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I cannot thank my instructor enough for making learning to drive such an amazing experience – thanks Barry.
If you're taking a family member or friend out to practise their driving between lessons, we could help you both make the most of this time.
Before you get behind the wheel you'll need to be 17 and have a valid provisional licence.
To get your provisional licence you can apply online, or complete a D1 form from the post office and send it to the DVLA (DVLNI in Northern Ireland) with your proof of identity and a passport-sized photo.
We're the only national driving school exclusively using fully qualified instructors. The green badge in the windscreen of your AA Driving School car assures you that your instructor is a fully qualified expert.
SMS messages will confirm your initial booking, and remind you of lesson appointments 24 hours beforehand.
More pupils pass first time with the AA than with other national driving schools. (Based on an AA Driving School survey of 2,000 motorists aged 17 to 30 years old in May 2010. More young people passed their test first time when they learned with the AA than those who learned with schools such as Red.)
Our in-car course for helping learners will help you brush up your knowledge so you can coach your learner more effectively.
The course offers:
The DSA recommends that you undergo driving skills training before you accompany a learner, so our course is an ideal way to refresh your skills and ensure that you and your learner get the best out of your practice sessions.
Talk to one of our advisers to find out more about this course – call 0800 316 2724.
Our instructors believe that the more you relax, the more you can learn. And if you enjoy your lessons, chances are you'll build up your confidence and your driving skills more quickly.
Thanks to James, I passed my driving test 1st time. I would recommend him to anyone. xx
You're in good hands with our instructors. All AA driving instructors display a green Driving Standards Agency (DSA) badge in their windscreen to prove that they're fully qualified to teach you. The green badge means that they've completed an average of 12 to 18 months of training and passed an exam testing their ability to teach learner drivers.
Some driving schools place learners with a trainee instructor (with a pink DSA badge) and still charge full lesson rates without revealing that the instructor isn't fully qualified.
AA instructors work to a strict code of conduct to help you get the best possible tuition.
This guarantees that your instructor:
My present instructor has brought me on leaps and bounds ... and the AA are simply the BEST :o).
Our offers on lessons change frequently – it's always worth calling us to check the current discounts.
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Your first two hours of learner lessons will be discounted to half price when purchased by phone in one transaction with a valid debit or credit card. Standard lesson prices apply after this initial purchase. This offer is for new customers only and cannot be combined with any other offer or used for the purpose of taking a DSA practical or mock test.
Available on all block bookings of five hours, with participating instructors only. This is not available with any other offer, but may be used more than once.
As family of an AA member, AA insurance customer or employee of one of our business partners, you'll receive £3 off per hour for block bookings of 12 lessons. This will save you £36 per booking of 12 hours. This offer is only valid for your initial booking, and not available in conjunction with any other offer.
If you book 10 hours of driving lessons, you'll receive a free lesson, plus an additional £2 off per hour. Note that the free lesson is only available on your first booking.
Get £2 off per hour on block bookings of six hours or more – not available in conjunction with any other offer, but may be used more than once.
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Lesson prices vary according to instructor and postcode. Supplements apply to tuition in congestion zone areas and for automatic vehicles, which remain payable in full for all lesson hours. Lessons are subject to instructor availability. AA driving instructors are self-employed franchisees, and all contracts for the provision of tuition are between the pupil and the instructor. We reserve the right to amend, change or withdraw offers at any time.
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The exact price you pay for lessons will depend on your instructor and how many lessons you need, but these average costs should give you an idea:
Be sure you get the best tuition available with a fully qualified instructor. You could learn more quickly, which will help to bring the cost down.
By booking lessons in advance you can take advantage of some great discounts, and best of all you'll get a full refund if you don't need to use them all. Book your AA lessons in advance and you can save £2 an hour.
Two-hour lessons could help you learn more quickly, as you'll have more time in each lesson to get to grips with new topics and go over recent manoeuvres.
All of our instructors teach in either a fantastic Ford Focus or Ford Fiesta. Either car will help you to feel confident, cool and comfortable while you learn to drive.
All our cars have:
Both models have plenty of leg and headroom, and have a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Before you can apply for your practical test you need to pass the theory test, which is made up of two parts: multiple-choice questions and a hazard perception section.
The theory test currently costs £31 - this covers both parts of the test.
You need a valid provisional driving licence to take your theory test. Once you've got that, you can book your theory and hazard perception tests online, or by phone on 0870 0101 372.
The first part of your theory test is a multiple-choice section designed to test your understanding of the rules of the road, including signs, road markings and appropriate reactions to situations. You'll have 57 minutes to answer 50 questions, and need to correctly answer 43 or more to pass.
Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 possibilities, and you will be given some questions in the form of a case study. During the test you’ll have the option to skip questions and return to them later.
For this you'll watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users. You respond to each hazard by clicking the mouse button. There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass.
