FAQs

How old do I have to be to start driving a car?

You can start learning to drive at 17.

Can I start driving lessons before I have passed my theory test

You don't need to have passed your Theory Test in order to start driving lessons. All you need is your provisional licence.
 
How do I apply for a provisional licence?

Application form D1 and photo card application form D750 must be completed. (available from most post offices). You can apply for a provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday to be valid on your birthday.

How do I apply for a theory test

You can book online by clicking here to visit the DSA web site or by phone on 0300 200 1122. You will need your driver number from your provisional licence and a credit / debit card to pay.

When can I take my Practical Driving Test?

Once you have your provisional licence and have passed your Theory Test, you can then apply for your Driving Test. You can book online with the DSA by
clicking here. To book your test, you will need a valid UK provisional driving licence, your theory test certificate number and a valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is an extra six hour driving course for pupils who have passed the driving test. Pupils who reach a suitable standard are sent a certificate which may allow them cheaper insurance.

What payment do you accept?
We accept cash and cheque.

What types of car do you have?

We use various cars in different areas. We have Peugeot 208, Vauxhall Corsa, Suzuki Swift. They're easy to drive and small, making it easier to perform all the manoeuvres.

Do I use the school car for my test?


Yes. You use the very same car you used in your lessons.

Do you provide automatic driving tuition?


At the moment we only provide driving tuition using a manual gearbox.

Can I have more than one lesson a week?

Some pupils have 3 or 4 lessons per week. It really depends on how fast you wish to learn.

Can I be picked up and dropped off in a different place?

Lessons are conducted on a one to one basis with no car sharing. Pupils are collected from home, college or work place.

How long is each lesson?


We offer lessons that can be 1, 1.5 or 2 hours long or more

Which car will I take my practical driving test in?

You are able to take the practical driving test in your own car. To do this your car must be in a road worthy condition, have L-plates visible from the front and back of the car and a further interior mirror for the examiner's use. Most students prefer to take the practical driving test in their driving instructor's car as this is the car that they will be most used to.

How long will it take me to learn to drive and how many lessons will I need?


Every learner is an individual. The DSA recommend around 40 hours of professional tuition and around 20 hours of private tuition for a 17 year old. This of course depends on if you have had any previous experience, frequency of driving lessons and if you have access to private tuition.

How long does the practical driving test last?

The practical driving test lasts approximately 35-40 minutes and will entail driving on different types of roads with various road conditions. In addition to this you will be asked to perform 1 reversing manoeuvre, 10 minutes of independent driving and potentially an emergency stop exercise.

What is Independent Driving?

In the independent driving section of your test, you will drive for about 10 minutes without step-by-step direction from your examiner.

At present, examiners give candidates step-by-step instructions during the test. For other parts of the test, this will still be true. But during the independent driving section of the test, the examiner will ask you to drive by either following a series of directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both

What are the Show Me Tell Me questions?

Before your Driving Test starts, the Examiner will ask you 2 questions. 1 'Tell Me' question on car safety and maintenance which will require an explanation and 1 'Show Me' question that will require you physically check something.

Are there any Driving Test waiting times?

It varies through out the year. It can vary from 1 - 2 weeks, to over 2 months