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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do I need to do before I can start driving?
You must have attained the age of 17 years and be in receipt of a valid provisional licence.

2. How often should I have my lessons?
This will be entirely up to you but it is recommended that you have at least a one hour lesson per week.

3. What is the cheapest way of booking my lessons? The cheapest method is to 'block book' your lessons. (See prices)

4. How many driving lessons will I need to take?
This is the $64,000 question as driving is a skill that some people learn quicker than others. For an absolute beginner the Driving Standards Agency, recommend "at least 45 hours professional tuition plus plenty of private practice", there are those on the other hand who for one reason or another require much less. You will be assessed at the end of each lesson and given feedback on your progress.

5. Do I need to pass the Theory Test before I can start my driving lessons?
No. In fact it is a good idea to learn the theory whilst you are learning the practical as it can bring the subject alive making it easier to understand and remember. However you should do your Theory test as quickly as possible as you cannot sit your practical test until you have passed your Theory Test

6. Can a friend or relative teach me how to drive?
The Driving Standards Agency strongly recommends that you take lessons from an Approved Driving Instructor. However extra practice is very beneficial so if you have a friend or relative that is over 21 years of age who has held a full British driving licence for at least 3 years they could help to supplement your lessons. However they should not contradict anything your instructor has told you to do and you should avoid picking up any of their ‘bad habits’.

7. Will my instructor expect me to know the basics of learning to drive?
No the basics will be covered in the first control lesson.

8. What happens on the day of my practical test?
The Practical Driving Test lasts approximately 45 minutes and is conducted by a DOE Examiner. It is conducted from your local driving test centre. First of all you are given an eyesight test to make sure you reach the minimum eyesight requirement. The examiner then assesses your ability to drive competently and safely and tests you on some of the manoeuvres you have covered in your lessons.