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Driving Lessons in Houghton-Regis, Bedfordshire

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5 Hour Starter

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Motorway Driving Lessons

Motorway confidence building lessons from £28 per hour.

Welcome to Smart Drive UK driving school in Houghton-Regis. Over the years, we have contributed towards ensuring safety on the roads by producing hundreds of expert drivers.

The numerous driving schools in the UK make it hard to choose one. With Smart Drive UK, you no longer have to waste time in the selection process, as with us you are guaranteed to work with truly qualified instructors, who will not only help ensure you pass your test, but also that you become a responsible driver. If you are searching for a driving school with reliable driving instructors, this is the place to be. All our instructors are fully trained and DVSA approved.

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Smart Drive UK Driving School – Awarded 2018/2019/2020

Most Trusted Non-Commercial Driver Trainer School 2020

Driving School of the Year 2019

Best for Class B Driver Training Services 2018 & Best for Promoting Road Safety by Influencing Driver Behaviour

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Can I choose to be picked up and dropped off at specific locations?

If you want a driving school that affords you the convenience your busy schedule needs, then look no further. One of the things that sets us apart from the crowd is the fact that our instructors have no problem with picking you up for classes from anywhere you want, and will also drop you off at any location of your choosing. We understand the need for you to only want to focus on driving training, instead of how to get to the training location and back, so we are able to, for instance, pick you up at school and drop you off at home after the session. To find out how we can help you with this service, get in touch with us immediately.

Enhancing your confidence

There is nothing wrong with feeling scared the first time you get behind the wheel. Even the most experienced drivers still feel slightly nervous once in a while. There are several things that can go wrong while driving, so it is normal to feel anxious. When you go through our driving classes here at Smart Drive UK, the fear and doubts associated with driving will be properly dealt with. With our experience in the driving niche, we have been able to come up with a system that focuses on the reduction of nervousness, allowing you to focus on developing your skills. As you drive with our instructors, you will feel relaxed, calm, and comfortable all through the driving process. Want to find out more about our driving lessons? Get in touch with us right away. You can get in touch with us on 07760 767170.

High first time pass rate

Most learner drivers think it is normal to fail a driving test on the first attempt. Although many people fail their first test, many more people pass. In reality, there is statistical evidence to show that the first test is the one you will most likely pass. Failing a driving test is not just disappointing, it can be financially and emotionally draining to prepare for another attempt. If you want to get the training that truly prepares you for a first time pass, Smart Drive UK is the place to be. We are delighted with the fact that we have some of the best pass rates in the UK.

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Please fill free to call us on 08450 179 778 or Text/Call on 07760 767170.

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How much do driving lessons cost in Houghton-Regis?

When learning to drive with Smart Drive UK, not only is it affordable, it’s also interesting and fun. Our pricing policy is designed to be affordable for everyone truly interested in becoming an expert driver. You can definitely afford it. While there might be cheaper driving instructors in Houghton-Regis, you definitely can’t compare the quality to that of Smart Drive UK. What’s the cheapest way of booking my driving lessons? Are you finding booking driving lessons to be too costly? Our platform makes it easy to book, and you’ll have the choice to enquire online, here on our website, or call our office to do so in person. You can always get great deals from us, irrespective of how you book.

Driving Lessons and Courses Prices

Beginner’s packages

We have a variety of driving lesson packages at Smart Drive UK to suit your specific needs. If you started learning elsewhere before coming to us, we have a package for you. Perhaps you’re a looking to learn how to drive from scratch. Regardless of what your needs are, we’ve got a suitable package for you.