The current national average test pass rate is 47% (DSA September 2011), so it makes sense to be as prepared as possible. Your instructor will advise you when you’re ready for the practical test.
Just want to say thank you to Nick – he's the best instructor...
In your practical test you'll have about 40 minutes to demonstrate everything you've learned in your driving lessons. Before you start the practical test the examiner will ask you to read the number plate of a parked vehicle to check your eyesight, so remember to wear glasses or contact lenses if you need them.
You'll then be asked two vehicle safety check questions known as the 'show me, tell me' section. You'll get one fault if you give the wrong answer to one or both questions.
The practical driving test is designed to show that you can drive competently and safely in a variety of situations. You'll be asked to do two of the three reversing manoeuvres you've practised with your instructor, and possibly make an emergency stop.
In a 10 minute independent driving section you'll be expected to show that you can make safe decisions without prompting. Don't worry if you get lost, it's not a test of your navigation skills!
You can find out more about the practical test here.
To pass your practical test you need to complete the test with no serious or dangerous faults and with 15 or fewer minor errors.
A weekday practical test costs £62. Evening, weekend and bank holiday tests cost £75.
Don't forget to budget for a final lesson if you want one, and the cost of booking the instructor and car for the duration of the test.
After you've passed your test you're ready to drive alone, but as a new driver you'll benefit from more experience. The Pass Plus scheme will give you more confidence in areas that may not have been covered during lessons. It consists of six modules, including motorway driving, driving in town and at night. And remember that completing the Pass Plus course successfully means you'll be able to claim a discount on your car insurance.
How do I find out the price of driving lessons in my area?
The price of lessons can vary in different parts of the country. Get a quote for AA driving lessons in your area.
How much does learning to drive cost?
The cost of learning to drive depends on a variety of factors, including the cost of lessons in your area, how much driving experience you already have, and how much private practice you do.
The Driving Standards Agency advises that it can take on average 45 hours of professional tuition and 22 hours of private practice to pass a driving test.
Find out the price of lessons in your area.
How do I start to learn to drive?
In order to learn to drive, you need to be 17 years old and have a valid provisional licence. You can complete a D1 form up to three months before your 17th birthday, and you can either pick one up from the post office or apply online.
How do I find an instructor if there is not one in my local area?
Please call us on 0800 587 0087 – we will do our best to find another driving instructor for you.
How much does it cost to get your provisional licence?
On its website, the Driving Standards Agency publishes the cost of obtaining a licence.
I have a foreign licence. How can I find out if I can exchange it for a British one?
Driving licences from many countries can be exchanged for British licences, but the process varies depending which country you are from. See the DSA's advice on what you should do.
Can I learn to drive in an automatic car?
Yes, anyone can learn to drive in an automatic car. It is generally quicker and easier to learn than a manual, but once you have passed your test you can only drive automatic cars.
I have a three point penalty twice on my provisional licence. Can I still take my practical test?
Yes, you can still take your practical test. However, we encourage you to consider what lessons you can learn from the situations that caused you to get those points, and what changes you should make to your driving in the light of that.
Do you do teach how to drive a scooter?
AA Driving School does not currently offer scooter or motorcycle tuition.
What makes of car do you use for driving lessons?
If you learn to drive with AA Driving School, you'll learn in a brand new Ford Focus or Fiesta. Our cars are replaced every six months (or up to nine months in Northern Ireland), ensuring you a smooth reliable drive.
Does the AA do crash courses?
We can offer condensed courses depending on your availability – these would normally be for six to eight hours per week over a number of weeks. Our AA instructors work with their pupils to create tailored courses. Call us on 0800 587 0087 to find out more.
Can I have lessons in my own car?
Your first lesson will be in an AA tuition car (currently a Ford Focus) so that your instructor can assess your ability. The instructor will then decide if you can drive your own car in your lessons. Remember that the AA car's dual controls make it much safer if you're having an off-day!
Can I be picked up and dropped off in different areas?
You can, but it depends on your instructor. You can arrange this with your instructor after you have had your first lesson.
Can I have evening and weekend lessons?
Yes. Most of our instructors do offer lessons in the evening and at weekends, although these are the most popular times and tend to get booked up far in advance.
Can I have an instructor who speaks my language?
A number of our AA instructors can speak other languages. If you would like to know if there is someone near you who speaks your language, please use our online lesson quote. which searches against spoken language and postcode. Or you can call us on 0800 587 0087.
What happens if I don't get on with my instructor?
All of our instructors are fully qualified to the Driving Instructor Agency standard and adhere to a strict AA Code of Conduct. It is really important that you get on with your instructor, so if you decide that you would like to change your instructor, we can arrange a new one for you.
How do I find out the price of lessons in my area?
You can get a quote online for AA driving lessons in your area. The price of lessons can vary in different parts of the country and by instructor. You can find out more about our offers and discounts here.Back to top
Do you press the clutch before you brake when you want to stop?
