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Driving Lessons in Portchester

Smart Drive UK is one of the leading driving schools in the Portchester 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. The number of options available to you, when it is time to choose a driving school, makes it difficult to make the right choice.

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. If you’re looking for a patient, reliable and qualified driving instructor, then your search ends here. With us, you will only work with a DVSA approved driving instructor, so you can be certain of exceptional service.

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Do you offer the flexibility of pick up at my specific chosen location?

If you are looking for a driving school that is capable of working around your busy schedule, then Smart Drive UK is the place to be. 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. For instance, you could be picked up at work and dropped off at home after your day’s training, as long as it is not a similar area. Are you interested in this service? Get in touch with us right away.

Enhancing confidence

There is nothing wrong with feeling scared the first time you get behind the wheel. You can still feel nervous from time to time, even when you are experienced. The fact that a lot of things can lead to a driving experience going south quickly means that you have a lot of valid reasons to feel anxious. At Smart Drive UK, our driving lessons are designed to take away the fear and doubt associated with driving.

Over the years, we’ve developed a system that can help reduce nervousness as you develop your driving skills. Our instructors are skilled and patient, and know the best ways to help you feel relaxed as you drive. Got a question for us? Get in touch and we’ll be delighted to respond.

High first time pass rate

Many learner drivers believe it’s normal to fail their driving test on the first attempt. It is quite possible that some will fail, but a lot more will pass. Results show that the first test is the one you are most likely to pass.

When you fail a test, the emotional and financial commitment that went into the process makes it all the more disappointing. Smart Drive UK is the place to go if you are after a driving school that has the best lessons to prepare you for a first time pass. We are delighted with the fact that we have some of the best pass rates in the UK.

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What type of car will I be learning in?

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.

Is it right to begin 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. That thought process isn’t entirely wrong, as this method will give you adequate background knowledge on using a car before you actually get in the driver’s seat.

However, at Smart Drive UK, we believe it’s better to combine both theoretical and practical training. This allows you to immediately see how theory works while behind the wheels. In addition, someone that is already experienced in driving lessons will have a higher chance of success when it is time for the theory test.

How long will it take to complete a lesson?

We know you’d like to find out how long it will take you to complete a lesson, so you can better plan your day. 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, 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 0845 017 9778to find out more.

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How often should I have my driving lessons?

We all have different schedules. However, if you can get at least two hours of driving training every week, it will be sufficient. If it suits your needs, you can continue your training following 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. Whatever your schedule is, we’ve got you covered.

Can I have lessons in my own car?

Under certain circumstances, you might want to receive driving lessons in your car. This is not only understandable, but also a great idea, especially if you plan to use the car for your driving test. It could also be that you have a new car and want to get familiar with it. Whatever your motive is, our experts at Smart Drive UK can have you ready for your test with training in your own car. But this type of service is only available to clients with registered and comprehensively insured roadworthy vehicles. 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.

Can I have more than one lesson a week?

We can provide you multiple lessons per week if you’re busy schedule permits it. 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. 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. Our impressive first time pass rate is a clear sign of our capability to make you a roadworthy driver within your preferred time frame.

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What Kind Of Driving Lessons Do You Offer In Portchester

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Are you in search of a polite and friendly professional to help with driving lessons? Congratulations! You’re on the right website. We are the trusted professionals in Portchester that can turn you into a roadworthy driver with zero hassle. 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.

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Manual Driving Lessons

Are manual driving lessons what you are interested in? We’ve got experts for 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, our instructors will take the time to teach you about how manual vehicles work. During your manual driving lesson, you’ll be taught how to expertly manoeuvre through traffic, safely change gears, and properly work the clutch.

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?

Pass Plus is targeted to benefit UK drivers who have just recently passed their driving test. A lot of new drivers lack the confidence to drive on roads with actual traffic. 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. Want more information? Contact us by phone for a friendly chat about our Pass Plus scheme.

New Hazard Perception Test

One of the tests you’ll have to undergo before passing the UK driving test is the Hazard Perception Test. It is a mandatory test which will determine if the driver is suitable to obtain a full driver’s license. A series of videos will be shown during the test, depicting everyday road scenes and a developing hazard. Responding appropriately to the developing hazard will determine if you pass the test. The Hazard Perception Test comes before the practical driving test at the DVLA, and we have all the materials and information you need to pass the Hazard Perception Test on your first try. At Smart Drive UK, you’ll have access to our Hazard Perception video collection, as well as a series of revision questions.