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Driving Lesson Prices In Houghton-Regis

5 Lesson Starter Package £ 100.00

1 Lesson is the equivalent to 1 hour.

Beginners packages are for pupils who have had no previous experience

Driving Lesson Prices:

First lesson (Saving up to 50%) £14.00
1 hour £ 28.00
10 Hour block booking £ 260.00
1 Hour Motorway** £ 32.00
Intensive Driving Courses Available: PASS WITHIN ONE WEEK
15 Hours ( Previous experience 25/30 hours ) £ 375.00
20 Hours ( Previous experience 20/25 hours ) £ 500.00
25 Hours ( Previous experience 15/20 hours ) £ 625.00
30 Hours ( Previous experience 10/15 hours ) £ 750.00
35 Hours ( Previous experience 5/10 hours ) £ 875.00
45 Hours ( No previous experience ) £ 1100.00
Pass Plus – Six Hours £ 192.00
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Please fill free to call us on 08450 179 778 or Text/Call on 07760 767170.

What type of car will I be learning in?

We know that there are many students that want to learn how to drive in manual cars, and there are also those that prefer automatic transmission. Ultimately, you will determine the choice of car in which you’ll be learning. Your choice will work well, regardless of what you need it for, because both manual cars and automatic are common on UK roads. Can’t work out the best option for you based on your requirements? Why don’t you discuss them with us, and we can help you make a decision.  (please note automatic cars are subject to availability). We are waiting by the phone for you.

Can I start driving lessons without having passed the theory test?

Many people will think about passing the theory test before taking practical driving lessons. There are benefits to this advice, as it is in your best interest to, first and foremost, understand how a car works before you get into it. One thing we have learnt in our experience here at Smart Drive UK, however, is that combining theoretical and practical training is always the best bet. This allows you to immediately see how theory works while behind the wheels. In addition, someone that is already experienced in driving lessons will have a higher chance of success when it is time for the theory test.

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What is the length of time for each lesson?

We know it is important for you to know the duration of each lesson, so as to better plan your day. The length of time it will take to complete one lesson is dependent on your learning ability and how the teacher chooses to deliver the lesson. However, our system of training means that our students generally spend around a couple of hours on each lesson. Interested in a different training schedule? Call us on 07760 767170 to find out more.

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How often should I have my driving lessons?

We all have different schedules. However, if you can get at least two hours of driving training every week, it will be sufficient. You can continue with this schedule if you prefer it. But if you’d prefer a more flexible schedule, we can arrange something for you. If you prefer back to back training each day, this can speed up your learning process, and help you prepare for the driving test that little bit faster. Regardless of your schedule, we can always make arrangements to suit you.

Learn to drive with a Professional with a proven track record.

Please fill free to call us on 08450 179 778 or Text/Call on 07760 767170.

Can I have lessons in my own car?

Some individuals are more comfortable receiving driving lessons in their own car. This could be a great idea, especially if you intend on using your car to take the driving test. You may also be looking to familiarise yourself with the vehicle, especially if it’s a new one. Whatever the reason, at Smart Drive UK, we are able to offer our customers driving lessons in their own car. But we can only provide this service if your car is insured, roadworthy, and registered. An inspection of your car to verify its valid registration, and a call to your insurance company to inform them your car will be used for driving lessons will be carried out by one of our instructors.

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Can I have more than one lesson a week?

We are ready to accommodate you if you have the time for more than one lesson a week. Our Smart Drive UK fixed and flexible schedule plans can be personalised to suit even the busiest individual’s schedule. If you want a sped up training programme that consists of multiple lessons every week, we’ve got you covered. Our priority is to provide you the training you need at your preferred pace, and have you prepared to ace the driving test the first time. The impressive first time pass rate of our students is a clear indication you’re in capable hands with Smart Drive UK, regardless of the schedule or learning speed you choose.

Booking a driving lesson Houghton-Regis

Have you been searching for the perfect place for driving lessons? Congratulations, because you’ve struck gold. We are the trusted professionals in Houghton-Regis that can turn you into a roadworthy driver with zero hassle. To arrange for driving lessons that best suit your unique needs, or to ask any questions, contact us via phone, or send us an email on our website.