When braking, you should always press the brake before the clutch.
Is it necessary to indicate when passing a cyclist or a parked car on a street when another car is behind or in front of me?
This one is a judgement call for the driver to make. Rule 85 in the Highway Code states to signal "if necessary, before changing course or direction ... "
On a motorway, what distance are the posts from one another that mark the nearest SOS telephone?
The distance between the marker posts on the motorway is 100 metres (328 feet).
I can't just 'trickle' up to a junction with my foot on the clutch, without the brake as well. Do you have any tips on how I can be more efficient stopping at junctions?
The secret, on a level road, is to establish clutch control just short of the give way line and to then use clutch control to move forward, like on the turn in the road, for example. If you are finding that difficult, you might not be braking early enough.
What are the current guidelines for approaching a junction/roundabout? Is it necessary to go into first gear?
The correct gear to deal with a junction or roundabout will depend on the correct speed, and the correct speed will depend on the situation.
So, a junction or a roundabout with a very closed field of view or with lots of vehicles to give way to will require a very slow approach speed and first gear may appropriate. On the other hand, a junction or a roundabout with a very open field of view showing a clear road can be taken at greater speed and second or even third gear may be appropriate.
On the approach to a junction follow the 'mirror–signal–position–speed–look–assess–decide–act' routine as set out in 'Driving, the essential skills' by the DSA, as well as the advice above.
How many lessons are needed on average before starting manoeuvres, ie reversing, three-point turn, etc?
Different instructors will begin teaching manoeuvres at different times. Some will begin to teach manoeuvring as soon as the opportunity presents itself, for example to find somewhere to park at the end of the lesson or if taking a wrong turn into a cul-de-sac. Other instructors prefer to have their pupils master the art of driving forwards before they introduce them to driving backwards.
If you are feeling that your instructor should be including manoeuvring but hasn't done so yet then you should talk to him or her about it.
If you are driving past a parked car do you have to indicate if there are no other moving vehicles around?
No you do not need to indicate. Just make sure that you take up and maintain your road position in good time.Back to top
How can I find out more about Pass Plus?
Pass Plus was developed by the Driving Standards Agency. It is a six-part training course which helps new drivers get experience in towns, all weathers, out of town and rural roads, night driving, dual carriageway and motorways. Each part lasts an hour and at the end of your module your instructor will pass you if he or she believes that you have met the right standard.
Do you offer motorway driving courses to students who passed their driving tests some time ago?
Yes, we do offer refresher driving lessons. To find an instructor in your area, get prices and book lessons, please call us on 0800 587 0087.Back to top
Do test examiners pass one then fail one for every test they do?
Myths about driving examiners abound, and this is one of them. If you are worried about your practical examination, talk to your driving instructor about how the test works and what you may be asked to do on your route.
How do I book a practical test?
You can book your practical test online, or over the phone on 0870 0101 372. However you need to have passed your theory test before you book your practical test.
Is it possible to use one of your cars for the practical test if I take lessons with you as well?
Yes, you certainly can use one our cars for your practical test. What normally happens is that you have a short driving lesson just before your practical test and then drive to your test centre. Your driving instructor will generally wait in the centre while you have your test in the AA car.
If you'd like to talk to one of our advisers about the benefits of learning to drive with the AA, please call us on 0800 587 0087. Or you can book your lessons online now, where you can find out the name of your new instructor.
What are considered as dangerous and serious driving faults on your practical driving test?
There will always be some element of judgement on the part of the examiner when making the assessment, but here are some examples to illustrate what can be considered a minor, serious or dangerous fault.
Imagine turning left from a major road into a minor road and the rear wheel bumps up onto the kerb on the way round. This would be a driving fault (also known as a minor fault), and not necessarily a fail.
Imagine that same scenario, but the front wheel bumps up onto the kerb followed by the rear wheel. This would be a serious fault and, therefore, a fail. If a pedestrian is waiting to cross the road and they are forced to move out of the way, then this would be a dangerous fault and a fail.
Another example is to imagine emerging left from a minor road to a major road. The gap in the traffic is big enough to move into but the candidate taking the test builds up speed leisurely – obliging the following vehicle to lift off the accelerator. This is a driving fault, not a fail.
Now imagine that the gap in the traffic is smaller but still okay if the candidate is moving at a good pace. If the candidate isn't moving quickly enough and forces the following driver to brake, this would be a serious fault, and a fail. A dangerous fault in this scenario would be if the gap in the traffic is too small and the examiner has to intervene to prevent candidate from emerging.
How long is a theory pass valid?
Your theory test result is valid for two years. If you haven't passed your practical test within that two-year period, you will need to sit your theory test again.Back to top
Become a safer driver and prepare for your theory test by practising with official Driving Standards Agency (DSA) questions, and even take a sample test designed to be just like a real test situation. Three downloads available – all recommended by driving instructors as the best way to prepare for your test.
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