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Driving Licence and Test Information

Before you get behind the wheel you'll need to be 17 and have a valid provisional licence.

To get your provisional licence you can apply online, or complete a D1 form from the post office and send it to the DVLA (DVLNI in Northern Ireland) with your proof of identity and a passport-sized photo.

About the theory test

Before you can apply for your practical test you need to pass the theory test, which is made up of two parts: multiple-choice questions and a hazard perception section.

Test costs

The theory test currently costs £31 - this covers both parts of the test.

Booking your test

You need a valid provisional driving licence to take your theory test. Once you've got that, you can book your theory and hazard perception tests online, or by phone on 0300 200 1122.

The theory test

The first part of your theory test is a multiple-choice section designed to test your understanding of the rules of the road, including signs, road markings and appropriate reactions to situations. You'll have 57 minutes to answer 50 questions, and need to correctly answer 43 or more to pass.

Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 possibilities, and you will be given some questions in the form of a case study. During the test you’ll have the option to skip questions and return to them later.

The hazard perception test

For this you'll watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users. You respond to each hazard by clicking the mouse button. There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass.

Be prepared

For both sections of the test you'll need to study The Highway Code. Or you can order our learn to drive books and CDs, or practise on our iPhone apps.

Prepare for your practical test

In your practical test you'll have about 40 minutes to demonstrate everything you've learned in your driving lessons. Before you start the practical test the examiner will ask you to read the number plate of a parked vehicle to check your eyesight, so remember to wear glasses or contact lenses if you need them.

You'll then be asked two vehicle safety check questions known as the 'show me, tell me' section. You'll get one fault if you give the wrong answer to one or both questions.

During your test

The practical driving test is designed to show that you can drive competently and safely in a variety of situations. You'll be asked to do two of the three reversing manoeuvres you've practised with your instructor, and possibly make an emergency stop.

In a 10 minute independent driving section you'll be expected to show that you can make safe decisions without prompting. Don't worry if you get lost, it's not a test of your navigation skills!

You can find out more about the practical test here.

To pass your practical test you need to complete the test with no serious or dangerous faults and with 15 or fewer minor errors.

Test costs

A weekday practical test costs £62. Evening, weekend and bank holiday tests cost £75.

Don't forget to budget for a final lesson if you want one, and the cost of booking the instructor and car for the duration of the test.

Once you've passed

After you've passed your test you're ready to drive alone, but as a new driver you'll benefit from more experience. The Pass Plus scheme will give you more confidence in areas that may not have been covered during lessons. It consists of six modules, including motorway driving, driving in town and at night. And remember that completing the Pass Plus course successfully means you'll be able to claim a discount on your car insurance.

If you would like to discuss PASS PLUS or any other additional driving top ups CALL LANCE today on

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What Makes Us Southport’s Number One?

You’ll know when you’ve had a lesson with the Lance SOM!

All our cars display our unmissable ‘trademark’ branding, which the instructors pride themselves on.

‘Lance’ is a name that symbolizes fun and friendly learning with fantastic test results! Established for over twenty years our great reputation is your guarantee to success!!

Fact: Over 90% of our currents students have come to us recommended by their friends. And 99% would recommend us again!

Why Are We Different To The Others?

Making sure you pass the test the first time as quickly as possible is something we have built a reputation on doing! Even more important is promoting safe, competent and considerate driving so you can enjoy your new found freedom and many years of accident free driving. But don’t just take our word for it:-

WE ARE GRADED BY THE DRIVING STANDARDS AGENCY AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY!

Our innovative approach to teaching has earned us an almost unprecedented 100% pass mark awarded by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) - the people who conduct the tests.

To explain, all driving instructors are subjected to a rigorous testing process, known as check tests. Basically, a DSA supervising examiner will sit in on the lesson and give an assessment grade between one and six, (six being the highest) based on the instructor’s performance.

It’s only a few instructors nationwide who achieve the top grade but proprietor of Lance SOM, Mr Lance Baggaley, has achieved that level in every one of the tests he has ever taken. What’s more, for the last ten years, he was awarded an almost unprecedented 100% pass mark, given to only the top 1% of instructors in the country.

This becomes even more significant when you know that the whole team at the Lance SOM have been trained by Lance himself. So you can be sure that our instructors will deliver the very best in driving tuition.

















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