How Much Do Driving Lessons In Portchester Cost?

Receiving driving lessons at Smart Drive UK is an inexpensive, as well as fun, and interesting way to get your driver’s license. Our pricing policy has always been customer-friendly. You can definitely afford it. Of course, you might find something cheaper in or around Portchester, but it’s unlikely you’ll get an instructor as skilled and qualified as ours.

What is the cheapest way of booking my driving lessons?

Are you finding booking driving lessons to be too costly? Aside from contacting us via phone, you can take advantage of our convenient and inexpensive option of booking online on our website. 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. If you were attending a different driving school before coming to us, we’ve got a package to help you finish your education. 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.

Portchester Beginners Packages:

5 Lesson Starter Package£75.00

1 Lesson is the equivalent to 1 hour.
Beginners packages are for pupils who have had no previous experience

Portchester Driving Lesson Prices:

First lessonFree*
1 hour£28.00
10 Hour block booking£255.00
1 Hour Motorway**£30.00
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 )£1055.00
Pass Plus – Six Hours£165.00

First lesson is free for Pupils with experience.

  • Motorway lessons are available only to qualified drivers.
  • Intensive courses ranging from 15 to 35 hours completed within 1-2 weeks. Intensive courses over 35 hours completed within 1, 2 or 3 weeks. Price is Per Hour.

Making a booking for driving lessons in Portchester could not be easier! Simply give us a call on 0845 017 9778, 01903 691002 or 07760 767170 and speak to us direct. Alternatively you can send a text to: 07760 767170 leaving your name and area details for us to call you back with, Or use the contact form on this website to let us know of your requirements. We aim to respond as quickly as possible to all enquiries.

To make an online booking or enquiry with us for your driving lessons in Portchester, click Here.

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. Smart Drive UK offers refresher courses to people like you whose driving skills have gone rusty due to lack of use. Many drivers have, over the years, benefited from our short refresher course and you can too.

Do Smart Drive UK offer intensive driving courses?

Looking for 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 what your reason is, we can help. In no time, we can train you to be a skilful, fully confident, and licensed driver.

Do Smart Drive UK offer advanced driving courses?

Hoping to significantly improve your driving skills? Maybe only the basics of driving were taught to you or you learned to drive by yourself. Regardless of your reasons, Smart Drive UK has the expertise, resources, as well as patience, to build you up into an expert driver. Many drivers in Portchester have grown into advanced drivers thanks to our advanced driving courses. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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Book in bulk, save more

At Smart Drive UK, we excel at meeting the expectations of our customers because we understand their needs. Therefore, we came up with solutions like our discount package 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.

Ready to pay for driving lessons?

Your convenience matters to us at every point of contact. This is why we make it easy to pay for lessons in your own way. If electronic payment is convenient, you can pay into the driving instructor’s account that way or write a cheque instead. You are also permitted to make cash payments in each lesson. Whichever option you choose, we are satisfied, as long as it works for you.

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

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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. With Smart Drive UK, you can practice before the DVLA driving exam in order to ensure you are prepared. 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.

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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 book a test?

First, we suggest that you make your booking 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. Sound confusing? Don’t worry, our instructors at Smart Drive UK will be available to guide you through every stage of the process.

How long will I have to wait to complete the test?

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

What can I expect 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. 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 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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What to expect before obtaining your full driving license

Well done, you have successfully completed your practical driving test. This is what qualifies you to apply for a full driving license. Once the results of your practical driving test are sent to the DVLA, your license will be processed. Your driving license should get to you no later than three weeks after passing the practical driving test. At Smart Drive UK, we are always available to guide you through the process up until you receive your driving license. Our job is only complete when you are officially a qualified and licensed driver.

Real world post-test driving lessons Portchester

While the driving test prepares you, driving in the real world is significantly different. 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. At Smart Drive UK, we have a series of post-test driving lessons in and around Portchester that will help you become familiar with motorway driving.

Advanced courses for drivers in Portchester

Do you reside in or around Portchester? Are your driving skills a little rusty? Let’s help you feel ready for the road again. At Smart Drive UK, we’ve helped hundreds of individuals become better drivers in very little time. Get your confidence back and improve your driving skills by calling our Portchester office and getting signed up for classes. Feel free to reach us via email or text to learn more about how we can help you.

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. Learn more by getting in touch with us now.

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.

Give us a call today to discover more about Smart Drive UK’s Pass Plus Scheme.