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 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. This is the home of patient, and reliable driving instructors. All our instructors are fully trained and 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…
Will you pick me up and drop me off at a location of my choosing?
If you are looking for a driving school that is capable of working around your busy schedule, then Smart Drive UK is the place to be. 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. 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. Are you interested in this service? Get in touch with us right away.
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. There are several things that can go wrong while driving, so it is normal to feel anxious. Smart Drive UK driving lessons are designed to remove the fear and doubts that are connected with 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. You can reach us on 07760 767170.
Excellent first time pass rate
Most learner drivers think it is normal to fail a driving test on the first attempt. Although it is true that some people fail, many more tend to pass. In reality, there is statistical evidence to show that the first test is the one you will most likely pass. 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 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 take pride in the fact that, as a driving school, our first time pass rates are among the highest across the UK.
How much do driving lessons cost in Southampton?
Receiving driving lessons at Smart Drive UK is an inexpensive, as well as fun, and interesting way to get your driver’s license. A customer-friendly pricing policy is one of the hallmarks of our firm. Expect nothing less than competitive prices when you choose our service. It’s possible you might find a cheaper driving school around Southampton, 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? Are you finding booking driving lessons to be too costly? Our platform makes it easy to book, and you’ll have the choice to enquire online, here on our website, or call our office to do so in person. You’re guaranteed a good deal, regardless of the method you choose.
Driving Lessons and Courses Prices
At Smart Drive UK, we have several driving lesson packages to suit any situation. If you were attending a different driving school before coming to us, we’ve got a package to help you finish your education. We also have programmes for people who have no knowledge whatsoever about driving We have the perfect package to suit your unique needs, regardless of what they are.
Driving Lesson Prices In Southampton
|5 Lesson Beginner Starter Package (Manual Only)||£||115.00|
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%)||£16.00|
|10 Hour block booking||£||300.00|
|1 Hour Motorway||£||36.00|
|Intensive Driving Courses Available: PASS WITHIN ONE WEEK|
|15 Hours ( Previous experience 25/30 hours )||£||435.00|
|20 Hours ( Previous experience 20/25 hours )||£||580.00|
|25 Hours ( Previous experience 15/20 hours )||£||725.00|
|30 Hours ( Previous experience 10/15 hours )||£||870.00|
|35 Hours ( Previous experience 5/15 hours )||£||1015.00|
|45 Hours ( No previous experience )||£||1275.00|
|Pass Plus – Six Hours||£||216.00|
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Prices may vary due to location and are subject to change
What are the types of cars available for people like me?
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). You are just a phone call away from getting expert advice.
Is it possible to start my driving lessons before I have passed the theory test?
The common belief with the general public is that you should pass the theory test before you set out to take practical driving classes. 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. Here at Smart Drive UK, however, we understand that it is best to combine both theoretical and practical training. With this, you can immediately see how the things you have learnt in theory can work in practice. Additionally, starting your driving lessons will help you better prepare for the theory test.
What is the duration of each lesson?
Many people have a lot to do to make up their day, so it’s no surprise that you’ll want to know how long each lesson will take. The duration of each lesson depends on your aptitude, and the instructor assigned to you. However, our skilled instructors, and well-packaged training system, is such that an average of two hours each day for instruction and practice is sufficient. If you’d like a lesson schedule that is faster or slower, simply call us to discuss what you need.
How often should I have my driving lessons?
Everyone’s schedule differs. However, it’s recommended that learner drivers have at least two hours of training each week. You can decide to keep this schedule if it suits you. Or we could help you arrange a more flexible schedule that better suits your needs. Many of our clients that have the time prefer opting for back to back training every day, so they can be prepared for their driving test faster. No matter what type of schedule you have, we can arrange something suitable for you.
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. 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. A notification will be sent to your car insurance company concerning your vehicle being used for driving lessons, and verification of the valid registration of your car can be performed by one of our instructors.
