Frequently asked questions
FAQs About Becoming An Instructor
Why become a driving instructor?
What’s involved in a driving instructor assessment?
FAQs About learning
Am I able to have driving lessons in my own/family or friends car?
Prior to any training being conducted in the customer’s vehicle, the instructor should inspect the vehicle for its roadworthiness. The inspection should include, but is not limited to, a check of the following items;
• the registration label is valid, current, intact and displayed appropriately
• the vehicle is comprehensively insured and the customer’s insurance company is notified that it will be used by a driving instructor to conduct training in
• The tyres:
o are correctly inflated (air pressures must reflect the manufacturer’s recommendation as a minimum).
o have appropriate levels of tread
o are not damaged
• all indicators, headlights and brake lights are working
• seats and seat belts are in good working order and are not damaged or twisted
• any loose items in the cabin of the vehicle are stowed in the cargo (boot) area
• the windows and interior are clean
• the vehicle has sufficient petrol to last the course of the lesson (minimum requirement – a quarter of a tank)
The lesson charge is not reduced for lesson in a customer’s own car.
Are automatic car easier to drive?
Some people find that automatic cars are easier to drive as they don’t have a clutch pedal to operate, consequently you should be able to obtain your license quicker. Some people get their licence in an automatic, build up their confidence and then later sit for a manual test. It is also common for a novice driver to commence their tuition in an automatic vehicle until they are relatively confident and safe on the roads and then swap over to manual before sitting for their practical test.
How many lessons will I need to learn how to drive?
This depends on the individual, as every student has different abilities, needs, levels of experience and different opportunities to practice. Be aware of anyone who “quotes” a number of lessons over the phone as it is impossible, without first assessing your current skill levels. Once one of our Driving Instructors have assessed your current skill level, ability and have ascertained how much practice you can obtain between lessons, we will be able to provide you with an accurate estimate.
Please keep in mind that you can never have too many lessons as the more professional training you have then the safer you will become prior to going solo.
When can I go for my licence?
To be eligible to obtain your licence you must be at least 17 years of age and held your Learners permit for at least 12 consecutive months. There are exemptions to the amount of time you have to hold the permit, under certain circumstances – please enquire at GOV - https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence