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Driving Lessons in Thetford, Norfolk

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5 Hour Starter

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

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10 hours Package

Save up to 10% by booking 10 hours of Driving Lessons or more.

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Motorway Driving Lessons

Motorway confidence building lessons from £28 per hour.

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

The number of options available to you, when it is time to choose a driving school, makes it difficult to make the right choice. Smart Drive UK is 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. If you’re looking for a patient, reliable driving instructor, then your search ends here. 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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Is it possible to pick me up from one place and drop me off at another?

Our service is for you, if you are looking for a driving school that can work around your busy schedule, instead of disrupting it. As part of our great value services and benefits, our instructors are willing and ready to go out of their way to pick you up at one point and drop you off at another, after your driving lesson. As an example, as long as you are within Thetford, we can pick you up at school/work, or anywhere else, and drop you off at home at the end of the training session. Like to find out more about this service? Get in touch with us right away.

Building your confidence

It’s only natural to feel scared the first time you’re behind the wheel. The most experienced drivers also feel nervous from time to time. 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. Over the years, we’ve developed a system that can help reduce nervousness as you develop your driving skills. All through the driving classes, our instructors will have you feeling calm, relaxed, and comfortable, three things you will carry with you for the rest of your driving life. Do you have more questions about our driving school? Talk to us today. You can get in touch with us on 07760 767170.

High chance of first time pass

If you are like most learner drivers, then you probably believe that it is normal to fail a driving test the first time. 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. In fact, according to statistics, you have a higher chance of passing your driving test the first time. 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 are looking for a driving school with lessons that fully prepare you to pass your driving test, Smart Drive UK is one of the best options. 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 Thetford?

Smart Drive UK should be your first choice if you are looking for a fun and inexpensive way to truly learn to drive. A customer-friendly pricing policy is one of the hallmarks of our firm. Our driving lessons are competitively priced to ensure anyone can afford to drive. While there might be cheaper driving instructors in Thetford, you definitely can’t compare the quality to that of Smart Drive UK. What’s the cheapest way of booking my driving lessons? Looking for the cheapest way to book your driving lessons? Booking driving lessons via our website is convenient and inexpensive, and you can also contact us via phone. 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. We’ve got something for learners with some driving experience. There are also packages for learners with no driving knowledge whatsoever. We have the perfect package to suit your unique needs, regardless of what they are.

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Driving Lesson Prices In Thetford

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 types of cars available for learning in?

We have students who only want to learn how to drive in automatic vehicles, just as there are others who prefer to learn in only manual vehicles. We can cater to both groups, so the choice ultimately comes down to you. Your choice of learning with manual or automatic will be a smart one regardless, as both variants can be found all across the UK. 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). Give us a call right away on 07760 767170 for the advice you need.

Can I begin my driving lessons before I have passed the theory test?

Many people will think about passing the theory test before taking practical driving lessons. This approach isn’t wrong, as it is sensible to first understand how a car works before you begin to drive. As experts in the industry, however, we know that it is best to combine both theoretical and practical training. The combination creates a synergy which makes it easier to grasp both elements of driving training at the same time. 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 will it take to complete a lesson?

We know it is important for you to know the duration of each lesson, so as to better plan your day. The length of time spent on each lesson will depend on your learning ability, and the teaching methods deployed by the instructor. However, with our instructors, and our carefully crafted training system, you can expect to spend an average of 2 hours on each lesson. Interested in a different training schedule? Call us on 07760 767170 to find out more.

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How often should I have my driving lessons?

We understand that every individual has their unique schedule. However, it’s recommended that learner drivers have at least two hours of training each week. If you like, you can choose to maintain this schedule. But if you’d prefer a more flexible schedule, we can arrange something for 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.

Learn to drive with a Professional with a proven track record.

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

Can I have lessons in my own car?

Some individuals are more comfortable receiving driving lessons in their own car. This could be a great idea, especially if you intend on using your car to take the driving test. Such an arrangement could also be beneficial if the car is a new one and you are trying to familiarise yourself with it. Regardless of what your motive might be, Smart Drive UK can deliver driving lessons in your own car. However, this is only possible if the car is roadworthy, registered, and comprehensively insured. One of our instructors will notify your car insurance company that your vehicle will be used for driving lessons, and will also inspect your car to verify its valid registration.

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Can I have more than one lesson a week?

If your schedule permits for more than one driving lesson per week, you are welcome to take the opportunity. This is thanks to our flexible and fixed schedules that can accommodate you, regardless your circumstance. If your plan is to speed up the learning process by having multiple lessons in a week, we can arrange that. Our priority is to provide you the training you need at your preferred pace, and have you prepared to ace the driving test the first time. Our impressive first time pass rate is a clear sign of our capability to make you a roadworthy driver within your preferred time frame.

