Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Can I get picked up from work?…

Yes as long as you tell Paul in advance and it is inside the working area.

Why are 2 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 BOTH parts of your licence (Plastic licence and paper counterpart) to your first lesson where Paul will check them for your eligibility and then also 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.

Take a look at the Driver Training section for the range of lessons Paul offers.

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. Click here to apply.

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 need both parts for you test ( yes! You have two parts for your licence. The first part is your plastic bit and the other is your paper counterpart.) Click here for the link and more information about replacing your licence.

How many hours tuition will I need to pass my test?…

The official DVSA 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!

What do I need to take with me for my Theory test?…

You need to take with you both parts of your driving licence (Plastic and paper counterpart). Also remember to take with you the DVSA confirmation letter of your theory test. Have a look at this DVSA link for what to expect on the day-

http://bit.ly/DSA-TheoryTest

What do I need to take with me for my Practical test?…

You need to take with you both parts of your driving licence (Plastic and paper counterpart) and your DVSA test confirmation letter.(p.s. If you have your test soon – good luck!)

What types of Driving Tuition/Lessons do you provide?…

Take a look at the Driver Training section for the range of lessons Paul offers.

Can I refer a friend?

Take a look at the New Drivers section for discounts/rewards.

Independent driving, starting in October 2010- what is it?

Check this link for a full explanation-

https://www.gov.uk/national-standard-for-developed-driving-competence