How many driving lessons will I need?
Everyone is different and will need a different number of lessons.
Other relevant factors may include whether youíve ridden a motorbike and whether you will get practice in your own car in addition to your lessons.
Most Instructors agree that for most people it is between 1 & 2 lessons per year of your life.
So a 20 year old could take between 20 & 40 lessons.
Itís not just being able to control the car, but also about gaining experience in different situations. Also there is a basic syllabus of lessons that all Instructors teach that needs to be fully covered by everyone.
Remember, Driving Instructors are expected to teach their pupils to be good drivers, not just to be able to pass the test.
The DSA statistics show that the average is 45 hours driving lessons and 20 hours of private practice.
Do I have to have an Instructor?
At present the answer is no.
However, Driving Instructors are highly qualified and it is unlikely that you will pass without professional help from an Instructor.
Do all Instructors teach the same things?
All Instructors know that there is a basic syllabus that needs to be covered. However, Instructors do have considerable freedom to teach people in the way that they find works the best. Be assured however, that Instructors are regularly check-tested by the DSA to ensure that their Instruction is up to scratch.
How much do lessons cost? Cheap driving lessons?
Prices of lessons vary considerably.
The length of lesson (the length of lesson can vary between 45 minutes and a full hour, ours are of one, one and a half or two hours ) and the area can have an effect.
Itís unlikely you can get lessons for less than £18, and some schools charge up to £28. Do remember, the cheapest may not be the best. Expect to pay about £20-£22 for a good quality, full hourís lesson.
Are intensive driving courses any good?
Certainly they work for some people but for others an intensive driving course (or crash course) is too intense!
It will depend very much on the individual. But remember it's not a short cut. You still have to learn the same amount.
How old do I have to be to start driving a car?
You can start learning to drive at 17.
Can I start driving lessons before I have passed my theory test?
You don't need to have passed your Theory Test in order to start driving lessons. All you need is your provisional licence.
How do I apply for a provisional licence?
Application form D1 and photo card application form D750 must be completed. (available from most post offices). You can apply for a provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday to be valid on your birthday.
How do I apply for a theory test?
You can book on-line by clicking here to visit the DSA web site or by phone on 0870 0101372. You will need your driver number from your provisional licence and a credit / debit card to pay.
When can I take my Practical Driving Test?
Once you have your provisional licence and have passed your Theory Test, you can then apply for your Driving Test. You can book on-line with the DSA by clicking here.
To book your test, you will need a valid UK provisional driving licence, your theory test certificate number and a valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted) .
How much do your lessons cost?
Our single driving lessons cost £21 per hour. Discounts are available for block bookings or intensive courses.
What is Pass Plus?
Pass Plus is an extra six hour driving course for pupils who have passed the driving test.
Pupils who reach a suitable standard are sent a certificate which may allow them cheaper insurance.
What payment do you accept?
We accept cash and cheque.
What types of car do you have?
The car we use is the new style Vauxhall Corsa. It's easy to drive and small, making it easier to perform all the manoeuvres.
Do I use the school car for my test?
You use the very same car you used in your lessons.
Can I have more than one lesson a week?
Some pupils have 3 or 4 lessons per week. It really depends on how fast you wish to learn.
Can I be picked up and dropped off in a different place?
Lessons are conducted on a one to one basis with no car sharing. Pupils are collected from home, college or work place and can be dropped off (with in reason and pre arranged any where).
How do I know my instructor is fully qualified?
Driving Instructors must display their licence in the windscreen of the vehicle.
A green licence is a fully qualified Instructor and a pink licence is a trainee Instructor.
What are the Show Me Tell Me questions?
Before your Driving Test starts, the Examiner will ask you 2 questions. 1 'Tell Me' question on car safety and maintenance which will require an explanation and 1 'Show Me' question that will require you physically check something.
Are there any Driving Test waiting times?
It varies through out the year. It can vary from 1 - 2 weeks, to over 2 months.
What if I disagree with the result of my test?
If you feel that your test was not conducted properly you can complain to the DSA. It is highly unlikely that your test result will be changed, but it may be worth making your feelings known!