Learning To Drive Questions

Just a small selection of questions we frequently get asked

Frequently asked questions about learning to drive

What is the minimum age that I can start to learn to drive a car on public roads?
You are allowed to start driving from the age of 17.

Do I need to bring any documentation to my first driving lesson? On your first lesson please bring along with you both parts of your provisional driving licence. You will be asked to read a car number plate from 20.5 meters away so if you wear glasses please bring them along if you are unable to do this without them.

This is my first lesson and I'm really nervous what will I do on my first lesson? Most people are nervous when driving for the first time and we will ensure that we find a quiet location to start you off. Our instructor will explain the controls of the car and will make sure that you are comfortable with the vehicle before driving on any main roads. Only when you are fully happy to take to the major roads will we do so.

Do all Instructors teach the same things?
All Instructors know that there is a basic syllabus that needs to be covered. However, Instructors do have considerable freedom to teach people in the way that they find works the best. Be assured however, that Instructors are regularly check-tested by the DSA to ensure that their Instruction is up to scratch.

How long will my driving lesson last?
The length of the lesson will be determined by yourself and the time you have free. At Drive Wright Sheffield we are flexible in the length of the lesson and the time of day you take it. Our lessons last for the full hour unlike some other driving schools that take off time for picking up and dropping off. We believe that to get the best out of a lesson 2 hours is our recommended option and a lesson of 1 or 2 hours at least once a week.

What car will I be taking my driving lessons in?

Drive Wright Sheffield currently uses an Audi A1 1.6 tdi.

Will there be another trainee sitting in the back of my car?
At Drive Wright Sheffield we do not allow passengers to sit in the back of our cars whilst we are teaching. There are occasions however that an external examiner from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may sit in on a lesson to ensure that our standards are being maintained. This is completely voluntary and you can decline if you wish.

How many hours of tuition will it take to reach driving test standard?
The Driving Standards Agency of which we are a member recommends that students take a minimum of 45 hours worth of professional tuition combined with at least 22 hours of practice. This is not the case for every student though as different people learn at different speeds. Our aim will be to get you to the required test standard in the shortest time possible.

What happens if I pass my theory test but fail my hazard perception test?
The minimum pass mark for the multiple choice theory test is 43 out of 50 and for the hazard perception test you must obtain a pass mark of 44 out of 75. You must pass both the theory test and the hazard perception test at the same time in order to get your theory test pass certificate. Should you fail either of these tests then you must re-sit both tests again.

How long does the practical driving test last?
The practical driving test includes an eyesight check, safety questions, and about 40 minutes of driving which will include a section of independent driving. We will ensure that you are at the required standard before you apply for your test and we will accompany you as an observer during the practical test.

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Why Choose Us

1. Pass rates

At Drive Wright Sheffield we pride ourself on having a higher than average pass rate. We do all we can to help our students pass first time.

2. Courses Available

We know that not everybody is a first time learner. Maybe you need some refresher courses or need more advanced Pass Plus or motorway skills. We can tailor a course to suit your needs.

3. Free Pick Ups

Unlike some driving schools we don't charge to pick you up or drop you off. We also don't pick up students before we have dropped off the previous pupil.

4. CD Roms

To help you learn to drive we have free use of CD roms that give you practical information of learning to drive. We also give students work sheets and plans to work to.