Driving lessons

Learn to drive

96% of pupils who passed with us would recommend us*

Our pupils say ...

Just want to say thank you to Nick – he's the best instructor...

Kieran Rhodes

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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 (DVANI in Northern Ireland) with your proof of identity and a passport-sized photo.

Choose us for driving tuition you can trust

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.

You'll get:

SMS messages will confirm your initial booking, and remind you of lesson appointments 24 hours beforehand.

Getting started? Take a look at our two handy instructional videos below for an idea of what to expect in your lessons.

* Based on a survey of AA Driving School pupils who passed with us and responded to our survey between 20 November 2013 and 17 June 2014.

Our pupils say...

Thanks to James, I passed my driving test 1st time. I would recommend him to anyone. xx
Lacey Zabotti

Instructors you can trust

You're in good hands with our instructors. All AA driving instructors display a green Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) 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 DVSA badge) and still charge full lesson rates without revealing that the instructor isn't fully qualified.

Get the best possible tuition

AA instructors work to a strict code of conduct to help you get the best possible tuition.

This guarantees that your instructor:

  • is fully qualified
  • uses an AA driver development card to track your progress
  • adapts your tuition for you
  • gives you a full lesson of one-to-one tuition
  • does not smoke or use a mobile phone during your lessons
  • does not carry passengers during your lesson

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.

* Based on a survey of AA Driving School pupils who passed with us and responded to our survey between 20 November 2013 and 17 June 2014.

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My present instructor has brought me on leaps and bounds ... and the AA are simply the BEST :o).
Elaine Johnson

Save money on your lessons

Introductory offers for new learners only

For new learners, we have some great-value introductory offers.

Special offer for AA members – save £36
As family of an AA member, AA insurance customer or employee of one of our business partners, you'll receive £6 off per hour for block bookings of six hours. This is only valid for your initial booking, and not available in conjunction with any other offer. Please call us for details – this offer is not available online.

More introductory offers
Great savings for booking a block of lessons:

  • £4 off per hour for all block bookings of 10 to19 hours
  • £3 off per hour for all block bookings of 5 to 9 hours
  • £2 off per hour for all block bookings of 3 and 4 hours

Offer for ongoing tuition

If your lessons are underway you can save £2 per hour on bookings of six hours or more.

Find out prices and book online

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Terms of our offers

All discounts are subject to the selected instructor's participation; some instructors may choose not to offer these promotions. 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.

* Based on a survey of AA Driving School pupils who passed with us and responded to our survey between 20 November 2013 and 17 June 2014.

New 1.0 Fiesta Titanium Tuition car

The new Ford Fiesta offers market-leading performance – 65.7mpg on a combined cycle, and 100 brake horsepower (bhp), to give you great fuel cost savings.

Learn in a new Ford car

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:

  • 5 doors
  • dual controls
  • power steering
  • air conditioning and pollen filter
  • heated door mirrors with electric adjustment
  • quick-clear heated front and rear windscreens
  • driver and passenger airbags
  • seat height adjuster
  • electronic stability system (ESP)
  • Bluetooth, USB and MP3 plugin as standard

Both models have plenty of leg and headroom, and have a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

* Based on a survey of AA Driving School pupils who passed with us and responded to our survey between 20 November 2013 and 17 June 2014.

Frequently asked questions

Learning to drive

Getting started

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.

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Driving lessons

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.

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.

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.

Do you do teach how to drive a scooter?

AA Driving School does not currently offer scooter or motorcycle tuition.

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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 Driver and Vehicle 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.

Will it help me save money if I have driving practice with a friend or relative?

Extra driving practice with a friend or family member can help you learn more quickly. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency recommends that people who are supporting learners undergo driving skills training before taking a learner out for practice. If you're supporting a learner, we offer an in-car course to refresh your skills and ensure that you and your learner get the best out of your practice sessions. For more information about our refresher lessons for people helping learners, call us on 0800 316 2724.

How do I find out the price of driving 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.

What discounts do I get as an AA driving school pupil?

As an AA Driving School pupil you are entitled to a variety of discounts on driving lessons.

Do AA members get extra discounts?

Find out more here about discounts for AA members.

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Driving instructors

How do I find an instructor if there is not one in my local area?

Call us on 0800 587 0087 – we will do our best to find another driving instructor for you.

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 DVSA 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.

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Driving lesson cars

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.

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.

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Provisional licences

How much does it cost to get your provisional licence?

On its website, the Driver and Vehicle 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 DVSA's advice on what you should do.

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Practical and theory tests

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 and find out more about driving tests here. 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 0330 100 7471. 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.

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Existing pupils

How do I register to top up my lessons online?

To top up online, you need to go to www.theaa.com/driving-school. Choose the box on the bottom left of the page to go to 'Existing pupils', and follow the instructions.

I have registered for the existing pupil area before, and can't remember my user name or password.

To get back to your account, you need to re-register with all your details again, but this time you will need to add a different email address to access the site.

I have just paid for lessons online, but haven't received a confirmation email.

Unfortunately we do not automatically send email confirmation for lessons that have been booked. If you need a receipt please contact us by telephone, we can arrange to send you a receipt by email or post.

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After you pass

How can I find out more about Pass Plus?

Pass Plus was developed by the Driver and Vehicle 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.

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* Based on a survey of AA Driving School pupils who passed with us and responded to our survey between 20 November 2013 and 17 June 2014.

Learn to drive apps

Become a safer driver and prepare for your theory test by practising with official Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) 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.

AA Theory Test app – free edition

  • A taster for the full driving app
  • Easy interface, with progress displayed and test time left
  • Question bank has 70 example questions similar to those you can expect on the test

Free download

iPhone/iPad app

Free download

Android app

AA Full Theory Test for Car Drivers app

  • Easy interface, scores for practice tests and feedback, as in the free edition
  • Over 970 example questions similar to those you can expect on the test
  • Learn as much as you can about driving safety and the Highway Code

Price £1.79

Windows 8

Price £1.99

Windows Phone 8

Price £1.99

iPhone/iPad app

Price £1.99

Android app

AA Theory Test for Motorcyclists app

  • Easy interface, scores for practice tests and feedback
  • Over 890 example questions similar to those you can expect on the test
  • Specially prepared for motorcyclists

Price £1.99

iPhone/iPad app

Price £1.99

Android app

AA Hazard Perception Test

  • Practise your hazard perception test using clips from the experts at the AA
  • Each volume contains 15 hazard perception clips
  • Check your driving perception and reaction times

Price £1.99

Hazard Perception 1

Price £1.99

Hazard Perception 2

* Based on a survey of AA Driving School pupils who passed with us and responded to our survey between 20 November 2013 and 17 June 2014.

Not yet 17?
Start to learn the basics

Under 17? Start to learn the basics of driving with one of our experienced driving instructors.
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Meet a driving instructor
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Supporting a learner
If you're supporting a learner, have an in-car session with an AA driving instructor to refresh your skills. Get the most from your practice sessions

Practical test
What you'll need to know about the practical test – how to apply, what does it cost, what happens in the test. About the practical driving test

* Based on a survey of AA Driving School pupils who passed with us and responded to our survey between 20 November 2013 and 17 June 2014.

A busy motorway

If you've passed your test but you're not sure about driving on motorways, refresh your skills and increase your confidence with our motorway lessons.

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Staying safe
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* Based on a survey of AA Driving School pupils who passed with us and responded to our survey between 20 November 2013 and 17 June 2014.

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