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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do before I can take lessons?

You CANNOT drive on the road without a Provisional Driving Licence and Photo Card. You can apply for this up to two months before your 17th birthday, by filling in Form D1 which you can get from a local post office or by applying online. You also need to make sure you meet the eyesight requirement. You must be able to read a Number plate from 20 meters away in daylight.

How many lessons will it take me to pass?

The amount of lessons required depends on many factors and is different for everybody. Your lessons with me will be tailored to your learning style. Nationwide the average number of lessons required to pass the driving test is around 44 hours of professional instruction and 22 hours of private practice (as quoted by the Driving Standards Agency). Most students are capable of less than the national average in my experience.

Which car will I take my test in?

As your driving skills develop over the course of your lessons, I will conduct Mock driving tests with you to give you a feel for the environment during a driving test. Once I deem your driving at a high enough standard, you will take the test in the car you have done your lessons in. You can take your test in your own car if you have one, but it must meet certain criteria.

How long will my test take?

Your Driving test will last around 40 mins, and you will drive on a variety of different roads encountering different traffic situations. You will be asked to carry out one Reversing manoeuvre and possibly an Emergency stop. You will also need to drive for around 10 mins independently. The route and the manouver is picked by the examiner and cannot be chosen by you beforehand.