About Us & Our Training

It doesn't matter how young, old or inexperienced or confident you are, you imagine that your first driving lesson is going to be a terrifying experience. You will have to meet your instructor for the first time, get into a strange car and drive on the scary roads.

But it really doesn't have to be like that.

We have taught over 1,400 people to drive so we are very aware of your concerns and feelings during your first hour in the driving seat. Both Gemma and I will do our best to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible throughout your time with us.

Learning to drive is of course a serious business and it is going to take lot of perseverance and effort but it can also be fun and we will always do our best to make it as enjoyable as possible.

It is impossible to predict how many hours of tuition you will require because everyone is unique but the number can be reduced by:-

  • having 2 hour lessons rather than a single hour
  • reducing the interval between lessons
  • having private practice in you own, or the family, car

Unless you have special circumstances you will need to be 17 years of age to hold a provisional car licence, although you can apply in advance so that you have it on your 17th birthday. You need to be a UK resident and be able to meet the minimum eyesight requirement of 20½ metres (with or without correction). The application form for the licence is available at most Post Offices or Download application pack here

In order to become a qualified driver you will need to pass 2 tests:-



 

THEORY TEST

(Current Price = £23.00)

This is a 2 part computer based test which can be taken in a variety of towns but the two local centres are Milton Keynes or Luton.

The first part consists of 50 Multiple Choice questions including 5 case studies which are based upon a wide range of motoring knowledge, including road signs, Highway Code rules, basic first aid, basic car mechanical principles, driver attitude and awareness. The pass mark for this part of the test is 86%

The second part is the Hazard Perception Test when you have to watch 14 short video clips and identify 15 hazards for which a driver would need to react. The pass mark for this part of the test is 60%

To prepare for this test we recommend the following study material:-

The Highway Code 2007 edition
Know your Traffic Signs
The Official DSA Guide to Driving

ISBN 978-0-11-552814-9
ISBN 978-0-11-552855-2
ISBN 978-0-11-553290-0

All of the study materials are available from W H Smiths, Halfords + online shops eg. Amazon.

Both parts of the test must be passed together.

PRACTICAL TEST

(Current Price £62.00)

This is also a 2 part test. The first part is an eyesight test where you will be asked to read a car number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres. If you cannot manage this the whole test will be failed even before you get into the car so if you have any concerns about your eyesight, make an optician's appointment immediately.

You will then be asked 2 simple questions about routine car care which may involve lifting the bonnet and identifying key parts of the engine.

Finally you will get into the car and the driving part of the test will begin.

The practical driving test lasts about 35-42 minutes during which you will be required to drive competently over a range of road conditions. You will be asked to perform one reversing manoeuvre and perhaps an emergency stop. You will also be asked to drive independently for a short period of about 10 minutes when the examiner will expect you to drive using signposts to a designated location. Provided that you do not commit any serious or dangerous mistakes or more than 15 driver errors you will pass.

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