FAQ’S

FAQ’S

What are the prerequisites for learning to drive?

By law you should be at least 17 years of age and should possess a valid provisional licence before you start learning to drive.

Can I start driving lessons before passing my theory test?

Yes you can and probably should, as the practical experience will help you understand the questions and answers contained in the theory test. What you study for the theory test will also be very helpful in your practical lessons

What will I do on my first driving lesson?

Your instructor will ask to see your licence and check your eyesight by asking you to read a vehicle registration plate at a distance of about 20 metres. Ideally, the first lesson is a two hour lesson so that you become familiar with the car and its controls. You can expect to do some basic stopping and moving off and stopping.

How many lessons will I need?

Everyone is different and learns at a different pace but on average the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (the DVSA) estimate that students need around 35-40 hours tuition before being ready to take their test. If you need more than 50 hours there are usually some factors holding you back that your instructor will be able to identify.

What about an intensive course?

Intensive courses may sound like a good idea but most people need time to absorb and reflect on what they learn. Regular tuition is important and two of three lessons a week in the first few weeks is usually best.

Are intensive courses any good?

Yes. But don’t expect to definitely be equipped to pass a driving test at the end of the course. While some people will be ready for their test, others will require further lessons. Remember 20 or 30 hours tuition in a 2-3 week period is the equivalent to 20-30 weeks tuition at 1 hour per week. An intensive course may suit you – you will gain experience and confidence in a shorter time scale and learn in a few weeks what could take months.

Do you charge for cancellations?

Yes, we must charge for cancellations unless you give 48 hours notice prior to your lesson.

Do you offer theory test training?

Yes, we offer practice sessions and mock theory tests including the hazard perception test at our purpose built centre on Coventry Road – please contact us for more information.

How long should a lesson last?

Previously most people took lessons lasting only one hour. However, we have found through our experience that two hour lessons are more productive for both the learner and the instructor. Each lesson will have a start, a middle and an end. The start is a briefing, followed by a short setting in period. The middle is where the bulk of the actual driving is taught. This is then followed by an end – the recap – an evaluation of what has been achieved. You can obviously learn more in a two hour lesson than in a one hour lesson. Sometimes three hour lessons, or longer, are appropriate but it does depend on the individual learner.

Do you do Pass Plus?

Yes. We strongly encourage all our pupils to take the DVSA Pass Plus course. It can be beneficial for new drivers as significant savings can be made on motor insurance for those who complete the course. Essentially this is not a pass or fail course. This course will cover aspects of driving not covered under normal tuition, such as motorway driving, night driving, high-speed overtaking etc.

Can I take a driving test without a theory test certificate?

No. A theory test certificate is now required by all persons wishing to take a practical test.

Can I choose a time slot as per my convenience?

We ask you to indicate your preference of for training times at the time of the registration. We’ll make every effort to provide you with your preferred the time slots.

If I know how to drive a car and wish to hone my skills, do you have a course for me?

Yes. The advanced course and the refresher course covers further skills in driving. You may take up these courses to enhance your driving skills.

What type of instructor training do you offer?

We start from Part 1, which is the theory part. All the books, discs and necessary materials are provided by us. Part 2 is your driving ability. You cannot get more than six faults – this is a very high standard. Part 3 is essentially your ability to teach. On average you will need at least 60 hours one-to-one training to reach the standard required. You can take out a trainee licence to help you get the experience you will need.

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