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Driving Lessons in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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5 Hour Starter

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Motorway Driving Lessons

Motorway confidence building lessons from £28 per hour.

Smart Drive UK is one of the leading driving schools in the Cheltenham area. We have years of experience transforming complete rookies into not just people that can pass driving tests, but master drivers.

The number of options available to you, when it is time to choose a driving school, makes it difficult to make the right choice. 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. You have found the home of reliable driving instructors in the Cheltenham area. All our instructors are fully trained and DVSA approved, so you can be sure of the best possible 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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Do you offer the flexibility of pick up at my specific chosen location?

If you’d like a driving school that offers flexibility in pick-up times, we are your best bet. We take pride in the flexibility we offer to our students, as we have instructors that are always willing to pick you up wherever you may be, and ensure you do not miss your classe. For instance, if you need an arrangement where you will be picked up at a certain location and dropped at home at the end of the day, we can help. Want to find out more about this great value service? Click here to find out what makes us special.

Developing your confidence

There is nothing wrong in feeling scared the first time you grab the wheel. Even when you are experienced, you may still feel nervous from time to time. 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. This is why our driving lessons, here at Smart Drive UK, are heavily focused on tackling 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. Our instructors are skilled and patient, and know the best ways to help you feel relaxed as you drive. Do you want to discuss more about our classes? You can call or text right away to get answers to your questions. You can get in touch with us on 07760 767170.

One of the highest first time pass rates

Many learner drivers believe that it is perfectly fine to fail the driving test the first time. Although many people fail their first test, many more people pass. In fact, according to statistics, you have a higher chance 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 one of the leading names in the driving school niche in Cheltenham, because we have developed a curriculum that ensures an even higher chance of a first time pass. We take pride in the fact that, as a driving school, our first time pass rates are among the highest across the UK.

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How much do driving lessons cost in Cheltenham?

At Smart Drive UK, we believe that learning to drive should be fun, interesting, and inexpensive. This belief has informed our pricing policy since inception. Our driving lessons are competitively priced to ensure anyone can afford to drive. Of course, you might find something cheaper in or around Cheltenham, 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? Aside from contacting us via phone, you can easily book online and inexpensively through our website. Regardless of how you book, we’ll always have an excellent deal for you.

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 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 learners with no driving knowledge whatsoever. Regardless of what your needs are, we’ve got a suitable package for you.

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Driving Lesson Prices In Cheltenham

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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What type of car will I be learning in?

We have students who only want to learn how to drive in automatic vehicles, just as there are others who prefer to learn in only manual vehicles. We can cater to both groups, so the choice ultimately comes down to you. Manual and automatic cars are equally popular across the UK, and your choice is completely to your wishes. If you don’t understand how each type of car fits into your specific needs and requirements, you can give us a call today and we will help you (please note automatic cars are subject to availability). You are just a phone call away from getting expert advice.

Is it right to 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 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. As experts in the industry, however, we know 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. 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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How long will it take to complete a 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 duration of each lesson depends on your aptitude, and the instructor assigned to you. 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. 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. Or we can arrange a more flexible schedule that suits your needs. For instance, we can provide you back to back training that’ll get you sufficiently prepared for your driving test sooner. Whatever your schedule is, we’ve got you covered.

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?

Certain people prefer receiving their driving training behind the wheel of 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. It might also be the case of you owning a new car and 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 we cannot provide this service if your vehicle isn’t deemed roadworthy, or if it is uninsured and unregistered. One of our instructors will notify your car insurance company that your vehicle will be used for driving lessons, and will also inspect your car to verify its valid registration.

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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. This is thanks to our flexible and fixed schedules that can accommodate you, regardless your circumstance. If you prefer a shorter training and practice programme that involves multiple driving lessons every week, we can arrange it. 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 impressive first time pass rate is a clear sign of our capability to make you a roadworthy driver within your preferred time frame.

