Frequently Asked Questions
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You will need to bring BOTH parts of your driving licence. Many new drivers are under the illusion that their driving licence consists of only the plastic card with their photo on, but actually this is only half of your licence, the other half consists of a green A4 size piece of paper called the counter part which many people put into a drawer or throw away by mistake. When you take your driving test, if you do not take both parts of your licence with you, you will NOT be able to take your test and you WILL lose your test fee!
Glasses if you need them.
Sensible flat shoes (Ladies, no high heels or open toed sandals please, these are not suitable to drive in!
Well this depends on the individual, like anything we learn, we all learn at different rates.You have probably heard your parents say they had 12 lessons then took a test, well this is actually true, but you will be expected to drive to a much much higher standard today, as the driving test is much harder than when your parents took there's, in fact your parents would very likely fail todays driving test, no matter how much they insist they would pass. The reason the test is much harder is because there is far more traffic on todays roads than there used to be and there is more emphasis on safety now than ever, plus you have more manoeuvres to learn today ie, parallel park and bay park, which never used to be taught. The DSA states that the average learner today takes around 40-45 hours of training with an instructor, and has around 20 hours private practice in between lessons before they are ready to take the test. Click on the link for the official DSA confirmation http://www.drivingtrainingwales.co.uk/pupil/Pass%20Rates.pdf
No, the training is very structured, and you will begin your training on the quietest roads possible nearest the area I pick you up from, and you will only move on to busier roads when you are ready, and this varies from person to person. You will not be asked to do anything you do not feel ready to do, as the training is at your pace, not mine or anyone elses.
No, it is not necessary to have your own car to practice in between lessons with mum or dad etc, in fact most of my clients do not have a car, and most of my former clients did not have a car and they have all gone on to pass their test.
No, you can take the theory test when you are ready and at any time, but you cannot book a driving test until you have passed the theory test. The theory test will be valid for two years from the date you pass it, so therefore you need to take the driving test within this two years, otherwise you will need to re-take the theory test again.
You can take an interpreter with you on your test, but the interpreter must be 16 or over and must not speak to you other than to repeat what the examiner is saying. If the examiner thinks the interpreter is helping you to drive, the test will be terminated at that point. Your instructor can act as your interpreter.
Driverways current vehicle is a 1.5 Renault clio diesel (manual gear box) fitted with dual controls and air conditioning for your safety and comfort.
A photo is available of the car under the menu heading useful stuff.
You can book your test by phone, post or alternatively online.
Click on the link below to book a practical driving test
Click on the link below to book a theory test
Warning! Please only use the Driving Standards Agency's wesite to book your theory or practical tests, as there are other sites out there who are charging £20 extra on top of the test fee for using their booking service, and they have no connection with the DSA.
Your lesson can be as long as you like although it is not advisable to have a lesson longer than two hours without a break.