We actually recommend lessons of two hours. Whilst you can have a standard 1 hour lesson, we find it more productive to have 2 hour lessons as your skills develop quicker because we don’t have to cover old ground. Also we generally find that our students pass their test in less hours, meaning the overall cost is actually cheaper.
It’s difficult to put an exact number of hours, as everybody learns at a different rate. The national average is 45 hours of professional training, but at Surrey Driving Force, we find many of our students pass in considerably less than that, especially if you can practice privately (see below).
Yes, you can also build up your experience by driving privately between lessons, when accompanied by a suitably qualified driver. This additional driving experience can help you progress quicker.
Yes we have automatic vehicles if you would prefer to learn this way. Please bear in mind though that if you pass your driving test in an automatic car, you will only be able to drive an automatic vehicle, which may be restrictive. However there are a number of reasons why people learn to drive in an automatic car, such as medical reasons or the fact that you don’t have to worry about the clutch and changing gears whilst driving, allowing you to concentrate more on the road.
In the UK, the minimum age for driving on public roads is 17 and you must have a provisional driving license. You can apply for your provisional driving license 3 months before your 17th birthday (it will come into effect on your 16th birthday).
The only exception to this is if you are receiving disability living (mobility) allowance at the higher rate. In this case you can apply for your provisional driving license 3 months before your 16th birthday (it will come into effect on your 16th birthday).
To apply for your provisional driving license see below.
Full details about applying for the provisional driving license can be found on the DirectGov website.
Our teaching is focused around the Ashford, Chertsey, Guildford and Tolworth test centres.
You can book your driving test here.
Of course, we tend to find it helps if you have some practical lessons before taking the theory test and we can also provide you with books and DVD’s if you require. There are also many online resources available.
‘Show me / tell me’ questions were introduced to the driving test in 2003, but were updated in 2008. It involves answering two questions regarding vehicle safety checks. We help you prepare for the types of questions you may be asked, there are also many examples here.
A list of current fees can be found here.
The best thing is to call us on 0845 190 2012 to discuss your requirements. We do have specialised lessons for overseas driver. Also if you need tom you can use an interpreter for a driving test, although this must be arranged by you and at your own expense.
Yes it is possible to do this depending on your insurance policy. You would need to check that your insurance policy covers professional driving tuition prior to booking lessons. However we do recommend using our car for your lessons as the dual controls ensure maximum safety, particularly on the first few lessons.
No, we would never expect any of our pupils to share lessons. You are paying for our time and you shouldn’t expect anything other than a one to one lesson.
Yes very occasionally this can happen. The reason for this is that the DSA examiners are regularly checked, to ensure all testing is fair and consistent. If you do have an additional examiner sat in the back, please remember that they are actually checking the other examiner and not you, it’s nothing to worry about.
This is not possible as our insurance policy (in line with all other driving instructors) does not allow this. The only other people allowed in the car is a driving examiner or an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor).
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING…
Just passed first time with only 2 minors! Very big thank you to Rob Andrews as my instructor the whole way through. The lessons and materials provided were top notch. I would absolutely recommend.
A massive thank you to Steve for being a brilliant driving instructor and helping me this year. I was a very nervous driver to begin with but Steve’s professionalism and teaching has massively built my confidence. Very happy to say I passed today first time with only 2 minors! I highly recommend learning with Surrey Driving Force! 🙂
Steve was such an amazing instructor and I got so confident so quick. He helped me pass with 0 minors and I’m so grateful, definitely recommend
A huge thank you to Steve for going above and beyond to help me pass my driving test! I couldn’t have done it without all your patience and support and thank you for making each lesson enjoyable while also pushing me to my full potential. I would without a highly highly recommend Surrey Drive Force!
My instructor David Smith was fantastic and he helped me to pass my test and rebuild my confidence in driving after negative experiences with previous instructors. He was extremely patient and understanding – thank you!
10 star definitely. I had only nine driving lessons and one more before the test. I passed the driving test on my first attempt. My instructor was Vince, who was very patient and knowledgeable.
Thanks to the team and very Merry Christmas
Massive thank you to my driving instructor Rob Schifano. Passed first time this morning at the Chertsey test centre. Rob helped me grow my confidence and simplified things for me. Highly recommend!
A massive thank you to David Smith for being a brilliant instructor the 6 months! Starting as a very nervous driver, David was calming, patient and me feel very comfortable and in control of the car. He challenged me when needed and helped me to believe in myself as a driver. So very pleased to say I passed yesterday morning first time, thank you David, I could not have done it without your continued support!
Big thanks to Rob Andrews for his teaching over the past few months. Professional, supportive and fun too! Glad to say I passed first time this morning, ready for Christmas and a New Year on the road!
I have just passed my test with 3 minors. I learnt with driving instructor Neill who made my lessons fun and driving an enjoyable experience. The mock tests provided helped with my preparation for my test and calmed my nerves. I would recommend SDF to anyone wanting to learn to drive