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 you want a sped up training programme that consists of multiple lessons every week, we’ve got you covered. 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 Southampton
Are you in search of a polite and friendly professional to help with driving lessons? Congratulations, because you’ve struck gold. We are the trusted professionals in Southampton that can turn you into a roadworthy driver with zero hassle. 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 manual driving lessons? We can deliver. Our competent and friendly instructors at Smart Drive UK make learning to drive a manual car both easy and fun. Our instructors know what they’re doing, and will take time and be patient when teaching you how manual vehicles work. During your manual driving lesson, you’ll be taught how to expertly manoeuvre through traffic, safely change gears, and properly work the clutch. 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. Several new drivers shy away from driving on busy roads due to a lack of confidence. 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. While your initial training familiarises you with major road conditions, Pass Plus training will let you experience the roads outside your immediate vicinity first hand. Need more information? Give us a call today to discover more about Smart Drive UK’s Pass Plus Scheme.
New Hazard Perception Test
Passing the Hazard Perception Test is crucial to passing the UK theory test for learner drivers. You cannot be issued a full driver’s license without passing the Hazard Perception test. A series of videos will be shown during the test, depicting everyday road scenes and a developing hazard. Responding appropriately to the developing hazard will determine if you pass the test. The Hazard Perception Test comes before the practical driving test at the DVLA, and we have all the materials and information you need to pass the Hazard Perception Test on your first try. 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 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 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? Give us a call today for a friendly chat.
Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?
Would you like intensive driving lessons? Maybe for an upcoming interview for a driver job. There could be a variety of other reasons why you want to learn to drive fast. Whatever the case, our experienced and skilful instructors know how to put an intensive course together. 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 significantly 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. Several drivers in Southampton have been able to advance their skills thanks to our advanced driving courses. Please contact us via phone or email if you have any questions.
Pay less for 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. Therefore, we came up with solutions like our discount package for block bookings. Regardless of the nature of your organisation, as long as you need driving lessons for a group of people, there is no better choice to make than Smart Drive UK. Need more information on 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.
Paying for driving lessons
Like everything else we do, we believe in giving our customers the privilege of convenience. This is why we make it easy to pay for lessons in your own way. You have the option of paying to the driving instructor’s account electronically or writing a cheque. One other option that is available to you is to make cash payments in every lesson. We provide all these options to ensure that you can pay in the most convenient manner possible.
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. At Smart Drive UK, our mock theory test practice is tailored to the DVLA driving exam. If you pass our mock exam, you can be assured that you won’t have any problems passing the DVLA theory practice test needed for you to qualify for the actual theory test.
Take your driving test in Southampton
You can only get your driver’s license after you have taken the official DVLA test. 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. So many of our customers have passed the test the first time that we are confident you can achieve similar results.
Booking your Test
How do I book a test?
Go to the official Gov.UK website to book your driving test. We recommend this because you may end up having to pay more if you use third-party websites. You need to have passed the theory test and hazard perception test before you book your driving test. Can’t quite wrap your head around it? Don’t worry, our instructors at Smart Drive UK will be available to guide you through every stage of the process.
How long will it take before the tests are completed?
You will have to pass through the five aspects of the practical driving test: driving ability, safety questions, an eyesight check, independent driving, and vehicle reversing. The process is the same for both manual and automatic transmission. You will only have to spare about 40 minutes to complete the driving test.
What happens on the designated day?
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. Once you have passed through this stage, the examiner will test your knowledge by asking a number of show and tell questions. 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. 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. Approximately 40 minutes will be sufficient for you to complete the driving test. 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.
After the test
Obtaining a 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. The results of your practical driving test will be sent to the DVLA, where your license will be processed. You should expect to receive this within three weeks of passing the practical driving test. Our representatives at Smart Drive UK are always ready to provide guidance throughout the process of getting a driving license. Our job is only complete when you are officially a qualified and licensed driver.
Further lessons for after the test in Southampton
While the test may have seemed tough, driving on the actual motorway is the real challenge. 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. With our post-test driving lessons, Smart Drive UK can help you get used to motorway driving both in and around Southampton. Learn more when you call us today.
Southampton advanced driver courses
Do you reside in or around Southampton? Are you looking to brush up your driving skills? Then look no further. The team at Smart Drive UK is responsible for helping hundreds of people brush up their driving skills. Get in touch with our Southampton office if you would like to brush up your driving skills and boost your confidence on the road. Text and email are other channels by which you can reach us to learn how we can help boost your driving skills.
Drive Better with a Refresher Course
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. Learn more by getting in touch with us now.
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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