Frequently asked questions
Why should you learn to drive with me?
I am fully qualified, licenced, experienced instructor. Beware of instructors on trainee licences. All my lessons are conducted in a professional, manner complying with a strict code of conduct, in a modern, reliable car. I have a high pass rate because all my lessons are fun, professional, informative, safe and good value for money!
When can I book my first lesson?
You need to be 17 to drive on the public roads but you can apply for a provisional licence before then and book a lesson for your 17thbirthday!
When do I take my theory test?
You can take a theory test once your provisional licence is in force. Usually you would take some practical lessons first and I can help as required with advice and supply of books / DVD etc. but the sooner the theory test is passed the better. It remains valid for 2 years once passed
What do I need for my first lesson?
You need a provisional licence and meet the required eyesight standard
You also need comfortable clothing and sensible shoes
What payment method do you take?
You can pay me by personal cheque or cash on the day of the lesson (or one of my gift vouchers if you’ve been lucky!)
You can also pay by bank transfer and will supply details when I speak to you.
How many lessons will it take to pass my test?
According to DSA statistics, those who pass their driving test have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training combined with 22 hours of private practice.
What happens if I cancel a lesson?
You need to give me 48hrs notice of any cancellations otherwise, unless I can fill that slot (which is unlikely at short notice) you will unfortunately be charged for that lesson. In the case of emergency or illness, if it is not a regular occurrence, then you may not be charged.
What’s involved in passing the driving test?
First you need to have passed your theory test before you can book a practical test. During the practical test you will be asked a couple of safety questions (show me tell me) and then drive for about 40 mins. You will be asked to demonstrate one maneuver and the test will include 10 mins of 'independent' driving - see the DVSA video for more information. You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
How do I book a test?
There are links on this web site that take you directly to the DSA test booking page. Be careful if you book a test over the internet that it does not go through a third party as they will charge for the service. Use the link on this site.