There are lots of driving schools in the UK today, which is why it can be hard to differentiate the valuable ones from the rest. Smart Drive UK is one of the schools you can trust, as you are guaranteed to work with fully-qualified instructors who know how to prepare you for your driving test, and ensure you are a true driver at the end of the day. If you’re looking for a patient, reliable driving instructor, then your search ends here. When you choose us for your driving training, you are choosing a driving school completely manned by DVSA approved professionals.
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
Reliable, calm and friendly
I tried 2 other driving schools before smart drive and both of them were not right for me, I needed someone who was patient and made me feel at ease as I was very nervous.
On recommendation from my manager (both of her sons us…
Smart Drive UK Worthing are brilliant from booking the lessons to passing my test ,very friendly and helpful ,the instructors are very patient and help you all the way through ,i would recommend highly .
Highly recommend taking lessons with smart drive UK Worthing. My instructor helped greatly with my strengths and weaknesses of driving and managed to fit me in to schedule around my work and college hours!
Awesome company and Paul is a top chap and instructor. Couldn’t recommend him enough
Top notch … superb instructor and so much fun. Wanna pass first time
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A brilliant company. I had a fantastic driving instructor. Highly recommend!
Passed first time thanks to Paul! Great instructor and so friendly, motivating and patient. Highly recommend him to any new drivers!
This company is amazing! My instructor was Paul! He help me through passing and made me feel very very confident by reassuring that I was getting better every time I had a lesson! He kept me calm when I was stressing and all round great guy! Would…
Is it possible to pick me up from one place and drop me off at another?
If convenience and flexibility is your major criteria for choosing a driving school, you will love our service. This flexibility is a part of our promise to our students, so our instructors won’t have any issues with picking you up at any location of your choosing. For instance, if showing up for training will mean not having a ride home from your workplace or school, you can count on us to help you. To find out how we can help you with this service, get in touch with us immediately.
Developing your confidence
It is absolutely normal to feel scared the first time you are behind a wheel. The most experienced drivers still feel nervous every now and then. There are a number of reasons to feel anxious whilst driving, after all, there are a number of things that can go wrong. With us, at Smart Drive UK, the emphasis is always on helping you to overcome the fear and doubts that are connected to driving. Over the years, we have been able to craft a lesson outline that addresses your driving fears while focusing on the improvement of your driving skills. As you drive with our instructors, you will feel relaxed, calm, and comfortable all through the driving process. Do you have a question? There is always someone available to answer your questions and explain how we can be of help. You can reach us on 07760 767170.
One of the highest first time pass rates
If you are like most learner drivers, then you probably believe that it is normal to fail a driving test the first time. The fact is, there is no guarantee that you will fail your first test, because many people have also passed. In fact, according to statistics, you have a higher chance of passing your driving test the first time. When you fail a test, the emotional and financial commitment that went into the process makes it all the more disappointing. Smart Drive UK is one of the leading names in the driving school niche in Durham, because we have developed a curriculum that ensures an even higher chance of a first time pass. We are delighted with the fact that we have some of the best pass rates in the UK.
How much do driving lessons cost in Durham?
At Smart Drive UK, we believe that learning to drive should be fun, interesting, and inexpensive. We’ve designed our pricing policy to be comfortable for everyone. Our driving lessons are competitively priced to ensure anyone can afford to drive. Of course, you might find something cheaper in or around Durham, but it’s unlikely you’ll get an instructor as skilled and qualified as ours. What’s the cheapest way of booking my driving lessons? Have you been searching for a more cost effective way to book driving lessons? Booking driving lessons via our website is convenient and inexpensive, and you can also contact us via phone. Regardless of the method of your booking, you can always get a good deal from us.
Driving Lessons and Courses Prices
You can choose from any of our diverse driving lesson packages at Smart Drive UK to suit your unique needs. If you started learning elsewhere before coming to us, we have a package for you. There are also packages for learners with no driving knowledge whatsoever. Whatever it is you require, rest assured we have a suitable package to match it.
Areas We Cover In Durham
What type of car will I be learning in?
Some of our students prefer to learn with automatic transmission vehicles, while others prefer to learn with manual transmission vehicles. Ultimately, you will determine the choice of car in which you’ll be learning. Manual and automatic cars are equally popular across the UK, and your choice is completely to your wishes. If you’re not sure what type of car fits your unique requirements, don’t worry, our experienced staff can help you make the right choice. (please note automatic cars are subject to availability). Call us today on 07760 767170 for expert advice.
Can I begin my driving lessons before I have passed the theory test?
