Apex Drive Tec

Before you book you first lesson you will need to:

Three months before your 17th birthday you can apply for your provisional license – or as soon as you're 16, if you're disabled and receiving mobility allowance. Then once you're 17, you can legally drive a car on public roads in the UK. It's okay to start practising on private land, as long as the site is gated and far away from public highways. But remember, supermarket car parks are classed as public roads, so don't use these.

Check your eyes

Before you start learning, make sure you can read a number plate in good daylight from 20.5 metres away – that's about five car lengths. For the new-style number plates (that were introduced on September 2001), the distance is 20 metres. If you wear glasses or contacts, that's fine. Just make sure you always wear them when driving.

Get your 'L' plates When you're learning, you'll need to put 'L' plates (or 'D' plates in Wales) on the front and back of your car – somewhere they can be seen easily. And you're only allowed to drive with someone who's passed their test, is over 21 and has been driving for three years or more.

Your 'L' plates also have to meet legal specification - so buy them rather trying to knock some up yourself. Whenever the car is driven by someone who’s passed, the plates need to come off or be covered up.

How many driving lessons will I need?

Your very first lesson will be not only be teaching you to drive, we will also assess how fast you learn and how you are getting to grips with the vehicles controls.

Based on this and with our instructors experience, will should be able to provide you with an estimation of how many hours of driving lessons you will need to obtain test standard.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) state the average amount of hours needed is 45 with 22 hours of private tuition.