Info… (What do I need to learn to drive?)
Well, first of all, you need to have a provisional car licence. You need to be at least 17 years of age before you can obtain your provisional licence, however, an exception to the rule is that if you receive Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate, you can obtain your licence when you're sixteen.
So that covers the practical side of things, but as you will probably be aware, there is also a theory test to pass before you can apply for the practical test. This consists of 50 questions lasting approx 40 minutes, which are multiple choice, with a minimum pass mark of 43. An addition to the theory test is also the hazard perception test, It will be tagged on to the end of the theory test, will take 15 minutes extra and will be a series of video clips during each of which you will be asked to identify what has the potential for developing into a hazard, amongst many other harmless things that may be going on. There will be up to five marks per clip, based on correct assessment and time taken to identify the hazard. The pass rate required for this is a minimum of 44 out of 75.
You must also be able to read, in good daylight, a vehicle number plate with letters 79.4mm (3.1in) high at a minimum distance 20.5 metres (about 67 feet). If you need glasses (or contact lenses) to do this, then you will have to wear them while driving. If in doubt, consult an optician to do an eyesight test (many offer free tests) before you drive.
To get your provisional, you will need to fill out an application form D1 (click here to apply online) which should be available at any Post Office, fill out the form and send it to the appropriate office, detailed on the form. You must also enclose passport type photographs as all provisional licences now issued are photocard licences.
The 1.5 dci engine is a nice size for a beginner, not too powerful, and there is always a bit of power in reserve should you need it, on higher speed roads such as single or dual carriageway for example, or..after you've passed your test..on the motorway.