Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of the questions we frequently get asked when people enquire about learning to drive. If you question is still unanswered, please get in touch via our Contact Us Page.
What do I need to start driving lessons?
You’ll need to have your provisional licence and check your eligibility on the DVSA website. That can be done here: https://www.gov.uk/legal-obligations-drivers-riders. If you wear contact lenses or glasses for eyesight, you’ll need an up to date prescription too, ready to bring along to your lesson.
How do I get a provisional driver licence?
You will need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) for your licence. This can be done online here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence or you can get a form from your local post office. For current costs see the above link.
How long will it take to pass my test?
This is a difficult question to answer as everyone is very different in their learning styles and abilities. What we do say is that the more effort you put in, by reading in between lessons, studying your theory test throughout learning and finding an instructor that suits your style best, the more likely you will be successful. You also need to factor in how much time and finance you can put to your learning. Those that do a 2 hour lesson per week are going to be much faster at getting test ready than those who only take 1 hour per week. Whilst that may seem costly in the long run it could be saving you £s as you will be gaining much more valuable experience for a longer period each time you go out to practice. We, along with the DVSA recommend that you undertake private practice with a friend or relative if that’s possible, between your lessons. The DVSA calculate that it takes approximately 45 hours of paid tuition with a driving instructor and 20 hours of private practice with a friend or family to be confidently ready for a driving test.
How long is a driving lesson?
Driving lessons vary in length dependant on your availability and finances. At UP we do a minimum time of 60 minutes, but we do recommend either 90 or 120 minute lessons. This gives you plenty time within your lesson to get a good learning experience and plenty of practice time, especially if it’s a new topic.
Can I be picked up and dropped off in different places?
Yes, you can. Although we do ask that you give us 24 hours’ notice of this as it may affect the person before or after you if we need to leave a little more time to travel. We can do this if we are picking up and dropping from your house, place of work or college etc. Please be aware that any pick up and drop off areas must be within our working area and postcodes. WA9, WA10, WA11, WA12, L35
How do I pay?
Currently we only accept cash or bank transfer directly to your instructor.
Do you offer a fast pass or driving course?
We don’t specifically have any driving courses where you would typically learn in a few weeks by doing several hours per week and then taking your test at the end. However if you do have these needs, please contact us to discuss and we can check availability and a solution for you. We do offer discounts for those wanting to pay for lessons up front. You can find our prices on our ‘Price List’ page.
Can I be accompanied on my lesson?
We sometimes get requests for people to bring along a friend or family member. Whilst we are not against this, it’s really important that that person doesn’t play a part in disrupting or disturbing your lesson in anyway. If this is something you feel would benefit your learning then please call us to discuss your options.
What services do you offer?
Currently we offer driving tuition in manual vehicles only. These vehicles are a Renault Captur and a Ford Fiesta.
What can I expect on my first lesson?
Prior to your first lesson your driving instructor will contact you to introduce themselves. During this conversation they will answer any questions that you may have. At this time they will also do an online driving licence check, this is so we can check your licence is up to date and there aren’t any issues with you beginning to drive. On the day of your lesson your instructor will meet you at the agreed time and place. If this is your first lesson with us, they will do a visual check of your licence and ask you to do an eyesight check, so please bring along contact lenses or glasses if you wear them. If you haven’t had any previous experience or aren’t feeling confident your instructor may drive you to a quiet practice area. Once the lesson is over the instructor will drive you back leaving 5 minutes at the end for any feedback and to arrange your next lesson.