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Driving Lessons in Barking, London

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5 Hour Starter

Save up to 25% with Our 5 hour Driving Lessons Starter Package.

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Motorway Driving Lessons

Motorway confidence building lessons from £28 per hour.

Smart Drive UK Barking welcomes you to one of the best driving schools in the area. 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.

Given the large number of driving schools in the UK, it can be difficult to choose the right one. At Smart Drive UK, you can be certain of working with a range of highly-skilled driving tutors who know what it takes to prepare a student for, not just passing a driving test, but also for life as a regular and high-functioning driver. This is the place to be if you are looking for reliable driving instructors. All our instructors are fully trained and DVSA approved.

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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 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. As an example, as long as you are within Barking, we can pick you up at school/work, or anywhere else, and drop you off at home at the end of the training session. To find out how we can help you with this service, get in touch with us immediately.

Confidence building

It is perfectly normal to feel scared when you get in a car for the first time. 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. When you go through our driving classes here at Smart Drive UK, the fear and doubts associated with driving will be properly dealt with. 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. As you drive with our instructors, you will feel relaxed, calm, and comfortable all through the driving process. Do you have a question? There is always someone available to answer your questions and explain how we can be of help. You can reach us on 07760 767170.

One of the highest first time pass rates

Most learner drivers think it is normal to fail a driving test on the first attempt. 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. 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 one of the leading names in the driving school niche in Barking, because we have developed a curriculum that ensures an even higher chance of a first time pass. We are delighted with the fact that we have some of the best pass rates in the UK.

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How much do driving lessons cost in Barking?

Smart Drive UK should be your first choice if you are looking for a fun and inexpensive way to truly learn to drive. This belief has informed our pricing policy since inception. Rest assured you’ll get nothing but competitive pricing when you choose us. While there might be cheaper driving instructors in Barking, you definitely can’t compare the quality to that of Smart Drive UK. 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 take advantage of our convenient and inexpensive option of booking online on our website. Smart Drive UK offers a great deal regardless of how you book.

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 started learning elsewhere before coming to us, we have a package for you. We’ve also got something for learners starting from scratch. Whatever it is you require, rest assured we have a suitable package to match it.

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Driving Lesson Prices In Barking

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 are the available learner car types?

Some of our students prefer to learn with automatic transmission vehicles, while others prefer to learn with manual transmission vehicles. Your choice of learning car is ultimately down to you, as we have both types. 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 today on 07760 767170 for expert advice.

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

You will generally be advised to hold on your practical driving lessons until you have passed your theory test. This approach isn’t wrong, as it is sensible to first understand how a car works before you begin to drive. One thing we have learnt in our experience here at Smart Drive UK, however, is that combining theoretical and practical training is always the best bet. This allows you to immediately see how theory works while behind the wheels. Another advantage to starting your driving test right away, is that you will be better prepared for the theory test.

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How long is 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 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 skilled instructors, working with a properly planned course outline, ensure that you will spend only two hours on average on each task. Do you think you can learn faster? Contact us to set up a faster instruction programme .

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How often should I have my driving lessons?

We are well aware that your schedule is likely different from everyone else’s. Nonetheless, if you are a learner driver, at least two hours of driving training per week can be very beneficial. You can decide to keep this schedule if it suits you. But if you’d prefer a more flexible schedule, we can arrange something for you. Such as back to back trainings each day, that will get you prepared for your driving test in shorter time. Regardless of your schedule, we can always make arrangements to suit you.

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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?

You may prefer to undergo your driving training behind the wheel of your 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 could also be that you have a new car and want to get familiar with it. Regardless of what your motive might be, Smart Drive UK can deliver driving lessons in your own car. But we can only provide this service if your car is insured, roadworthy, and registered. This will be verified through an inspection of your papers by our instructors, and after your insurance company has been notified that the car will be used for driving lessons.

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Can I have more than one lesson a week?

If you have enough time for multiple driving lessons per week, you are welcome to take advantage of all the time at your disposal. At Smart Drive UK, we have both fixed and flexible schedule plans available that can accommodate even your busy schedule. If you want a sped up training programme that consists of multiple lessons every week, we’ve got you covered. Our priority is that you learn at a pace you are most comfortable with and are prepared in time to take and pass your driving test on the first try. We have a very impressive first time pass rate, so you’re in reliable hands no matter your schedule or learning speed.

Booking a driving lesson Barking

Do you need a great place for driving lessons? Now that you’ve found us, you don’t need to look any further! In Barking, Smart Drive UK is a trusted partner that can help you ace your driving test on the first try. To arrange for driving lessons that best suit your unique needs, or to ask any questions, contact us via phone, or send us an email on our website.

