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Learning to drive

What we're doing to improve and set standards for learning to drive, including the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for a lifetime of safe driving.

DVSA’s youngest driving examiner breaks the mould in her new role

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Emily Butler driving examiner DVSA

Emily Butler became DVSA’s youngest car driving examiner aged 23 when she started her role in Hartlepool last year.

Emily shares her experience of why she became an examiner, what the training was like and how she’s getting to grips with her new role.

What the driving test eyesight check might be like in the future

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Driving test candidate carrying out an eyesight check

We are consulting on a number of proposals to encourage learner drivers to be better prepared to take their driving test. This blog explains why we are proposing to change the law so that we can carry out driving test eyesight checks in any level of light.

Changes to The Highway Code: how they affect driving tests

Lorry driver in cab on the road

Chief Driving Examiner Mark Winn introduces the latest changes to the Highway Code and explains what they mean for those coming to a practical test.

Why we are consulting on making it a requirement for instructors to display their badge

ADI driving instructor with pupil

We update driving instructors the reasons why we are proposing to make it a legal requirement for approved and trainee driving instructors to display their registration certificates in their car windscreen when they bring their pupils for a driving test as part of our latest consultation.

Car driving examiners – what’s the role like?

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DVSA is launching its third phase of its campaign to recruit more car driving examiners with the aim of reducing waiting times created by the pandemic.

Kelly Swift started as a driving examiner with DVSA in June 2021. She discusses her experience of the recruitment and training process, and how she’s finding her new role.

What you told us about driving independently

pupil driving in a car with an adi

Find out more about our research findings into encouraging learners to spend more time driving independently before taking their test. This blog post is part of a series updating you on what we're doing to encourage learner drivers to broaden their experience before taking their test.

Working with you to encourage learners to practice driving in the dark

Cars driving down a busy main road in a town centre, in the dark with their lights on.

Last year we launched a campaign to encourage learners to broaden their experience before taking their test. Mark Winn shares our research findings and explains how you can help encourage learners to spend more time practising driving in the dark.