When booking driving lessons in Manchester with Manchester Driver Training driving school, people have often asked the following questions:
Regarding the initial driving lesson booking process:
Q. What is the best way to book in my manual or automatic
driving lessons with a Manchester Driver Training instructor?
We have an online
booking form which is designed so that you can forward your
individual lesson requirements to us. Once we receive this we can
establish which one of our instructors can meet your requirements
and then we reply to you by email to complete the booking process.
Q. How long is each driving lesson?
Driving lessons can be for 1 hour, 1.5 hours or 2 hours if you
are doing a regular weekly driving lesson or you may choose to do
a couple of lessons each week for any of those periods of time.
If you were doing an intensive course of driving lessons in Manchester
(sometimes referred to as a “crash course”) then you might choose
to do four or six hours per day but with a break after each 2 hour
time period. However, we would recommend that you only do an intensive
course of driving lessons if it is really essential for you to pass
your Practical Driving Test urgently, because intensive courses
of driving lessons do not suit every pupil's learning style.
Q. Is it better to book a 1 hour weekly driving lesson
or a 2 hour driving lesson each week?
The choice is up to yourself. Please remember 1 hour goes by very
quickly so you may find that just as you are starting to get into
your lesson that it is coming to an end which could slow your overall
Q. Is there a discount for block booking lessons?
Yes, we offer a block booking discount for every postcode area
that we provide driving lessons in.
Q. Should I pay for a block of driving lessons in advance?
We would advise that whichever driving school you choose you should
start by booking one driving lesson only. That will allow you to
make sure that you are compatible with the driving instructor who
you are meeting for the first time and also give you the opportunity
to see if you are comfortable with the car that you will be using
for your driving lessons and your Practical Driving Test. Then if
you are satisfied with the first driving lesson you can consider
if you wish to invest in a block of driving lessons with that same
Technical queries regarding driving lessons:
Q. How many driving lessons are usually needed for me
to get to the Practical Driving Test Standard?
If you are a complete beginner then the Driver and Vehicle Standards
Agency (D.V.S.A.) suggest that on average you may need approximately
forty-seven hours of professional driving tuition to reach the U.K.
Practical Driving Test Standard. However, it does vary from one
learner driver to the next because we are all individuals and all
gifted in different ways, so some pupils reach the U.K. Practical
Driving Test Standard in significantly less hours. Once you have
successfully covered the whole curriculum of what you need to learn
for your U.K. Practical Driving Test then your driving instructor
should do some mock-tests with you and give you feedback as part
of your final preparations.
Q. Do I need to pass my Theory and Hazard Perception Test
before I start my Practical driving lessons?
No, you do not have to pass your Theory and Hazard Perception Test
before you start your Practical driving lessons. However, you will
need to pass your Theory and Hazard Perception Test before the Driver
and Vehicle Standards Agency (D.V.S.A.) will allow you to book your
Practical Driving Test.
Q. Do I need to have my U.K. Provisional Driving Licence
with me when I am doing my Practical driving lessons?
You will need to have your U.K. Provisional Driving Licence with
you to show to your driving instructor at your first driving lesson
only, otherwise the lesson will not take place. Also, you will need
to have your U.K. Provisional Driving Licence with you on the day
of your Practical Driving Test to show to the Examiner, or your
Test will be cancelled and you will lose the fee that you paid for
your Practical Test. It is good practice to carry your U.K. Provisional
Driving Licence with you at all times, which will ensure that you
have it with you when you need it most.
Q. What subjects & skills will I learn throughout my
The following subjects are taught:
- Controls lesson.
- Move off and stop exercise.
- Approaching Junctions to turn left.
- Approaching junctions to turn right.
- Emerging at T – Junctions.
- Emerging at Crossroads.
- Emerging at Roundabouts.
- Recognise one way roads and systems.
- How to safely approach the different types of Pedestrian Crossings.
- How to stop your car in an emergency.
- Parallel Park Exercise.
- Pull up on the right and move away again.
- Reverse into a bay.
- Drive forwards into a bay and reverse out.
- Reverse around a corner (for your awareness and safety).
- Three point turn exercise (for your awareness and safety).
- Driving test preparation e.g practice tests for mental preparation
The following skills will be learnt:
- Spatial Awareness
- General use of awareness and planning
- Use of Mirror Signal Manoeuvre routine
- Following Sat Nav directions
- Ability to follow Traffic Signs
- Awareness of speed limit signs
- Awareness of road markings
Q. What manoeuvres do I need to learn for my Practical
You will need to learn the following manoeuvres:
- Parallel Parking (also known as Reverse Parking);
- Bay Reverse Parking;
- Pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse 2 car
- Drive forwards into a bay and reverse back out again.
As you never know when you will need to, it is also recommended
that you learn how to:
- Reverse around a corner;
- Turn your car around in the road, (also know as the 3 point
Your driving instructor should always patiently and supportively
teach you everything that you need to know to prepare you for
your Practical Driving Test and only go at the pace of learning
that you feel comfortable with.
