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…
Fantastic ! I will always recommend this driving school, especially Steve, he has helped me so much through the entire experiece, explaining everything and had a lot of patience which made me feel comfortable.
It was a pleasure learning with surrey driving force. Thank you so much for helping me pass Rob Andrews and all your hard work
First time pass with 4 minors, so happy and excited to finally be driving. I kept constanly having driving lessons and then i got too nervous and stopped, then i found rob, who really helped me concentrate and calmed all my nerves before the test, big thanks to Rob Andrews who was an amazing instructor
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“Highly recommend David Smith. Very patient and polite, made me feel calm and in control. I’ve recommended friends to David also!”
“Rob was an amazing instructor he really helped me as much as possible. Teaching all he can while also having a couple of laughs in. Overall would recommend Surrey driving force to anyone especially to Rob thank you for the last 6 months.”
“My overall experience was great. The teacher was friendly, the car was nice, and I passed my practical driving test on my first attempt.”
“BEST INSTRUCTOR OF ALL TIME!!! Not only did I pass my test first time, I learned a lot from him about driving safe and being more confident on the road. He is very good at conveying information and making it easy for learners to feel confident. I honestly can’t thank Steve enough!!!!”
“Passed first time with 2 minors and having most of my lessons at night with Rob Andrews! Really good instructor ! appreciated all his input and tips and used them during test! That was some good learning Rob!”