What you need
To begin learning to drive you need to be at least 17 and hold a valid UK provisional licence. You can apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday. Applications can be made online or by picking up form D1 from your local Post Office. You'll also need to be able to read a number plate from a distance of about 20 metres, you should wear your glasses or contact lenses if you use them.
Practicing with friends and family
Once you've had a few lessons you may be able to practice with friends and family between lessons. This can help you gain valuable experience. Remember you must have 'L' plates on the car and be insured to drive it. Also any supervising driver must be over 21 and have held a full driving license for at least three years.