How long are lessons?

Lessons are at least 1 hour, we recommend 2 hour lessons as these are more productive and more training can take place. This in the long run will save pupils money as time will not be lost travelling to a suitable training location.

How many lessons will I need?

Each individual learns at a different rate. According to statistics from the Driving Standards Agency, a learner driver who passes their driving test has had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training combined with 22 hours of private practice.

Should I practice between lessons?

Private practice is encouraged with a supervisory driver once the pupil has achieved sufficient skills to be competent and reasonably confident to be able to drive on their own. This will improve their driving skills and increase their ability to control a different vehicle.

Do you provide automatic lessons?

No

How do I get a provisional driving licence?

You can pick up an application form for a provisional licence (D1 Pack) from a Post Office, or you can apply online here.

What does the theory test involve?

Please see  the government’s Theory Test website.

Where is my nearest test centre, and how do I book a test?

You can find information on booking both theory and practical tests here. Theory tests are either Chelmsford or Ipswich and practical tests are Colchester.

Will my instructor help me get ready for the theory test?

Yes. If required your instructor can help with both parts of the theory test during your lessons.

What are the ‘show me / tell me’ questions all about?

They involve answering two questions on basic vehicle safety checks. These questions will be supplied by and covered by your instructor during the course of your lessons. They can also be viewed here.

What do the theory and practical tests cost?

Please visit the government website for full details of test fees.

Can I take lessons in my own car?

It depends on your insurance policy. Some policies have exclusions on using your vehicle for professional driving tuition.  We would suggest that using your instructor’s dual controlled vehicle would be the best and safest option.

Will I share my lesson with another learner sat in the back?

No.

My friend had another examiner sat in the back seat on their test, could this happen to me?

The DSA examiners are regularly ‘check tested’ themselves to ensure quality standards are met and that learner drivers like yourself are being tested fairly.

Can a relative come along and sit in the back of my lesson?

A parent can come along and sit in the back during a lesson to see how the pupil is progressing but from my experience the pupil is conscious of the parent in the back seat and their driving standard sometimes drops.