FAQ

How old do I have to be before I can start my lessons?

In the UK, you must be at least 17 years old to be legally eligible to drive on public roads. You must also obtain a provisional driving licence in order to do so.

How do I apply for a provisional driving licence?

Although you must be 17 to drive, you do not have to wait until you are 17 to apply for your provisional driving licence. You are eligible to apply 3 months before your 17th birthday so that it comes into effect on your 17th birthday.

To obtain full details about how to apply for your provisional driving licence please check the DirectGov website.

Am I limited to 1 hour driving lessons?

Standard driving lessons will last for 1 hour, although we actually recommend the benefits of undertaking 2 hour lessons to our learner drivers because of the increased speed that you can cover your driving tuition due to covering less ground at the beginning of each lesson.

Although standard driving lessons are 1 or 2 hours long, we will do whatever we can to accommodate requests for other time periods.

Are there a set number of lessons I will need to complete to become ready for my test?

It is not possible to pinpoint the exact number of lessons a learner driver will need to become driving test ready because people generally learn at different paces.

The national average shows that generally people require 45 hours of professional training but at Surrey Driving Force we do everything in our power to ensure that we prepare you for your driving test for the minimum number of lessons possible.

How do I find details regarding the driving theory test?

You can find all of the information you need regarding the theory test on the DirectGov website. To book your theory test please click here.

Where is my nearest test centre?

We focus our driving tuition around the Ashford, Chertsey,Guildford, Morden, Sutton and Tolworth test centres.

How do I book my driving test?

You can book your driving test here.

How much do the theory and practical tests cost?

A list of current fees can be found here.

Is practice between lessons a good idea?

If you have the opportunity to practice between lessons (only if accompanied by a suitably qualified driver), this is an excellent idea and one that we strongly recommend.

The extra practice can be used to significantly speed up your progress and as such hopefully reduce the number of lessons that you require.

Can I learn to drive in an automatic car?

Yes, you can! Although many people still learn to drive in a car with a manual gearbox, we find that the requests we receive from our learner drivers to complete their driving tuition in an automatic car is growing all of the time. It is important to note though, that if you learn to drive & pass your test in an automatic car, you will only be legally qualified to drive an automatic car. There are however a number of reasons why people choose to drive this way, such as medical or physical restrictions that may limit your use of the pedals.

Will you be able to help me prepare for the theory test?

We will help you in any way that we can. We believe that you will find it extremely beneficial if you have a few practical lessons before taking your theory test, as the information gained through this can prove to be invaluable. We can also provide you with books and DVD’s if you require, as well as providing you with details of some of the many online resources available to you.

What is ‘show me / tell me’?

The ’Show me / tell me’ portion of the driving test was first introduced in 2003, & then updated in 2008. This part of the test involves answering two questions regarding vehicle safety checks. We can help you fully prepare for the types of questions you may be asked, there are also many examples here.

Are your driving lessons available in a foreign language?

The best way to approach this is to give us a call on 0845 190 2012 & we will discuss your requirements. We can accommodate the use of an interpreter during lessons to help with communication although this must be arranged by you & will be at your own expense.

Can I undertake lessons in my own car?

Depending on your insurance policy, this may be possible. It is of vital importance though that you check your policy to ensure that it covers professional driving tuition prior to booking lessons. We do recommend using our car to undertake your lessons though as the dual controls ensure maximum safety, particularly on the first few lessons.

Will I have to share my lesson with another learner?

No, this will never happen as you are paying for our time & shouldn’t expect anything less than one to one tuition.

Can you have more than one examiner sat in the car on a test?

On occasion this can happen. The only reason that this will happen is that DSA examiners are regularly checked to ensure that all testing is fair & consistent. This should provide no cause for concern though as if you do have an additional examiner sat in the back of the car, they will be checking your examiner & not you.

Can I have a friend / relative in the car for my lesson?

Unfortunately due to our insurance policy (in line with all other driving instructors) you are unable to do this. It is only possible for a driving examiner or an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) to be present in the car.

Are there online resources to help me get ready for my test?

There are many sites which can be found via Google, but we find 2pass.co.uk and driving-test-success.com to be excellent.

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