FAQs

How much do your driving lessons cost?

Please refer to our Starting packages or deal of the month on the left.

What types of car do you have?

Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 Diesel.

Can I have more than one lesson a week?

Yes, I will fit you in for as many lessons as you require.

Can I start driving before I've taken my theory test?

Yes, having lessons will actually help you with your theory test.

Can you book the practical test?

Yes, but you need to have passed the theory test first.

Second Practical test?

If you are not successful first time with you practical test we will pay for you next test provided that you keep lessons up between test to the same level as before you took the first test.

Do you work weekends?

Yes.

Do you charge more for weekends and evenings?

No.

What if i need to change or cancel a lesson?

You must call me within 24hr of the start of your lesson. We may be able to move you to another date or time if avalible. If we come to your point of collection and you are unable to do the lesson you will be charged for the total of the lesson.

Are there any other pupils in the car on my lesson?

Definitely not. I do not pick up or drop off other pupils in your time.

Can I have intensive driving tuition?

Yes, but I do need a little time to arrange a course of intensive lessons.

Can I do more than a one hour driving lesson?

Yes, most pupils find it more beneficial to do a 2 hour lesson or 1 ½ hour but we can find out what suit you.

Can I be picked up and dropped off in a different place?

Yes, within reason.

Dose the Instructor smoke in the tuition car?

No.

Do you offer a "Pass Plus" course?

Yes. Click on the link on the side for more details.

What is your pass rate?

I am pleased to say at the last count I had an average pass rate of 85% last counted in August 2011.

How old do i have to be to start driving a car?

You can start learning to drive at 17.

How do I apply for a provisional licence?

Application form D1 and photo card application form D750 must be completed. (available from most post offices and online). You can apply for a provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday to be valid on your birthday. Ther is a link just on the left of this page.

What payments do you accept?

We accept cash and cheque or paypal " paying by paypal will need to be made 48hrs before lesson date.

Do I use the school car for my test?

Yes. You use the very same car you used in your lessons.

Do I have to use the schools car for my test?

You are able to take the practical driving test in your own car. To do this your car must be in a road worthy condition, have L-plates visible from the front and back of the car and a further interior mirror for the examiner's use. Most students prefer to take the practical driving test in their driving instructor's car as this is the car that they will be most used to.

How long will it take me to learn to drive and how many lessons will I need?

Every learner is an individual. The DSA recommend around 40 hours of professional tuition and around 20 hours of private tuition for a 17 year old. This of course depends on if you have had any previous experience, frequency of driving lessons and if you have access to private tuition.

How long does the practical driving test last?

The practical driving test lasts approximately 35-40 minutes and will entail driving on different types of roads with various road conditions. In addition to this you will be asked to perform 1 reversing manoeuvres and potentially an emergency stop exercise. There is also a 10 minute independent drive.

What are the Show Me Tell Me questions?

Before your Driving Test starts, the Examiner will ask you 2 questions. 1 'Tell Me' question on car safety and maintenance which will require an explanation and 1 'Show Me' question that will require you physically check something.

Are there any driving test waiting times?

It varies through out the year. It can vary from 1 - 2 weeks, to over 2 months.

Why do new drivers take driving lessons with a Instructor?

It is risky teaching a new driver in a vehicle not fitted with dual controls. Driving instructors have these fitted in their cars as a requirement of their insurance. The learner may then be allowed to make mistakes without endangering themselves or others and they may drive in traffic without disturbing other road users. Driving Instructors have passed examinations and are periodically assessed and graded.

Who is allowed to teach or supervise me?

Anyone who is at least 21 years old and have held a full EC motor car licence for at least 3 years can supervise your private practice. It is illegal for anyone else other than a registered driving instructor to charge money for teaching you to drive.

How do I know when I am ready for my driving test?

You will be ready for the test when you show that you have reached the standards set in The Official Driving Test. Learners who pass first time do so because they are well instructed and get plenty of practice. They pass because they wait until they are ready. As your instructor I have the knowledge and experience to advise you when this is. It is my responsibility to ensure that you are capable and safe to drive alone, without supervision. If you book your test without my prior approval, I may not allow you the use of the school car. I do not like having to refuse, but the safety of you, the examiner and other road users is my primary responsibility. Most people fail their driving test, so are you really ready? The pass rate for the practical car test is 43%, and for first time candidates 30%. The reason for such a low success rate is because candidates are not properly prepared. You must be able to drive consistently well, with confidence and without help or guidance from your instructor. If you can't then you are not ready for your test. If the examiner has to intervene then you will have failed the test. Those who pass have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training, combined with 25 hours of private practice. Candidates who combine professional instruction with private practice are also more successful on the test. Remember that its practice that makes perfect, it's perfect that will pass the test

I have a question not answered here?

Call me for a chat or send me an e-mail, advice is without obligation and free of charge!

What if I have Special needs?

Moderate and Specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxcia, ADHD (Attention, Defercite Hyperactivity Disorder), Aspergers Syndrome, and other similar difficulties, should not stop you from learning to drive. In certain cases you may need to drive an automatic. Special teaching aids are available in both options. All of which I can Provide. As a father. I understand that traditional learning patterns are not always the best way forward, however we can achieve your aim of independent driving together. *Unfortunately At this present time I am unable to provide tuition to persons that require special adaptations to the vehicles if you have a physical disability.

What our students say

Mark is an excellent teacher, very flexible with lesson times and days, easy to contact and I felt he was extremley easy to get on with and always very supportive - Sophie (Solihull) ----- " A good guy, excellent teacher, explains everything clearly.Teaches safe driving rather than just to pass the test - has also taught my sisters" - Jon (Solihull) ----- "With Big Fish, I passed the test first time. I also did Pass Plus and found it extremely helpful!" - Jonathan (West Midlands) ----- "Would recommend Mark to anyone who wants to learn to drive" - Lucy (Birmingham)