Car Driving Lessons and Driver Training

DSM Training, Omagh know just how stressful and tricky learning to drive can be, but don’t worry we are here to help! If you are not clear on what you need to do next or what type of licence you require, please call and we will happily help you out.

You can always read all the latest information on the NI Direct website. This website is packed full of information including how to apply for your licence and how to book your theory and driving test.

DSM Training can provide all your driver training needs:-

  • Driving Lessons for a full one or two hours
  • Free local pick up
  • Advanced Lessons, night driving & motorway training
  • Intensive Driving Courses
  • No car sharing
  • Help with theory training
  • Friendly instructors who won’t keep you waiting

Book your Driver and Rider training with DSM Training:-

To book your first driving lesson contact one of our experienced driving instructors on 02882 252 217.

Below you will find our practical advice on all you need to know from getting your provisional licence to applying for your driving test. We hope you will find this information useful!

  • Applying for a provisional licence
  • Recommended reading
  • Your driving theory test
  • Applying for your practical test
  • The practical Driving Test
  • Applying for the full driving licence
Applying for a Provisional Licence

First things first, before you can even get into a car and start learning to drive, you have to get hold of a provisional driving licence.

To apply for this, you must complete the application form that’s available from either the ‘NI Direct‘ website or your local Post Office.  Alternatively you can now apply for a provisional licence online, visit https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/motoring and follow the directions. It takes about 4 weeks for your application to be processed and for your licence to be sent to you – so if you want to start learning to drive as soon as you hit 17, make sure you apply early.
Apply using form DL1 which can be obtained from:-

  • Post offices,
  • Test centres,
  • Local vehicle licensing offices
  • Driving Instructors

Although you can apply for your first licence 3 months before your seventeenth birthday you must not drive until your provisional licence arrives and comes into effect.

Completed forms should be posted to:-

Driver & Vehicle Agency
Driver Licensing
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Waterside
Coleraine
BT51 3TB

Recommended Reading

The Highway Code is essential reading for everybody learning to drive. It contains all of the rules and regs that relate to driving in the UK and Northern Ireland. As a driver, it’s your duty to know these rules – and remember if you don’t abide by them, you’ll be breaking the law and could end up being prosecuted. This could lead to you losing your licence, so it’s worth getting to know what’s what!

We recommend that you also read “Essential Skills”, a DSA publication. This book is about the skills of driving a car and will help new drivers with their practical driving lessons.

Your Driving Theory Test

The theory test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice section and a Hazard Perception test. The multiple choice bit is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse, while the hazard perception test records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.

You’ll need to pass both parts to successfully complete your theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other, you’ll fail the whole test, and will have to take both parts again.

You can book your Theory test through the DVTA (NI Direct) website or your DSM Training Instructor can arrange it for you.

Applying for Your Practical Driving Test

OK, so you’ve had all your driving lessons and you’re ready to go – what next?

You need to apply to take your test with your local DVA centre. You can do this online from the NI Direct , but we strongly recommend you don’t apply for your test until your DSM Instructor thinks you’re ready. Your DSM Driving Instructor can also arrange your test date for you, if you want them to.

The Practical Driving Test

Before you do any driving you’ll be asked to perform an eyesight check and then be asked some vehicle safety questions. You’ll then be tested on your general driving ability, including two reversing exercises.

The ‘Driving’ part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for evidence you’ve reached an overall safe standard of driving, as you carry out both general and specific manoeuvres. You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more minor faults results in a fail. However, if you commit just one serious or dangerous fault, you’ll fail the test automatically.

You must bring the following items with you to the test. If you don’t, the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee

An appropriately insured and licensed vehicle, displaying L- Plates, that’s suitable for the test – don’t worry our DSM Training Driving School cars are perfect for the job and readily available!

  • The appropriate theory test pass certificate.
  • Your appointment letter confirming your test time and date
  • Both parts of your photo card licence. If you don’t take both parts of your licence, your test will not take place and you’ll lose your fee
  • If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driving licence and separate approved photo identification with you
APPLYING FOR THE FULL DRIVING LICENCE

Congratulations you passed! You can now get out on the road. Don’t forget that you now need to notify the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) and exchange your test pass certificate and provisional driving licence for a new ‘Full’ driving licence as soon as possible.