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Driving Lessons in Wickford, Essex

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Motorway Driving Lessons

Motorway confidence building lessons from £28 per hour.

Welcome to the home of Smart Drive UK, Wickford, a highly-rated driving school Since our inception, we have quickly become the go-to solution for people looking to join the hundreds we have helped to become skilful drivers.

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, without a doubt, valuable to your learning, and you will find exceptional tutors, capable of getting you ready to ace any driving test, as well helping you to become a skilled driver permanently. If you are searching for a driving school with reliable driving instructors, this is the place to be. With us, you will only work with a DVSA approved driving instructor, so you can be certain of exceptional service.

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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?

Our service is for you, if you are looking for a driving school that can work around your busy schedule, instead of disrupting it. As one of the value added services we offer, we make sure that the meetup venue isn’t set in stone, allowing us to pick you up anywhere you may be, and drop you off somewhere else. For instance, you could be picked up at work and dropped off at home after your day’s training, as long as it is in a similar area. Want to discuss how we can help you with this? Get in touch with us immediately.

Improving your confidence

There is nothing wrong in feeling scared the first time you grab the 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. With us, at Smart Drive UK, the emphasis is always on helping you to overcome the fear and doubts that are connected to driving. Our experience over the years means we have been able to create a course that addresses your fears while focusing on the enhancement of your driving skills. Our instructors are skilled and patient, and know the best ways to help you feel relaxed as you drive. Do you have more questions about our driving school? Talk to us today. Talk to us today on 07760 767170.

First time pass almost guaranteed

Many learner drivers believe that it is perfectly fine to fail the 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. Statistics show that there is a higher probability of passing your driving test the first time. Failing a driving test is not just disappointing, it can be financially and emotionally draining to prepare for another attempt. 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.

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How much do driving lessons cost in Wickford?

When learning to drive with Smart Drive UK, not only is it affordable, it’s also interesting and fun. Our pricing policy has always been customer-friendly. Expect nothing less than competitive prices when you choose our service. Of course, you might find something cheaper in or around Wickford, 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. You’re guaranteed a good deal, regardless of the method you choose.

Driving Lessons and Courses Prices

Beginner’s packages

In order to cater to the unique needs of each client, we have various unique driving lesson packages available. If you were attending a different driving school before coming to us, we’ve got a package to help you finish your education. There are also packages for complete novices. We have the perfect package to suit your unique needs, regardless of what they are.

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Driving Lesson Prices In Wickford

5 Lesson Beginner Starter Package (Manual Only) £ 99.00

Beginner Starter packages are for learners who have had no previous experience. Please Note 1 Lesson is the equivalent to 1 hour.

Manual Driving Lessons – Prices

First lesson (Saving up to 50%) £13.50
1 hour £ 27.00
10 Hour block booking £ 250.00
1 Hour Motorway £ 31.00
Intensive Driving Courses Available: PASS WITHIN ONE WEEK
15 Hours ( Previous experience 25/30 hours ) £ 360.00
20 Hours ( Previous experience 20/25 hours ) £ 480.00
25 Hours ( Previous experience 15/20 hours ) £ 600.00
30 Hours ( Previous experience 10/15 hours ) £ 720.00
35 Hours ( Previous experience 5/15 hours ) £ 840.00
45 Hours ( No previous experience ) £ 1059.00
Pass Plus – Six Hours £ 186.00

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What are the types of cars available for people like me?

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. We can cater to both groups, so the choice ultimately comes down to you. Whatever option you choose to go with, you will be in good company, as there are lots of manual and automatic drivers in the UK. 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). Call us right away to get started.

Is it possible to start my driving lessons before I have passed the theory test?

Generally, you will be advised to pass the theory test before you go for your practical driving lessons. This approach isn’t wrong, as it is sensible to first understand how a car works before you begin to drive. However, at Smart Drive UK, we believe it’s better to combine both theoretical and practical training. This combination means you can quickly see how the theoretical concepts are applicable in real life. There is also a higher chance of success with your theory test when you have started with your driving lessons.

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What is the length of time for each lesson?

We know you’d like to better plan your day, so you’ll want to find out how long it will take you to complete a lesson. The duration of each lesson is dependent on the teacher, as well as how fast you assimilate information. However, our system of training means that our students generally spend around a couple of hours on each lesson. If you’d like a lesson schedule that is faster or slower, simply call us to discuss what you need.

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How often should I have my driving lessons?

We understand that schedules differ from individual to individual. But two hours of driving training every week is the recommended minimum for learner drivers. Depending on your situation, you can decide to keep this schedule. Or you can opt for a more flexible schedule, which we’ll be more than happy to accommodate. 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. Whatever your schedule is, we’ve got you covered.

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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. 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. Such an arrangement could also be beneficial if the car is a new one and you are trying to familiarise yourself with it. Regardless of your reason, you can count on Smart Drive UK for driving lessons and practice 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.

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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. At Smart Drive UK, we have both fixed and flexible schedules that can accommodate everyone. If your plan is to speed up the learning process by having multiple lessons in a week, we can arrange that. Our aim is to have you master driving at your own pace and be ready to ace your driving test the first time you take it. 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 Wickford

Do you need a friendly professional to help you pass your driving test the first time? Congratulations! You’re on the right website. At Smart Drive UK in Wickford, learning how to drive is as simple as just booking. You can contact us for a friendly chat, or to get started with driving lessons by calling our office today or emailing us via the website.

