It can be a herculean task to pick a driving school to work with in the UK, due to the sheer number of options available to you. 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. You have found the home of reliable driving instructors in the Saffron-Walden area. When you work with us, you can be certain of exceptional service, as all our instructors are DVSA approved.
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
.. no choice. smart drive uk
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…
Can I be picked up and dropped off in a different place?
If you’d like a driving school that offers flexibility in pick-up times, we are your best bet. 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. 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.
Improving your confidence
It is absolutely normal to feel scared the first time you are behind a wheel. Even the most experienced drivers still feel slightly nervous once in a while. The fact that a lot of things can lead to a driving experience going south quickly means that you have a lot of valid reasons to feel anxious. At Smart Drive UK, our driving lessons are designed to take away the fear and doubt associated with 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. We have instructors that understand how to keep you relaxed and calm during the learning experience. Want to find out more about our driving lessons? Get in touch with us right away. You can reach us on 07760 767170.
High chance of first time pass
A common misconception amongst learner drivers is that a fail on the first driving test attempt is normal. The fact is, there is no guarantee that you will fail your first test, because many people have also passed. Statistics show that there is a higher probability of passing your driving test the first time. Failing a driving test is disappointing, both financially and emotionally, and it will cost more time and money to prepare for another test. Smart Drive UK is the place to go if you are after a driving school that has the best lessons to prepare you for a first time pass. We are happy to note that we have some of the best pass rates across the UK.
How much do driving lessons cost in Saffron-Walden?
When learning to drive with Smart Drive UK, not only is it affordable, it’s also interesting and fun. We’ve designed our pricing policy to be comfortable for everyone. You can definitely afford it. It’s possible you might find a cheaper driving school around Saffron-Walden, but you likely won’t enjoy the experience as much as you would with Smart Drive UK. What’s the cheapest way of booking my driving lessons? Is booking driving lessons too expensive for you? Booking driving lessons via our website is convenient and inexpensive, and you can also contact us via phone. Regardless of how you book, we’ll always have an excellent deal for you.
Driving Lessons and Courses Prices
We have a variety of driving lesson packages at Smart Drive UK to suit your specific needs. We’ve got something for learners with some driving experience. There are also packages for learners with no driving knowledge whatsoever. We have the perfect package to suit your unique needs, regardless of what they are.
Driving Lesson Prices In Saffron-Walden
|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|
|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|
What are the available learner car types?
Over the years, we have seen people who prefer to only learn in automatic vehicles, and we have also seen people that love the manual stick. You will have the freedom to choose what car you’d like to learn in, as we have both manual and automatic cars. Your choice will work well, regardless of what you need it for, because both manual cars and automatic are common on UK roads. Not sure which option to go with? We have expert advisers on hand to help you make a decision. (please note automatic cars are subject to availability). Give us a call right away on 07760 767170 for the advice you need.
Should I begin my driving lessons before I have passed the theory test?
You will generally be advised to hold on your practical driving lessons until you have passed your theory test. That thought process isn’t entirely wrong, as this method will give you adequate background knowledge on using a car before you actually get in the driver’s seat. Here at Smart Drive UK, however, we understand that it is best to combine both theoretical and practical training. This combination means you can quickly see how the theoretical concepts are applicable in real life. Also, you will be better prepared for the theory test when you have started your driving lessons.
What is the length of time for each lesson?
You probably combine a variety of activities over your day, so you’ll want to find out how long it will take to complete a lesson. 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. With our system of training, and the way we have structured our courses, however, you can expect to spend around two hours in a session. If you’d like a faster instruction programme, get in touch with us to discuss your preferences.
How often should I have my driving lessons?
Everyone’s schedule differs. However, it is best if a learner driver gets at least two hours of driving training every week. You can decide to keep this schedule if it suits you. If, however, you want a more flexible schedule, we are always willing to accommodate 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 put together a programme that best suits your needs.
Can I have lessons in my own car?
You may prefer to undergo your driving training behind the wheel of your own car. This is understandable, and may even be a great idea if you intend on using your own car during your driving test. Such an arrangement could also be beneficial if the car is a new one and you are trying to familiarise yourself with it. Whatever your motive is, our experts at Smart Drive UK can have you ready for your test with training in your own car. But such a service can only be offered if your vehicle is registered and deemed roadworthy, as well as possessing comprehensive insurance. 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.
Can I have more than one lesson a week?
If you have enough time for multiple driving lessons per week, you are welcome to take advantage of all the time at your disposal. At Smart Drive UK, we have both fixed and flexible schedule plans available that can accommodate even your busy schedule. If you would like to complete your training fast by taking multiple lessons every week, we can arrange that. Our priority is that you learn at a pace you are most comfortable with and are prepared in time to take and pass your driving test on the first try. 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 Saffron-Walden
Are you looking for the best place to take driving lessons? Now that you’ve found us, you don’t need to look any further! We are the trusted professionals in Saffron-Walden that can turn you into a roadworthy driver with zero hassle. You can email us via our website to tell us about your special requirements, or you can simply call our office to talk to any of our helpful staff.
Manual Driving Lessons
Would you prefer manual driving lessons? We can take care of 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. You’ll learn from the experts how to safely change gears, control the clutch, and confidently drive in traffic. Once you learn to drive a manual car, you don’t have to bother about learning to drive an automatic. Our manual driving lessons will instruct you on both vehicle types.
What is Pass Plus?