Many people will tell you it’s better to pass the theory test before taking practical driving lessons. There is nothing wrong with this, as it makes sense to understand how a car works before you get into the driver’s seat. However, at Smart Drive UK, we believe it’s better to combine both theoretical and practical training. The combination creates a synergy which makes it easier to grasp both elements of driving training at the same time. Another advantage to starting your driving test right away, is that you will be better prepared for the theory test.
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. Your assimilation speed and how the teacher chooses to deliver the lesson are the major determinants in the duration of each lesson. However, our skilled instructors, working with a properly planned course outline, ensure that you will spend only two hours on average on each task. Want a quicker or slower training schedule? Call us right away to discuss your options.
How often should I have my driving lessons?
We all have different schedules. However, it’s recommended that learner drivers have at least two hours of training each week. You can continue with this schedule if you prefer it. Or we could help you arrange a more flexible schedule that better suits your needs. For example, we could arrange for back to back training every day that will speed up your training and have you prepared for your driving test faster. No matter what your daily schedule looks like, we have you covered.
Can I have lessons in my own car?
You may prefer to undergo your driving training behind the wheel of your own car. We are amenable to this because we believe training with your own car can be helpful if you intend on taking the driving test with that same car. It might also be the case of you owning a new car and trying to familiarise yourself with it. Whatever your reason, Smart Drive UK can prepare you for your driving test with your own car. But we can only provide this service if your car is insured, roadworthy, and registered. This will be verified through an inspection of your papers by our instructors, and after your insurance company has been notified that the car will be used for driving lessons.
Can I have more than one lesson a week?
We can provide you multiple lessons per week if your busy schedule permits it. Our Smart Drive UK fixed and flexible schedule plans can be personalised to suit even the busiest individual’s schedule. If you prefer multiple lessons every week to speed up your learning process, we can deliver. 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. Our first time pass rate is stellar, which means you are in good hands regardless of the training programme you opt for.
Booking a driving lesson Durham
Do you need a friendly professional to help you pass your driving test the first time? Now that you’ve found us, you don’t need to look any further! We are the trusted professionals in Durham that can turn you into a roadworthy driver with zero hassle. To get started on booking for lessons that best suit your schedule, or for any other enquiries, call us now for a friendly chat, or send us an email via our website.
Manual Driving Lessons
Would you prefer manual driving lessons? We’ve got experts for that. When working with our skilled and experienced instructors, manual driving lessons become easy and enjoyable. Aside from driving, our instructors will take the time to teach you about how manual vehicles work. Our manual driving lesson includes how to safely change gears, clutch control, and how to confidently manoeuvre through traffic. A key benefit of our manual driving lessons is once you complete the programme, you won’t have any trouble also driving an automatic car. This is because the skills provided by our manual driving lessons will also help you drive an automatic.
What is Pass Plus?
Pass Plus is targeted to benefit UK drivers who have just recently passed their driving test. One of the problems new drivers face is finding the confidence to drive on the roads. Thankfully, Smart Drive UK can be there to turn you into a more mature and confident driver once you successfully conclude your driving test. The Pass Plus training scheme will further help by giving you an opportunity behind the wheel to explore major roads outside your regular vicinity. Interested in more information? Contact us by phone for a friendly chat about our Pass Plus scheme.
New Hazard Perception Test
The Hazard Perception Test is essential for UK learner drivers looking to pass the driving theory exam. You have to pass the Hazard Perception test before you can be issued a full driver’s license This test involves a series of videos, detailing everyday road scenes and, in one case, a developing hazard. You have to provide appropriate responses to the developing hazard in order to pass the test. We have the expertise and materials at Smart Drive UK to ensure you pass your Hazard Perception Test, which comes before the practical driving test at the DVLA. Rest assured you’ll be fully prepared, especially after practicing with our collection of Hazard Perception videos and revision questions.
Does Smart Drive UK offer refresher driving courses?
If it has been a while since you had the opportunity to drive and would like a refresher course, we’ve got you covered. Smart Drive UK offers refresher courses to people like you whose driving skills have gone rusty due to lack of use. Many drivers have, over the years, benefited from our short refresher course and you can too. Need more information? Call us today.
Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?
Are you in need of intensive driving lessons? Maybe there’s a job vacancy you want and the position requires driving skills. There could be other special reasons why you need a quick intensive driving training programme. Regardless of what your reason is, we can help. You’ll realise that you’ve become a skillful and confident driver in no time.
Does Smart Drive UK offer advanced driving courses?