Manual Driving Lessons

Would you prefer a manual gear shift for your driving lessons? Then look no further. When working with our skilled and experienced instructors, manual driving lessons become easy and enjoyable. Every one of our instructors is an experienced professional who will take the time to share with you important details concerning driving a manual car. By the conclusion of your manual driving lesson, you’ll be able to safely change gears, control the clutch, and confidently manoeuvre through traffic. The best thing about manual driving lessons is that you don’t need to learn how to drive an automatic car. This is because our manual driving lessons cover both vehicle types

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is aimed at assisting drivers in the UK who’ve recently successfully concluded their driving test. Several new drivers shy away from driving on busy roads due to a lack of confidence. Fortunately, after passing your driving test, Smart Drive UK can provide you the skills and knowledge to make you a confident and safe driver on any road. Your initial training will get you familiar with most major road conditions, but Pass Plus training will allow you to leave your immediate vicinity to experience the roads first hand. Want more information? Contact us by phone for a friendly chat about our Pass Plus scheme.

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New Hazard Perception Test

Passing the Hazard Perception Test is crucial to passing the UK theory test for learner drivers. The test is mandatory and will determine if you are qualified for a full driver’s license During the test, various videos depicting normal road scenes and a developing hazard will be shown to you. Your reactions are what determine whether you pass or fail. The Hazard Perception Test comes before the practical driving test at the DVLA, and we have all the materials and information you need to pass the Hazard Perception Test on your first try. Our trainers will guide you with our collection of Hazard Perception videos and revision questions, to fully prepare you on what to expect.

Does Smart Drive UK offer refresher driving courses?

If you haven’t driven a car in a while and would like a refresher course, you’ve found the right team to help you. Refresher courses for people who haven’t driven in a while, and would like their skills updated, are part of our programmes at Smart Drive UK. Our refresher course can, within a short while, have you confidently seated behind the wheel of a car on any major road. Have any questions? Call our office today.

Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?

Are you in need of intensive driving lessons? Maybe you have an upcoming interview for a job that requires you to drive. There could be other special reasons why you need a quick intensive driving training programme. Whatever the case, our experienced and skilful instructors know how to put an intensive course together. A short time into our programme and you’ll suddenly realise we’ve turned you into a confident, skilled, and licensed driver.

Does Smart Drive UK offer advanced driving courses?

Hoping to significantly improve your driving skills? Maybe you initially taught yourself driving or had only the basics of driving taught to you. Whatever your reason might be, Smart Dive UK has the competence and experience to patiently groom you into a professional road user. In Houghton-Regis, we’ve succeeded in upgrading many basic drivers into highly qualified ones. Please contact us via phone or email if you have any questions.

Book smart, book in bulk

Working with Smart Drive UK guarantees that your expectations will be met because we take our time to understand our customers. For this reason, you get to pay less for block bookings. Our package is right for you, whether your school would like to provide a driving course for eligible students, or your company needs to provide driving lessons for staff. Would you like to learn more about our block booking offer? All we need is an email from you detailing what your requirements are and the number of people in your group.

Ready to pay for driving lessons?

Your convenience matters to us at every point of contact. This is why we make it easy to pay for lessons in your own way. If electronic payment is convenient, you can pay into the driving instructor’s account that way or write a cheque instead. You also have the option of paying in cash in every lesson. As long as you have a system that works for you, we are content.

Required tests you must pass before you are issued your license

Mock theory test

Passing your driving test has just been made easier, so don’t fret. At Smart Drive UK, our mock theory test practice is tailored to the DVLA driving exam. Pass our mock test and the DVLA theory practice test will be a breeze, as will the actual theory test that comes afterward.

Qualify for your driving license in Houghton-Regis

You are required to pass the official DVLA driving test before you can obtain your driver’s license. Taking any of our driving courses is certain to equip you with the knowledge required to sail through the test the first time. So many of our customers have passed the test the first time that we are confident you can achieve similar results.

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How do I go about booking a test?

First, we suggest that you make your booking via the official Gov.UK website. It is more cost-effective to avoid booking through a third-party website. You are required to pass the theory test and hazard perception test before you can book the driving test. Sound confusing? The process will get clearer when you work with our instructors at Smart Drive UK, who will guide you from day one.

How long do the tests take?

The driving test has five aspects, which include an eyesight check, driving ability, safety questions, vehicle reversing, and independent driving. Both automatic and manual transmission is given the same treatment during testing. The actual driving test takes an average of 40 minutes to complete.

