Learn to drive Leeds

Useful resources for people wanting to learn to drive in Leeds. MD driving offers a variety of products and resources for learner drivers and people wanting other driving lessons. Learn to drive Leeds.

Apply for you provisional driving licence

Book driving lessons

Theory Test

Driving Test

Apply for your provisional driving licence

Before you start taking driving lessons you need to apply for your provisional driving licence. Apply here at Gov.UK The licence costs £34 when applied for online. As soon as the licence arrives, and providing you are at least 17, you are able to start taking driving lessons.

Driving lessons Leeds

The next step is to find a good driving instructor. MD driving offers quality, professional driving lessons in Leeds. Full Leeds driving lesson info. A good instructor will mean you need fewer overall hours of driving lessons by making the learning to drive experience easier. On average you need 25-35 hours of lessons, you may need less or more. If you combine driving lessons with private practice with family or friends, you probably wont need as many lessons. To be a qualified driver on the road, you need to pass the Theory Test and the Driving Test.

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Theory Test

The Theory Test is in 2 parts, a 50 question multiple choice section and a hazard perception video clip section. You have to pass both parts to pass the Theory Test.

How to book your Theory Test

Book your theory test here. The Theory Test costs £23. Only book through the official Gov.UK website to avoid extra 3rd party charges.

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What documents to bring

You must bring your valid driving licence:

  • the photocard

You must bring your signed driving licence and a valid passport if you have an old-style paper licence.

What happens on the Theory Test

Multiple Choice

The questions are based on the DVSA books: The Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and Driving The Essential Skills. You need to score 43 out of 50 questions right to pass.

Hazard Perception

The Hazard Perception part of the test examines how well you can spot developing hazards, or anything that will cause you to take action while driving. You will be shows 14 CGI video clips. 13 have 1 developing hazard, while 1 clip will have 2 developing hazards. You are scored on how quickly you recognise each developing hazard by clicking the mouse button when you see it. Each developing hazard can score up to 5 points and you need 44 out of 75 total points to pass the hazard perception part of the theory test.

The result

At the end of the test you’ll receive a print out with your score for each part of the test to see if you have been successful or not. If you Pass, the print out will contain your Pass Certificate Number which you will need to book your driving test. You have 2 years from passing your Theory Test to pass your driving test before the Theory Test expires. If you fail you can book another Theory Test.

Driving Test

What’s involved on the car practical driving test and how to book your driving test in Leeds. The car practical driving test is designed to see if you can safely control the car and are competent in a variety of road and traffic conditions. You have to demonstrate a knowledge of the Highway Code through your driving.

How to book your driving test in Leeds

Always book your driving test through the official website. You must have passed the theory test to book the practical test. You will need your driving licence number and a credit or debit card to book the driving test. You can use your instructors personal reference number to check their availability.

Driving test fees are:

  • £62 weekday
  • £75 Weekday evening (4:30pm onwards), weekend and bank holiday

The Leeds driving test centres are Harehills and Horsforth. Both centres usually have a 6-8 week waiting list for driving tests. There are often cancellations available within this time so check regularly if you would like an earlier test.

What documents to bring

You must bring your valid driving licence:

  • the photocard

You must bring your signed driving licence and a valid passport if you have an old-style paper licence.

What happens on the test

Eyesight check

You will have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

Show me, tell me

At the start of the test you will be asked a safety check question about how you would check a component of the vehicle. You will be asked another simpler question while you are driving to demonstrate how to operate an auxiliary control. Full guide on the Show me, tell me questions.

Driving ability

The driving part of the test will last for roughly 40 minutes. Your examiner will assess your ability  to drive safely and competently. He will give you directions to follow which will cover various road and traffic situations. It should also include normal stops, a hill start and an angled start from behind a parked vehicle. You may also be asked to perform an emergency stop.


You will be asked to perform one reversing manoeuvre  from the following:

  • parallel park
  • bay park
  • right hand pull up and reverse

Independent driving

About 20 minutes of the driving test are set for independent driving. Your sense of direction and navigation skills are NOT what is being tested. The driving test examiner will ask you to follow signs or you will follow a SatNav independently. Going the wrong way wont affect your driving test result.

The result

The examiner will ask ask you to switch off the engine and they will tell you if you have been successful or not. You will pass the test if you have driven safely and competently throughout. This means making 15 or fewer driving faults, and no serious or dangerous faults.

  • dangerous fault – involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
  • serious fault – could potentially be dangerous
  • driving fault – not potentially dangerous

If you pass the examiner will give you a driving test pass certificate and ask if you want your new licence sent to you.

If you have been unsuccessful, feedback will be given and you have to wait at least 10 working days to take another driving test.