Q. Do I still need to learn the three point turn exercise
and reverse around a corner exercise now that it is not part of
the driving test?
It is very advisable to learn both the three point turn exercise
and the reverse around a corner exercise. What happens when you
need to move your car to a different position e.g a road is blocked
or you need to go a different way in an emergency and you have no
knowledge of how to manoeuvre your car safely?
Q. Can I learn driving test routes before I go on my actual
practical driving test?
As part of your driving test preparation you will undertake practice
tests which will be based on actual driving test routes to mentally
prepare you for the day of your driving test.
Q. Can I book my own driving test?
Yes you can book
your own driving test but please make sure:
- You check that your driving instructor is available at the date
and time of your choosing to avoid double bookings.
- Your driving instructor covers the driving test centre that
you wish to book your practical test for.
- You book a driving test appointment that gives you enough time
to reach the required test standard.
Q. Can I learn to drive in my own car?
You can learn
to drive in your own car.
The best professional practice is to use a driving instructor's
dual controlled training car for your learner driver driving lessons
in Manchester. Your safety and that of other road users is our first
priority. If a hazard arose that you did not have the experience
to respond to safely then the driving instructor would bring the
car to a safe halt and discuss with you why the car had been stopped;
which is all part of the safe learning process. In between driving
lessons with your driving instructor you could use your own car
for additional practice of what the instructor has taught you in
the previous driving lesson but you must have another full U.K.
driving licence holder in your car with you at all times and display
Red L-Plates on the front and rear of your car. We only recommend
driving in a different vehicle once you are at test standard and
not before as it can hinder your progress.
If you are a full U.K. driving licence holder who has not driven
for some years and wanted to use your own car for Refresher driving
lessons in Manchester, then we would still recommend that the first
Refresher driving lesson should be done in the driving instructor's
dual controlled training car, to renew your driving skill and restore
your confidence and then use your own car for any further Refresher
driving lessons with the same driving instructor.
Other questions frequently asked:
Q. Can I request a particular driving instructor from your
If you have been recommended by a friend or family member who has
previously undertaken driving lessons with our driving school please
let us know so that we can allocate that particular driving instructor
Q. What happens if I come down with Cold or Flu symptoms,
will I be charged for cancelling my driving lesson?
If you feel unwell with symptoms of a Cold or Flu please notify
your instructor as soon as possible so that the lesson can be rescheduled
without charge. The follow on lesson will be booked once you have
had time to fully recover.
Q. What is the cancelation procedure if I want to cancel
a driving lesson once a booking has been completed?
As a Company we ask for 48 hours notice of cancelation for any
driving lesson changes or other cancelations to avoid payment. Driving
instructors only get paid for the hours of lessons that they deliver
and if someone cancels with short notice it is difficult to fill
that cancelled appointment.
Q. If I want to travel into the City of Manchester to undertake
a weekly driving lesson or intensive driving course with Manchester
Driver Training can my lesson begin at the train station or Metrolink
Some of the people who use our services travel from outside Manchester.
Examples of meeting locations are:
- Manchester Piccadilly Train Station
- Manchester Oxford Road Train Station
- Didsbury Village Metro Link Station.
Q. Can I buy a Gift Voucher for driving lessons?
We can supply a Gift Voucher for the amount of your choosing. We
would need to know:
- Name of the person who the Gift Voucher is for?
- Do you have a personalised message for the Gift Voucher?
- How many hours do you wish to purchase?
- Where is the Gift Voucher to be sent?
Q. Can I get out of the car in the middle of a driving
lesson to stretch my legs if I feel like I need to?
If you need a break for whatever reason, just notify your driving
instructor and they will direct you to find a safe place to pull
Q. Can I bring a bottle of water into the training vehicle?
Yes, it is recommended that you bring a drink of water to stay
well hydrated to keep your concentration up. Please explain to your
instructor that you wish to find a safe place to stop to have your
Q. Will I be picked up from my home address for all driving
Unless established in advance or a different requirement is asked
for, the driving lesson pick up and drop off point is normally from
your home address.
Q. Can I finish my driving lesson at my work location?
You would need to discuss any alternative drop off points with
your allocated instructor directly.
Q. Can I begin my weekly driving lesson outside of my
local driving test centre so that I can get maximum drive time in
and around my test centre area?
If you require to start your driving lessons outside of your local
driving test centre please arrange this directly with your driving
Q. Can I bring my mobile phone on my driving lesson?
If you bring a mobile phone out with you, so that you don't get
distracted we ask if you would please place your phone on silent
at the start of the driving lesson – thank you.
Q. I have had to do a double shift at work and I have
only had a few hours sleep can I still take my driving lesson?
If you have only had a few hours sleep it would not be safe to
drive. Your reaction times would be seriously affected and you may
even start to fall asleep at the wheel.
The above questions are some of the many that we have been asked
most frequently but if you have other questions then you are most
welcome to e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will do our best to help you.