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Learners and International Licence Holders

Learners and International Licence Holders


BAODT no longer teaches Learner Drivers from scratch to test, however it is possible to ask us to assess a learner who may have a test due and needs some extra help.  Maybe you've failed a test or two and need something fixing.

We may also assist International Licence Holders who need to pass the UK Driving Test.

The information below gives advice for all Learners.

Learner Driver Training

What Areas Do We Cover?

Based in Quainton, Bucks we can cover Aylesbury, Thame, Oxford, Bicester, Milton Keynes and surrounding villages. Test Centres covered are those at Oxford, and at Aylesbury.

What do I need to get started?

The minimum age you can drive a car on public road is 17. If you are in receipt of mobility allowance, the minimum age then is 16. You can apply for a Provisional Driving Licence 3–months prior to your 17th birthday, but it won't  become valid until your 17th birthday.

It is advised to make contact with Bucks and Oxon Driver Training quite early to make sure you secure a place for your programme of driving lessons.

The Learner Driver Test is divided into 2 main parts:

You need to pass your theory test before being able to book your practical test. 

When should I start to study for my theory test?

Well as soon as possible!  Knowledge is King!  The more you understand your theory, the less confusing it will be when you are doing your practical driving lessons.  But don’t worry , you can study for your Theory Test early on during your on–road Driving Tuition.

However, it is very important to read and understand the Highway Code and learn road signs (the Highway Code is for life, not just for passing your test). Always keep up to date with the latest version.  Actually it's the law! 

Have a look to see what to expect for the Theory and Hazard Perception Test. (P.S. Don't forget to take your driving licence with you!)

General Questions: How many driving lessons will I need?

Everyone learns at different rates, and it is no different when learning to drive. It is a skill that should be mastered not just to enable you to pass the Test, but equip you with ‘Safe Driving For Life’ skills and keep you safe on the road.

The practical Driving Test was updated in December 2017 and whilst the new driving test is a step in the right direction towards improving road safety for new drivers, Bucks and Oxon Driver Training will teach you to drive and to a high quality standard over and above that required to pass the driving test.

To enable you to budget effectively for your driving lessons, the DSVA advise that the average number of hours tuition a learner may take to pass their L test can be around 40 – 60 hours of professional driving tuition. This includes 40–hours of private practice (remember, the supervising driver must have held a full driving licence for more than 3–years, and be over the age of 21).

If you've taken and failed a test or two, or need an overall assessment or a boost lesson BAODT may be able to offer an assessment and help fix a few problems to help you through.

International Licence holders should only need a handful of sessions so do get in touch.

Show me / Tell me

Bucks and Oxon Driver Training can provide you with a list of standard questions and answers, and we can work through these together.  Since 4th December 2017 at least one of these questions will be asked while you are driving.  Examples may be, show me how to turn the windscreen wipers on, or how to demist the windscreen.  This is important as this is real life and even a new driver must be able to manage the ancillary controls of the vehicle as well as manage the road. 

Watch these videos to see examples.

The practical driving test

So you've passed your Theory Test. Yay! Now you need to book the Practical test.   It may be possible to take the test in your own car if you have one, but in it is standard practice to take it in your instructors car.  The DVSA prefer this for everyone's peace of mind.

It's good practice to have a lesson leading up to your test, so there's no need to stress.  You will need your Driving Licence.  You cannot take the test without it.

Your examiner will ask you to read a number plate. You must be able to read a standard vehicle number plate, at a maximum distance of 20.5–metres (that's 67 feet in old money). If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses this is OK, but you must wear them to drive. (If you are unsure about your eyesight, it may be worth visiting your local optician prior to lessons commencing).

Since 4th December 2017 the practical element of the driving test changed to include a longer independent drive that may include directions by Sat Nav.

Now, sit back and watch the following video clips to help you understand what to expect.

Driving is a Life Skill, not a formality. BAODT will ensure you can drive, not just pass a test.

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