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What documents do I require to start my driving lessons?

You will need a provisional driving licence; I will need to see the photo card on your first lesson. You will also need to bring your national insurance number to the first lesson. This allows me to check on what category of vehicle you are permitted to drive, and to see information on any driving offences. Your licence can start on your 17th birthday, but you can apply for it a few weeks in advance via: https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

How many lessons will I need to pass my test?

The UK average is 45 hours of lessons, however someone who picks things up easily should be able to pass quicker than this. I will be able to give you an estimate of how many hours you are likely to need after monitoring your progress during the first few lessons.

How will I know I am getting a good instructor?

The best way is to read through my testimonials from previous pupils. I am CRB checked, and recently scored an ‘A’ rating on my standards check with a DVSA examiner.

I am very nervous about driving; will this affect my progress?

I have lots of experience in teaching nervous pupils and will go out of my way to provide a calm and safe environment for you to learn. Remember, the car has dual controls, and I can take control at any time, if you feel that you are not coping with a situation. You will start to feel more confident in no time.

I have specific needs; will this make it difficult for me to learn?

I will discuss your needs with you before starting your lessons and work at your pace. I will listen to, and advise on, any concerns you have; anything you tell me will be confidential.

What car will I be driving?

I teach in a very eye catching 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.5 Diesel. The Fiesta is Britain’s bestselling car, and recently won the category for best mainstream super mini at the 2015 Business Car Awards.

What will I do on my first lesson?

We will talk about any driving experience you have, and any concerns or needs you have for your lessons. I will check your driving licence and make sure you can read a car number plate at the current minimum distance for driving, which is 20.5m. Then I will drive you to a safe and quiet place where I can brief you on how to make yourself comfortable in the car, and tell you about the car controls. Normally you will start driving for the second half of the lesson. Some people even get to drive home on the first lesson!

How much driving do I do on a normal lesson?

This can vary depending on the subject we are practicing, however I will keep the time parked at the side of the road to a minimum. Getting you driving for the whole lesson offers you the best value for money.

What happens if I damage the car on a lesson?

The tuition car you will be using is covered by insurance for the purpose of driver training; you will not be expected to pay for any damage. Ultimately, the trainer is responsible for the car, and in most cases, can lessen the potential of any damage by means of verbal intervention or use of the dual controls.

Can you pick me up from or drop me off at other locations?

Yes, within the local area. It is best if you can let me know in advance, so I can plan the session to suit your start or finish location.

Can my friends or family sit in on lessons?

Yes. This is particularly useful to show your parents how you are progressing. The pressure of having another person watching will also help prepare you for the pressure of the test.

Will I always have the same instructor?

Yes. It is important for you to establish a good working relationship and trust with your instructor as this will benefit your learning experience. Sometimes I will organise a mock test with a different instructor nearer the time of your test, to prepare you for driving with someone else.

I don’t have a car to practice in; will this be detrimental to my learning to drive?

No. Many of our clients don’t have private practice between lessons, and you are less likely to develop bad habits if your driving is during lessons only.

It is very expensive for me to be included on my parents insurance, what do you suggest?

I can recommend learner driver insurance, which allows you to be insured on your parent’s car for a month at a time. These policies are separate from their insurance, so if you do have an accident, their policy will be unaffected. Please contact me for further information.

Who can accompany me when practising in my own car?

Anyone who is over 21 years old and has had a full UK licence for a minimum of 3 years.

When should I take my theory test?

It is recommended that you study for your theory test at the same time you are learning to drive. Then your instructor will be able to help you link what you are learning to what you see and do when driving. It is advisable to take the theory test as soon as possible, as you need to pass this before booking your practical test.

What is the best way to practice for the theory test?

I can recommend best reference materials, and sign you up for our theory and hazard perception practice website. This is included in your lesson cost and has the latest questions and hazard clips for you to practice. The theory test pass lasts for two years, so you have plenty of time to take your practical test before it expires.

I hear that there is a long waiting list for the practical test; can I book it straight away?

You can’t book the practical test until you have passed the theory test. Your instructor will be able to advise you on the best time to book your test so that you are ready by the time your test date arrives.

Do you supply a car for my driving test?

Yes, you can take the test in the same car that you use for lessons. Your instructor would also accompany you to the test, normally with a one-hour lesson before the test starts. You are also able to take the test in your own car if you wish; you would need to supply a mirror for the examiner to use, make sure your insurance company will cover you for test use, and display L plates front and back. It is important to check that no recalls are outstanding on your car, as the examiner can refuse to take the car out in this situation.

How long is the driving test?

Approximately 40 minutes, with about 35 minutes spent driving.

What does the driving test involve?

You will need to pass the eyesight check, answer a ‘tell me’ question, and then drive for approx 35 minutes on all types of roads. You will be required to demonstrate one reversing manoeuvre from the four that you will learn. You will follow a sat nav or road signs for a maximum of twenty minutes of independent driving. You will be asked one ‘show me’ question, which will involve operating a control whilst on the move. On one in three tests, the candidate is required to perform an emergency stop. You will be informed of the result of your test, as soon as you finish your drive.

When I pass my test, can I drive my own car straight away?

Yes, you can use your pass certificate to demonstrate your entitlement to drive until your new licence arrives. You must let your insurance company know that you have passed your test before driving your car. Unfortunately, there is likely to be an increase in your premium, as you will now be driving alone.

Do you offer intensive courses?

It is important for you to spend time between lessons evaluating what you have learned; intensive courses don’t tend to allow for this. However, if you are on a deadline to pass your test, I can offer an assessment, and then tailor the amount of lessons you will have to help you meet your deadline.