Being able to drive is the ultimate feeling of freedom and independence. Even if you don’t have a car, it’s still worth learning this very useful skill. Who knows when you might need a licence to get a job, hire a car or even drive a friend’s car home for them if they’ve had a bit much to drink?

Practice makes perfect, so let’s get the show on the road:

Step 1: Book for your Learner’s when you are 17
Find your local test centre here and pay them a visit. Depending on how busy that centre is, you could wait up to a few months for your test, so book as soon as you can. Also check with them what you need to bring with you on the day.

Step 2: Study up then take your learners test
Find a good book or website that tells you everything you need to know and commit it to memory. When you do your Learner’s, you’ll need to give your fingerprints and do an eye test at the same time so if you wear glasses or contacts, be sure to take them with you.

Step 3: Find a driving instructor
It’s worth paying a professional instructor for some initial lessons, plus they bring a car for you to practise in. They’ll help you get the basics down for both the yard and road tests.

Step 4: Practice!
It’s all about making those skills you’ve been learning happen automatically, and the only way to do that is to practise. Try to convince a friend or family member to take you for practice drives in their car (if they have nerves of steel, so much the better).

Step 5: Book for your Driver’s when you are 18
Check how long the waiting list for a Driver’s appointment is when you book for your Learner’s – you may even want to book your Driver’s at the same time. Otherwise, book when you’ve had enough practice to feel moderately confident on the road.

Step 6: (Hopefully) Ace your Driver’s
Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your test and do some deep breathing on your way to the venue to keep you calm. Then just do the best you can. If you don’t pass first time, don’t worry; you can try again after a bit more practice. And when you do pass, it will be totally worth it – be sure to celebrate!!

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