Commonly asked questions

We often get pupils calling us with their driving related questions, so we thought we would provide some answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you’re struggling to find an answer you need. Please call our team or fill in our contact form. Email us here.

Can I take driving lessons during COVID-19?

Driving lessons in England and Wales restarted on the 12th of April 2021 and driving tests on the 22nd of April 2021. You can now book in for your driving lessons in London and start ASAP!

How do I start learning to drive?

To begin your driving lessons, you must be no younger than 17 years of age and have a provisional driving license.

You can get a provisional license by going to the GOV.UK website and completing an online application. You can also get a D1 form from your local post office and complete and send that off. It can take up to 2 weeks for a provisional driving license to reach you after you apply.

What should I bring along with me for my first lesson?

A provisional driving licence is an absolute must have as your instructor will take some notes from it.

You will be required to do a quick eyesight check (just like you would on a driving test, but less formal), if you need to wear glasses or find it easier to use contacts – we suggest you bring them.

What will be covered on my first booking?

If this is going to be your very first driving lesson, there are a few things that your chosen driving instructor will want to cover – you shouldn’t be worried as this is done on every lesson with a new driver.

The driving instructor will take some notes from your provisional licence and ask you a few questions to try to understand your personality a little better.

Once you have covered your licence, the driving instructor will drive you to a quiet location, usually an industrial estate with little traffic. On arrival, you will change positions and you will start to learn how the vehicle operates.

When you are comfortable with the vehicles controls – you will start to learn how to move off and stop the car. When the lesson is over, your instructor will drive you home and arrange your next driving lesson.

How long will it take to get my licence?

Everyone learns at a different speed so we can’t tell you how many lessons you’ll need. The best thing to do to find this out is to ask your driving instructor at the end of a lesson. They will be in a better position to tell you as they will have seen you drive.

Taking an assessment lesson would be perfect for you if you want to get an idea of your driving ability and how long it will approximately take to get your licence.

Which car will I be driving?

There are so many vehicles that you can choose from when learning to drive with us. These include Ford Fiestas, Focuses, Citroen DS3s, Toyota Yaris and more!

Can I book my test now?

It’s possible to book both the theory and practical driving tests online through the government website. To book a practical test, you must have already passed your theory test. We don’t suggest booking a practical test until your completely comfortable driving and up to a test standard. Your driving instructor will have helped you decide when is best to book.

You can book a theory test online by clicking here.

You can book a driving test online by clicking here.

What car do I use for my driving test?

If you are comfortable and the instructor believes that you are ready to take your practical test, then you may use his or her vehicle for the test. If you prefer, you are able to use your own vehicle but it must be at a standard for a driving test and correctly insured.

What happens if you don’t have any instructors in my area?

If for some reason we don’t have an instructor available in your area or all of our instructors are fully booked, you can try one of our sister companies, DRIVE 321 London and driveJohnson’s London, who also have driving instructors in London.