Getting Started

Ready to go?

Ready to learn?

Before you can legally learn to drive you must make sure you have the following ready:

A provisional licence

If you are under 17, you can apply for a provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday – or as soon as you’re 16 if you’re disabled and receiving Motability allowance, but you need to be at least 17 before you drive on public roads.

The fee for a provisional licence is £34.00, you can get an application form from your local post office or apply online here:

Good vision

Before you start learning, make sure you can read a number plate in good daylight from 20.5 meters away (approx. 5 car lengths). If you have prescription glasses or contacts, you must always wear them when driving.

L Plates

L Plates (or D plates in Wales) must be displayed visibly at the front and back of your car at all times while you’re learning. You’re only allowed to drive when you’re with someone over 21 who has had their full drivers licence for 3 years or more.

Choose the right car

When you’re learning, it’s important to feel comfortable behind the wheel and use a reliable, road safe vehicle. BSM only use modern Peugeot 208 & 308 vehicles which are easy to handle, regularly serviced and fitted with dual controls. Plus, our instructors have the training and expertise to keep you and the car safe.

Auto vs Manual


Automatic cars have no clutch pedal. Instead it has a selector in place of a gear lever and changes gear automatically. As automatic cars have no clutch, it can make learning to drive easier, however, you'll only be licensed to drive those types of cars. So you'll need to take another test to get a full manual licence.


A manual gear box is operated with the clutch pedal, when the pedal is pushed down the gears disengage with the engine. The ‘biting point’ refers to the moment the gears become engaged when the pedal is gently released, allowing the car to smoothly move into a higher or lower gear. If you have a manual licence you can drive auto or manual cars.

Why BSM?

  • Our cars - Learn in style with a modern Peugeot 208 or 308
  • Our experience - BSM helped to create the driving test over 100 years ago
  • Our reputation – We’re proud to get 9/10 satisfaction score from our pupils*
  • Our instructors – Professional, reliable, expert, local driving instructors

97% of our passers would recommend us*

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Passing 1000's of pupils every year

Get in touch

New pupils: 0330 100 7500

Existing pupils: 0330 100 7493

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*Satisfaction and recommendation score gathered from BSM passers survey 2015 – 2018