Forget The Da Vinci Code – Use The Highway Code ! 28th June 2012
The Highway Code is the legislation for all types of travel on the roads, whether it be pedestrians or vehicle users. When it was first published, it was in the form of a handbook, which was back in 1931, and the latest release was in 2007 Nowadays, with the advent of computer technology, you can still buy the Highway Code in a book, on DVD, on a CD Rom, or simply read it on an internet website such as DVLA or Direct gov.
The Highway Code is the basis for the Theory Test that all learner drivers must pass before being allowed to take their practical driving test.
It is separated into sections, starting with the Rules of the Road for pedestrians, through to a Safety Code for new drivers. Our expert driving instructors will ensure you know all about it, and give you guidance and support as you progress through your lessons.
The first section concerning you as a potential driver on the road, is from 89 – 102, Rules for Drivers and Motorcyclists. You do need to know the other sections, and will go through them all, as you never know what you will be asked for in a Theory Test, being as it is always changed to prevent people cheating! We will ask you random questions when you are having lessons with us.
The most important thing you have to do, before you start learning to drive, is be proved fit to do so. You must have good vision, so if you normally wear glasses or contact lenses, you must wear them for driving, and be able to read a number plate clearly that is 20 metres away in good daylight. You must never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs or medicines, so if you are on medication long term, you should check with your GP to see if it will affect driving.
You must inform the DVLA of any medical condition you may have when applying for your Provisional Driving Licence.
To apply for your Provisional Driving Licence, you need a D1 form from the Post Office or the DVLA. After filling it in, you have to have a passport size colour photograph, original documentation confirming your identity, and £50.00.
New legislation for driving licences comes into force on 19th January 2013. The age to drive a car remains the same at aged 17 years, but if you are using your driving test as a stepping stone towards gaining a professional driving career, the age limits are different. Please make sure that you check with the DVLA, or Direct gov sites to understand what is expected of you. Our instructors will gladly offer professional advice to you, and answer any queries you may have.