Hoping to become a driver with advanced skills? You might want this if you initially taught yourself how to drive or received only basic training. Whatever your reasons, at Smart Drive UK, we have the skills, experience and patience to help you build your knowledge and confidence, to the point where you’re considered an expert driver. Many drivers in Durham have grown into advanced drivers thanks to our advanced driving courses. For more information, please contact us via email or phone.
Book in bulk, save more
Meeting the expectations of our customers is at the core of what we do at Smart Drive UK. For this reason, you get to pay less for block bookings. Whether your staff needs driving lessons, or your students would benefit from a beginner’s course in driving, you’ll be making the right choice by choosing Smart Drive UK. Wouldn’t you like to gain some insight into how our block booking works? We would like to learn more about what your needs are, and the size of your group, so please send us an email.
Ready to pay for driving lessons?
Like everything else we do, we believe in giving our customers the privilege of convenience. To ensure that you don’t suffer any inconvenience, we have made payments easy. You have the option of paying to the driving instructor’s account electronically or writing a cheque. Alternatively, you can pay in cash in each 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
Theory Test Practice
Passing your driving test has just been made easier, so don’t fret. Smart Drive UK helps you get ready for the DVLA driving test by providing mock theory test practice. In order to qualify for the actual theory test, you need to pass the DVLA theory practice test and passing our mock test means you can do it.
Take your driving test in Durham
To qualify for a driver’s license, you will have to take the official DVLA test. Take any of our driving courses for a chance to pass your test on the very first attempt. With the high pass rate amongst hundreds of our customers, you can see why we are so confident.
Make a booking for your test
What do I have to do to book a test?
It is best to book your driving test directly via the official Gov.UK website. We recommend this because you may end up having to pay more if you use third-party websites. You should only book your driving test if you have already passed the hazard perception test and the theory test. Not clear enough? It’s not as complicated as it sounds, you’ll have Smart Drive UK instructors to guide you from day one until you get your license.
How long will it take before the tests are completed?
There are five parts to the practical driving test, including independent driving, vehicle reversing, an eyesight check, safety questions, and driving ability. Whether you are testing for automatic or manual transmission, it’s the same process. It only takes about 40 minutes to complete the driving test.
What can I expect on test day?
First, you will have to show your theory test certificate and your provisional license, after which you will be required to read the number of a license plate some metres away, as a way to test your eyesight. Once you have passed through this stage, the examiner will test your knowledge by asking a number of show and tell questions. After this stage, you are required to prove to the examiner that you can successfully complete a reversing manoeuvre, plus drive safely and effectively on different types of roads. The examiner will ask you to drive on your own for about 20 minutes and, along the way, may ask you to complete an emergency stop. The entire driving test should last about 40 minutes. Nothing you encounter during the practical driving test is beyond what you have already covered in your driving lessons, so while it may be nerve-racking, nothing will be entirely new.
What to expect before obtaining your full driving license
Well done on getting through your practical driving test. Now, you can apply for a full driving license. The results of your practical driving test will be sent to the DVLA, where your license will be processed. Within three weeks of completing the practical test, you should receive your license. At Smart Drive UK, we are always available to guide you through the process up until you receive your driving license. Our job is only complete when you are officially a qualified and licensed driver.
Post-test motorway driving lessons in Durham
While the driving test prepares you, driving in the real world is significantly different. You will have to deal with the reality of driving at night, in the rain and snow, and having to deal with real traffic. Not to worry, you don’t have to deal with it alone. Smart Drive UK can help you become accustomed to driving on the motorways in and around Durham, with our post-test driving lessons. Learn more when you call us today.
Courses for advanced driving in Durham
Do you live around Durham? Have you been off the road for a long time and are looking to brush up your driving skills? We can help you there. At Smart Drive UK, we’ve helped hundreds of individuals become better drivers in very little time. If you plan to improve your driving skills and confidence, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling our office for Durham. You can also email or text us to find out how we can help improve your driving.
Booster Driving Courses
You may need to take a short refresher driving course. With our refresher driving course series, you’ll get back on the road in no time. Call us today for more information.
Can I be picked up at a location that I choose?
Do you have the right variety of cars that I can learn with?
Need some guidance on choosing a car to learn to drive in?
Is it sensible to do driving lessons before passing the theory test?
How long should I expect driving lessons to last?
How frequently should my driving lessons be done?
Is it possible to learn to drive in my car?
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?
Will the driving training fit around my work and family commitments?
What else can I do to help me pass my driving tests?
How do you know when you are ready for your practical driving test?
Can I do my practical driving test in the same car as my lessons?
Will my instructor be in the car during my driving test?
Can a pregnant woman take driving lessons?
Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?
Are you looking to start a driving job?
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