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FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need in order to start learning to drive?

Before you start taking driving lessons, you must have a current and valid provisional driving licence. Forms for a provisional licence may be obtained from the Post Office. As a requirement for undertaking driving lessons, you must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from 20.5 metres or 20 metres for the new-style plates. To hold a licence to drive you must also satisfy the statutory medical criteria, details of which may found on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing website. UK residents holding a full driving licence issued in another EU/EEA* member state may drive in the UK until their 70th birthday, or can exchange their licence for a British one at any time.


How many lessons will I need to learn to drive?

This depends very much on your general skills, age and the time you can invest in your driving lessons. According to official statistics, the average person takes about 45 hours with an instructor plus 22 practise hours to pass the test. Generally, learners who have been cycling, riding a moped or have similar experience will learn to drive more easily. However, our friendly and professional instructors are trained to teach also those who need a little bit more help!


I am very anxious, will I need more driving lessons than other learners?

Maybe.. everyone’s learning journey is different. We will work together to help you find strategies and methods to overcome some of the anxious feelings you might have to help you prepare for driving on your own.


What is the most efficient way to learn to drive?

This depends very much on individual preferences, but it has been proven that long stints of learning can naturally make people become tired and less attentive. We suggest 1.5-2 hour lessons. Consistency is important so try to plan for a lesson a regular basis.


Can I learn to drive in my own car?

Yes, but at the very beginning it is much safer to learn with a driving instructor in a dual controlled car. Learning with family and friends can be a great way of speeding up your journey towards a full driving licence. It is important to remember though that your test is marked against the National standard for driver and rider training which is what driving instructors are trained to teach. Learning to drive with an instructor and once you’re ready, practising what you’ve learned in your own car can be an excellent way of improving your skills. Just be make sure you get the correct insurance and the accompanying driver is over over 21, qualified to drive the type of vehicle you want to learn in, for example they must have a manual car licence if they’re supervising you in a manual car and have had their full driving licence for 3 years (from the UK, the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein)


I have recently moved to the UK, can I transfer my driving licence from my home country?

For the most update information use the tool in the link be,ow to find out how to exchange your non-British driving licence for a British licence. It’s taking longer than usual to process applications because of coronavirus (COVID-19).


https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence

Do you offer refresher courses/lessons?

Yes! Our Instructors are able to offer a refresher lesson or course of lessons to individuals who have passed their practical driving test but may need a little confidence or in need of additional training in one or more areas. Refresher lessons are also particularly useful to drivers who have not driven for a while or to those who may need some advice or building of current driving skills.


What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is a widely recognised scheme that is open to newly qualified drivers. Statistics have shown that newly qualified drivers are more vulnerable than experienced drivers. Pass Plus offers professional instruction, helping new drivers to gain quality experience, become more skilful drivers, develop a positive driving style and reduce their risk of being involved in an accident. Additionally many motor insurance companies offer greatly reduced insurance policies to new drivers who have completed the Pass Plus scheme. We are registered to offer Pass Plus tuition for those candidates that have successfully passed the practical driving test. There is no exam at the end of the Pass Plus course. The pupil undertakes six modules, each containing a range of relevant topics. When the pupil has attained or exceeded a satisfactory level in each topic of all modules, he/she will have completed the course.


 https://www.inspire-dt.co.uk/pass-plus