Government statistics show that "Those who pass their driving test have had, on average, about 47 hours of professional training combined with 20 hours of private practice." However I find that the number of lesson needed varies form person to person depending on many different factors. Using a progress record helps to keep your training very focused & therefore speeds things up
Yes. Your accompanying driver must be over 21 & must have held (and still hold) a full licence in the relevant category of vehicle, for at least 3 years. The car must be properly insured for you as a learner. It must have L-plates front & back (not stuck in the windows).
You must have sent for & received a valid provisional car driving license (photo card). When we book your first session, for insurance purposes, I'll ask you to go to the DVSA website & (using your driver number from your driving license) generate a "Check Code". You'll need to text the "Check Code" long with the last 8 digits of your driver number to me.
On your first training sessioin I'll need to see your photocard provisional license & check your eyesight is at the minimum standard for driving. ( You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.)
No, but it’s a good idea to start studying for it while you are training; the theory you learn will help you with your driving, as will the hazard perception. The theory test is valid for 2 years, so you will need to pass your driving test in this time, otherwise you will have to take the theory test again.
Most students take their test in my car, booking a 2 hour lesson. This allows you to have some practice before going to the test centre and taking the test, and then to get you home. We must both agree that your driving is at the required standard for you to use the James Driver Training car on your driving test.
We can conduct a Driving assessment lesson to see if your driving is at the standard required for the DSA driving test & advise you when to book a test. Please note that trainees are only able to take the test in our cars if as your driving instructor, I believe they are at the required standard.
The secret to having a great chance of passing 1st time is to thoroughly prepare for the test. Towards the end of your driver lessons I guide you through "mock" tests to assess your driving when under pressure & mentally prepare you for the real driving test. During the mock driving test any driving errors you make are recorded on a driving test marking sheet. The results help us assess if your require any further training before booking a test.
Yes, to some degree, however I find learners get quite tired after driving for more than 2 hours at a time. Please ring me on 07795 660 229 and we can discuss your options.
No, all my training is currently given within a manual gearbox car.