Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

On Right Road

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

On Right Road

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If you've got a would-be driver in the family, why not give them driving lessons?

Learning to drive, like any new experience, can be nerve-racking. But with training from a reputable driving school, backed up with extra practise time with a friend or family member, learners are far more likely to be one of the 43% who pass their driving test.

Those who pass had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training, with 22 hours of private practise.

Giving vouchers towards driving lessons will go a long way towards achieving that target. Candidates who combine professional instruction with private practise are also more successful on the test. To take lessons, you must be at least 17 (16 if you are disabled and in receipt of mobility allowance).

The first step is to apply for a provisional driving licence (application form D1), which is available from most post offices for pounds 38.

A learner's eyesight must also meet a minimum standard. They must be able to read a vehicle number plate with letters 3.1 inches high at a minimum distance of about 67ft.

If you're going to help the learner get extra practise, you must be at least 21 and have held a driving licence for at least three years. …

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