Tracking your driving progress

Keep track of your progress when learning to drive

Each of the 27 driving skills has 5 levels of progress, so it’s important to keep track of your progress as you learn to drive.

You’ll be ready to take your driving test when you’re consistently achieving level 5 (reflection) for each of the 27 skills.

The 5 levels explained

The 5 levels of progress are:

  1. Introduced.
  2. Helped.
  3. Prompted.
  4. Independent.
  5. Reflection.

Level 1: Introduced

The subject is introduced, and you’re able to follow the instructions you’re given.

Level 2: Helped

You’re improving with the skill, but still need a bit of help.

Level 3: Prompted

Sometimes you need prompting with the skill, especially if it’s a new or unusual situation.

Level 4: Independent

You’re dealing with the skill consistently, confidently and independently.

Level 5: Reflection

When you talk to your instructor, you show that you understand how things would have been different if you had done something differently. You can adapt to situations and see why perfecting the skill makes you safer and more fuel-efficient.

How long does it take to learn the skills?

There’s no minimum number of lessons you must have or hours you must practise driving to pass through the 5 levels of progress.

How many lessons you need will depend on how quickly you learn. 

Research shows that, on average, it takes people 45 hours of driving lessons with a driving instructor plus 22 hours of private practice to pass their test. But those who manage 100 hours of driving lessons plus practice are much