Listed below are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Q – What days of the week/hours of the day do you work?
A – I am available to provide driving lessons 7 days a week. I work mornings, afternoons and evenings and am generally available for lessons that start from 9am (with daytime slots that start at 9am, 11 or 11:30am, 1pm, 1:30pm or 2pm). During spring and summer months, I offer evening lessons (that start at 6:30pm or 7pm). During the autumn and winter months, I reserve evening sessions for people who want/need experience of driving in the dark.
Q – How much do you charge?
A – This depends on whether you are planning to pay as you go (PAYG) or purchase a block of lessons in advance. Details of current lesson prices are outlined on this website but do also look out for any current special offers.
Q – Do you provide lessons in an automatic car?
A – While I am trained to provide tuition in either an automatic or a manual car, I currently do not have access to an automatic car (for training purposes). However, depending on your reason for wanting to learn in an automatic, it may be worthwhile considering having a Taster Session in a manual car first, before making that decision.
Q – Do you offer intensive courses?
A – Depending on my availability, I do offer semi-intensive lessons.
Q – I have a full EU driving licence but would like some experience on UK roads.
A – I am happy to discuss your requirements in more detail and tailor a session to meet your needs.
Q – I have a non EU driving licence and would like some experience on UK roads or would like to prepare for a UK test.
A – I would recommend booking an Trial Lesson, where we can discuss your requirements in more detail once I have had the opportunity to see you drive. However, I do not provide this session for people who have already booked a test.
Q – Can I meet you before deciding to appoint you as my driving instructor?
A – I very much welcome the opportunity to meet to discuss your requirements in more detail. Subject to my availability, I offer a FREE introductory meeting (for brand new learners) or a FREE Consultation (for learners with some previous experience) and a reduced price initial session (Taster Session or Trial Lesson) depending on your circumstances.
Q – How many lessons will I need before I am ready to take my test?
A – This is one of the most common questions I get asked and is probably best assessed after your first few driving lessons. There are number of factors involved such as how quickly you learn (people learn at different paces), the amount of previous experience you have as a road user, your age, as well as the frequency and duration of driving lessons and the amount of practising you have done between those lessons. However, the national average (for people who are able to practise between lessons) is for 45 hours of tuition (which works out as 22 x 2 hour lessons plus an hour before the test) with 22 hours of private practice (Driving Standards Agency statistics, 2006). Obviously this is an average so some people will need less and some people will need more. The best indication of whether you are ready to take your test is the amount of help and guidance you need on lessons. If you find that on your lessons that I am simply giving your directions, (telling you where to go, rather than how to do it), then you are probably ready to take your test.
Q – My driving instructor is unavailable for my driving test. Can I use your car?
A- I should start by highlighting that I would never allow my car to be used for a test by someone I’d never met before the day of the test (unless I personally knew the instructor concerned) and only allow my car to be used on a test by learners who have had regular lessons with me prior to booking a test. However, I am happy to provide a mock test at least a week before your test so that you can be independently assessed that you are ready for your test. The mock test will conclude with some honest and constructive feedback. Please note that a mock test is provided without any obligation for further lessons or the use of my car on the test.
Q – What is your pass rate?
A. I perform a review of the results of tests periodically and publish a summarised view on an annual basis. For the most recent publication, please see my latest results.
Q – How do I pay?
A – I prefer payments by bank transfer (payable in advance of the lesson) but can accept cash payment in the car on the day of the lesson if you prefer to pay in cash.
Q – I’d like to take advantage of a discounted price for a block booking of driving lessons. Can I have one or two lessons first, before committing to booking a block of lessons?
A – That is fine. That is partly why I introduced the Taster Session or Trial Lesson, to allow you to decide if you’d like to purchase a block booking. Alternatively, if you simply wish to meet me before making a decision to appoint a driving instructor, I do offer a Free Introductory Meeting (for brand new learners) or a FREE Consultation (for learners with previous experience).
Q – What happens if your prices increase while I am learning to drive with you?
A – As detailed in the Terms of Business that you will be asked to accept, the price you pay for lessons will be agreed before you start your lessons with me. Once you have started lessons, your lesson prices will not increase for a period of 12 months (from the date of your first lesson with me), providing that you are taking regular lessons (with the exception of any agreed gaps e.g. due to holidays). However, if you decide to stop taking lessons for a while, the latest advertised price will apply when you resume lessons.
Q – What happens if I book a block of driving lessons from you and don’t need them any more?
A – Please refer to the Terms of Business
Q – What should I do if I need to cancel a lesson and will I be charged?
A – Please refer to the Terms of Business
Q – Do you offer any support to help me prepare for my Theory Test?
A – I provide access to free online training. This not only allows my learners to study for the theory on any internet connected device but also allows me to track and monitor learning activity and progress.
If you are interested in booking your first driving lesson with me or to explore your requirements in more detail, please contact me using my contact form, by telephone or send me a message (text, WhatsApp or through Facebook) using any of the contact details at the bottom of this page.