Driving Lesson FAQ's

Our most commonly frequently asked questions

Everyone has questions when it comes to learning to drive, we’ve compiled the biggest and best below for our driving lesson frequently asked questions!

Driving Lesson FAQs

Can I book an intensive course straight away?

Ideally you should pass your theory test before completing an intensive course, although you may be best booking your theory test with daily lessons in anticipation for a quick cancellation practical driving test.

What if I need to cancel or re-arrange a driving lesson that has been booked?

Please get in touch with your driving instructor as soon as possible. We have a strict 48 hour cancellation policy, so the sooner you tell your driving instructor the better.

Does my theory test expire?

Once you pass your theory test you have 2 years to pass your practical driving test, if you don’t do it in this time you will need to re-sit your theory test.

What is the Show me tell me?

Show me tell me is a series of questions you may get asked on your practical driving test, mainly about car maintenance and safety. Your driving instructor will talk you through these in preparation for driving test but we also have an online resource for it, see our show me tell me game.

How do I revise for my theory test?

Please use our online theory test pro, alternatively there are a range of books and CD ROMS you can buy to help you practice.

How do I book my theory test?

Please go online and book it through the DVSA website ( https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test ). There are some companies that will try and charge you extra money for booking through them, so please use the gov.uk website.

Do I use my instructor`s car for my driving test?

Yes, although there is nothing to stop you from using your own car (we do have a steady stream of pupils who do this) If you use your instructors car you will also have a 1 hour lesson directly before your driving test.

Will I learn to drive in the same driving school car every week?

Yes, you should learn to drive in just 1 car, however we do try and keep our cars as new as possible so on occasion you may be placed into a new car. Occasionally your car may be temporarily swapped in the event of mechanical breakdown or accident damage.

Will I have the same driving instructor throughout my lessons?

Yes, our driving instructors don’t swap work so you should have the same instructor throughout your time with us. The only reason we may need to swap your instructor is due to illness, If you don’t like your instructor we are more than happy to change your instructor.

How do you track my progress and when will I be ready for my practical driving test?

All learner drivers are given a pupil progress wallet along with appointment card and learning material, you need to bring this with you every lesson, your driving instructor will also have their own personal record of your progress. Your driving instructor will advise you when to book your driving test, taking into account the current waiting times for driving tests

How many driving lessons will I need?

On average the DSA recommends around 45 hours with a qualified driving instructor, as well as private practice at home. Everybody is different with some people passing in less than 10 hours and others taking more than the average. We teach you to the highest standards whilst also ensuring your a confident driver, your driving instructor will be able to give you a rough estimate based on your learning style after the first 2 lessons.

How often will my driving lessons be?

You can take driving lessons as often as you like, we recommend a maximum of 2-3 hours per day unless on an intensive course, but there’s nothing to stop you doing this day after day (dependant on your instructors availability).

How long do driving lessons last?

All of our driving lessons are 1 hour long, although you can take multiples. Everybody learns a different way so speak to your driving instructor about what suits you best.

How do I pay for my driving lessons?

All of our driving instructors accept cash but you can also pay online – please see our shop. Block bookings must be paid for in advance.

What do I need to bring with me on my first driving lesson?

On your first driving lesson (whether you have driven before or not) you need to bring your provisional driving licence, we also recommend bringing any glasses/contact lenses and sensible, comfortable shoes (flat footed). Don’t forget to bring money to pay (unless pre-payed).

Will I drive on my first lesson?

Generally you should have some time behind the wheel on your first lesson but everyone is different and it cannot be guaranteed. We always recommend a 2 hour driving lesson to begin with.

Can I start taking driving lessons before I do my theory test?

Absolutely, aslong as you have a valid provisional driving license you can start your driving license, you need to pass your theory test before you take your practical driving test.

When can I apply for my Provisional Driving Licence?

You can apply for your provisional licence 3 months before your 17th birthday (or 16 if you are registered disabled). You can apply online here or visit the post office and ask for a D1 form. If you a purchasing a gift voucher from us we can provide a D1 form with the voucher, please ask for more information.

Will I be charged for cancelling at short notice?

Yes, please remember if you cancel your driving lesson at short notice then your driving instructor loses their wages for that hour, when they could have rescheduled and given somebody else a driving lesson in that time.

When can I start taking driving lessons?

For legal and insurance reason’s you can only learn to drive on the road from age 17 (with a valid provisional driving license), however if your an eager beaver you can have a look into our under 17 driving course’s

1- Where to start

Can I book an intensive course straight away?

