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…
What an amazing company! I had Steve for my driving lessons and he was an absolute delight. Steve was very friendly and genuinely cares about you passing! Steve taught me absolutely everything there is to know and made me feel so comfortable when behind the wheel. I past first time with only 3 minors. I would strongly recommend Surrey Driving Force to anyone who is willing to drive. Thank you again Steve!
I am so happy I found Surrey Driving Force. I have been so encouraged and learnt so much more in two lessons then I did in a years worth of lessons with another instructor. They are understanding and helpful, they made me feel confident enough to finally book my test after putting it of for three years. Thank you so much for all the support towards helping me pass. I am truly grateful for the wonderful help. Thanks Steve!
David was an excellent instructor with a lot of patience and helped me gain confidence very quickly, helping me pass my test first time. Would thoroughly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn to drive.
I had my lessons with Steve for the past 9 months, my fourth instructor in my 2-year learner journey! Steve is always very encouraging, positive and supportive even when sometimes I had convinced myself I’d never pass a test. Steve came with me for both my tests and I passed second time in Ashford. I always felt extremely safe in the car with him and comfortable learning in environments and areas I had not driven in before. He very kindly was able to pick me up from my house in Sunningdale sometimes for lessons which saved me a lot of time and money getting into Egham. I also had lessons with Leon before Steve who was also lovely, very chatty and very skillful in teaching and driving. Altogether a great experience with Surrey Driving Force and I highly recommend both Steve and Leon for lessons!
I was nervous to start with driving lessons however during the course of the lessons my instructor Rob Andrews helped build my confidence and road knowledge and he helped me pass my test first time with 2 minors. Highly recommend Rob
I passed my test second time in December of 2019 with no minors, and I thoroughly recommend learning to drive with David! I had lessons for around a year and he instilled in me a great level of confidence that I never thought I’d be able to reach. I can now drive very independently without any nerves! Thank you David
I had a brilliant experience.. I was a nervous driver who can make mistake any time and unexpectedly but I literally start loving driving because of Rob Schifani.. He made me comfortable and looking forward to the better by giving me simplest examples.. He made me not to give up.. Me passing test is due to my instructor… So congrats to you
Before I started learning I was so nervous, in my first lesson Rob Andrews talked it all through with me and calmed my nerves really well, learning to drive for me has been a wonderful experience as Rob is such a nice guy and is really easy to get along with. I would highly recommend Rob Andrews as I passed today with 1 minor.
What an emotional rollercoaster Steve and I have been through to get me through my test… but we finally did it!!!! It’s been tough learning to drive again at 35. Even though I’m pretty confident behind the wheel, anxiety and frustration has got the better of me on occasions. But Steve has been the most patient, kind and understanding instructor, who truly brings the best out of me and didn’t give up on me after many meltdowns. 5* isn’t enough on here. The BEST instructor I Could have asked for!
Highly recommend Rob Andrews from surrey driving force. He taught me everything I needed to know and helped me a lot whilst learning how to drive. I passed my test 1st time with 1 minor, so I’m really happy with how it went.