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  1. 2. Introduction to the British Road
    7 Topics
  2. 3. Things you will Need – Driving and Documents
    2 Topics
  3. 4. The Road User on Foot
    4 Topics
  4. 5. The Road User on a Bicycle
    4 Topics
  5. 6. The Road User on a Motorcycle
    3 Topics
  6. 7. The Road User and Animals
    2 Topics
  7. 8. Speeds and Speed Limits
    3 Topics
  8. 9. UK Road Signs
    9 Topics
  9. 10. The Right of Way
    5 Topics
  10. 11. Junctions and how they work
    5 Topics
  11. 12. Signals given by Road Users
    4 Topics
  12. 13. Larger and Slower Vehicles
    4 Topics
  13. 14. Driver, Passenger and Vehicle Safety
    7 Topics
  14. 15. Traffic Lights
    7 Topics
  15. 16. Waiting, Stopping and Parking
    3 Topics
  16. 17. Dual Carriageways and Motorways
    9 Topics
  17. 18. Other Types of Vehicle
    5 Topics
  18. 19. Level Crossings
    3 Topics
  19. 20. Road Incidents
    5 Topics
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3. Things you will Need – Driving and Documents

In the UK you need to be 17 years old to learn to drive, except those on high rate disability payments who are allowed to start at 16. Regardless of age you need a provisional driving licence. Another video shows you how to apply, and the residency requirements you will need.

The next thing is to make sure your eyesight is up to standard. You should be able to read a car number plate from 20 metres away, which is about 5 car lengths, with glasses or corrective contact lenses if required. Old style number plates have a standard of 20.5 metres as the distance. You’ll have your eyesight tested when you take your practical test, and if you do not pass it you won’t be allowed to drive.

Remember, if you need glasses or contact lenses to read the number plate, they must be worn at all times when driving.

You must make sure the car you use is taxed and insured for you to drive. ‘Third party only’ is the minimum cover you can have, which covers damage to other vehicles but nothing else. You may receive a cover note which is temporary insurance until your documents arrive. You must have insurance to renew your car tax. Many insurance policies have what’s called an ‘excess’ – this is the amount of money you pay yourself on making a claim. And if the police need to see your documents, you have 7 days to produce them at a police station

If the car you’re using is more than 3 years old, it must also have something called an MOT certificate. Each year after the age of 3, the car has to go into the garage and have a check to make sure it’s roadworthy. Make sure your MOT is up to date, otherwise it will invalidate your insurance. There’s an unlimited fine for driving without insurance. The only time you’re allowed to drive a car with an invalid MOT is when going to the garage to get it done!

All cars have vehicle registration documents, which show the name and address of the ‘registered keeper’ of a vehicle. The keeper is responsible for paying the vehicle’s tax. And if the keeper changes the vehicle or moves house, they need to tell the DVLA to keep the records up to date.

And finally you’ll need L-plates. Plates need to be official ones which you can get from many shops and petrol stations, and be displayed clearly on both the front and rear of your car.

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