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…
I really recommend David as an instructor, he was really patient and friendly, always explained everything really clearly and had several different approaches to try if I found something challenging. I was quite nervous at times but David really put me at ease, I felt very prepared and passed first time! Big thank you to David!
MASSIVE thank you to Debbie at SDF, thanks to you I passed first time! She was always so patient and explained everything step by step and throughly! Always made me feel at ease. Would highly highly recommend Debbie. Thank you you for being the best instructor!!!
100% recommend this company to anyone. I had Steve as my driving instructor and can say he has brilliant techniques to teach people, as well as having a great attitude towards learners, he always knows how to bring positive thinking to the table and is great character to be around. Made the learning experience so much more enjoyable. Also had a few first lessons with Leon, who is also a great driving instructor! They prepare you for all aspects of driving and really go above and beyond for their students.
Thanks so much to steve for making me feel confident driving so I could pass first time with one minor- I’ve had loads of fun with you over the past couple of months
Where do I begin? Steve has been without a doubt the BEST driving instructor I have ever had. When I finally passed I had ben learning on off for 4 years since I was 17. I finally passed 5th time with Steve today in Chertsey. Despite the fails, the tears and my on non-belief in myself Steve has always believed in me and encouraged me not to give up when at times I couldn’t see a positive outcome. Steve is a warm, funny and kind instructor and he made learning to drive a truly enjoyable experience. All of the instructors on Surrey Driving force are in a league of their own and are high quality, experienced instructors. I will really miss Steve and could not recommend him enough, my pass today is as much his success as mine, Love Tam xx
I highly recommend Steve and the Surrey Driving Force! He went above and beyond to ensure that I passed my test first time. He was a very patient, clear, friendly and funny instructor. He also helped to improve my driving drastically within a short space of time. I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher or driving learning experience.
So happy I passed my test today at the first time of trying with just 4minors! Big thanks to Rob Andrews he built up my confidence to enable me to pass first time. Would highly recommend!
Vince was an amazing instructor. Extremely patient, thorough and professional, he made me feel at ease throughout the process.
I can’t thank Rob Andrews enough for teaching me to drive. I was incredibly nervous to start driving (I had no previous driving experience) but Rob could read my body language and tailored his teaching to suit me precisely. Whenever I’d make a mistake, he would never shout at me, but instead would make light of the situation in a way I’d remember so I wouldn’t make the same mistakes again. Having driving lessons with Rob was a joy as he made me laugh regularly whilst teaching thoroughly. Rob gave me the confidence boost I needed to get on the roads and pass first time. If you’re a nervous character like myself, I’d recommend Rob absolutely any day, as I felt relaxed within 10 minutes of meeting him on our first
Passed with one minor, thoroughly recommend