What do I need to start driving lessons?

To learn to drive you will need to apply for or have an in date provisional driving licence. You can apply for a provisional driving licence here. Before you start lessons, I will need to see your driving licence and check that you meet the minimum eyesight requirement.

How long is a driving lesson?

I offer a range of driving lesson times depending on your needs and the stage in your learning – a minimum lesson time of 1 hour is required.

What happens in my first driving lesson?

Your first lesson can be a daunting experience but don’t worry – I’m not expecting you to drive off onto a busy road the first time you get behind the wheel. Here’s what to expect:

  • I will check your plastic and also the paper part of your driving licence
  • Ask you to read a number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres
  • Ask you about any previous driving experience or driving tests
  • Drive you somewhere suitable for your ability
  • If you are a complete novice give you full instruction about the car’s controls
  • If you have previous experience, let you drive for about 20 minutes
  • Give you feedback on your drive
  • Provide you with an assessment of lessons required to get you to a mock driving test standard
  • Ask how you feel about the lesson
  • Agree with you the date of your next lesson
How many driving lessons will I need?

It is recommended that on average a 17 year old pupil will need 40-45 hours with an instructor and if available a further 20 hours of private practise. Of course this all depends on your stage of learning and your individual learning style – you may be a complete beginner or you may have had some lessons with another instructor.

What car will I learn in?

I have a black 5 door Mini Cooper S.

What areas do you cover?

I offer driving lessons in and around the Exeter area – including Broadclyst, Pinhoe, Kennford, Lympstone, Clyst St George, Clyst St Mary & Topsham.

What hours do you work?

I offer driving lessons anytime between 7am – 8pm, 7 days a week.

What are your terms and conditions of booking?
  • 48 hours’ notice should be given for cancellation of lessons.
  • Please note that least 3 working days’ notice are required in order to cancel driving tests.
  • We have the right to withdraw the use of any vehicle being used for a driving test, this is only with the best interest and health & safety of the pupil in mind.
  • Payment should be made at the beginning of each lesson.
How can I practise between lessons?

If you have the opportunity you could ask friends and family to take you out providing they are over 21 years old and have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years. More information about practising with family and friends can be found on the Government’s website here »

I have special needs, what help can I get with the theory test?

There are several options for learners with special needs, they are detailed on the Government’s website here»

Where can I book my theory or practical test?

The easiest way to book your theory or practical driving test is online. For further information please read the Government’s website section on ‘learn to drive a car‘ which is full of useful help and advice.