Welcome to our Practical Lesson FAQ page which contains some of the most frequently asked questions by learner car drivers.

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How old do you have to be before you can start taking driving lessons?
Can I start my driving lessons before I pass my Theory Test?
How will I know when to change gear?
Can I take driving lessons in my own car?
What does POM stand for?
What does MSM stand for?
What does MSPSL stand for?
What does LADA stand for?
When overtaking what space should you leave between you and a parked car?

How old do you have to be before you can start taking driving lessons?

You need to be 17 years old before you can start taking your driving lessons and obtained your full UK provisional driving licence.

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Can I start my driving lessons before I pass my Theory Test?

Yes you can, although it is advisable to start preparing for your Theory Test and read the Highway Code before you start your lessons as this will help you to understand the rules of the road.

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How will I know when to change gear?

Once you start driving you will learn to identify the sound of the engine and know when you will need to change gear.

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Can I take driving lessons in my own car?

This all depends on the driving instructor and if they are prepared to teach you in a car that doesn’t have dual controls. Some instructors may request that you have your first few lessons in their car so they can assess your driving skills, but may then be prepared to move to your own car once you have reached a minimum standard.

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What does POM stand for?

Preparation, Observation, Manoeuvre

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What does MSM stand for?

Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre

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What does MSPSL stand for?

Mirror, Signal, Position, Speed, Look

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What does LADA stand for?

Look, Assess, Decide, Act

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When overtaking what space should you leave between you and a parked car?

You should leave at least a car’s door width when overtaking parked vehicles.

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