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Driving Lessons in Newport

Smart Drive UK is one of the leading driving schools in the Newport area.

In the years we have been in business, we have transformed many people from learners into highly skilled drivers. The numerous driving schools in the UK make it hard to choose one.

With Smart Drive UK, you no longer have to waste time in the selection process, as with us you are guaranteed to work with truly qualified instructors, who will not only help ensure you pass your test, but also that you become a responsible driver. You have found the home of reliable and qualified driving instructors in the Newport area. All our instructors are fully trained and DVSA approved.

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Will you pick me up and drop me off at a location of my choosing?

Our service is for you, if you are looking for a driving school that can work around your busy schedule, instead of disrupting it. This flexibility is a part of our promise to our students, so our instructors won’t have any issues with picking you up at any location of your choosing. 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. Like to find out more about this service? Get in touch with us right away.

Enhancing confidence

It is perfectly normal to feel scared when you get in a car for the first time. The most experienced drivers still feel nervous every now and then. There are lots of reasons to feel anxious while driving, and this is not surprising when you consider the fact that there are lots of things that can go wrong as you are driving. At Smart Drive UK, our driving lessons are designed to take away the fear and doubt associated with driving.

With our experience in the driving niche, we have been able to come up with a system that focuses on the reduction of nervousness, allowing you to focus on developing your skills. Our instructors are skilled, patient, and have the necessary experience to make you feel relaxed and comfortable as you drive. Do you have a question? There is always someone available to answer your questions and explain how we can be of help.

High chance of first time pass

Most learner drivers think it is normal to fail a driving test on the first attempt. The number of people that fail their driving test may be high, but the number that passes the test the first time is also high. Results show that there is a higher probability 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. If you want to get the training that truly prepares you for a first time pass, Smart Drive UK is the place to be. We have some of the best first time pass rates across the UK.

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What are the available learner car types?

We currently have an array of manual cars you can chose to learn in, and so the choice is completely down to you. 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.

Can I start driving lessons without having 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.

However, our approach here at Smart Drive UK is to mix theoretical and practical training. This way, you can bring what you learnt in theory practice and see how it works practically. Additionally, starting your driving lessons will help you better prepare for the theory test.

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. Your assimilation speed and how the teacher chooses to deliver the lesson are the major determinants in the duration of each lesson. 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. Interested in a different training schedule? Call us on 0845 017 9778 to find out more.

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How often should I have my driving lessons?

We understand that schedules differ from individual to individual. However, it is best if a learner driver gets at least two hours of driving training every week. If it suits your needs, you can continue your training following this schedule. Or you can opt for a more flexible schedule, which we’ll be more than happy to accommodate. 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 put together a programme that best suits your needs.

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 could also be that you have a new car and want to get familiar with it. Whatever the reason, at Smart Drive UK, we are able to offer our customers driving lessons in their own car. But we cannot provide this service if your vehicle isn’t deemed roadworthy, or if it is uninsured and unregistered. 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. This is possible thanks to our accommodating flexible and fixed schedules at Smart Drive UK. 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 face the driving test the first time. Our first time pass rate is stellar, which means you are in good hands regardless of the training programme you opt for.

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What Kind Of Driving Lessons Do You Offer In Newport

Booking a driving lesson Newport

Are you looking for the best place to take driving lessons? Congratulations! You’re on the right website. If you are in Newport, learning how to drive is as easy as signing up with Smart Drive UK. 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.

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Manual Driving Lessons

Would you prefer a manual gearshift for your driving lessons? Then look no further. Our competent and friendly instructors at Smart Drive UK make learning to drive a manual car both easy and fun. Every one of our instructors is an experienced professional who will take the time to share with you important details concerning driving a manual car. By the conclusion of your manual driving lesson, you’ll be able to safely change gears, control the clutch, and confidently manoeuvre through traffic.

One of the best parts of learning how to drive a manual car is you don’t have to learn to drive an automatic separately. This is because the skills provided by our manual driving lessons will also help you drive an automatic.

What is Pass Plus?

Simply put, Pass Plus is a scheme targeted at new drivers in the UK who’ve passed their driving test. One of the problems new drivers face is finding the confidence to drive on the roads. 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. Pass Plus training lets you leave your usual roads to experience other roads first hand, after your initial training has familiarised you with major road conditions. Interested in more information? Give us a call today to discover more about Smart Drive UK’s Pass Plus Scheme.

New Hazard Perception Test

The Hazard Perception test is part of the UK theory test for learner drivers. The test is mandatory and will determine if you are qualified for a full driver’s license This test involves a series of videos, detailing everyday road scenes and, in one case, a developing hazard. Inability to respond appropriately to the developing hazard will result in failing the test. At Smart Drive UK, we make sure every one of our learner drivers are put through their paces in preparation for the Hazard Perception Test, which is a precursor to the practical driving test at the DVLA. After practicing with our collection of Hazard Perception videos and revision questions, you’ll be more than prepared for the test.

