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Driving Lessons in Winchester, Hampshire

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5 Hour Starter

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Motorway Driving Lessons

Motorway confidence building lessons from £28 per hour.

Welcome to Smart Drive UK driving school in Winchester. In the years we have been in business, we have transformed many people from learners into highly skilled drivers.

There are lots of driving schools in the UK today, which is why it can be hard to differentiate the valuable ones from the rest. However, with Smart Drive UK, you are guaranteed qualified and highly-skilled instructors, who will put you through your paces and get you ready for your driving test, as well as making sure you become a skilled and perfect driver in the process. This is the home of patient, and reliable driving instructors. 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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Can I choose to be picked up and dropped off at specific locations?

If convenience and flexibility is your major criteria for choosing a driving school, you will love our service. 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. Are you interested in this service? Get in touch with us right away.

Improving your confidence

It is absolutely normal to feel scared the first time you are behind a wheel. The most experienced drivers still feel nervous every now and then. There are several things that can go wrong while driving, so it is normal 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. As you drive with our instructors, you will feel relaxed, calm, and comfortable all through the driving process. Do you want to discuss more about our classes? You can call or text right away to get answers to your questions. Give us a call on 07760 767170.

Excellent first time pass rate

Many learner drivers believe it’s normal to fail their driving test on the first attempt. The fact is, there is no guarantee that you will fail your first test, because many people have also passed. Statistics have shown us time and time again that a first time pass is the most likely outcome of your driving test. Failing a driving test will leave you feeling very disappointed, when you factor in the mental stress and finances that went into the training. If you want to get the training that truly prepares you for a first time pass, Smart Drive UK is the place to be. It is our pleasure to announce that we have some of the best first time pass rates across the UK.

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How much do driving lessons cost in Winchester?

At Smart Drive UK, we believe that learning to drive should be fun, interesting, and inexpensive. Our pricing policy has always been customer-friendly. Our driving lessons are competitively priced to ensure anyone can afford to drive. No doubt, it’s possible to find a cheaper driving school in Winchester, but the quality of the experience will likely be less than what our experts at Smart Drive UK can offer. What’s the cheapest way of booking my driving lessons? Is booking driving lessons too expensive for you? Aside from contacting us via phone, you can take advantage of our convenient and inexpensive option of booking online on our website. Regardless of the method of your booking, you can always get a good deal from us.

Driving Lessons and Courses Prices

Beginner’s packages

We have different driving lesson packages at Smart Drive UK for different types of clients. If you started learning elsewhere before coming to us, we have a package for you. There are also packages for complete novices. Regardless of what your driving goal is, we’ve got a suitable package to help you achieve it

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Driving Lesson Prices In Winchester

5 Lesson Beginner Starter Package (Manual Only) £ 125.00

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%) £17.50
1 hour £ 35.00
10 Hour block booking £ 325.00
1 Hour Motorway £ 39.00
Intensive Driving Courses Available: PASS WITHIN ONE WEEK
15 Hours ( Previous experience 25/30 hours ) £ 472.50
20 Hours ( Previous experience 20/25 hours ) £ 630.00
25 Hours ( Previous experience 15/20 hours ) £ 787.50
30 Hours ( Previous experience 10/15 hours ) £ 945.00
35 Hours ( Previous experience 5/15 hours ) £ 1102.50
45 Hours ( No previous experience ) £ 1385.00
Pass Plus – Six Hours £ 234.00

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What type of cars do you have for learners?

Some of our students prefer to learn with automatic transmission vehicles, while others prefer to learn with manual transmission vehicles. You will have the freedom to choose what car you’d like to learn in, as we have both manual and automatic cars. Both manual and automatic cars are common on UK roads, and either choice will work well for whatever you need it for. 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. However, our approach here at Smart Drive UK is to mix theoretical and practical training. This combination means you can quickly see how the theoretical concepts are applicable in real life. Additionally, starting your driving lessons will help you better prepare for the theory test.

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How long is 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. 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 every individual has their unique schedule. Nonetheless, if you are a learner driver, at least two hours of driving training per week can be very beneficial. Depending on your situation, you can decide to keep this schedule. If, however, you want a more flexible schedule, we are always willing to accommodate you. 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. Regardless of your schedule, we can always make arrangements to suit you.

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Can I have lessons in my own car?

Certain people prefer receiving their driving training behind the wheel of their own car. If you intend on using your car for the driving test, we believe practicing with your own car could be a great idea. It’s also possible that you just got the car and are looking to familiarise yourself with it. Whatever the reason, at Smart Drive UK, we are able to offer our customers driving lessons in their own car. But this type of service is only available to clients with registered and comprehensively insured roadworthy vehicles. Our instructors will need to inspect the car to check for valid registration, and may be required to notify your insurance company that the car will be used for driving lessons.

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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 possible thanks to our accommodating flexible and fixed schedules at Smart Drive UK. If you would like to complete your training fast by taking multiple lessons every week, we can arrange that. At the end of the day, what matters is that you’re able to grasp what is being taught and can pass the driving test the first time. The impressive first time pass rate of our students is a clear indication you’re in capable hands with Smart Drive UK, regardless of the schedule or learning speed you choose.