Booking a driving lesson Cheltenham

Do you need a great place for driving lessons? Congratulations, because Smart Drive UK is here for you. In Cheltenham, Smart Drive UK is a trusted partner that can help you ace your driving test on the first try. 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

Are you interested in manual driving lessons? We’ve got experts for that. Our competent and friendly instructors at Smart Drive UK make learning to drive a manual car both easy and fun. 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. The best thing about manual driving lessons is that you don’t need to learn how to drive an automatic car. Manual driving lessons cover both.

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is targeted to benefit UK drivers who have just recently passed their driving test. A lot of new drivers lack the confidence to drive on roads with actual traffic. 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. The Pass Plus training scheme will further help by giving you an opportunity behind the wheel to explore major roads outside your regular vicinity. Would you like to find out more? Call us now for more on 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. It is a mandatory test which will determine if the driver is suitable to obtain 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. 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. At Smart Drive UK, you’ll have access to our Hazard Perception video collection, as well as a series of 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. 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 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. Perhaps you have another reason for quickly wanting to learn to drive. Regardless of what your reason is, we can help. 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 become a driver with advanced skills? You probably took driving lessons or initially taught yourself how to drive. Regardless of your reasons, Smart Drive UK has the expertise, resources, as well as patience, to build you up into an expert driver. Many drivers in Cheltenham have grown into advanced drivers thanks to our advanced driving courses. For more information, please contact us via email or phone.

Enjoy savings on block bookings

At Smart Drive UK, we excel at meeting the expectations of our customers because we understand their needs. 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. Have you got any questions about our block booking package? Send us an email with your requirements and the number of individuals in your group.

How do you make a payment for driving lessons?

Like everything else we do, we believe in giving our customers the privilege of convenience. We do this by ensuring ease of payment. You can easily write a cheque direct to the driving instructor, or you can pay electronically to the driving instructor’s account. 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.

What tests do I need to pass before I get my license?

Increase your chances of passing the DVLA test

Passing your driving test has just been made easier, so don’t fret. With Smart Drive UK, you can practice before the DVLA driving exam in order to ensure you are prepared. As long as you can pass this, you can pass the DVLA theory practice test, which is required before you can take the actual theory test. 

Take your driving test in Cheltenham

To qualify for a driver’s license, you will have to take the official DVLA test. The level of expertise with which we deliver our driving courses ensures that you’ll be able to pass the test after taking any of our driving courses. 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.

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What do I have to do to book a test?

Go to the official Gov.UK website to book your driving test. It is more cost-effective to avoid booking through a third-party website. Booking a driving test comes after you have passed the hazard perception test and theory test. Sound confusing? You don’t have to worry too much, because our instructors at Smart Drive UK will be on hand to guide you through it all.

How long are the tests?

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. You will only have to spare about 40 minutes to complete the driving test.

It’s test day, now what?

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. 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 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. Although taking the practical driving test can be a nerve-racking experience, it’s important to remember that everything you will encounter during the process is something you have performed several times during the course of your driving lessons.

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Obtaining a full driving license

Well done on getting through your practical driving test. The next step is to apply for a full driving a license. Once the results of your practical driving test are sent to the DVLA, your license will be processed. 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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Driving lessons after the test in Cheltenham

While the driving test prepares you, driving in the real world is significantly different. You are now faced with real traffic, driving in the rain and snow, as well as driving at night. However, you don’t have to go at it by yourself. You can familiarise yourself with motorway driving in and around Cheltenham with help from our series of post-test driving lessons. Learn more when you call us today.

Courses for advanced driving in Cheltenham

Do you live around Cheltenham? Would you like to improve your driving skills? Let’s help you brush them up. With our short-term refresher courses at Smart Drive UK, hundreds of people have improved their driving skills. Get in touch with our Cheltenham office if you would like to brush up your driving skills and boost your confidence on the road. You also have the option of texting or emailing us for more information.

Refresher Driving Courses

You may need to take a short refresher driving course. Our series of refresher driving courses can help you resume driving again. Contact our team today to find out more.

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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