How Much Do Driving Lessons In Newport Cost?

When learning to drive with Smart Drive UK, not only is it affordable, it’s also interesting and fun. This belief has informed our pricing policy since inception. You won’t have any trouble affording driving lessons from our experts. It’s possible you might find a cheaper driving school around Newport, but you likely won’t enjoy the experience as much as you would with Smart Drive UK.

What is the cheapest way of booking my driving lessons?

Is booking driving lessons too expensive for you? Booking on our online platform is both easy and inexpensive, and you can also reach us via phone. You can always get great deals from us, irrespective of how you book.

Driving Lessons and Courses Prices

Beginner’s packages

At Smart Drive UK, we have several driving lesson packages to suit any situation. Maybe you started learning to drive somewhere else and didn’t finish, or you learnt elsewhere and didn’t pass the first time. 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.

Newport Driving Lessons: Beginners package

5 Lesson Starter Package£75.00

*Note

1 Lesson is the equivalent to 1 hour.

Beginners packages are for learners who have had no previous experience

Newport Driving Lesson Prices:

1 hour£24.00
10 Hour block booking£215.00
1 Hour Motorway**£27.00
Intensive Driving Courses Available: PASS WITHIN ONE WEEK
15 Hours ( Previous experience 25/30 hours )£322.50
20 Hours ( Previous experience 20/25 hours )£430.00
25 Hours ( Previous experience 15/20 hours )£537.50
30 Hours ( Previous experience 10/15 hours )£645.00
35 Hours ( Previous experience 5/10 hours )£752.50
45 Hours ( No Previous experience )£935.00
Pass Plus – Six Hours£165.00

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. Refresher courses for people who haven’t driven in a while, and would like their skills updated, are part of our programmes at Smart Drive UK. Many drivers have, over the years, benefited from our short refresher course and you can too.

Do Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?

Are you in need of intensive driving lessons? It could be to prepare yourself for an interesting job position that requires driving. Perhaps you have another reason for quickly wanting to learn to drive. Whatever the case, our experienced and skilful instructors know how to put an intensive course together. A short time into our programme and you’ll suddenly realise we’ve turned you into a confident, skilled, and licensed driver.

Do Smart Drive UK offer advanced driving courses?

Hoping to significantly improve your driving skills? You might want this if you initially taught yourself how to drive or received only basic training. Whatever your reason might be, Smart Dive UK has the competence and experience to patiently groom you into a professional road user. In Newport, we’ve succeeded in upgrading many basic drivers into highly qualified ones. Please contact us via phone or email if you have any questions.

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Enjoy savings on block bookings

Knowing our customers and what their expectations are is at the core of what we do here at Smart Drive UK. One of the ways we meet your needs is to offer packages that let you pay less, like our discounted bundle for block bookings. From schools to workplaces and everything in between, Smart Drive UK is an excellent choice to make when you need to provide driving lessons for a group of people, large or small. Wouldn’t you like to gain some insight into how our block booking works? Send us an email with your requirements and the number of individuals in your group.

How to make a payment for your driving lessons

We strive to make every step of the process as convenient as possible for our customers, much like everything else we do. It is for this reason that we ensure that paying for lessons is super easy. You can easily write a cheque direct to the driving instructor, or you can pay electronically to the driving instructor’s account. One other option that is available to you is to make cash payments in every lesson. As long as you have a system that works for you, we are content.

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

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Mock theory 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. Pass our mock test and the DVLA theory practice test will be a breeze, as will the actual theory test that comes afterward.

Take your driving test in Newport

The driving test is the official DVLA test you have to take before obtaining your driver’s license. Taking any of our driving courses is certain to equip you with the knowledge required to sail through the test the first time. 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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Make a test booking

How do I go about booking a test?

Go to the official Gov.UK website to book your driving test. 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? 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 will I have to wait to complete the test?

The driving test has five aspects, which include an eyesight check, driving ability, safety questions, vehicle reversing, and independent driving. It is the same process for automatic transmission as it is for manual transmission. It only takes about 40 minutes to complete the driving test.

What can I expect on test day?

After showing your provisional license and theory test certificate, you’ll need to prove that you have good eyesight by reading the number of a license plate some distance away. Upon passing the step, a series of show and tell questions will follow, aimed at testing your knowledge. After this stage, you are required to prove to the examiner that you can successfully complete a reversing manoeuvre, plus drive safely and effectively 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. 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.

What follows after the test?

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Obtaining a full driving license

You should be proud now that you have passed your practical driving test. You can now proceed to the next step, which is to apply for a proper driving license. The DVLA will process your license after receiving the results from your examiner. 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. We are not done until you have been licensed as a qualified driver.

