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Where do I meet my instructor?
Your instructor will usually pick you up and drop you off at your home or an agreed location which works for both parties.
Why are lessons two hours?
There are several reasons why two-hour driving lessons are generally considered better than one-hour driving lessons in the UK:
More practice time: One of the most obvious advantages of two-hour driving lessons is that you get twice as much time behind the wheel. This means you can practice more and get more familiar with the car, the road, and the traffic.
Better progression: With two-hour driving lessons, you have more time to learn and to progress at your own pace. You can focus on specific areas that you need more practice in, such as roundabouts, hill starts, or reversing, without feeling rushed.
More efficient use of time: Two-hour driving lessons allow you to cover more ground in one go, meaning you can travel further and practice more complex driving scenarios. This can be especially beneficial if you live in an area with limited driving opportunities or if you are trying to pass your test within a short time frame.
Cost-effective: Although two-hour driving lessons may appear more expensive than one-hour lessons, they can actually be more cost-effective in the long run. This is because you need fewer lessons overall to reach the same level of proficiency, which can save you time and money.
Reduced stress: Longer lessons can be less stressful for some learners, as there is less pressure to fit everything in and less time wasted transitioning in and out of the car.
Overall, while one-hour driving lessons can be useful in some circumstances, two-hour lessons are generally considered to be more effective in terms of learning, progression, and cost.
How many lessons do I need?
You'll always have that one person who swears they passed first time after three lessons, but that's far from the average. According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), it takes most people 47 hours of lessons to learn how to drive, plus 22 hours of private practising. Usually about 30 hours with West London Driving School without private practice.
How much does it cost to learn to drive?
According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the average number of driving lessons a person takes before passing their practical test is 47 hours. On top of this, they recommend an additional 22 hours of private practice.
The average cost of a driving lesson in the UK has increased over time, and currently, it is estimated to be around £35-£40 per hour.
So, taking this into account, the total cost of learning to drive in the UK can be estimated at around £1,645-£1,880, based on the national average of 47 hours of lessons, plus the cost of theory and practical tests.
In addition to the cost of lessons, learners will also need to pay for their theory test and practical test. The theory test costs £23, while the practical test costs £62 on weekdays and £75 on evenings, weekends, and bank holidays. So the total cost of learning to drive in the UK could be around £1,213-£1,597, depending on location and the number of lessons required.
However, it's important to remember that prices can vary depending on the location and the instructor, so it's best to check with local driving schools or instructors for more accurate pricing information.
Do you teach automatic?
We currently only teach manual transmission. We hope to be teaching automatic transmission very soon.
Learning how to drive a manual transmission car is a valuable skill to have, and it's especially important in the UK. There are several reasons why learning to drive a manual transmission car is a good idea in the UK.
First, manual transmission cars are more fuel-efficient than automatic cars. They tend to have better gas mileage, which can save you money on fuel costs in the long run. This is especially important in the UK, where petrol prices can be quite high.
Second, manual transmission cars are more versatile than automatic cars. They give you more control over the vehicle, which can be important in a variety of driving situations. For example, if you're driving on a steep hill, a manual transmission car will give you more control over the speed of the vehicle, making it easier to navigate the incline.
Third, knowing how to drive a manual transmission car can make you a better driver overall. It requires more concentration and focus than driving an automatic car, which can help you become more aware of your surroundings and improve your driving skills.
Fourth, manual transmission cars are often less expensive than their automatic counterparts. They tend to have a lower purchase price, and they require less maintenance over time. This can be an important consideration for young drivers or those on a tight budget.
Finally, driving a manual transmission car can be a fun and rewarding experience. It gives you a sense of control and mastery over the vehicle, and it can be especially satisfying to shift gears smoothly and efficiently.
In summary, learning to drive a manual transmission car in the UK is a good idea for several reasons. It can save you money on fuel costs, give you more control over the vehicle, make you a better driver overall, be less expensive, and provide a fun and rewarding driving experience.
Can I start driving before passing my theory test?
Yes, and in fact it is better to learn the theory whilst having practical lessons.
How do I get a refund?
All refunds for purchased items will be sent back via bank transfer. Usually the last Friday of month.
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What areas do you cover?
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