How long have you been a driving Instructor? (Over 12 years…It’s nice to know that they have some real experience)
What Grade has my Instructor gained? (6…. It’s the best possible! Anything below 4 is sub standard)
Can I have the same instructor for all my lessons? (You need the same instructor, he/she knows what you did last)
What type of cars do you use? And can I sit in the car before before I book lessons? (You might not fit in it)
Are the cars dual controlled? (Yes.You know that the instructor can take over if things go wrong)
Do I have the same car for every lesson? (Yes. It wastes your money learning to drive a different car each lesson)
Do you have a individual pick up service? (Yes we do. You won’t be taking the last pupil home in your lesson time)
Do you work weekends? (Some instructors keep weekends free for those nearing their test day)
Can you pick me up after school, work or college? (Yes we can, …some instructors only pick up and drop at a set point)
How much are your lessons? (the cheapest rarely means the best!!! ). (You only get what you pay for)
Which Test centre do you use? (Camborne. If this is important to you ask before you book a lesson)
What's your pass rate? Although this can be misleading, a better question is: (How many students pass first time?)
How many faults on average do your pupils get on a test?. (This should tell you how well they have been taught)
How long is each lesson? (Full lessons. Some instructors use one pupil to drive the last one home)
What happens if I can’t make it to a lesson that is booked? (Find out how much notice you need to give, see T’s & C’s)
You cannot pay anyone other than a D.V.S.A. Approved Instructor to teach you to drive, if anyone takes any form of payment even for the fuel used they are liable to be prosecuted and they could face receiving a £200 fine and having their vehicle seized for driving without appropriate insurance.
Section 123 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 prohibits drivers from receiving payment in monetary terms for providing driving instruction, unless they have passed the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) demanding three-part instructors test.
If you drive without the right supervision you can be fined up to £1,000 and get 3 to 6 penalty points on your provisional licence, a person holding an Automatic licence cannot supervise in a car with a manual gearbox.
You will need to show your instructor both parts of your driving licence and prove that you are able to read a new style car number plate that is 20 metres away from you or an old style plate that is 20.5 metres away.
You could check it yourself before booking a lesson, but your instructor will also check on your first lesson.
You need to have a permanent address in England, Scotland or Wales in order to apply for a provisional driving licence.
Before you can learn to drive you must have your Provisional Driving Licence. Saying that you have applied is not acceptable.
You can apply for the licence either by post (application form D1 available from Post Offices), or on-line
You will need a passport style photo and the fee is £50.00.
You must be aged 17 or over before you can drive a car or begin to learn to drive on a public road (Those in receipt of mobility component of the disability living allowance may apply at sixteen years of age) but you can apply for a provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday.
As part of the practical driving test, you must be able to read a new style car number plate from a distance of 20 metres( if it is an old style plate 20.5mt) the examiner will do this at the start of your practical test . If you need to wear glasses to read the number plate you will be expected to wear glasses for the whole of your driving test.
If you are unsure if you meet the eye test standard, have your eyesight checked by an optician.
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