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Learning to drive

To drive on the UK roads with no supervision, you must first apply for a provisional driving licence then pass both a theory and practical driving test to allow you to become a full driving licence holder.

Of course, there is far more to learning to drive then simply passing tests.  Statistically, newly qualified drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision and DS Driving lessons focus on providing new drivers with the skills to be a safe driver for life.

Theory test

The theory test can be taken from the age of 17 and must be passed before a practical driving test can be booked.


The theory test itself consists of two sections - a set of questions and a set of hazard perception videos. You must score at least 43 out of 50 on the question set and at least 44 out of 70 on the hazard perception videos.

The test itself is carried out in BRISTOL at:-

Third Floor North Building,

Crescent House,

Temple Back,
Bristol BS1 6EZ


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Practical Test

The test itself lasts around 40 minutes and you will usually be asked to perform one reversing manouevre and possibly an emergency stop. You will also undertake a period of 'independent driving' following either a Sat-Nav or road signs.  You will also be expected to answer two 'Show me, Tell me' Questions.


During the test the examiner is watching the standard of your driving but also your awareness of the road ahead and situations occurring around you.  Whilst you learn with DS Driving, it will become apparent the standard of driving required by the examiner.

The tests are carried out in BRISTOL or WESTON-S-MARE at:-

Avonmouth DTC

Merebank Road
Bristol BS11 8AQ

Weston DTC

11 Sunnyside Road North

Weston-S-Mare BS23 3PZ

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