Frequently Asked Questions


What do I need to start learning to drive ?

In order to start learning to drive on public roads you must be 17 years or older and be in possession of a valid UK provisional driving licence. You must also be able to read a vehicle registration mark at a distance of no less than 20.5 metres.


Is it true they will be changing the driving age to 18 soon ?

No, many changes in law would have to go through parliament before any changes to the driving age could be altered. There has been consideration into graduated licensing which would mean that you learn at 17 but can only drive when you are 18, but there are no such changes in the pipeline so you are fine for a few years yet!

How many lessons will I need ?

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recommends you have 2 hours professional tuition for every year old you are plus private practice too. The truth is some people can learn very quickly and some people can take much longer to get to grips with driving. I work hard to cover everything in as short a time as practicable and then revise and test everything we have done to ensure you know what you are doing. The “how long is a piece of string” part depends on how quickly you pick it all up and are then able to demonstrate to me that you can do it all independently without help! So it’s mainly down to how capable you are.

Should I do more than one lesson a week ?

It´s up to you, you certainly get through your course in a shorter time if you do two or even three lessons a week but most people cope just fine with one lesson a week.


I really don’t know anything about driving, will that hold me back ?

Of course not, nearly everyone is new to driving and have never even sat in a driving seat. That’s what a driving school is all about. You will also be
taught at a pace to suit you and you can ask as many questions as you like! It doesn’t take long to master the basics.

Do I need to pass my theory test first ?

No, you may have some advantage in knowledge but it is best to do both at the same time. Your practical lessons will help you understand theory and your theory will help you understand what you are doing out on the road. They both compliment one another.

Do you teach in automatics ? I have heard it’s easier when you don’t have to worry about gears ?

I only teach in a manual car, it’s not as hard as you might think. If you pass a test in an automatic you are only then permitted to drive automatics. If you pass in a manual, you can then drive either !

I don’t know much about the driving test itself or where I go to do one ?

When you start your course the test system will be explained to you and as you progress towards your test you will know exactly what it will entail. I will advise you when you are ready and even book your test for you if you wish.

Do I use the school car for my test ?

Yes, the very same car you have been taught in.

What happens on my driving test ?

I will accompany you to a Driving Test Centre (DTC) where you will meet an examiner allocated to your test booking. The examiner will check your documents and your eyesight. You will be asked two questions on car maintenance and safety. They will then watch you drive for about 35-40 minutes along a set route and will ask you to perform a reverse manoeuvre. The examiner will also ask you to drive independently following directions via a satnav for approximately 20 minutes, or by following a series of direction signs. They will record any errors with your driving as either a driving fault or a serious fault. You are allowed up to 15 driving faults and if you commit a serious fault the test would be failed. It sounds terrifying but if you are suitably prepared there is nothing to fear.

Can you come with me on test ?

Yes, I can if you want me to, I would have to sit in the rear and wouldn’t be allowed to intervene or comment in any way. From April 2010 the examiner will ask you at the start of the test whether you would like your instructor to accompany you on test.


I heard you have to change a wheel and oil on test, is this true ?

Not at all, your clothes would get a bit messy if it was! You will be asked one question on car safety and maintenance which will require just an explanation and you will be asked to physically check something which may involve lifting the bonnet but that’s as extreme as it will get! Again you will be fully prepared before you go to test and will know what to say and do.

What is the new driver act ?

When you pass your test you must continue to drive safely. If you break any laws and receive 6 points or more your licence would be revoked and you would have to take a theory test and driving test all over again. The act applies for two years from the date you pass your driving test, after which the penalty system would allow 11 points before losing the licence.

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