ready to pass

You’ll usually be ready when:

  • You do not need prompts from your driving instructor
  • You do not make silly mistakes when you’re driving
  • You pass mock driving tests
  • You can control your nerves
  • Your driving instructor agrees you’re ready

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What should I do before I start to learn to drive?

You need to apply for a provisional driving licence. You can usually apply when you are 17 years old. If you don’t have one, click here to apply.

How many lessons will i need before taking my test?

There’s no minimum or maximum number of lessons you must have done before you book and take your practical test. How many lessons you need will depend on how quickly you learn. According to DVSA, on average it takes around 45 hours of lessons to learn how to drive. On average, a complete beginner with us takes around 25-30 hours of driving and for part trained it takes around 10-20 hours of driving. We’ve also had students in the past who reached their driving goals with less then 20 hours of driving practice.

What is the difference between a manual and an automatic gearbox?

Manual car has a gear system that you operate yourself
Automatic car changes gears for you

I'm a new driver. What to expect from my first lesson?

You will learn about the function of the controls, the cockpit drill, moving off and stopping.

I'm a part-trained driver. What should I expect during my assessment lesson?

During the 2-hour assessment lesson, your instructor will watch you drive and help you when needed. By the end of the lesson, your instructor will be able to tell you how much more driving you need before you take your practical test.

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top 6 faults

Not making effective observations at junctions

Not using mirrors correctly when changing direction

Not having proper control of the steering

Incorrect positioning when turning right at junctions

Not moving off safely

Not responding appropriately to traffic lights

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Our school and our instructors aim to provide each student with the very best experience while learning how to drive. Within the Metropolitan team we have a wide range of professional, skilled, and friendly instructors with years of experience as well as high previous pass rates.

what happens during the test

There are 5 parts to the driving test:

  • an eyesight check
  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • general driving ability
  • reversing your vehicle
  • independent driving

The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars.

How long the test lasts?

You’ll drive for around 40 minutes. You’ll drive for around 70 minutes if you’re taking an extended driving test because you’ve been banned from driving.

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