Manchester Driving Lessons FAQs
When booking driving lessons in Manchester with Manchester Driver Training
driving school people have often asked the following questions:
Q. Can I learn to drive in my 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
If you are a full U.K. driving licence holder who had 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.
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 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. 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 driving instructor.
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 fortyfive
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. What manoeuvres do I need to learn for my Practical Driving Test?
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 lengths;
- 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
- Reverse around a corner;
- Turn your car around in the road, (also know as the 3 point turn exercise).
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 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.
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.