Frequently Asked Questions...

 

Q: What do I need to start my driving lessons?
A: You must be 17 years old or older.  You must hold a provisional driving licence and be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if you wear them) a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres.  If the number plate is the new style version (with narrower font), you must be able to read it from 20 metres.

 

Q: Where can I get my provisional licence from?
A: You can pick up an application from (D1) from your local post office.  Once the form has been completed and sent off your provisional licence will be sent to you.

 

Q: How many lessons will it take for me to pass my practical test?
A: This varies, everyone is different!  Everyone learns at different rates so it's difficult to give you a specific number of lessons required.  The Driving Standards Agency (the body that conducts the tests) say that those who pass their practical driving test have had (on average) 45 hours of professional training combined with 22 hours of private practice.  Learning to drive requires commitment of both time and money.  Please consider this before starting your course.

Q: Can I take my practical test before taking my theory test?
A: You must pass your theory test first before you can apply for your practical test.

Q: My Dad said that he passed his practical driving test first time after only 5 lessons.  Why is it taking me longer?
A: Road and traffic conditions have changed an awful lot over the years.  Learning to drive in today's busy road and traffic conditions is more difficult than what it used to be.  Therefore taking more time to be fully prepared for your test and more importantly to drive safe for life.  Also the test itself has become more challenging.  

Q: How will I know when I'm ready for my practical driving test?
A: We will give you relevant feedback during your training verbally and by using our unique progress cards.  Once you are driving at a high standard, consistently without our help you will then know you are well on your way.  At this stage we will discuss with you the booking of your practical driving test.  We will not present you for your practical driving test until you are a safe and competent driver (this is for your own safety).

Q: What car will I take my practical driving test in?
A: You provide the vehicle you want to use for the practical test.  If you choose not use one of our vehicles (the one you learnt to drive in) you will have to make sure your own vehicle is suitable - details of requirements and unsuitable vehicles can be found on the DSA website.   

Q: Once I pass my practical driving test is there any other driving courses I can take?
A: Yes.  You may wish to further your training with Pass Plus (see Pass Plus section).  We also offer motorway training and refresher courses.

 

Q: What will I need to bring with me on my first lesson

A: You will need both parts of your licence, the photo card and the paper counterpart.  If you have the old style paper licence you will need another form of photo ID. Also if you need or wear prescription glasses or contact lenses  you need to wear them, comfortable footwear, not flip flops, high heels or boots. Oh yes and the most important part payment!.

 

Q: How do I pay for my lessons
A: You can either pay at each lesson (pay as you learn) or pay for a block of lessons to get a discount. See the price section for details.  We only accept cash or cheque payments at the moment.

 

Q: What do I need to take with me for my theory/practical tests

A: You will need both parts of your licence, the photo card and the paper counterpart.  If you have the old style paper licence you will need another form of photo ID. Also if you need or wear prescription glasses or contact lenses you need to wear them, comfortable footwear, not flip flops, high heels or boots. Remember BOTH PARTS OF YOUR LICENCE MUST BE PRODUCED if not NO TEST!!.

 

Q: Can I be collected from or dropped off at an address other than my home

A: Within reason, all our instructors are happy to pick up from any address work or home. Again, at the end of the lesson drop off somewhere else if you prefer.

 

Q: What is the two year probationary period

A: If you incur 6 or more penalty points on your licence within two years of passing your test you will lose your full licence and it will return to the provisional you had before passing your theory and practical tests. This means you will have to retake another theory test and another practical test to regain your full licence.

 

Q: Who can accompany me for practise in my own car?

A: Anyone who is over 21 and has held a full UK (or full EC/EEA) licence for over three years.