Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I get picked up from work?…
Yes as long as you ask me in advance and it is inside the working area.
Why are 2 hour 1 and a half hour lessons more effective then 2×1 hour lessons?…
Its quite simple really; you only have to have one recap in a 2 hour lesson instead of 2 in 2 1 hour lessons: also lots of time we have to travel to different appropriate areas to practice certain topics or to learn new subjects. So if you have a 2 hour lesson you only travel their once and can spend longer getting it right.
What do I need to start my tuition?…
You need to be 17 years old to start learning to drive and must hold a valid provisional licence before you take your first driving lesson. You will need to bring your photo card licence to your first lesson. You will also need to do a standard eye sight test (you must be able to read a car number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres (old style number plates) or 20 metres if the new-style number plate is used. New-style number plates are easily identifiable starting with two letters eg AB 51 ABC.) You also need to decide what format of lessons are best for you.
How do I apply for my Provisional Licence?…
You can apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th Birthday. To apply for your provisional licence, you can complete a D1 form from the post office and send it to the DVLA with your passport or birth certificate, and a passport-sized photo. You can also apply online.
I have lost my licence! How do I get a new one?…
You can apply for a new licence online. It costs £12.50 for a replacement licence. You only need your photo card to take the test.
How many hours tuition will I need to pass my test?…
The official DSA answer is ‘around 45 hours of tuition and 22 hours private practice on average’. However if you are older or find it hard to learn new skills it may take longer. Likewise if you are very eager to pass and have structured private practice you may be able to pass with less tuition. The other thing you have to take into consideration is the form of the tuition. If you have lots of gaps between them you will struggle to remember the information being taught and will need more re-cap time.
Do I need to pass my theory test before I start my practical lessons?…
You don’t have to pass your driving theory test before you start your lessons. Most learners prefer to combine theory study with learning to drive and find it helps them remember what they learned in the practical lessons as well!
Driving test questions
Do I need to show my instructor and the examiner my licence?
Yes, both your instructor and your examiner will need to see your photo licence.
Intensive Courses? Are they for you?
If you have never driven before, an intensive course is unlikely to work for you. This is because you need time to digest and retain the information and the skills required to be a safe driver. However, if you have previously taken lessons or a test, then an intensive course may be the right choice for you. Before you book your intensive course, you will need to have passed your theory test. Please call or email us for further information.
Do I need to bring my Theory Certificate?
The examiner does not normally ask to see your theory certificate, so don't panic if you haven't brought it with you. However, there are times when the examiner may ask to see it, this is usually when the test has been booked at short notice, or if you are upgrading from automatic transmission to manual.
Why is Independent Driving now part of the test?
From October 2010, the test changed to incorporate a section of independent driving. This lasts for about ten minutes. The candidate will either follow a series of direction signs to a particular destination, or a series of verbal directions. Alternatively, a combination of these can be followed.
Independent driving has been introduced with the aim of encouraging it to be taught during a normal course of lessons. Many newly qualified drivers said they felt unprepared for driving alone once they had passed their tests.
Verbal directions are usually given as a block of 3, and a diagram will be shown to support the directions. When a second set of directions are to be given, the examiner will ask the candidate to pull over and a second set of directions will be issued from there.
If you are asked to follow direction signs, the examiner will ask the candidate to pull over at the side of the road, and then explain which destination to follow. The destination can alter during the course of the independent drive.
Can my instructor accompany me on test?
Yes, you will be asked by the examiner if you would like your instructor to accompany you on test. It is entirely your decision whether your instructor comes, but it is a good chance for your instructor to see how you drive under pressure and to see how you performed on test. If your instructor did not accompany you on test, the examiner will ask if you would like your instructor to listen in on the debrief and end of test result.
Below are some government websites that you may find useful.
Information regarding driver licencing, learner and new drivers, buying and selling a vehicle, owning a vehicle and road safety can be found on, www.direct.gov.uk/motoring
To book your test, www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest