What is the minimum age that I can start to learn to drive a car on public roads?
You can start learning to drive at 17.
Can I start driving lessons before I have passed my theory test?
You don't need to have passed your theory test in order to start driving lessons. All you need is your provisional licence.
How do I apply for a provisional licence?
Application form D1 and photo card application form D750 must be completed. (available from most post offices). You can apply for a provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday to be valid on your birthday.
How do I apply for a theory test?
You can book online by clicking here to visit the DVSA web site or by phone on 0870 0101372. You will need your driver number from your provisional licence and a credit / debit card to pay.To find out where the theory test centre is, please see our Cambridge Theory Test Centre address and location map page.
When can I take my Practical Driving Test?
Once you have your provisional licence and have passed your Theory Test, you can then apply for your Driving Test. You can book online with the DVSA by clicking here. To book your test, you will need a valid UK provisional driving licence, your theory test certificate number and a valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)
What payment do you accept?
We accept cash and cheque.
What types of car do you have?
We use various cars. All are easy to drive and small, making it easier to perform all the manoeuvres.
Do you provide automatic driving tuition?
At the moment we only provide driving tuition using a manual gearbox.
Can I have more than one lesson a week?
Some pupils have 3 or 4 lessons per week. It really depends on how fast you wish to learn.
Can I be picked up and dropped off in a different place?
Lessons are conducted on a one to one basis with no car sharing. Pupils are collected from home, college or work place.
Which car will I take my practical driving test in?
You are able to take the practical driving test in your own car. To do this your car must be in a road worthy condition, have L-plates visible from the front and back of the car and a further interior mirror for the examiner's use. Most students prefer to take the practical driving test in their driving instructor's car as this is the car that they will be most used to.
How long is each lesson?
Lessons consist of 1, 1.5 and 2 hours. Most pupils tend to prefer 1.5 hour lessons as 1 hour isn't quite enough.
How long will it take me to learn to drive and how many lessons will I need?
Every learner is an individual. The DVSA recommend around 40 hours of professional tuition and around 20 hours of private tuition for a 17 year old. This of course depends on if you have had any previous experience, frequency of driving lessons and if you have access to private tuition.
How long does the practical driving test last?
The practical driving test lasts approximately 35-40 minutes and will entail driving on different types of roads with various road conditions. In addition to this you will be asked to perform 2 reversing manoeuvres and potentially an emergency stop exercise.
What are the Show Me Tell Me questions?
Before your Driving Test starts, the Examiner will ask you 2 questions. 1 'Tell Me' question on car safety and maintenance which will require an explanation and 1 'Show Me' question that will require you physically check something. Please see: Show Me Tell Me driving test questions & answers
Are there any Driving Test waiting times?
It varies through out the year. It can vary from 1 - 2 weeks, to over 2 months. For Cowley Road test centre, click here to see test availability and for Chesterton Road test availability, click here.
Want to book a driving lesson or looking for advice?
Call 0845 388 9358 or 0792 088 6044 to speak to us today
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