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Frequently asked questions



Q: How old do I have to be to start taking driving lessons?
A: For most people the minimum age is 17. However, if you receive Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate that includes the Mobility component, then you can start learning to drive at 16 years of age. 

Q: What do I need to do before I can start driving?
A: You must have a Provisional Licence.

Q: How often should I have my lessons?
A: At least once a week is recommended

Q: How many driving lessons will it take for me to pass my test?
A: This depends on personal ability and whether you are able to practice in between your driving lessons. There is no set number of hours in which you should become ready to take your practical driving test.

Every driver is different so by using the driver record you can see your strengths & weaknesses. I will use this to feedback your progress.

Q: Will I get a full hour of tuition?
A: Yes, I will pick you up at the time you have arranged and you will have a full hour of one-to-one tuition.

Q: Can I book a two-hour lesson?
A: Yes

Q: Do lessons in the evening and at weekends cost the same as in the daytime?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I get picked up and dropped off at different addresses?
A: Yes, although it is best to make these arrangements before your lesson starts depending on distance. 

Q: Do I need to pass the Theory Test before I can start my driving lessons?
A: No. It is a good idea to learn the theory whilst you are learning the practical as it can bring the subject alive making it easier to understand and remember.

Q: Do you provide Theory Test Training?
A:Yes I will help with all aspects of your training. 

Q: Where do I take my Theory Test?
A: For Derry you will visit 19 Queen Street, Derry, BT48 7EF

Q: Can a friend or relative teach me how to drive?
A: The Driving Standards Agency strongly recommends that you take lessons from an Approved Driving Instructor. If your friend or relative teaches you they must be over 21 years of age and have held a Full British Driving Licence for at least 3 years. Your instructor will give you a free guide to follow whilst driving with your family member or friend. If done properly this can be very beneficial.

Q: Will you expect me to know the basics of learning to drive?
A: No. 

Q: When can I book my practical driving test?
A: You can only book your Practical Driving Test after having passed your theory test and when I think you are ready to sit the test after meeting all the requirements in the student record.

Q: How do I book a practical driving test?
A: You can book a driving test by telephone, fax or post, or online. For more information visit the links page.

Q: What happens after I book a driving test?
A: You should tell me immediately so that I can book you into my diary and arrange enough lessons leading up to the date of your test to make sure you have enough practice and a better chance of passing. You will receive a letter through the post confirming your test date and time and you should keep this safe as you will need to take it with you on the day of your test. Check to make sure that you have your theory test pass certificate and both parts of your photo card driving licence as you will also need to take those with you.

Q: What happens on the day of the practical driving test?
A: I will pick you up at the arranged time and you will have at least one hours' tuition so that you can prepare yourself for the test. You can of course book more lesson time if you wish, and if the test time permits. We will make our way to the test centre and I will accompany you into the test centre. When it is time for your test, your name will be called by your allocated driving examiner and you will be required to produce the items listed above before accompanying the examiner to the car.

Q: What is involved in the Practical Driving Test?
A: The test begins with an eyesight check and if you fail this, your test cannot continue. You will be asked to read a number plate from a certain distance. Providing you are able to do this, you will then be asked two vehicle safety check questions which I will have covered during your tuition. You will then be examined on your general driving ability and this will include two of three possible reversing exercises which could be reversing around a corner, turning in the road or reverse parking. You will also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise. At the end of the test the examiner will tell you whether you have passed or failed your test. If you failed your driving test, you will be offered an explanation of the examiner's reasons for their decision.

Q: How long will the Practical Driving Test take?
A: Around 30-40 minutes.


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Driving lessons are in a Kia Ceed 1.4TDI fitted with He Man dual controls, taxed, insured and serviced to the manufacturers recommendations with air conditioning. 

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