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I am very excited here at Driving Leeds after taking delivery yesterday of a brand new 11 plate Ford Fiesta!

Driving lesson logs makes tailor made driving tuition!

Last year I introduced driving lesson logs for each student to supplement the standard checklist style progress reports I was already using. Each pupil recieves their own individual file and I can happily report they have been a resounding success.

The driving lesson logs are a very simple form in which I can document the pupils progress each lesson, what has been covered and what needs work. Its a much more fleshed out version of the progress report if you like, using words rather than ticks!

The information recorded is invaluable as a summing up and debriefing device at the end of each driving lesson and of course is instrumental in providing me with a perfect resource for lesson planning as I am able to evaluate your progress and therefore tailor your driving lessons precisely. Which of course ensures that the student is getting the absolute maximum out of each lesson, resulting in excellent value for money!

First things first! Getting your provisional licence...

So, you have decided you want to learn to drive but not sure where to start the ball (or should we say wheels?) rolling. As long as you are over the age of 17 all you need to do initially to get in the driver's seat is to apply for your provisional licence. You can apply for this online or you can pick up the relevant D1 application form from the Post Office®.

When you fill the form in you will need to enclose an original document to confirm your identity, a passport style colour photo and of course the fee which is £50.00.Your application and fee must be sent to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD. Now I have got my provisional I can get in and drive?!

Slow down! There are a few restrictions and of course regulations.

1. Firstly, you are restricted to certain size and weight vehicles, for the purpose of this article I am assuming most reading this are novice drivers wanting to drive a regular family car so this will not apply but you can check these restrictions on the back of your licence.

2. Secondly, you may only drive if you are accompanied by a full licence holder who is over 21 and has held their licence for over three years.

3. Thirdly, the car MUST be insured appropriately for you to drive. If your parents are going to teach you, they must update their insurance policy to cover you. This can be very expensive depending on the type and engine size of the car.

4. Fourthly, you MUST display red L plates on the back and the front of the car so that other road users are aware that you are an inexperienced driver.

Of course if you take lessons with an approved driving instructor such as myself there is no reason for you to worry about the cost of insurance etc as that is all taken care of and is included in the hourly fee.

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