Booking a driving lesson Thetford

Are you in search of a polite and friendly professional to help with driving lessons? Congratulations! You’ve found it. In Thetford, 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

Would you prefer learning how to drive a manual gear shift? We can take care of that. Our Smart Drive UK instructors possess the competence and skill to make your manual driving lessons easy, as well as fun. Aside from driving, your assigned instructor will share with you crucial knowledge about manual vehicles, that will positively impact your future driving experience. By the conclusion of your manual driving lesson, you’ll be able to safely change gears, control the clutch, and 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. Our manual driving lessons will instruct you on both vehicle types.

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is aimed at assisting drivers in the UK who’ve recently successfully concluded their driving test. Many new drivers lack the confidence to drive on busy public roads. 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. 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. Would you like to find out more? Call us now for more on our Pass Plus scheme.

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New Hazard Perception Test

Passing the Hazard Perception Test is crucial to passing the UK theory test for learner drivers. It is a mandatory test which will determine if the driver is suitable to obtain a full driver’s license. The test consists of a number of videos which depict a typical road scene and a developing hazard. Your reactions are what determine whether you pass or fail. To ensure you progress to the practical driving test at the DVLA, we offer our students comprehensive preparation for the Hazard Perception test, which is a precursor. We will provide you access to various revision questions, as well as our collection of Hazard Perception videos.

Does Smart Drive UK offer refresher driving courses?

If you believe your driving skills have grown rusty, and are in need of a refresher course, we can help with that. We offer refresher courses to those who know how to drive but haven’t had the chance to drive for a long while. Our short refresher course has helped many drivers over the years regain their confidence on the road, and we’d like to help you too. Have any questions? Contact us now on 07760 767170.

Does Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?

Interested in intensive driving lessons? Maybe for an upcoming interview for a driver job. Perhaps you have another reason for quickly wanting to learn to drive. Regardless of your motivation, Smart Drive UK has got you covered. 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 become a driver with advanced skills? You might want this if you initially taught yourself how to drive or received only basic training. Whatever your reasons, at Smart Drive UK, we have the skills, experience and patience to help you build your knowledge and confidence, to the point where you’re considered an expert driver. In ThetfordX, we’ve recorded great success at upgrading the basic skills of many drivers to advanced levels. Please contact us via phone or email if you have any questions.

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. It is for this reason that we have created a special package providing discounts 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. Wouldn’t you like to gain some insight into how our block booking works? All we need is an email from you detailing what your requirements are and the number of people in your group.

How to make a payment for your driving lessons

Your convenience matters to us at every point of contact. To ensure that you don’t suffer any inconvenience, we have made payments easy. You can easily write a cheque direct to the driving instructor, or you can pay electronically to the driving instructor’s account. You also have the option of paying in cash in every lesson. Whichever option you choose, we are satisfied, as long as it works for you.

Are there tests that I must pass to get my license?

Increase your chances of passing the DVLA test

Why worry about passing your driving test when we have a solution to make it as easy as can be. Smart Drive UK makes provisions for mock theory test practice modelled after the DVLA driving exam. In order to qualify for the actual theory test, you need to pass the DVLA theory practice test and passing our mock test means you can do it.

Qualify for your driving license in Thetford

You can only get your driver’s license after you have taken the official DVLA test. Take any of our driving courses for a chance to pass your test on the very first attempt. With the high pass rate amongst hundreds of our customers, you can see why we are so confident.

Make a booking for your test

What do I have to do to book a test?

It is best to book your driving test directly via the official Gov.UK website. It is more cost-effective to avoid booking through a third-party website. You need to have passed the theory test and hazard perception test before you book your driving test. Not clear enough? It’s not as complicated as it sounds, you’ll have Smart Drive UK instructors to guide you from day one until you get your license.

How long will it take before the tests are completed?

For the driving test to be completed, you have to complete five steps, including vehicle reversing, independent driving, safety questions, driving ability, and an eyesight check. It is the same process for automatic transmission as it is for manual transmission. The driving test takes less than an hour, specifically 40 minutes.

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. 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. 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 be asked to drive independently for approximately 20 minutes, and you may be asked to complete an emergency stop. The entire driving test should last about 40 minutes. It is perfectly normal to be nervous during the practical driving test, but there is really nothing to it because everything you will have to do, you have already done through the course of your driving lessons.

What to do after the test

Getting your full driving license

Well done, you have successfully completed your practical driving test. This means you are now qualified 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. 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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Real world post-test driving lessons Thetford

The true challenge of driving begins after you’ve passed the test. From driving in harsh weather to driving at night, you will have to deal with the everyday realities of driving. You don’t have to handle this on your own. Smart Drive UK can offer a series of driving lessons to help you get used to driving on the motorway in Thetford, and neighbouring areas. Get in touch with our team to learn more.

Advanced Driver courses in Thetford

Are you in Thetford? Are you looking to brush up your driving skills? Then look no further. Within a short timeframe, hundreds of drivers have gotten better on the road by taking Smart Drive UK courses. Call our Thetford 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.

Refresh Your Skills with a Driving Course

A short refresher driving course may be what you need most. 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!

Learn to drive with a Professional with a proven track record.

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

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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.