners
Before You Start
Before you begin driving lessons you'll need a provisional driving licence. The minimum age for learning to drive on a public road is 17, and although you can apply for the provisional licence three months before then, you will not be able to drive until at least your 17th birthday.
You must also meet minimum eyesight requirements and if you need glasses or contact lenses you'll have to wear them every time you take a driving lesson.
Your First Lesson
Taking your first lesson is an exciting experience and it's natural to feel a little nervous, but George will make you feel at ease right away. During your 2-hour assessment lesson you'll start to feel more confident as you go through each stage. As an experienced driving school instructor, George understands that every new driver has different abilities and learning abilities and he'll structure your lessons to suit your needs.
Every pupil at EK Driving Lessons will receive free learner handouts, including helpful notes, diagrams and a training log to keep track of your progress. Your instructor will also provide access to the Smart Driving App, where you'll find plenty of useful information and help to help you with your theory test and hazard perception test.
Driving Theory Tests
As a learner driver, you must pass the DSA Theory Test before you can apply for the practical test. For those taking lessons in East Kilbride and surrounding areas, the theory test centre is in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. The online test comes in two parts - multiple choice test and the hazard perception test. In the first part you will answer 50 multiple choice questions and in the second part you have to identify and respond to 15 hazards as they develop on the video clips.
Practical Driving Test
Once you've passed your theory test, you can book your practical test and George will advise you on the best time to do this as you progress with your driving lessons. The local test centre for learners from East Kilbride, Lanarkshire and some parts of Glasgow is in Selkirk Street, Hamilton.
The main aim of the practical test is to ensure that you can drive safely through various traffic conditions and that you understand the Highway Code while you're driving. Of course, there is much more to it than that and you'll need to show that you can carry out manoevres such as reversing round a corner, parking and turning in the road. In addition, there's a show me/tell me section at the beginning of the test where you'll be asked to explain two vehicle safety questions.
The final part of your driving test involves independent driving, where your examiner will ask you to follow traffic signs and directions to ensure that you can make decisions independently.
Further Help and Advice
Your main source of driving knowledge will come from your instructor and George will happily answer any questions you have about your practical driving skills or theory. If you are unsure of anything after each driving lessons, don't be afraid to ask for help.
Online help and resources can be found on the driving school links page.