Booking a driving lesson Winchester

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! If you are in Winchester, learning how to drive is as easy as signing up with Smart Drive UK. 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? Then look no further. Smart Drive UK’s skilled and experienced instructors make manual driving lessons interesting and enjoyable. Our instructors are well experienced and can share with you vital knowledge concerning how to best operate a manual car. Safe changing of gears, controlling the clutch, and confidently manoeuvring through traffic are just a few of the crucial things you’ll learn during your manual driving lesson. 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. Manual driving lessons cover both.

What is Pass Plus?

The Pass Plus scheme is targeted at drivers in the UK who have recently successfully passed their driving test. Several new drivers shy away from driving on busy roads due to a lack of confidence. Once you’ve passed your driving test, our next job at Smart Drive UK is to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to make you a safer and more confident driver. Your initial training will get you familiar with most major road conditions, but Pass Plus training will allow you to leave your immediate vicinity to experience the roads first hand. Would you like to find out more? Contact us by phone for a friendly chat about our Pass Plus scheme.

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New Hazard Perception Test

The Hazard Perception Test is essential for UK learner drivers looking to pass the driving theory exam. It is a mandatory test which will determine if the driver is suitable to obtain a full driver’s license. The test consists of a number of videos which depict a typical road scene and a developing hazard. You have to provide appropriate responses to the developing hazard in order to 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. 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 you haven’t driven a car in a while and would like a refresher course, you’ve found the right team to help you. Smart Drive UK offers refresher courses to people like you whose driving skills have gone rusty due to lack of use. You can become one of our many clients who once again mastered their driving skills after our short refresher course. Curious to know more? Call our office today.

Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?

Are you looking to take 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 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?

Hoping to significantly improve your driving skills? You probably took driving lessons or initially taught yourself how to drive. Regardless of your circumstances, we’ve got the expertise, experience, and patience to develop you into an expert driver. We have hundreds of highly-qualified drivers who have improved through our advanced driving courses to become the wonderful drivers they are today. Please contact us at any time for more information.

Book smart, book in bulk

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. Whether your staff needs driving lessons, or your students would benefit from a beginner’s course in driving, you’ll be making the right choice by choosing Smart Drive UK. You can find out more about this special package. All we need is an email from you detailing what your requirements are and the number of people in your group.

How do you make a payment for driving lessons?

Your convenience matters to us at every point of contact. 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. You are also permitted to make cash payments in each lesson. We provide all these options to ensure that you can pay in the most convenient manner possible.

Required tests you must pass before you are issued your license

Practice to pass

Don’t fret about acing your driving test, as we have a solution to make it easier for you. Smart Drive UK helps you get ready for the DVLA driving test by providing mock theory test practice. 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. 

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You are required to pass the official DVLA driving test before you can obtain 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. So many of our customers have passed the test the first time that we are confident you can achieve similar results.

Booking your driving test

What do I have to do to book a test?

The best way to book your driving test is to do so through the official Gov.UK website. We recommend this because you may end up having to pay more if you use third-party websites. You should only book your driving test if you have already passed the hazard perception test and the theory test. 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.

What is the duration of the tests?

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. Both automatic and manual transmission is given the same treatment during testing. You’ll only spend about 40 minutes taking the actual driving test.

What happens on test 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. Upon completion of this stage, you will be tested on your knowledge based on how you answer a couple of show and tell questions. The next stage involves proving that you can successfully reverse a car and drive without issue on different types of roads. The examiner will ask you to drive on your own for about 20 minutes and, along the way, may ask you to complete an emergency stop. The entire driving test should last about 40 minutes. 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.

What to do after the test

Ready for a full driving license

Well done, you have successfully completed your practical driving test. The next step is to apply for a full driving a license. The DVLA will process your license after receiving the results from your examiner. Within three weeks of completing the practical test, you should receive your license. From day one, to the day you get your driving license, Smart Drive UK is always ready to guide you through the process. Until you have been officially licensed as a qualified driver, our job is not done.

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Further lessons for after the test in Winchester

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. Not to worry, you don’t have to deal with it alone. At Smart Drive UK, we have a series of post-test driving lessons in and around Winchester that will help you become familiar with motorway driving. Find out all you need to know when you contact us today for more information.

Further driving courses for advanced drivers in Winchester

Do you intend to drive in or around Winchester? Have you been off the road for a long time and are looking to brush up your driving skills? We can help you there. Within a short timeframe, hundreds of drivers have gotten better on the road by taking Smart Drive UK courses. Call our Winchester office today and you’ll soon brush up your driving skills and boost your confidence. You can also email or text us to find out how we can help improve your driving.

Refresher Driving Courses

You may need to boost your skills with a short refresher driving course. With our refresher driving course series, you’ll get back on the road in no time. Discover our refresher courses and more when you call us today.

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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