How Many Lessons Will I Need & Other FAQ

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1. How much are driving lessons?

Usually between £25 & £35 per hour….

But the cost of learning to drive depends on a variety of factors, including the cost of lessons, how much driving experience you already have, and how much private practice you do. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency advises that it can take on average 45 hours of professional tuition and 22 hours of private practice to pass a driving test. We Strongly recommend 2-hour Lessons not only will you learn and retain more you will also get to test Standard a lot quicker.  Based on the info above from the DVSA if you take 1-hour lessons it will take you 1 Year to Pass, taking into account holiday etc. If you take 2 Hour Lessons it will take you around 6 Months.


2. How do I know when to book my driving test?

Your driving instructor will advise you when to book your driving test….

At Mark Jordan Driving we have developed our own pupil progress logs, which will be e-mailed to you every lesson. This tracks your progress for each area of your driving from being `introduced` to a subject through to becoming Independent/Test Standard` in each area. This helps both yourself and your instructor track your progress and work on the areas that need improving. Your driving instructor will advise you when to book your driving test, taking into account the current waiting times for driving tests 

3. How many driving lessons will I need?

The DVSA recommends around 45 hours….

Here at Mark Jordan Driving we will teach you to drive properly, safely and competently on our complex, modern road systems.  There are various factors that come into this, mainly how frequent you take driving lessons as the longer gaps there are between lessons, the longer it will take you. Your driving instructor will assess your progress with you and if you continue to book in 10 hour blocks you will retain the block booking discount, if you take your test and you have unused hours we will gladley refund anything owing. Your instructor will usually advise you when to book your driving test. 


4. Can I take my driving test in an automatic car?

Yes you can….

But when you pass your practical driving test in an automatic this will be the only type of vehicle that you will be entitled to drive. Whereas if you pass your practical driving test in a vehicle which has a manual gearbox you are then entitled to drive both automatic or manual gearbox vehicles unaccompanied.

5. Can I start driving lessons before passing my theory test?

Yes you can and probably should….

Yes, you can, and probably should, as the practical experience will help you understand the questions and answers contained in the theory test. Likewise, what you study for the theory test will also be very helpful in your practical lessons.

6. Can I take driving lessons in my own car?

Yes you can…

But it will depend on the discretion of your Driving Instructor. Most will allow this but will probably want your first lesson to be taken in their driving school car, so as to assess your current driving ability and level you have reached.

7. What do I need before starting driving lessons?

Firstly your provisional driving licence…..

Currently in the UK you have to be 17 years of age to obtain a provisional licence to drive a car or ride a motorcycle – unless in receipt of a full disability allowance, when you can obtain a provisional licence at the age of 16 years. You must be in possession of a provisional driving licence before you will be able to drive on a public road. You can obtain a licence application form D750 from any main post office. 

8. How much should a driving instructor charge for driving lessons?

The price of a driving lesson is only one of the factors that you should consider when making your choice of driving instructor. It’s not like buying a new pair of jeans where several retailers will all have the same product and you just shop around for the best deal. Driving instructors cannot be compared like for like. They may drive around in similar tuition vehicles but the instruction they give can vary enormously. Some driving instructors once qualified never take any additional training to keep up with new developments. Can you imagine a Doctor or Nurse never taking further training? 

Other driving instructors take part in CPD which is continued professional development, this ensures that they are at the fore front of the many changes taking place within the industry.

People often look for a driving Instructor who is “good and cheap” unfortunately the two rarely go together as many have found to their cost, but only after wasting hundreds of pounds.

If You Have Any Further Questions Please Don’t Hesitate To Ask.