Frequently Answered Questions

Below are a list of frequently answered questions by Drive Time. You may find answers to your questions here.

How many hours of tuition will I need ?

This is like asking “How long is a piece of string ?”. There is no definitive answer. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) have produced statistics indicating that on average pupils take 42 hours of professional tuition before taking a test. This is, of course, an average. Some people take considerably less whilst other take a little longer. I am usually able to make a reasonably accurate assessment of how long it will take an individual after 5-6 hours of tuition.

How many hours per week should I book ?

That is entirely up to you. Some people opt for the traditional 1 hour per week whilst others book 90 minute or two hour slots. Some even have more than one session per week. It really is up to you and how much you can afford on a weekly basis. I also offer more intensive courses for those wishing to pass and get driving quickly.

What if Iím really nervous or even scared ?

Not to worry. Tuition is tailored to each individual (we are all different). I generally start the course of lessons at a quiet local industrial estate or other quiet road with very little traffic. You will not be forced to drive from home on lesson one and we will remain on the industrial estate for as many lessons as you and I agree are necessary before venturing out onto the road. Frequently this occurs is first lesson but in others (where the learner may be particularly worried or scared it is the 4th or 5th lesson before we go out onto the road.

How much will it all cost ?

This depends on how you progress. Please see the Prices & Discounts section for full details. You will see that we offer various discounts including a loyalty scheme which means that if you stay with Drive Time, the cost of tuition actually goes down as you progress. You also need to bear in mind the cost of the Theory Test which is £31-00 and the Practical Test which is £62.

Can you pick me up from anywhere ?

By and large Yes, as long as it’s within the area I cover. Frequently pupils are, for example, collected from school, college or work and then dropped off at home or work afterwards. You will not normally (unless you live outside of our catchment area) be expected to make your way from home to the other side of town to meet me.

What if Iíve already had some tuition either from another instructor or from Mum or Dad ?

That’s actually good. If that’s the case then I will assess your driving and tailor your course of tuition to suit your ability.

Would it be good to have extra lessons from Mum and Dad ?

The answer to this is very much Yes. Assuming, of course, that Mum or Dad (or whoever else) is happy to take you out. Statistics prove that pupils who have extra tuition over and above that given by their instructor are more likely to pass their test first time. Driving is all about experience so the more you drive the more experience you will build up of the many and varied situations which you will encounter on the road.

Where will I take my test ?

Locally, the Theory Test can be taken in either Truro or Penzance. Practical Tests can be taken at either Pool (the test centre is opposite MacSalvors) or in Penzance. As I mainly cover the area surrounding Pool, I generally expect the majority of my pupils to take their test there.

What if Iím a more mature learner ?

Not to worry. I have a great deal of experience in teaching the slightly older person (indeed I’m 53 myself). Of course, we all know that it is easier to learn when you are young but age should be no barrier. Give Drive Time a call and I’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.

What documents will I need ?

In order to commence driving lessons, you MUST be in possession of a provisional driving licence. If you do not possess one of these it can be obtained from DVLA either on-line or by post (application form D1 available from post offices or DVLA Regional Offices). The fee is £50-00.

When you take your Theory Test you will need to produce both parts of your provisional driving licence (photo-card and paper counterpart). If you have an ‘old style’ driving licence you will also need to provide a valid passport.

When you take your Practical Test you will need both parts of your provisional licence or if you possess an ‘old style’ licence you will need this plus a valid passport your Theory Test Pass Certificate and Your letter of appointment.

How do I book my theory and practical tests ?

Usually I leave you to book your theory test which you can do by telephone on 0300 200 1122 or on-line via the DSA Website the fee is currently £31-00. Incidentally, the DSA has an on-line practice Theory Test facility which you can access by clicking here

I usually book the practical test for you as this reduces the possibility of you choosing a test date/time when I already have someone else taking their test. The fee is currently £62. If you do wish to book the test yourself, you may do so by telephone or on-line using the same contact information as for the theory test.

Will I be able to have some lessons after dark ?

Very much so. I do encourage you to have some evening lessons so that you get used to night time driving conditions. Of course, if you are learning over the period April to August, this might prove more difficult as it stays light for so much longer.

If you can't find the answer to your questions here then please feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we are available. Email your number and we will call you back.