Manual Driving Lessons

Would you prefer learning how to drive a manual gear shift? Then look no further. Our experienced and professional instructors at Smart Drive UK make learning to drive manual not just easy, but also enjoyable. Aside from driving, your assigned instructor will share with you crucial knowledge about manual vehicles, that will positively impact your future driving experience. By the conclusion of your manual driving lesson, you’ll be able to safely change gears, control the clutch, and confidently manoeuvre through traffic. One of the best parts of learning how to drive a manual car is you don’t have to learn to drive an automatic separately. Our manual driving lessons will instruct you on 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. Many new drivers face the challenge of building up their confidence to drive on public roads. But Smart Drive UK can help you build up the confidence you need to become a master of the road once you pass your driving test. Pass Plus training can further boost your confidence on the road by giving you the opportunity to experience roads outside your immediate vicinity first hand. Need more information? Call us now for more on our Pass Plus scheme.

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New Hazard Perception Test

You can’t pass the UK driving test without passing the Hazard Perception Test. It is a mandatory test which will determine if the driver is suitable to obtain a full driver’s license. During the test, various videos depicting normal road scenes and a developing hazard will be shown to you. You have to provide appropriate responses to the developing hazard in order to pass the test. As part of our training at Smart Drive UK, we offer comprehensive preparation to all our students for the 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’s been a while since you were behind the wheel of a car, and are in need of a refresher course, you’ve come to the right place. Smart Drive UK offers refresher courses to individuals who know how to drive, but have not driven in a long time for one reason or another. You can become one of our many clients who once again mastered their driving skills after our short refresher course. Have any questions? Call us today.

Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?

Looking for intensive driving lessons? Maybe you have an upcoming interview for a job that requires you to drive. You may have other reasons for wanting to learn how to drive fast. Whatever the case, our experienced and skilful instructors know how to put an intensive course together. In no time, we can train you to be a skilful, fully confident, and licensed driver.

Does Smart Drive UK offer advanced driving courses?

Are you looking to improve your driving skills? Maybe you took basic driving lessons or you learnt to drive at home. No matter what your motivation is, Smart Drive UK has the skills, resources, and experience to patiently develop you into an expert driver. Many drivers in Wickford have grown into advanced drivers thanks to our advanced driving courses. Please contact us via phone or email if you have any questions.

Book in bulk, save more

Meeting the expectations of our customers is at the core of what we do at Smart Drive UK. One of the ways we meet your needs is to offer packages that let you pay less, like our discounted bundle for block bookings. So, if you are an organisation looking to give your staff driving lessons, or a school looking to give a set of eligible students a beginner’s course in driving, Smart Drive UK is the right place to go. Have you got any questions about our block booking package? All we need is an email from you detailing what your requirements are and the number of people in your group.

Paying for driving lessons

Your convenience matters to us at every point of contact. We do this by ensuring ease of payment. If electronic payment is convenient, you can pay into the driving instructor’s account that way or write a cheque instead. If you prefer, you can pay in cash for each lesson you attend. Whichever option you choose, we are satisfied, as long as it works for you.

Get your license after passing these tests

Mock theory test

Why worry about passing your driving test when we have a solution to make it as easy as can be. Smart Drive UK makes provisions for mock theory test practice modelled after the DVLA driving exam. 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.

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You are required to pass the official DVLA driving test before you can obtain your driver’s license. Take any of our driving courses for a chance to pass your test on the very 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

How do I go about booking a test?

The best way to book your driving test is to do so through the official Gov.UK website. If you book it through third party websites, you could end up paying more than you should. You should only book your driving test if you have already passed the hazard perception test and the theory test. Can’t quite wrap your head around it? Not to worry, you’ll get all the help you need from Smart Drive UK instructors who will help you through every step of the process.

How long are the tests?

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. The actual driving test takes an average of 40 minutes to complete.

What you should expect on the day of the test.

The first stage will test your eyesight by making you read from a number plate, but before that, you will have to show your theory test certificate and your provisional license. Upon passing the step, a series of show and tell questions will follow, aimed at testing your knowledge. Next, you will be made to prove to the examiner that you can drive safely and effectively no matter the terrain, as well as successfully reverse a vehicle. The test includes 20 minutes of independent driving, possibly with an emergency stop. In its entirety, the driving test should not take more than 40 minutes or so. 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.

So you have completed the test

What to expect before obtaining your full driving license

Well done on getting through your practical driving test. This means you are now qualified to apply for a proper driving license. The examiner will send the results of your practical driving test to the DVLA, who will process your license. Your driving license should get to you no later than three weeks after passing the practical driving test. In order to ensure you have all the assistance you need, we at Smart Drive UK are always available to guide you through the process of obtaining a driving license. Our job is only complete when you are officially a qualified and licensed driver.

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Real world post-test driving lessons Wickford

The true challenge of driving begins after you’ve passed the test. The traffic, night driving, and driving in rain and snow are now a reality. Luckily, you can get some help. Smart Drive UK can offer a series of driving lessons to help you get used to driving on the motorway in Wickford, and neighbouring areas. Find out all you need to know when you contact us today for more information.

Courses for advanced driving in Wickford

Do you intend to drive in or around Wickford? Are you looking to brush up your driving skills? We have the solution for you. With our short-term refresher courses at Smart Drive UK, hundreds of people have improved their driving skills. If you plan to improve your driving skills and confidence, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling our office for Wickford. Text and email are other channels by which you can reach us to learn how we can help boost your driving skills.

Driving Courses to Refresh Your Knowledge

It may be necessary for you to take a short refresher driving course. You can get back behind the wheel with our series of refresher driving courses. 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!

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