Lessons for Learners

Once you have your provisional driving licence, your practical driving lessons can begin.

  • Lessons are booked as 1 hour sessions – the costs are detailed on our Prices page and don’t forget we offer discounts for block bookings
  • We also offer a pick up / drop off service for you at home or place of work
  • It’s important to start learning the Highway Code as soon as possible
  • We’ll prepare you for all aspects of safe driving on the road and can give specific help with, for example, “show me, tell me” or any particular manoeuvre or part of the general driving test that concerns you or needs additional practice. We can also help with “hazard perception” which is a specific part of the Theory test
  • Of course when we feel you are ready we’ll encourage you to book your practical driving test.

The Theory Test

  • Your theory test must be taken before your practical driving test. It can be booked as soon as you have your provisional license although we would advise time learning with us, “behind the wheel” before taking your theory test
  • Both parts of the theory test – multiple-choice and hazard perception – are taken on the same day.

You can book your Theory test at this government link.

The Practical Driving Test

The practical driving test is the second, and final, test you will need to successfully complete to gain your full driving licence.

At the beginning of your test, the examiner will check your driving licence and you will need to successfully complete a basic eyesight test. You will then be asked a single ‘tell me’ question, with a further ‘show me’ question asked during your drive.

The test lasts for approximately 40 minutes, during which time you will be asked to complete one reversing manoeuvre and 20 minutes of independent driving. You may also be asked to undertake an emergency stop exercise. The drive will cover a variety of roads, and could potentially include in town, country roads, faster roads (up to 70mph) as well as slower residential routes. Motorways will not be included in the test. There are no fixed test routes, so make sure your well prepared for all road conditions before you book your practical test.

The independent drive is designed to test your ability to drive without the input of a passenger to give you directions. There are two ways this part of the test could be undertaken:

  1. Using a sat nav system, which will be set up by the examiner and will provide you with both visual and audible directions.
  2. The examiner will ask you to follow traffic signs to a particular destination (for example, follow signs to the town centre).

Don’t worry if you go off route or don’t follow the directions given to you. As long as you complete your turning safely, and don’t make a driving fault during it, your test result won’t be affected.

The manoeuvre will be selected from four possibilities:

  1. parallel park
  2. reverse bay park
  3. reversing out of a bay
  4. pulling up on the right-hand side of the carriageway, reversing two car lengths and rejoin the traffic.

You will be taught all of these manoeuvres during your lessons with us. On the day, you are allowed up to 5 minutes to complete your manoeuvre, so please take your time to ensure it’s done as well as possible.

To pass the practical test, you need to accumulate less than 15 driver faults in total, and not pick up either a serious or dangerous fault. Serious and dangerous faults are those which have, or have the potential to, cause danger to either yourself or other road users. You should also not accumulate more than 3 driver faults in the same driving competency. Your result will be given to you within a few minutes of you arriving back at the test centre. Good luck!


Vehicle Manoeuvres

Pulling up on the Right, Reverse back 2 car lengths, then pull away

You will not necessarily be asked to pull up on the left prior to undertaking this manoeuvre; the examiner may ask you to undertake this manoeuvre on the move.

  • Identify safe place on the right to stop, allowing the required 2 car lengths to reverse back
  • Check mirrors and ahead
  • Put right hand indicator on. If a vehicle is oncoming, stop close to the central white line to allow the vehicle to pass and wait until it is clear ahead.
  • When safe, pull up on the right, leaving space between the vehicle and kerb (a grid / drain amount of space is sufficient)
  • When the vehicle is straight with the kerb, drive forward a short distance then stop
  • Select reverse gear
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window)
  • When safe, reverse back slowly for 2 car lengths, keeping the steering wheel straight
  • When instructed to move away, select 1st gear
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window)
  • When safe, put the left indicator on, pull away and drive back to left lane
  • Continue along the road when ready.

If another vehicle approaches whilst you are undertaking this manoeuvre, stop. If the other vehicle stops, you can continue; if the other vehicle doesn’t stop, remain stationary until the vehicle is past and it is clear again.

