FAQs for Learners and Full Licence Holders

What is an ADI?
All driving instructors that receive payment for tuition need to have passed a theory exam and two practical exams before they can become an ADI (approved driving instructor) and be entered on the DVSA approved register of driving instructors.

Do I share the car with another pupil?
No. All your lessons are conducted on a one-to-one basis.

Do I need to do anything before the first lesson?
I will need your driving licence number and a check code to verify your licence. If you don’t have a driving licence you will need to apply for one. The easiest and quickest way to apply is online. If you apply by post it will usually take longer.

Your check code can be generated online by using this link https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

What do I need to bring with me to my first lesson?
Your driving licence, a clear mind and try to relax!

FAQs for Learners Only

How many hours will it take me to pass?
There is no definitive answer as learning rates vary from person to person. However, the average time taken is around 45 hours of professional tuition with 22 hours of practice with family and friends.

All the answers to the following questions can be found at https://www.gov.uk/driving-test 

How can I book my test?
What do I need to take to my test?
How many faults can I make on my test and still pass?
How is the test conducted and how long does it last?
What happens if my test is cancelled or stopped due to bad weather or another reason?

Didn’t the practical driving test change in December 2017?

Correct. Find out more here.

What publications do you recommend?
The Official DVSA Theory Test for Car Drivers – 9780115534652
The Highway Code – 9780115539954

The Highway Code Applaunched 17th March 2023
The Official DVSA Guide to Learning to Drive – 9780115535505
The Official DVSA Guide to Hazard Perception DVD-ROM – 9780115535703
Know Your Traffic Signs – 9780115528552
The Official DVSA Guide to Driving The Essential Skills – 9780115532900
Explain the Theory Test?
You need to answer 50 multiple choice questions and respond to 14 hazard perception video clips. More information can be found here https://www.gov.uk/theory-test/revision-and-practice
You can practice by using a provider such as Theory Test Pro and all my pupils receive free access to their site – see the ‘Giveaways’ section on my website for more information.

Do I need to pass my theory test before I start my lessons?
No, but ‘The Highway Code‘ will help with road safety and rules of the road. Many are legal requirements and identified by the MUST/MUST NOT wording.

Know Your Traffic Signs‘ will help with identifying road signs and road safety. Looking at hazard awareness videos is also recommended. You will, however, need to have passed your theory test before booking your car test.

FAQs for Full Licence Holders Only

Do you offer Pass Plus Lessons?
Yes I do. The government website https://www.gov.uk/pass-plus/overview will tell you what is involved but if you are unsure about anything please ask me.