Listed below are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Q – Given that it’s not possible to socially distance in a car, what are you doing to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19?
A – Given that social distancing is not possible in a car, I perform a health risk assessment before a new pupil starts lessons. I have also introduced a new way of working, such as not accepting cash, restricting items brought to the car, cleaning down controls before and after each lesson, using hand sanitiser (if unable to wash hands between lessons), wearing face masks/face coverings, having longer conversations outside the car and facing forwards when talking to my pupils inside the car. My terms provide more details (see section 4) which also include responsibilities for learners.
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 8:30am or 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 – 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 have always welcomed the opportunity to meet before starting lessons, to discuss your requirements in more detail. However, as a result of a new way of working, since the Covid-19 pandemic, this meeting is now essential before starting lessons and is included in the Registration Package Following the meeting, brand new learners can take the opportunity of a Taster Session (or Trial Lesson for learners with some previous experience).
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 only allow my car to be used on a test by learners who have had regular lessons with me prior to booking a test but 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). 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 – Since the Covid-19 pandemic, I only accept payments by bank transfer (payable in advance of the lesson). If this is a problem for you, please let me know so that we can explore alternative arrangements.
Q – Do you offer discounts?
A –With the high demand for lessons over the last two years, there is no benefit to me in offering discounts. However, due to an increase in costs in the last year (petrol has increased by over 30% in less than a year), I do only offer a local discount (for learners who live within a mile of where I live in Wollaton), as less petrol is used. I also offer a discounted price for the first lesson (a Taster Session or Trial Lesson), to allow you to decide if I’m the right instructor for you. I continue to offer a discount for NHS staff who live in NG8, NG9 or the Lenton/Dunkirk parts of NG7 (which equates to the local discounted rate).
Q – Do you offer student discounts?
A –Most students have lessons during the day (Monday to Friday) which are cheaper than evening/weekend slots. I don’t offer specific student discount as the majority of learners are students (at school, college or univerisity) and this is reflected in my pricing.
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. However, please note that the block booking discount scheme was removed in July 2020 and replaced with a Local Discount scheme.
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 (for learners who have had at least 10 lessons with me). 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.
Q – Are you fully qualified?
A – I qualified in 2011. My DVSA (ADI) Reference Number is 460309 and my current certificate of registration is 34014250, confirming that I am included on DVSA’s register of Approved Driving Instructors (valid until February 2024). I am legally required to display this certificate in my car during lessons and will present it to learners at an introductory meeting (prior to their first lesson). A scanned copy (in jpg format) can be provided to parents who are not able to attend an introdcutory meeting (e.g. a parent who does not live in Nottingham).
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.