Reverse Bay Park

This manoeuvre will be undertaken at the test centre. Typically, it is undertaken at the beginning of your test, but it can also be undertaken at the end.

Starting within the bay:

  • Start engine and prepare the car. Select 1st gear
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window)
  • When safe, drive forward slowly out of the parking bay until the end of the white line is under the driver’s door mirror.
  • Check left and right again
  • When safe, drive turning the steering wheel fully to the left until the parking spaces are perpendicular on the left of the vehicle (you should be able to see the parking spaces out of the passenger window).
  • Straighten up the vehicle by turning the wheel 1 ¼ times to the right, and drive forward a short distance. Stop.

Reverse Park Exercise:

  • Select reverse gear
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window)
  • Reverse back slowly in a straight line until you reach your reference point (this will be a white line feeding into one of the blu-tac markers on the passenger door). Stop.
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window).
  • Turn the steering wheel fully to the left.
  • Reverse back until the vehicle starts to enter the space. As reversing, watch left door mirror to see the wheel travelling just over the white line of the parking space; then look ahead.
  • When building (or car parking spaces) ahead is straight, stop.
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window).
  • Turn the steering wheel 1 ¼ times to the right (to straighten the wheels)
  • Reverse back until the car is fully in the space. Stop before the car hits the trees behind.
  • Secure vehicle. When instructed to move away, see ‘starting within the bay’.

If another vehicle approaches whilst you are undertaking this manoeuvre, stop. If the other vehicle stops, you can continue; if the other vehicle doesn’t stop, remain stationary until the vehicle is past and it is clear again.

Forward Bay Park

This manoeuvre will be undertaken in a public car park. You must follow any one-way signs within the car park and drive slowly, being aware of any other vehicles leaving car parking spaces.

  • Drive forward slowly in a straight line with the parking spaces on the left.
  • When the white line of the parking space feeds into the bottom corner of the passenger door mirror frame, stop.
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window)
  • Drive forward slowly turning the steering wheel steadily all the way to the left. The car will start to enter the parking space. Look ahead.
  • When the car is almost straight within the bay, turn the steering wheel quickly 1 ¼ times to the right.
  • Drive forward slowly and stop when the end kerb is just under the driver’s door mirror.
  • Apply handbrake and select neutral.
  • When asked to reverse out of the space, select reverse gear
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window)
  • Reverse back slowly in a straight line until the car is half way out of the space.
  • Stop and undertake full observations.
  • Reverse back turning the steering wheel fully to the left.
  • Select 1st gear and undertake full observations.
  • Drive forward slowly along the aisle and follow the examiners directions out of the car park. Drive slowly through the car park and be aware of other vehicles reversing out of parking spaces.

If another vehicle approaches whilst you are undertaking this manoeuvre, stop. If the other vehicle stops, you can continue; if the other vehicle doesn’t stop, remain stationary until the vehicle is past and it is clear again.

Parallel Park

From the kerb:

  • Prepare the car and move slowly away from the kerb (using normal ‘move away’ routine)
  • Slowly move forwards, passing the object car, leaving a ½ meter gap
  • Stop when just passed the object car
  • Select reverse and undertake full observations (every mirror and window)
  • Observing over left shoulder, reverse back in a straight line, maintaining ½ meter gap from the object car
  • Stop when object car is no longer in view in the back half of the rear passenger window
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window)
  • Whilst slowly reversing, steer one full turn to left
  • Stop when the car is pointing to 2:00
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window)
  • Whilst slowly reversing, steer one full turn to right (to get the wheels straight)
  • When the front passenger door handle is just hanging on the edge of the kerb, stop
  • Undertake full observations (every mirror and window)
  • Whilst slowly reversing, steer full right lock
  • Bring the car parallel to the kerb
  • Whilst slowly reversing, steer quickly 1 ¼ times to the left (to get wheels straight)
  • Stop and secure the car

If another vehicle approaches whilst you are undertaking this manoeuvre, stop. If the other vehicle stops, you can continue; if the other vehicle doesn’t stop, remain stationary until the vehicle is past and it is clear again.