No absolutely not in fact we have free online tools designed to specifically help you pass your theory driving test. These free online tools are exclusive to us and proven to increase your chances of passing your theory and actual driving test at the first attempt by 14% over someone who doesn’t have access to them.
The Only requirement before starting driving lessons is a valid current provisional driving license. Get the form from the post office or download it, follow the instructions and apply via the DVLA.
No certainly not. Most new drivers are in your position and sometimes it’s even an asset that you haven’t driven at all. You have no bad driving habits and we can start with a clean sheet! 🙂
Yes you undoubtably will see other driving instructors offering cheap deals for driving lessons. We believe our lessons are of the highest quality and when looking for driving tuition you should be looking for the BEST tuition and not the cheapest tuition. Other people’s lives will be in your hands as a qualified driver and our mission is to make You and all your passengers (future family, kids, friends etc.) safe whenever they are in a car you are driving. You will also be learning in a fabulous Mini Cooper which you will fall in love with and find so easy to drive with it’s extra perks like “Hill Assist” and “Stop Start”.
We are certainly not trying to be the cheapest Driving School! We believe the old saying: “You get what you pay for” and are determined to ensure all our customers receive value for money. The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency recommends 47 hours of professional tuition to pass your test. The practical test today is very different from that of a generation ago (parents please note!). Proper, structured training prepares you for the test in the most efficient way and RED will give you safe-driving-skills-for-life. If lessons look so cheap that it looks ‘too good to be true’, there will be a reason why they are cheap. With RED, you are buying “value for money” lessons
Our mission is to teach you to safe driving skills. To deliver on this, we offer state-of-the-art online training via RED’s Road Brain Trainer that is proven to boost your chance of passing the practical test by 14%. Check it out! It’s free when you learn with RED – now that’s giving customer value!
Typical learner drivers in Britain have 40 to 50 hours of lessons and need an average of two test attempts. I teach in a very structured way so you know exactly where you are up to and we will work together to keep the amount of lessons to a minimum BUT there are no shortcuts and Russell is committed to making you a “Safe for Life” driver. Good, quality driving instruction is not something you should compromise on. Being taught well, to the highest possible standards is crucial in ensuring safe driving for life.
Absolutely we don’t mind where we pick you up from so if it helps you to have your lesson straight after work then we’ll gladly oblige – and of course you can then be dropped off at home if you wish. (Locally this is free but distance limits or a small fee may apply so please ask Russell with specific details..)
No you are still a qualified driver. However if you haven’t driven in a while it would be a great idea to book an initial assessment lesson and we can see if you are up to speed with coping with current traffic conditions, update you on current road rules and then decide whether you would benefit from some further instruction or you are good to go.
Here’s what you should expect from a good driving instructor:
- Patience, Friendliness and a way of teaching that will give you confidence and make you feel at ease. Although driving is a serious business people ALWAYS learn faster when they are having fun so that’s what we will do! ✔
- An atmosphere of “Working Together” – people love being in a team and that’s what we will be with the aim of getting our team past one major hurdle – Your driving test! ✔
- Structured Lessons geared towards covering all the bases with emphasis on your weaknesses (we all have them!) ✔
- A feedback chat and also feedback written down so you know exactly what progress you have made and what to think about for next time. ✔
- A brilliant new car. ✔
- Reliable and easy to get in touch with should you need to re-schedule. (You will have my mobile number, email address, facebook, whatsapp and website. ✔
- DVSA Qualified. DO NOT have lessons from somebody who doesn’t hold this difficult qualification to attain. Anybody Not having this will not have had the essential Instructor training to make sure you are taught up to date requirements and not only that being unqualified and charging you for lessons is BREAKING THE LAW! ✔
This is quite a long answer, but covers your question properly.
On the day of your driving test, you will normally have a one hour driving lesson with your driving instructor, most likely driving around the Driving Test Centre we have chosen for your test. This will help you relax and review anything you feel you need to do before having to take your driving test. Then either you will drive to the Test Centre. After you park up, your driving instructor will accompany you into the Test Centre to await an examiner. Toilet facilities and drinking water are provided should you require them. When the driving test examiners enter the waiting room, the examiner, who will be conducting your driving test, will call your name. He or she will ask for your licence photo card, and you may also be asked to produce your Theory Test Pass Certificate.
You will then be asked to sign a declaration form stating that the vehicle you are using is insured for your use on the driving test. If you have taken your Driving Lessons in East Lancs with me, and are using my vehicle for your driving test, then you can sign this without a problem as my car is fully insured for your use.
Next the driving examiner will ask you if you would like your driving instructor to accompany you on the test. Red Driving School East Lancs recommends that you say yes to this, as having someone familiar in the car may lessen the tension you will experience. But this is entirely up to you. During your own driving lessons with me, you were able freely communicate at any time, however during your driving test I will not be able to speak with you whilst your test is in progress.
You will be asked to show the driving examiner to your car. On the way you will be asked to read a vehicle registration number. (at about 20.5m or 67ft). This should not be a problem as before you started your Driving Lessons your driving instructor will have checked that you can do this.
In the unlikely event that if you fail to read the number correctly on the day, the correct distance will be measured and you will be asked to read it again. If you still cannot read the number, you will have failed the test and no further examination can go ahead. You will need to have had your eyesight tested and obtained corrective prescription glasses before you can re book a test.
After correctly reading the number plate, the test examiner will then ask you two questions, one “show me and one tell me” question. On successful completion of the show me tell me questions, the examiner will invite you to make yourself comfortable in the car while he notes down the car’s registration number and checks the car’s roadworthiness.
Once the examiner gets into the car, he or she will explain the rules of the test to you. Basically, you will be asked to follow the road ahead unless road markings or signs direct you otherwise.
If you are required to turn off to the left or to the right, you will be given that direction in plenty of time, just as your driving instructor did when you were having your normal Driving Lessons around East Lancashire. If you do not hear or do not understand the direction given, simply ask the examiner to repeat it.
The driving test will last for approximately 45-50 minutes and cover roads in and around the test centre and may include driving on, urban roads, minor roads, main roads, dual-carriageways and country roads up to their national speed limits. You will be familiar with some or all of the roads as you may have driven on them during the course of your normal driving lessons in East Lancashire with me.
You will be expected to perform one of the set manoeuvres during the test. Either a reverse park into a parking bay or on the road behind a parked vehicle, and possibly but not always, and emergency stop. All of these you will have practised in different places during your during your driving lessons.
Several times during the test, you will be asked to stop in a safe place and then simply drive away again. This might be on a hill, or from behind a stationary vehicle. This is to ensure the driving examiner is convinced that you act safely when doing so. Once again your driving instructor will have practised moving away safely during your driving lessons.
At some point during the test the examiner will conduct a 10 minute session of independent driving. You will be asked to either follow a series of directions or follow road signs or a combination of both.
Again you should have no problem doing this because during your driving lessons you will have practiced with you how to follow road signs to a particular destination in East Lancashire. As an example you might be asked drive independently and follow signs to Burnley, Nelson etc. or to follow signs to local landmarks such as Burnley General Hospital etc.
At the end of the driving test, the examiner will ask you to switch off the engine and will then inform you as to your success or failure.
Regardless of a pass or a fail, the driving examiner will ask you if you wish to have any of the driving faults you incurred during your test explained to you. This gives both yourself and your driving instructor additional information, which will help you to improve that aspect of your driving.
We recommend that you always ask for the feedback, especially if you have not passed, but even when you have passed you may be offered some valuable advice.