It’s test day, now what?

Before anything else, you will show your theory test and provisional license and then prove you have good eyesight by reading a number plate from a distance. Next, you will have to demonstrate your knowledge by answering a series of show and tell questions, but only if you pass the eye test. After this, the examiner will test your ability to reverse a car and drive on different kinds of roads in a safe and effective manner. The test includes 20 minutes of independent driving, possibly with an emergency stop. You can expect to spend about 40 minutes on the driving test. We understand that you may be extremely nervous during the practical driving test, but remember that you have already encountered all you’ll have to do in your driving lessons.

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Ready for a full driving license

Congratulations on passing your practical driving test. This means you are now qualified to apply for a proper driving license. Your license will be processed by the DVLA once the results of the practical driving test are in. You should receive your license no later than three weeks after passing the practical driving test. From day one, to the day you get your driving license, Smart Drive UK is always ready to guide you through the process. Until you have been officially licensed as a qualified driver, our job is not done.

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Further lessons for after the test in Houghton-Regis

Passing the test is the easy part, the real challenge is when you start driving. The traffic, night driving, and driving in rain and snow are now a reality. Luckily, you can get some help. At Smart Drive UK, we have a series of post-test driving lessons in and around Houghton-Regis that will help you become familiar with motorway driving. Call us today for more information.

Advanced courses for drivers in Houghton-Regis

Do you live around Houghton-Regis? Are your driving skills a little rusty? Let’s help you brush them up. The team at Smart Drive UK is responsible for helping hundreds of people brush up their driving skills. If you would like to brush up your driving skills, reach out to our office in Houghton-Regis. Other channels of communication are also open to you, including text and email.

Refresh Your Skills with a Driving Course

Taking a short refresher course may be the right move for you. With our refresher driving course series, you’ll get back on the road in no time. Learn more by getting in touch with us now.

Learn to drive with a Professional with a proven track record.

Please fill free to call us on 08450 179 778 or Text/Call on 07760 767170.

FAQs

Can I be picked up at a location that I choose?

We are one of the leading driving schools with regards to pick-up time flexibility. We believe it’s important to offer you flexibility when it comes to the meet up than you, and so we can pick you up at a location that fits your schedule and drop you off at another point. For instance, if you need an arrangement where you were picked up at a certain location and drop to him at the end of the day, we can help as long as it is a reasonable distance from your normal pickup point.

Do you have the right variety of cars that I can learn with?

You have a great deal of flexibility on the car you choose to drive, as we have a wide range of learner manual cars.

Need some guidance on choosing a car to learn to drive in?

We can help you decide if you would like to give us a call.

Is it sensible to do driving lessons before passing the theory test?

Often students are told by other companies that practical driving lessons shouldn’t be started until the theory test has been completed. It does make sense to understand driving and cars better before commencing practical driving lessons. Smart Drive UK takes a slightly different approach; we believe that the combination of theoretical and practical training at the same time can be more beneficial. The combination creates a synergy that makes it easier to grasp elements of driver training at the same time. Those that start practical driving lessons and then take the theory test tend to pass more easily.

How long should I expect driving lessons to last?

We understand it’s important to plan your driving lessons around your other daily activities. The length of lessons will be decided based on your aptitude and the instructor you work with. The training system that we use, and the structures of the courses we run, mean that most lessons tend to be around two hours. Give us a call if you would like lesson schedules that can get you to your goal faster over a longer period.

How frequently should my driving lessons be done?

We are well aware that your schedule is likely different from everyone else’s. However, progression as you learn to drive is best if you do a minimum of two hours per week. You need to work out whether this works for you. So, tailor the effort to fit two hours a week. You can opt for a more flexible schedule, which will be more than happy to accommodate. We can arrange driving lessons on several days in a row to speed your progress toward your practical driving test. No matter what your daily schedule looks like, we have you covered.

Is it possible to learn to drive in my car?

