FAQs

How long does it take to learn to drive?

  • Everyone's different in the time it takes to learn. If you are having private practice alongside driving lessons you may only need 10 hours. Most people will need between 30-40 hours

Do i have to pass my theory first before i start driving?

  • No providing you are 17 and have a provisional licence you can start learning to drive a car.

When can i do an intensive course?

  • You need to have passed the Theory Test first only then can we arrange a practical test. The intensive course will usually start 1 - 2 weeks before the practical test.

What is involved in the Theory test?

  • The driving theory test has two parts, part one is a multiple choice test and part two is a hazard perception test. The multiple choice test consists of 50 questions of which the pass mark is 43. The hazard perception consists of 14 clips.

    This is delivered on a computer and you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. Please browse our online shop for training materials to help you prepare for the test.

What are the Show me / Tell me questions?

  • These are safety checks that should always carried out on your vehicle on a regular basis. The examiner will ask you 2 questions at the beginning of the test there are 19 in total. All the questions can be found on the navigation menu (Driving Tests) at the top of this page along with a video to help.

How much are the current driving tests?

  • Currently the Theory test is £25.00 and the Practical Driving test is £62.00. If you require information on any other tests, this can be found on the Driving Standards Agency website.

What happens on the test?

  • The examiner will call your name, and then he/she will check your documentation. He/she will then ask you to read a number plate. You will then be asked 2 questions about the car: one tell me and one show me. The examiner will check the car before entering it to see that it is roadworthy, and displaying L Plates. Once seated in the car he/she will offer an explanation of the test. Always listen to this carefully, and ask any questions you wish to. Once on the drive the examiner will give you clear directions in plenty of time. If there is anything you don’t understand ask him/her to repeat the instruction. During the test the examiner will ask you to drive on various road types; to carry out 1 of 4 manoeuvres and possibly execute an emergency stop. You will also be asked to stop on various road types, to show that you can stop/move off safely with due regard to other road users. You will pass if you can show your examiner that you can drive safely, and demonstrate through your driving that you have a thorough knowledge of The Official Highway Code and the theory of driving safely. Remember, the examiner prefers to pass you as he has less paper work to do afterwards!

How do i book a theory or Practical test?

  • You can book your Theory or practical test by phoning 0300 200 1122 or on-line at www.gov.co.uk