Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about learning to drive is included here on this website. However, if you still have any questions, please get in touch and we would be more than happy to help you.
- You must have a provisional licence.
- You must complete a 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.
Instructor’s lesson prices vary depending on what your driving ability is and what type of lesson you require.
Please call us for our current prices.
Remember to ask us about course discounts or current special offers.
How often you have your lessons is entirely up to you. The instructor recommends at least one session per week (subject to availability).
You can cut the cost of learning to drive by taking advantage of our block booking discounts. Savings can be made by prepaying courses of 5,10, 20 and 30 hours.
DVSA research shows that the current average is around 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. Of course it can vary from person to person.
Your course can be as intensive as you wish (subject to availability).
We will arrange to carry out a driving assessment and talk through the various options available.
Learning to drive is different for everyone so rather than sell you a set package we will tailor one to suit you.
No. In fact it is a good idea to learn the theory whilst you are learning the practical as it can bring the subject alive making it easier to understand and remember.
These following book publications are very useful but there are also many incredible apps aswell and helpful videos online:
The Official Highway Code
Knowing Your Traffic Signs
The Official Driving Test
Driving The Essential Skills
Road Sense Hazard Perception
The DVSA 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 continuous years. It is worthwhile remembering too that learning with a friend or relative means you could pick up their bad habits (if they have any).
There are theory test centres located all over the UK run by the DVSA.
The nearest one to J.C’s Driving School is a short walk from Temple Meads railway station.
Driving instructors are completely aware of the anxieties you may have when you start your lessons so they should be able to put you at ease.
No not at all but they will ask you for your driving experience if you have any.