If you have your car you may feel more comfortable during driving lessons in it. This is not only understandable but also a great idea, especially if you plan to use the car for your driving test. If you have a new car that you are trying to get used to then this can make even more sense. We’re more than happy for you to use your vehicle for driving lessons and for practicing driving at Smart Drive UK.

However, this is only possible if the car is roadworthy, registered and comprehensively insured. Will verify that your car is right for your lessons by inspecting your papers, and your insurance company will have to be notified about the driving lessons in the car. We suggest you move lessons and your vehicle only when it is safe to do so, and we normally recommend that you begin lessons in a dual-controlled car and by your driving instructor.

Are all vehicles dual controlled?

Smart Drive UK driving instructors teach in dual control cars.

Will the driving training fit around my work and family commitments?

Yes. The training program is very flexible and Fitchett will fit around your work and family commitments subject to availability

What else can I do to help me pass my driving tests?

Your driving instructor will guide you and provide feedback, and as long as you take it on board you will have a good chance of passing your driving test. By taking notes after lessons on the feedback provided you can enhance your chances of taking on board the information. Then you can go into each new lesson having assimilated the information from the previous one. Your driver training process can also be improved by watching additional resources and your driving instructor can advise you on what to watch.

How do you know when you are ready for your practical driving test?

Your driving instructor will advise you when you are ready to book/take your practical driving test based on your progress level within your driving lessons. They understand what you will need to be able to do to partial test and will be continually assessing you against these levels

Can I do my practical driving test in the same car as my lessons?

Any fully insured car can be used for your driving test. Our guidance is that you choose to do your driving test in your driving instructor’s car, as that is what you have become familiar with.

Will my instructor be in the car during my driving test?

It is possible for driving instructors to come on the test with you [subject to COVID-19 rules]. Your driving test examiner will probably ask you if you would like your instructor to accompany you on the test. You can discuss the test with your driving instructor to decide whether it is a good idea or not. It is normally the case that automatic cars are easier and faster to learn than learning to drive a manual car.

Can a pregnant woman take driving lessons?

Pregnancy shouldn’t stop you from taking driving lessons. Talk to your doctor or medical professional if you are concerned about any aspect of driving when pregnant.

Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?

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Are you looking to start a driving job?

People choose to learn to drive fast for a variety of reasons. Irrespective of your reasons, to get you through your exam, Smart Drive UK will work for you. You’ll soon be a competent, confident, and comfortable driver.

Do you want to develop advanced driving skills?

You might want this if you taught yourself how to drive or received only basic training. We can develop you into an expert driver by taking you through the advanced driving course, providing you with the skills and knowledge that you need. Many drivers in London have grown into advanced drivers thanks to our advanced driving courses. If you want to find out more information about our advanced driving courses then get in touch with our advisors today.

Are there any costs I need to plan for?

The driving lessons form the biggest cost for most people when looking to pass the driving test. You also have to budget for the test fees. Click the link below to see what the current test fees are.

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As the leading driving school in the United Kingdom, Smart Drive UK offers fully personalised lessons tailored to your goals, whether you want to pass your exam quickly or take your time getting used to being behind the wheel. All of our lessons follow the Drivers Standards Agency guidelines and offer the highest standards of safety, allowing you to relax knowing that our experienced instructors can handle any situation.

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Our courses are designed to build experience and confidence in all of our learner drivers at a pace that suits you. Smart Drive UK offers unique pre-lesson learning sessions ensure that once you’re in the car, you’ll spend as much time driving as possible – not talking to the instructor about driving. This approach ensures not only that you’ll progress quickly – but also that you’ll get the absolute most from your money.

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At Smart Drive UK you get to choose the time and length of your lessons so they fit perfectly into your schedule. Our instructors will take your previous knowledge and goals into account, making our programme perfect for both experienced and novice drivers alike and letting you progress at the pace that works for you. Whether you want to slowly build confidence or quickly pass your test, you can’t go wrong with Smart Drive UK!

Learn to drive with a Professional with a proven track record.

Please fill free to call us on 08450 179 778 or Text/Call on 07760 767170.

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