Ideally you should pass your theory test before completing an intensive course, although you may be best booking your theory test with daily lessons in anticipation for a quick cancellation practical driving test.

When can I apply for my Provisional Driving Licence?

You can apply for your provisional licence 3 months before your 17th birthday (or 16 if you are registered disabled). You can apply online here or visit the post office and ask for a D1 form. If you a purchasing a gift voucher from us we can provide a D1 form with the voucher, please ask for more information.

When can I start taking driving lessons?

For legal and insurance reason’s you can only learn to drive on the road from age 17 (with a valid provisional driving license), however if your an eager beaver you can have a look into our under 17 driving course’s

2 - Hazard perception & Theory test

Does my theory test expire?

Once you pass your theory test you have 2 years to pass your practical driving test, if you don’t do it in this time you will need to re-sit your theory test.

How do I revise for my theory test?

Please use our online theory test pro, alternatively there are a range of books and CD ROMS you can buy to help you practice.

How do I book my theory test?

Please go online and book it through the DVSA website ( https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test ). There are some companies that will try and charge you extra money for booking through them, so please use the gov.uk website.

Can I start taking driving lessons before I do my theory test?

Absolutely, aslong as you have a valid provisional driving license you can start your driving license, you need to pass your theory test before you take your practical driving test.

When can I apply for my Provisional Driving Licence?

You can apply for your provisional licence 3 months before your 17th birthday (or 16 if you are registered disabled). You can apply online here or visit the post office and ask for a D1 form. If you a purchasing a gift voucher from us we can provide a D1 form with the voucher, please ask for more information.

3 - Driving Lessons

What if I need to cancel or re-arrange a driving lesson that has been booked?

Please get in touch with your driving instructor as soon as possible. We have a strict 48 hour cancellation policy, so the sooner you tell your driving instructor the better.

Will I learn to drive in the same driving school car every week?

Yes, you should learn to drive in just 1 car, however we do try and keep our cars as new as possible so on occasion you may be placed into a new car. Occasionally your car may be temporarily swapped in the event of mechanical breakdown or accident damage.

Will I have the same driving instructor throughout my lessons?

Yes, our driving instructors don’t swap work so you should have the same instructor throughout your time with us. The only reason we may need to swap your instructor is due to illness, If you don’t like your instructor we are more than happy to change your instructor.

How do you track my progress and when will I be ready for my practical driving test?

All learner drivers are given a pupil progress wallet along with appointment card and learning material, you need to bring this with you every lesson, your driving instructor will also have their own personal record of your progress. Your driving instructor will advise you when to book your driving test, taking into account the current waiting times for driving tests

How many driving lessons will I need?

On average the DSA recommends around 45 hours with a qualified driving instructor, as well as private practice at home. Everybody is different with some people passing in less than 10 hours and others taking more than the average. We teach you to the highest standards whilst also ensuring your a confident driver, your driving instructor will be able to give you a rough estimate based on your learning style after the first 2 lessons.

How often will my driving lessons be?

You can take driving lessons as often as you like, we recommend a maximum of 2-3 hours per day unless on an intensive course, but there’s nothing to stop you doing this day after day (dependant on your instructors availability).

How long do driving lessons last?

All of our driving lessons are 1 hour long, although you can take multiples. Everybody learns a different way so speak to your driving instructor about what suits you best.

How do I pay for my driving lessons?

All of our driving instructors accept cash but you can also pay online – please see our shop. Block bookings must be paid for in advance.

What do I need to bring with me on my first driving lesson?

On your first driving lesson (whether you have driven before or not) you need to bring your provisional driving licence, we also recommend bringing any glasses/contact lenses and sensible, comfortable shoes (flat footed). Don’t forget to bring money to pay (unless pre-payed).

Will I drive on my first lesson?

Generally you should have some time behind the wheel on your first lesson but everyone is different and it cannot be guaranteed. We always recommend a 2 hour driving lesson to begin with.

Will I be charged for cancelling at short notice?

Yes, please remember if you cancel your driving lesson at short notice then your driving instructor loses their wages for that hour, when they could have rescheduled and given somebody else a driving lesson in that time.

Practical Driving Test

What is the Show me tell me?

Show me tell me is a series of questions you may get asked on your practical driving test, mainly about car maintenance and safety. Your driving instructor will talk you through these in preparation for driving test but we also have an online resource for it, see our show me tell me game.

Do I use my instructor`s car for my driving test?

Yes, although there is nothing to stop you from using your own car (we do have a steady stream of pupils who do this) If you use your instructors car you will also have a 1 hour lesson directly before your driving test.