Learner & New Drivers

As a learner

Being a good driver isn’t just about knowing how to operate a vehicle. A good driver takes responsibility for their own safety, the safety of their passengers and others around them. Choose an approved driving instructor (ADI) who cares about road safety and will discuss this with you in detail. Look up “The Honest Truth” project . This means that the ADI has agreed to talk about road safety and safer driving behaviours with their students.

As a new driver

You are vulnerable: Having passed the driving test you are able to drive unsupervised for the first time and this can be quite daunting initially making you much more vulnerable than you may realise. Consider further training so that you can drive safely in all conditions and on all types of road and this will reduce your risk of being involved in a collision. That risk is already reflected in car insurance premiums which could be reduced by taking further training.

Any driver who receives 6 points within the first 2 years after obtaining their full licence will have their licence returned to the DVLA where it will be revoked and they will have to retake their driving test.

Life Drive Course for New Drivers


17-25 years old? Passed your test but are feeling nervous about driving? Like some extra driver training?

This FREE scheme can help you feel more confident by providing enjoyable and interactive enhanced theory and practical driver training – and a free £50 Amazon voucher for everyone completing the course! 

LifeDrive is designed to reduce accidents by helping younger drivers to understand why collisions happen and how to avoid them, developing their skills and experience with free post-test theory and practical sessions. It is open to all young people aged between 17 and 25 who live in Dorset and have passed their driving test within the past four years. LifeDrive is available thanks to Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole through Gold Driving Academy.

There are two elements to LifeDrive:

  • A two-hour classroom-based theory session held at SafeWise Bournemouth and SafeWise Weymouth (these are usually held on weekday evenings)
  • A 90 minute drive-out with a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor.  You will require your own vehicle for the practical session.
  • Optional extra! You are also welcome to take part in a 60 minute evaluation drive out in around 6 months’ time (with an additional free £30 Amazon voucher on completion!)

Next theory session dates 2019:

17 January – Weymouth Fire Station, Radipole Lane, Weymouth, DT4 0QF

22 January – SafeWise, 1 Roundways, Elliott Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8JJ

19 February – SafeWise, 1 Roundways, Elliott Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8JJ

21 February - Weymouth Fire Station, Radipole Lane, Weymouth, DT4 0QF

28 March - SafeWise, 1 Roundways, Elliott Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8JJ

All sessions run from 7 – 9pm, you are welcome to come on your own or with friends. If you would like to sign up then just email https://lifedriveuk.org/

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