Manual Driving Lessons

Are manual driving lessons what you are interested in? We can deliver. 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. Our manual driving lesson includes how to safely change gears, clutch control, and how to confidently manoeuvre through traffic. The best thing about manual driving lessons is that you don’t need to learn how to drive an automatic car. This is because our manual training programme covers both types.

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is a UK scheme targeted at new drivers who’ve recently passed their driving test. Many new drivers face the challenge of building up their confidence to drive on public roads. Fortunately, once your driving test has been passed, Smart Drive UK can be there for you by providing you everything you need to be a safe and confident driver on any road. 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. Do you have any questions? Give us a call today to discover more about Smart Drive UK’s Pass Plus Scheme.

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New Hazard Perception Test

The Hazard Perception test is part of the UK theory test for learner drivers. It is a compulsory test that has to be passed before you can be granted a full driver’s license. The test consists of a number of videos which depict a typical road scene and a developing hazard. Responding appropriately to the developing hazard will determine if you 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 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 our office today.

Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?

Would you like intensive driving lessons? Maybe you have an upcoming interview for a job that requires you to drive. There could be other special reasons why you need a quick intensive driving training programme. Regardless of your reason, our skilled instructors can tailor an intensive programme to meet your unique needs. Take our intensive programme and turn yourself into a skilled, fully confident, and licensed driver fast.

Does Smart Drive UK offer advanced driving courses?

Looking to advance your driving skills? Maybe you initially taught yourself driving or had only the basics of driving taught to you. Regardless of your circumstances, we’ve got the expertise, experience, and patience to develop you into an expert driver. Many drivers in Barking have grown into advanced drivers thanks to our advanced driving courses. Please contact us at any time for more information.

Book in bulk, save more

Knowing our customers and what their expectations are is at the core of what we do here at Smart Drive UK. For this reason, you get to pay less 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. You can find out more about this special package. All you have to do is shoot us an email with the number of people who need driving lessons, as well as any special requirements they may have.

How do you make a payment for driving lessons?

Before anything else, we want to make sure our customers enjoy our services conveniently. Therefore, we do our best to offer all the options you might need to ensure easy and seamless payment. If electronic payment is convenient, you can pay into the driving instructor’s account that way or write a cheque instead. One other option that is available to you is to make cash payments in every lesson. Whichever option you choose, we are satisfied, as long as it works for you.

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Increase your chances of passing the DVLA test

Passing your driving test gets easier with us, as we have made provision for you to practice. 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 Barking

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

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How do I book a test?

The best way to book your driving test is to do so through the official Gov.UK website. Booking through a third-party website can end up costing you more. You need to have passed the theory test and hazard perception test before you book your driving test. Sound confusing? 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 will it take before the tests are completed?

There are five parts to the practical driving test, including independent driving, vehicle reversing, an eyesight check, safety questions, and driving ability. It is the same process for automatic transmission as it is for manual transmission. The actual driving test takes an average of 40 minutes to complete.

What happens on the designated day?

First, you will have to show your theory test certificate and your provisional license, after which you will be required to read the number of a license plate some metres away, as a way to test your eyesight. 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. The next stage involves proving that you can successfully reverse a car and drive without issue on different types of roads. 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. You can expect to spend about 40 minutes on the driving test. We understand that you may be extremely nervous during the practical driving test, but remember that you have already encountered all you’ll have to do in your driving lessons.

After the test

Getting your full driving license

Well done on getting through your practical driving test. Now, you can apply for a full driving license. Your license will be processed by the DVLA once the results of the practical driving test are in. Within three weeks of completing the practical test, you should receive your license. 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 Barking

As much as you will have been adequately prepared before the driving test, you will still have to adjust to the reality of driving on your own. You will have to deal with the reality of driving at night, in the rain and snow, and having to deal with real traffic. Not to worry, you don’t have to deal with it alone. Smart Drive UK can help you become accustomed to driving on the motorways in and around Barking, with our post-test driving lessons. Find out all you need to know when you contact us today for more information.

Further driving courses for advanced drivers in Barking

Do you intend to drive in or around Barking? Are you looking to brush up 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 Barking 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.

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You may need to take a short refresher driving course. We have a series of refresher driving courses designed to put you back behind the wheel. 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!

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Please fill free to call us on 08450 179 778 or Text/Call on 07760 767170.

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We regret to inform you that we do not have any driving instructors available at this time in your area. This is partly due to the unusual circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in an unusual shortage of driving instructors looking to join our team and we assure you that as soon as the situation allows, we will resume the usual driving lessons. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this.