Q. What age can I start driving at?
You must be at a legal age to drive and hold a valid Provisional Licence. The minimum age that you can legally drive on a public road is 17. Information on applying for a Provisional Licence is available here (https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence )You must also be able to read an old style number plate at 20.5 metres or a new style plate at 20 metres.
Q. Do I have to pass my theory before starting lessons?
No. But you must pass your theory to be able to take your practical test. It is best to study for your theory and take it as soon as possible, then you can put into practice what you have learned when taking your lessons.
Q. Can I practise with family while also taking lessons?
Yes. In fact it can help you learn much quicker as long as you practise just as you have been taught by your instructor. You must be insured to drive the car you are practicing in and the supervising driver must be over 21 and have a full licence for at least 3 years.
Q. Can I have a Driving Lesson before I receive my provisional driving licence?
No! You must hold a provisional driving licence for the category of vehicle being driven before
you can legally drive that vehicle on public roads.
Q. What do I need to take with me to my lessons?
Have both parts of your licence and be wearing any contact lenses or glasses if required. Wear a comfortable pair of shoes, no high heals and shoes with thick soles should be avoided.
Q. Can you collect me from work or home?
Yes, You can be collected at work or home or any pre arranged location if it is agreed before the lesson. The finish point of the lesson need not be the same as the pickup provided it is agreed at the beginning of the lesson.
Q. How long will the lesson last?
Lessons can be 1 hour, 1.5 hours or 2 hours.
Q. I am very nervous and do not have much confidence. Will my instructor get cross?
Our instructors are very experienced having dealt with all sorts of people and will treat you with patience and respect. Your lesson will suit YOU, they know that each person is different. They will also be friendly and fun, just enough to put you at ease.
Q.How will I know when I am ready for my test?
A.When your instructor feels the time is right, he will give you a 'mock driving test' and you can see then how well you have come along. Our aim is to get your driving to test standard as quickly as possible, as well as giving you the confidence you will need to pass that test first time.
Q.Should I learn manual or automatic?
The thing to consider here is if you learn automatic then you will only ever be able to drive an automatic car, which may cause problems later when hiring or purchasing vehicles. It would always be advisable to have a lesson in a manual first to see how you get on.
Q. When can I take my Test?
When you are able to drive in all traffic conditions without being told what to do by your instructor, then you should be ready to do the test.
Q. What car will I use?
You can take the test in the school car you have been learning in, it is also possible to take the test in a private car as long as it is properly insured for the test and has been fitted with an extra interior mirror for the examiner.
Q. What do I need for the test?
You must bring both parts of your Provisional Licence, theory certificate and registration document for the car. If using our school car, the registration document will be supplied by your instructor.
Q. How long does the test last?
The test lasts about 45 /60 minutes and includes two of the manoeuvres and possibly an emergency stop.
What will happen if I can't find my driving license prior to sitting my Theory/ Practical Driving Tests?
You must produce both parts of your driving licence before you can sit a theory or practical driving test. If you do not have the new style 2 part driving license, you must bring valid photo identification with the old style driving licence. Failure to produce your driving licence when you turn up to sit your theory or practical driving test will result in your test being cancelled and you will lose your test fee. If you have misplaced your driving licence you can apply for a replacement from the 'Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency' (DVLA).
A replacement driving licence can take up to 15 days to arrive. Remember - No Driving Licence = No Theory/Practical Driving Test!