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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do lessons cost?

Lessons cost £48 per hour in my usual areas (see below). If you need to drive with adaptations and live a short distance outside these areas I may still be able to help with an additional charge to cover travel time and extra petrol costs, however, I am not able to travel long distances for lessons. I currently offer a £10 discount for learner drivers who pay upfront for a 10 hour block of lessons.

Which areas do you cover?

I'm based in Kingsteignton, near Newton Abbot in Devon, but I cover Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, Kingskerswell, Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot. If you need to drive with adaptations and you live a short distance outside of these areas please contact me as I may still be able to help.

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is a course designed to follow on from what people learn before taking their test.  It can help you to further develop your skills and a positive driving style which will help reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.

It is a course covering 6 modules, including motorway and night driving, and there is no test to take at the end, I assess your driving throughout and once you have reached the required standard you’ve passed!  There is a minimum of 6 hours tuition charged at your usual rate.

Did you know?

  • New drivers are more likely to have an accident within 2 years of passing their test than at any other time.

  • 2 people under 25 die in crashes every day in the UK.

  • You can save money on your insurance with a Pass Plus certificate (with selected insurers).

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 around 50 hours to get to test standard, if you have had previous driving experience and/or you can get lots of practice outside of lessons it may take you less.  Please bear in mind that it may also take longer than this, especially if you have additional needs. The DVSA say that on average learners who pass their test have had between 40 and 50 hours of professional training and about 20 hours of private practice.

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 affect the car owner's no claims discount in the event of an accident. Click here and you could save £20 off your first policy with Collingwood insurance. The supervising driver must 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, but if they hold a manual licence, they can supervise you in both a manual and 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!

Please contact me using the form below if you have any other driving related questions. You may also be able to find the answers you're looking for on my blog.

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