First Driving Lesson

Driving is a skill we carry with us for life: once you learn the basics, it’s hard to forget them! If you’re a teenager eager to get on the road, you might already be thinking: ‘When can I start driving lessons?’ 

Today, Ashley Neal will take you through the legal age requirements for getting your driver’s license. We’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to start the process and tell you some of the many benefits of learning to drive in your teens. 

What age can you start driving in the UK?

According to GOV.UK, you can apply for your first provisional driving license when you reach 15 years and 9 months old.

What is a provisional? 

A provisional license permits you to drive on UK roads under the permission of a qualified supervisor. This can be a driving instructor, like an Ashley Neal professional, or another driver over the age of 21 who has held a full driving licence for at least three years.

While a provisional licence is a requirement for your hazard perception, practical and theory test, you also must be able to: 

  • have been permitted to live in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) for at least 185 days
  • be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away

Can I start driving lessons at 17?

Yes, you can start driving lessons at 17 in the UK. You can even apply for a provisional driving licence up to three months before your 17th birthday, so you’re ready to start learning to drive as soon as you become eligible! 

However, it’s worth noting that you can’t take your practical driving test until you’re at least 17 years old. Plus, if you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), you can start learning to drive at 16 years old.

What are the benefits of learning to drive young? 

So, what’s so great about learning to drive young? Aside from getting your first car and decorating it with all your favourite gadgets, learning to drive at a young age has many practical benefits. 

Long-Term Skill 

Learning to drive is a skill you’ll have for the rest of your life. The more you’re on the road, the better you’ll get. Plus, you’ll find it easier to attend appointments, commute to and from work and attend all the social events your heart desires. 

Plus, it’s a crucial skill to learn if you’re a budding traveller. With a car and licence, you’ll have the flexibility to explore new places without relying on public transport. 


Who doesn’t love extra freedom? Young drivers, in particular, have much greater independence when they get their driving licence. You won’t have to rely on others to give you a ride, and you’ll have the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. 

Job Prospects

If you’re a young driver looking for part-time work, having a driving licence can open the door to countless job opportunities. Plus, being able to drive can make it easier to get to interviews and work-related events.

Choose Ashley Neal to Begin Your Driving Lessons!

Start your driving journey the right way with Ashley Neal driving instructors. Our experienced, professional instructors have given Liverpool residents top-quality lessons for over 20 years, and we’re not slowing down! 

We offer manual and automatic car lessons, and you can find our driving lesson prices here. Good luck on your journey, and we look forward to seeing you soon! 


Can I start driving lessons before I turn 17?

No, you must be at least 17 to start driving lessons in the UK.

How many driving lessons do I need to take?

The number of driving lessons you need is unique to each individual. Some drivers may master the skills within 20 hours, and others may need anywhere between 40 to 45 hours to practice. 

At Ashley Neal, we believe the more lessons you take, the more prepared you will feel for the practical test. 

Can I learn to drive in an automatic car?

Yes, you can take driving lessons in a manual or automatic car when you work with Ashley Neal driving instructors. 

Do I need to pass a theory test before I start driving lessons?

No, you can start taking driving lessons before you pass your theory test. However, you’ll need to pass your theory test before taking your practical driving test.

How long does it take to get a driving licence in the UK?

The time it takes to get a driving licence in the UK can vary depending on several factors, including how quickly you learn to drive and how often you take lessons. 

On average, it takes around 45 hours of professional lessons to reach the required level of competency to pass your practical driving test. However, depending on the individual, this can take more or less time.

What documents do I need to apply for a provisional driving licence?

To apply for a provisional driving licence in the UK, you must provide proof of your identity, such as a passport or UK birth certificate, and your address, such as a utility bill or bank statement. You’ll also need to provide a recent passport-style photo and pay the £34 fee. 

Can I learn to drive with a family member or friend instead of a professional driving instructor?

While it’s legal to learn to drive with a family member or friend, it’s recommended that you take lessons with a professional driving instructor. Our Ashley Neal instructors have the right know-how and can teach you the correct techniques to ensure you’re fully prepared for your practical driving test.

Can I drive on my own as soon as I pass my driving test?

Once you pass your driving test, you can drive independently with a valid driving licence and insurance. 

However, continuing to practice and gain experience is crucial to becoming a safe, confident driver.