1. How much do lessons cost?
Please check out my Prices page which contains current prices, offers and packages.
2. How many lessons will I need?
This will vary between individuals as everyone learns at different rates and I’m sure you will find some areas of driving easier and therefore quicker to master and find that other areas take a bit longer. Typically I find people take 50 hours to get to test standard, if you have had previous driving experience and/or you can get practice outside of lessons it may take you less. Please bear in mind that it may also take longer than this.
3. Can I practice with a friend/family member?
Yes as long as they have the appropriate insurance and you are insured to drive the vehicle. It is possible to get a separate learner driver policy so it does not effect the car owner’s no claims discount in the event of an accident. Visit http://www.collingwoodlearners.co.uk/WD160AWP/WD160Awp.exe/CONNECT/LearnerDrivers?AFF=487575&utm_campaign=CLD_Deeplink&utm_source=487575&utm_medium=Deeplink and you could save £20 off your first policy. The supervising driver must also be aged 21+ and have held a full car licence (UK/EU) for at least 3 years. If they only hold an automatic licence they can only supervise you in an automatic. You must also ensure that ‘L’ plates are shown on the front and back of the car. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency recommends that learners have the opportunity to practice between lessons to give them the best chance of passing and I fully support this but I would recommend you think carefully about who you choose to supervise you as it can lead to arguments! I am able to offer a parents course (see Prices page for more details) to ensure that the supervising driver’s skills are up to date.
4. Does your car have dual controls?
My car is a brand new manual Ford Fiesta (replaced every 2 years) with air conditioning and is fitted with He-Man dual controls – I don’t like to use them but it’s good to know they are there and use them when I need to!
5. How do I book my theory and practical tests and how much do they cost?
I offer a test booking service for my customers but you are welcome to book them yourself. Theory tests can be booked via the gov.uk website (https://www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test) and costs £23. The local centres are in Torquay and Exeter. Practical tests can also be booked via the gov.uk website (https://www.gov.uk/book-practical-driving-test) and costs £62. The local practical test centres are in Newton Abbot and Exeter. I would strongly recommend customers use these official sites as there are sites which charge for this service, you can book them yourself for free via gov.uk.
6. What is involved in the theory and practical tests?
The theory test will be taken at a test centre on a computer. There are two sections and you will need to pass both sections at the same time to pass. The first part is multiple choice questions, you will be asked 50 questions and the pass mark is 43. The second part is hazard perception, you will be shown 14 CGI clips all with a ‘developing hazard’, one of the clips has two ‘developing hazards’. The maximum score for each hazard is 5, the sooner you spot the hazard the higher your score. The pass mark for this section is 44 out of 75. More information is available from https://www.gov.uk/driving-theory-test/how-the-theory-test-works.
The practical test cannot be booked until you have passed your theory test. The practical test is taken at one of the test centres. An examiner will assess your driving and will mark any faults on a report. Any minor faults will be recorded as ‘driving faults’, you are allowed a maximum of 15 driving faults during your test. Any ‘serious’ or ‘dangerous’ faults or an accumulation of 4 or more ‘driving faults’ for the same fault will result in a fail. During your test you will be asked two vehicle safety questions, undertake one reversing manoeuvre and drive for 10 minutes independently, you may also be asked to carry out the emergency stop exercise. More information is available from https://www.gov.uk/practical-driving-test-for-cars/what-happens-during-the-test.
7. Is there any help for the theory test?
There are lots of useful materials out there for theory practice – I’ve listed a few of them below. If you would like more help please ask and I’ll be happy to provide training during lessons or advise about further revision materials.
The Highway Code and The Official DVSA Guide to Driving – the Essential Skills are valuable books for both theory and practical tests and can be purchased from www.tsoshop.co.uk or any good book retailer. The Highway Code is also available online (www.gov.uk/browse/driving/highway-code).
Driving Test Success (http://www.drivingtestsuccess.com/collections/car-learners/products/driving-test-success-anytime-online-theory) – I provide free access to this for all my customers.
8. Which areas do you cover?
I’m based in Kingsteignton, near Newton Abbot in Devon, but I cover Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, Kingskerswell, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Torquay and surrounding villages. If you are outside of these areas please contact me as I may still be able to help.
9. What is Pass Plus?
Please check out my separate section on Pass Plus.
10. Can I take lessons in my own car?
Yes you can take lessons in your own car but it is your responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is appropriately insured, taxed and roadworthy. If I feel that your car is not in a suitable condition I may refuse the lesson in your vehicle but of course it can still take place in my vehicle. In order to ensure your vehicle is covered for driving lessons you will need to make sure you have checked your insurer will cover you for driving tuition. I will need to see proof of insurance cover before lessons begin. I have my own insurance in place which covers me for lessons in your vehicle and I am insured to drive your vehicle if required – proof of this is available on request. I will also need to check the tax and MOT status on your vehicle, ‘L’ plates must be displayed at the front and rear and I will check the condition the tyres, lights etc. to check the vehicle is roadworthy. Please ensure you have enough fuel for the lesson, if you would like filling up the car to be part of your lesson that is acceptable but please ensure you have means of payment.
11. Are you on Facebook and Twitter?
Yes – please check out my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/drivewithemma) for exclusive offers and competitions. You can follow me on Twitter @drivewithemma.
12. Can I learn to drive before 17?
If you are in receipt of the higher rate of Disability Living Allowance (mobility component) you can learn to drive on public roads from aged 16.
13. What about the new driving test?
Certain parts of the practical test will be changing from 4th Decemeber 2017. Anyone taking their test before this date will do the current syllabus. I’m already teaching most aspects of the new test so people have improved skills and I will continue to teach the elements that are being dropped for the same reason. Anyone who has any specific questions please feel free to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can find more information here.