1. Don't assume the cheapest lessons are the best. Concentrate on getting great value for your money. You should get a discount for block booking. Ask about offers on post-test tuition for motorway driving.
  2. Check out how long a 'lesson' really is. Some driving schools offer lessons that are less than an hour long, or pick up and drop off other pupils on your lesson time.
  3. Make sure your instructor has a green badge in the windscreen to prove they are a fully qualified Driving Standards Agency instructor. A pink licence means the instructor is a trainee and has no formal qualifications to teach you to drive.
  4. Check that the car you'll drive has dual controls and is in good condition. 
  5. Check that the instructor can help with your theory test, and buy a good theory book or CD-ROM to help you practise.
  6. Make sure your instructor keeps a record of your progress and follows the official Driving Standards Agency syllabus.
  7. Apply for your theory test as soon as you start your lessons.
  8. Agree with your instructor when to apply for your practical test (remember you need to pass your theory and hazard perception tests first).
  9. Take at least two hours a week, of regular lessons with a qualified instructor. They will advise you on how much tuition you should need.
  10. Make sure your tuition car is available for a final lesson immediately before your test.


How the theory test works

The theory test is a 50-question multiple-choice test. To pass you must answer 43 or more questions correctly within 57 minutes. Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 questions, and you answer by touching the screen. During the test you have the option to skip questions and return to them later.


How the hazard perception test works

Immediately after your theory test, you'll watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users. There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass.



Then comes the practical test

.Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you’ll have an eyesight check and be asked 2 vehicle safety questions.

Eyesight check

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

You can write down what you see if you can’t speak English or have difficulty reading.

New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, eg AB51 ABC.

You’ll fail your driving test and the test won’t continue if you can’t pass the eyesight test.

Vehicle safety questions: ‘show me, tell me’

You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions  These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check.

You’ll also be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.

The driving ability part

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.

If you’re taking an extended test pass because of a driving disqualification, the test will last 70 minutes.

Your general driving ability

During your test the examiner will give you directions that you should follow. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your instructor has trained you.

It should include:

  • normal stops
  • an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
  • a hill start

You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Reversing your vehicle safely

You’ll have to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:

  • reversing around a corner
  • turning in the road
  • reverse parking - either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road

Independent driving section

Your driving test will include around 10 minutes of independent driving. It’s designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions on your own.

If you make mistakes

Carry on if you make a mistake, because if it’s not a serious mistake it might not affect your result.

Your examiner will stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.

Taking someone with you

Your examiner will ask if you want your instructor, or another person, to:

  • sit in the back of your car during your driving test
  • be with you after the test for the result and feedback

This person will usually be your driving instructor, but it could also be a relative or friend.

They must be over 16 and can’t take any part in the test.

The examiner’s supervisor

The examiner’s supervisor may come along as well. They will be watching the examiner’s performance, not yours. The supervisor won’t have any say in how you’re tested or in your result.

Your test might be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t let the examiner’s supervisor go with you 

Be prepared

The current national average practical pass rate is 43%*, so it makes sense to be as prepared as possible. Your instructor will advise you when you are ready for the practical test and help you understand the main reasons people fail.


Test costs

The combined theory and hazard perception test currently costs £31.

A weekday practical test costs £62. Evening or weekend tests cost £75.

                                                                                                       Terms and Conditions


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Tuition and Fees

Tuition is on available to persons who meet the following criteria

· Aged 17 or over or aged 16 or over and in receipt of the higher rate of Disability Living Allowance (mobility component); and

· hold a valid UK provisional driving licence; and

· legally entitled to drive in the UK.

· Pupils must take both the paper and card parts of their provisional licence to their driving lessons

Failure to provide evidence of the appropriate licence and identification will forfeit the lesson and the full fee for the lesson booked will be non-refundable

· You and your instructor are responsible for agreeing all matters to the timing, location and duration of individual lessons

· You must notify your instructor of any matters which affect your ability or entitlement to have driving tuition, for example, but not limited to, any lack, or loss, of a valid UK provisional driving licence

· The lesson fee is payable at the start of the lesson. If the lesson has to be abandoned due to non payment, the late payment fee may be applied.

· Late payment or defaulted payments will be charged at 4% over the Bank of England’s rate for the late payment fee after 14 days.

· Credit cards are not accepted. Any cheque payments must be guaranteed

Cancellation of lessons

· If you or your instructor wish to cancel a lesson a minimum of 60 hours prior notice should be given by telephoning instructor Notice excludes weekends and bank holidays, therefore further notice should be allowed.

· If your instructor cancels a lesson without giving this minimum period of notice your instructor shall rearrange the lesson.

· If you do not give the notice of cancellation you will be charged for the lesson(s) concerned. Please note that in the event of you having booked your driving test, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) stipulates that you need to give three clear working days to cancel your test. This may mean that you may/will lose your DSA test fee if your instructor says you are not ready for test within this three day notice period.

· Where block periods of lessons are pre-booked and pre-paid  ie 2 hours or more a day every day for more than a week , failure to allow at least 7 working days notice to cancel the full fee for the course is due so no refund. 



· We reserve the right to change the price of all our lessons from time to time. Please speak to the instructor to confirm the pricing when booking lessons.

· The cost of prepaid tuition is based on the lesson price in force at the time of booking and, with the exception of the circumstances set out below, will be honoured for 12 months thereafter irrespective of any price increase that may occur between the date of booking and when the lessons are taken. Any unused lessons remaining after 12 months have elapsed shall have any lesson price increase applied prior to the lessons which shall become payable by you.

· If you book a test in an area outside of the teaching location you may e charged an additional fee due to travel time.

· Circumstances where, if you have prepaid, you will be either be required to pay an additional amount beyond the cost of your pre-paid lessons or receive a refund of some of your prepayments (as applicable




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