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…
Couldn’t recommend SDF enough!! My instructor was amazing, especially with test day nerves! ❤️ thank you Debbie! X
I’m a difficult student who passed her test today!!! I definitely recommend my driving instructor Robert Andrews to everyone, he gave me so much confidence that none of my two previous instructors could give. I passed on the first attempt with him, he convinced me I can drive and made it real. Always patient, cheerful, punctual and polite, I already recommended him to my work colleagues and will continue recommending. Rob, thank you so much, you were too patient with me sometimes and I really really appreciate it. We did it!!!
I cannot thank you enough Steve!! I never thought I could do it but you got me there with 1 minor! I’ve already recommended you to family and friends!! I know I wouldn’t have my licence today if it wasnt for you and your constructive criticism and patience with me!
David Smith is %100 my best driving instructor I have ever had and I couldn’t ask for a better instructor!
David is very patient, polite, friendly, encouraging, flexible instructor and explains everything effectively when I didn’t understand where I was going wrong. I was nervous and anxious behind the wheel and not confident driver however, with David’s help and support I became confident and put me at ease every lesson and finally passed my test. I am so grateful for this experience and I can’t thank you enough. Definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to learn driving.
Feel absolutely amazing . Passed first time!! 4 minors . Couldn’t be anymore grateful to Rob Andrews. Been the nicest guy and always there increasing my knowledge on how to drive. He was always honest and gave me a good kick when I needed it. Lessons prior to the test Rob gave me incredibly useful lessons to give me the biggest head start towards my test. Would definitely recommend this guy and thanks Rob .
You have been a great help.!!!
I highly recommend Rob Schifano and Surrey Driving Force. I started off as a very nervous driver with no experience and Rob helped me to feel more confident in my driving ability. Booking lessons was easy and the lesson costs were very reasonable. I felt completely prepared by the time my test date arrived and thanks to Rob’s great tuition i passed my driving test first time with 0 faults.
Highly recommend Surrey Driving Force and my instructor David. He is great and professional teacher and very nice person.
Thank you David
Steve from Surrey Driving Force has been absolutely amazing. I had taken lessons in the past but recently became eager to pass and he got me through lessons and the test in less than three weeks, being continuously flexible with times, helpful, supportive, patient and motivational. I felt at ease throughout the lessons and always took something new from each lesson. I felt prepared for my test and passed first time.
I’m so happy just passed first time with 3 minors, the mock tests really helped me out and I knew just what to expect on the test day! really recommend Surrey driving force
Steve is beyond incredible. Fantastic instructor, very patient and professional, but at the same time has you at ease, making you feel confident. I couldn’t have asked for a better driving experience. Would highly recommend Surrey Drive Force and my instructor!