The Driving Test

The Starting Point – Your Provisional Driving Licence

Chris Blake Learn to Drive driving school in Shifnal, Telford and Newport areas in ShropshireBefore you start to drive, you must hold a valid, provisional driving licence. It is important to learn safe driving practice from the beginning of your driving career because bad habits are hard to break.

An approved driving instructor (ADI) like Chris Blake has the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly. Learning safe driving habits from the start will improve the safety of yourself and other road users.

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The Theory Test

Chris Blake Learn to Drive driving school in Shifnal, Telford and Newport areas in ShropshireThe minimum age you can begin driving a car is 17. You can take your theory test once your provisional licence becomes valid. Normally, for car drivers, the earliest date your provisional licence can become valid is your 17th birthday, however you can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday.

The theory test is made up of a multiple choice section and hazard perception. You need to pass both parts. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test.

To book your theory test, follow the link below. It’s always worth doing some driving first though and take your instructors advice as to WHEN to do the test. He will teach you as you go along. Chris offers some FREE Theory Test tuition to help you pass.

Click here to book your Theory Driving Test online


The Practical Driving Test

Those who pass their driving test have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training combined with 22 hours of private practice. Learners who prepare this way, with a combination of plenty of professional training and plenty of practice, do better in the test.

Lessons with Chris Blake are structured to ensure that you’ve received plenty of practice at the various skills required to pass your driving test. These include driving on as many types of roads as you can, such as in built up areas and on dual carriageways, in all sorts of traffic and weather conditions and night time driving where possible. You aren’t ready to take your test until you can complete these tasks safely without prompting from your instructor – Chris can help you achieve this in the fastest possible time tailored to your ability.

If you want to know a little more about the practical test – for example, what documents to bring etc., follow this link:
Extra information about the Practical Driving Test


Chris Blake learn to drive in Shifnal, Telford and all surrounding areas The test, which lasts around 35-40 minutes, will assess you for an overall safe standard of driving. It now also includes 10 minutes of independent driving and a 'Show-Me-Tell-Me' section - The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has published a new video playlist about the 'show-me tell-me' part of the practical driving test -

When you are ready for your test, Chris will book this for you (at no extra charge and at a time to suit you). You will also have a comfortable hour's warm-up lesson prior to your driving test.



No instructor can boast 100% pass rate and nerves will affect everyone: even the best drivers can often misjudge a situation under stress. Most of Chris's pupils come from recommendations and he CAN boast that most of his new drivers do pass first time as he makes absolutely sure they are ready!

Click here to book your Practical Driving Test online

Click here to have a look at the vehicle safety questions you might be asked.


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