Driving lessons after the test in Newport

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. The traffic, night driving, and driving in rain and snow are now a reality. Luckily, you can get some help. Smart Drive UK can offer a series of driving lessons to help you get used to driving on the motorway in Newport, and neighbouring areas.

Newport advanced driver courses

Do you reside in or around Newport? Have you been off the road for a long time and are looking to brush up your driving skills? Let’s help you feel ready for the road again. The team at Smart Drive UK is responsible for helping hundreds of people brush up their driving skills. Call our Newport office today and you’ll soon brush up your driving skills and boost your confidence. Other channels of communication are also open to you, including text and email.

Booster Driving Courses

It may be necessary for you to take a short refresher driving course. We have designed refresher driving courses to help you get back on the road. Contact our team today to find out more.

FAQ's

To apply for your first provisional driving licence you need contact the DVSA. The easiest way is to follow the instructions online by clicking on the following link.

No you do not have to start work as soon as you qualify. However it would make sense not to leave it too long before you put your knowledge to good use to ensure you do not forget any key information and techniques that you have learnt during you training programme.

Yes. The training programme is very flexible and will fit around your work and family commitments.

To become a driving instructor you must be 21 years or above. You must have held a full driving licence for 3 years or more and have no more than six penalty points to be able to register. You must have a criminal record check completed and be a fit and proper person to be able to be added to the driving instructor register. To qualify you must pass three tests. Part one = Theory and Hazard perception. Part Two = Driving test. Part Three = Instructional Ability Test

We will provide on going support once you have qualified. There are also different motoring organisations that support continuous development for driving instructors.

You have unlimited attempts on the part one test but a maximum of three attempts on the part two and three tests. If you fail an attempt then you can re book a test. If you fail the third attempt on the part 2 or 3 tests then you cannot proceed further and you will have to re register and start the entire process again. You will have to wait a full two years from the date you passed your part one test before you can start again. The following link shows details of the qualifying process.https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/teaching-people-to-drive

Your driving instructor can be in the car with you if you want to. This is your choice and the driving test examiner will ask you if you would like this. Your driving instructor will discuss this with you prior to the driving test to ensure the decision is of benefit to you.

You can take your driving test in any car as long as you are fully insured. In most cases the candidate uses the driving instructors car that they have been taking lessons in as this is more familiar to you.

By taking on board the feedback given to you by your driving instructor will be the best way to ensure you increase the likelihood of passing your driving test. Where necessary, make note of this feedback after each lesson so you can reflect on it. Then prior to your next lesson you can be better prepared. You can look at additional driving materials to enhance your learning of which your driving instructor can advise.

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 know the standard you need to achieve to pass and this is the standard that they will assess you on.

All our driving instructor cars will have dual controls.

In most cases learning to drive an automatic car will be quicker than learning to drive a manual car but this does depend on each individual.

Yes you can take driving lessons whilst pregnant. Please take advise from your Doctor or medical professional if you have any concerns.

To pass your driving test the main costs is for your driving lesson fees. In addition to this you need to plan for the driving test fees. This link will show the current test fees applicable.

https://www.gov.uk/driving-test-cost

Your driving lessons are designed to teach you how to drive safely and correctly within the laws of the UK. Having a good understanding of how to deal with various junctions, situations and road networks. Various manoeuvres are also taught so they can be completed to the correct standard, including good observation, good accuracy and good control throughout. A lesson plan is followed to ensure all areas are covered.

You need to contact your driving instructor direct to cancel or change a driving lesson. Terms and conditions do apply with regards to cancellations and we ask you to provide a minimum of 48 hour notice for this.

By contacting our office by Phone, text or contact form via how website, we will understand your requirements and select the appropriate driving instructor to help you. The driving instructor will then call you direct to introduce themselves and then discuss your availability in more detail and book your driving lessons time and date to suit your needs.

Your first driving lesson will be structured around your ability and previous experience. If you have not had any experience before, then the first lesson is usually gaining basic understanding and control of the vehicle in a relatively quiet location. This will include The Cockpit Drill and Controls lessons followed by Moving off and Stopping on the left.

Driving lesson prices vary depending on location. To find out the prices for specific locations please visit our website prices page and select thte appropriate area.

https://www.smartdriveuk.co.uk/driving-lessons/

Your theory test pass certificate is valid for 2 years of which you can apply for a practical test.

When you are using Apps or online programmes you can take mock tests to test your ability. If you are regularly passing these with good results, then that is a good indication that you are ready.

There are various materials that you can use to study for the theory test including books, Apps and websites. The most common approach is using Apps and online programmes. If you are taking driving lessons with Smart Drive UK then we will provide an online programme which you can use for free.

The easiest way to apply for a Theory test is to apply online. Follow this link to apply.
https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test

To apply for your first provisional driving licence you need contact the DVSA. The easiest way is to follow the instructions online by clicking on the following link

https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

You can start your driving lessons once you have a valid UK provisional driving Licence or a full UK licence.

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