Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about learning to drive is included here, however, if you still have any questions please get in touch we would be more than happy to help.

What do I need to do before I can start driving?

  • You must have a Provisional Licence.
  • You must complete driving licence application form D1 and photocard application form D750 (Available from most post offices).
  • The minimum age which you can legally drive a car on the public roads is 17.
  • If you are disabled and in receipt of mobility allowance, the minimum age is 16.
  • Until the day you pass the practical part of the Driving Test you are not allowed to drive on your own.
  • It is also worthwhile having an eyesight test to check that you meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving.

How much are lessons with an instructor?

Instructor’s lesson prices vary depending on what is your driving ability and the type of lesson.
Please head over to our lesson prices page for price information, or you can just give us a call.
Remember to ask about course discounts or current special offers.

How often should I have my lessons?

How often you have your lessons is entirely up to you. The instructor recommends at least 1 session of 2 hours per week (subject to availability).

What is the cheapest way of booking my lessons?

You can cut the cost of learning to drive by taking advantage of block booking discounts. Savings can be made on courses of 10, 20, 30 and 40 hours.

How many driving lessons will I need to take?

Driving Standards Agency research shows that the current average is 45 hours of tuition, with an additional 22 hours private practice to pass. Your instructor will give you an idea of how long you are likely to need after your first lesson. You can help keep this low by taking two-hour lessons and following our easy tips for practice with parents or relatives.

Can you tell me more about the intensive driving course?

The intensive course is suitable for some drivers and your instructor will be well placed to assess and recommend you for it if you are the sort of person that would benefit from taking an intensive course. However, the process of learning to drive should not be rushed for the benefit of your own safety and that of other road users.

Would you recommend an intensive course?

The intensive course is right for some people and exactly what they need to pass their driving test. However, some people will need extra lessons before they have reached driving test standard.

Is there a charge for cancellations?

If you give 48 hours’ notice prior to the lesson, no cancellation fee will be asked for. This also applies if you cancel the lesson at short notice due to a personal emergency. Otherwise, a cancellation fee will be sought.

Do I get to choose a time slot that is better for me?

When you register with Hero Driving School, we will ask you to indicate a preferred time for your lessons and will then try to provide lessons at this time where possible.

Do I need to pass the Theory Test before I can start my driving lessons?

We recommend that some lessons are taken before attempting your theory test, as some of the practical knowledge you learn will be needed to pass your theory test.

What should I study to pass the Theory Test?

Can a friend or relative teach me how to drive?

The Driving Standards Agency strongly recommends that you take lessons from an Approved Driving Instructor. If your friend or relative teaches you they must be over 21 years of age and have held a Full British Driving Licence for at least 3 years. It’s worthwhile remembering too that learning with a friend or relative means you could pick up their bad habits.

There are Theory Test centres located all over the UK run by the DSA.

I’m really nervous about starting my driving lessons, are there any special courses?

Driving instructors are aware of the anxieties you may have when you start your lessons so they should be able to put you at ease.

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