Pass Plus is a UK scheme targeted at new drivers who’ve recently passed their driving test. One of the problems new drivers face is finding the confidence to drive on the roads. Fortunately, once your driving test has been passed, Smart Drive UK can be there for you by providing you everything you need to be a safe and confident driver on any road. The Pass Plus training scheme will further help by giving you an opportunity behind the wheel to explore major roads outside your regular vicinity. Do you have any questions? Call us to find out more about our Pass Plus scheme.
New Hazard Perception Test
You can’t pass the UK driving test without passing the Hazard Perception Test. The test is mandatory and will determine if you are qualified for a full driver’s license You will be shown a series of videos during the test that detail regular road scenes, as well as a developing hazard. Responding appropriately to the developing hazard will determine if you pass the test. To ensure you progress to the practical driving test at the DVLA, we offer our students comprehensive preparation for the Hazard Perception test, which is a precursor. After practicing with our collection of Hazard Perception videos and revision questions, you’ll be more than prepared for the test.
Does Smart Drive UK offer refresher driving courses?
If you believe your driving skills have grown rusty, and are in need of a refresher course, we can help with that. Smart Drive UK offers refresher courses to people like you whose driving skills have gone rusty due to lack of use. We have several satisfied skilful drivers who were once in your shoes, but became experts in driving after taking our short refresher course. Have any questions? Call our office today.
Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?
Would you like intensive driving lessons? Maybe to quickly acquire the necessary skills for a job position you like that requires driving. You may have other reasons for wanting to learn how to drive fast. Whatever the case may be, we can help put together an intensive course that satisfies your needs. You’ll realise that you’ve become a skillful and confident driver in no time.
Does Smart Drive UK offer advanced driving courses?
Looking to advance your driving skills? You probably took driving lessons or initially taught yourself how to drive. No matter what your motivation is, Smart Drive UK has the skills, resources, and experience to patiently develop you into an expert driver. In Saffron-WaldenX, we’ve recorded great success at upgrading the basic skills of many drivers to advanced levels. For more information, please contact us via email or phone.
Discount on block bookings
One of the benefits of working with us at Smart Drive UK is that we understand our customers and try to meet their expectations. It is for this reason that we have created a special package providing discounts for block bookings. From schools to workplaces and everything in between, Smart Drive UK is an excellent choice to make when you need to provide driving lessons for a group of people, large or small. Wouldn’t you like to gain some insight into how our block booking works? All you have to do is shoot us an email with the number of people who need driving lessons, as well as any special requirements they may have.
How do you make a payment for driving lessons?
We strive to make every step of the process as convenient as possible for our customers, much like everything else we do. This is why we make it easy to pay for lessons in your own way. Whether you would like to pay electronically or prefer to write a cheque, you are free to make payments whichever way is easier for you. 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
Practice to pass
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. Pass our mock test and the DVLA theory practice test will be a breeze, as will the actual theory test that comes afterward.
Take your driving test in Saffron-Walden
The driving test is the official DVLA test you have to take before obtaining your driver’s license. We are confident that after attending any of our driving courses, you’ll have what it takes to pass the test on the first attempt. The hundreds of customers who have used our service and passed the test the first time provide sufficient evidence that our courses are designed to deliver results.
Book your tests
What do I have to do to book 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 need to have passed the theory test and hazard perception test before you book your 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 will I have to wait to complete the test?
The practical driving test is broken into five parts: an eyesight check, safety questions, driving ability, vehicle reversing, and independent driving. Whether you are testing for automatic or manual transmission, it’s the same process. The driving test takes less than an hour, specifically 40 minutes.
It’s test day, now what?
After showing your provisional license and theory test certificate, you’ll need to prove that you have good eyesight by reading the number of a license plate some distance away. 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. You will have to drive without guidance for about 20 minutes, in which the examiner may ask you to stop to test your ability to manage an emergency. In its entirety, the driving test should not take more than 40 minutes or so. It is perfectly normal to be nervous during the practical driving test, but there is really nothing to it because everything you will have to do, you have already done through the course of your driving lessons.
So you have completed the test
What to expect before obtaining your full driving license
Well done on getting through your practical driving test. You can now proceed to the next step, which is to apply for a proper driving license. Once the results of your practical driving test are sent to the DVLA, your license will be processed. Your driving license should be ready within about 21 days of completing the practical driving test. Our representatives at Smart Drive UK are always ready to provide guidance throughout the process of getting a driving license. It is only when you have become a licensed and qualified driver that we can dust our hands.
Post-test motorway driving lessons in Saffron-Walden
As much as you will have been adequately prepared before the driving test, you will still have to adjust to the reality of driving on your own. The traffic, night driving, and driving in rain and snow are now a reality. You can get help, instead of doing it on your own. You can familiarise yourself with motorway driving in and around Saffron-Walden with help from our series of post-test driving lessons. Get in touch with our team to learn more.
Courses for advanced driving in Saffron-Walden
Do you live around Saffron-Walden? Have you been off the road for a long time and are looking to brush up your driving skills? We have the solution for you. Hundreds of drivers have improved their skills within a short period of time by taking driving lessons at Smart Drive UK. Call our Saffron-Walden office today and you’ll soon brush up your driving skills and boost your confidence. Other channels of communication are also open to you, including text and email.
Drive Better with a Refresher Course
Taking a short refresher course may be the right move for you. We have designed refresher driving courses to help you get back on the road. 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?
Do you want to develop advanced driving skills?
Are there any costs I need to plan for?
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