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Driving Lessons in York

We are delighted to have you here at Smart Drive UK York.

We have years of experience transforming complete rookies into not just people that can pass driving tests, but master drivers. Given the large number of driving schools in the UK, it can be difficult to choose the right 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. This is the place to be if you are looking for qualified and reliable driving instructors. All our instructors are fully trained and DVSA approved, so you can be sure of the best possible service.

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Is it possible to pick me up from one place and drop me off at another?

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. One of the things that sets us apart from the crowd is the fact that our instructors have no problem with picking you up for classes from anywhere you want, and will also drop you off at any location of your choosing. For instance, if showing up for training will mean not having a ride home from your workplace or school, you can count on us to help you. Want to find out more about this great value service? Click here to find out what makes us special.

Improving confidence

It’s only natural to feel scared the first time you’re behind the wheel. Even when you are experienced, you may still feel nervous from time to time. There are a number of reasons to feel anxious whilst driving, after all, there are a number of things that can go wrong. This is why our driving lessons, here at Smart Drive UK, are heavily focused on tackling 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. Want to find out more about our process? Get in touch with us right away.

High chance of first time pass

Many learner drivers believe that it is perfectly fine to fail the 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. Results show that there is a higher probability of passing your driving test the first time.

Failing a driving test is disappointing, both financially and emotionally, and it will cost more time and money to prepare for another test. 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 are delighted with the fact that we have some of the best pass rates in the UK.

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What are the types of cars available for 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?

Many people will tell you it’s better to pass 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.

However, our approach here at Smart Drive UK is to mix theoretical and practical training. The combination creates a synergy which makes it easier to grasp both elements of driving training at the same time. There is also a higher chance of success with your theory test when you have started with your driving lessons.

What is the length of time for 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 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. If you’d like a lesson schedule that is faster or slower, simply call us to discuss what you need.

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How often should I have my driving lessons?

We are well aware that your schedule is likely different from everyone else’s. 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. Or we could help you arrange a more flexible schedule that better suits your needs. For example, we could arrange for back to back training every day that will speed up your training and have you prepared for your driving test faster. Regardless of your schedule, we can always make arrangements to suit you.

Can I have lessons in my own car?

Many individuals prefer driving lessons being received in their own car. This is understandable, and may even be a great idea if you intend on using your own car during your driving test. It might also be the case of you owning a new car and trying to familiarise yourself 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 such a service can only be offered if your vehicle is registered and deemed roadworthy, as well as possessing comprehensive insurance. 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 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 prefer multiple lessons every week to speed up your learning process, we can deliver. Our aim is to have you master driving at your own pace and be ready to ace your driving test the first time you take it. We have a very impressive first time pass rate, so you’re in reliable hands no matter your schedule or learning speed.

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What Kind Of Driving Lessons Do You Offer In York

Booking a driving lesson York

Do you need a friendly professional to help you pass your driving test the first time? Now that you’ve found us, you don’t need to look any further! We are the trusted professionals in York that can turn you into a roadworthy driver with zero hassle. 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 learning how to drive a manual gearshift? No worries because Smart Drive UK has you covered. Smart Drive UK’s skilled and experienced instructors make manual driving lessons interesting and enjoyable. 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. You’ll learn from the experts how to safely change gears, control the clutch, and confidently drive in traffic.

A key benefit of our manual driving lessons is once you complete the programme, you won’t have any trouble also driving an automatic car. This is because our manual training programme covers both types.

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is aimed at assisting drivers in the UK who’ve recently successfully concluded their driving test. Several new drivers shy away from driving on busy roads due to a lack of confidence. Once you’ve passed your driving test, our next job at Smart Drive UK is to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to make you a safer and more confident driver. 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. Want more information? Call us now for more on our Pass Plus scheme.

New Hazard Perception Test

You can’t pass the UK driving test without passing the Hazard Perception Test. The test is mandatory and will determine if you are qualified for a full driver’s license The test consists of a number of videos which depict a typical road scene and a developing hazard. You have to provide appropriate responses to the developing hazard in order to pass the test. 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. Our trainers will guide you with our collection of Hazard Perception videos and revision questions, to fully prepare you on what to expect.

How Much Do Driving Lessons In York Cost?

Smart Drive UK should be your first choice if you are looking for a fun and inexpensive way to truly learn to drive. We’ve designed our pricing policy to be comfortable for everyone. You won’t have any trouble affording driving lessons from our experts. Of course, you might find something cheaper in or around York, 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 spending more than you want on booking driving lessons? Aside from contacting us via phone, you can take advantage of our convenient and inexpensive option of booking online on our website. Regardless of how you book, we’ll always have an excellent deal for you.

Driving Lessons and Courses Prices

Beginner’s packages

You can choose from any of our diverse driving lesson packages at Smart Drive UK to suit your unique needs. 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.

York Beginners Packages:

All our beginners packages are complete structured lessons on the road from the first lesson.
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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

York Driving Lesson Prices:

First lessonFree*
1 hour£26.00
10 Hour block booking£235.00
1 Hour Motorway**£29.00
Intensive Driving Courses Available: PASS WITHIN ONE WEEK
15 Hours ( Previous experience 25/30 hours )£352.00
20 Hours ( Previous experience 20/25 hours )£470.00
25 Hours ( Previous experience 15/20 hours )£587.00
30 Hours ( Previous experience 10/15 hours )£705.00
35 Hours ( Previous experience 5/10 hours )£822.00
45 Hours ( No previous experience )£1015.00
Pass Plus – Six Hours£165.00

Making a booking for driving lessons in York 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 York, click Here.

Does Smart Drive UK offer refresher driving courses?

If you haven’t driven a car in a while and would like a refresher course, you’ve found the right team to help you. Smart Drive UK offers refresher courses to people like you whose driving skills have gone rusty due to lack of use. 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 looking to take intensive driving lessons? Maybe there’s a job vacancy you want and the position requires driving skills. There could be a variety of other reasons why you want to learn to drive fast. Whatever the case, our experienced and skilful instructors know how to put an intensive course together. Within a short time, we can turn you into a skilled, fully confident, and licensed road user.

Do 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. 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. Many drivers in York have grown into advanced drivers thanks to our advanced driving courses. Please contact us at any time for more information.

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Book smart, book in bulk

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. So, if you are an organisation looking to give your staff driving lessons, or a school looking to give a set of eligible students a beginner’s course in driving, Smart Drive UK is the right place to go. 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 do I pay for my 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 have the option of paying to the driving instructor’s account electronically or writing a cheque. You also have the option of paying in cash in every lesson. Our goal is to ensure you get utmost satisfaction.

Tests required before licenses are issued

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Practice before the main test

Why worry about passing your driving test when we have a solution to make it as easy as can be. Smart Drive UK helps you get ready for the DVLA driving test by providing mock theory test practice. Passing our practice test means you can pass the DVLA theory practice test, which comes before the actual theory test.

Take your driving test in York

You can only get your driver’s license after you have taken the official DVLA test. 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. Our results have proven that our courses are likely to result in a first time pass.

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Booking your driving test

How do I go about booking a test?

Go to the official Gov.UK website to book your driving test. We recommend this because you may end up having to pay more if you use third-party websites. You need to have passed the theory test and hazard perception test before you book your driving test. Can’t quite wrap your head around it? 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 are the tests?

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 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. Following this, you will have to prove your skills as a driver and let the examiner know that you are capable of reversing a vehicle and driving on different types of roads effectively and safely. During the test, you will be asked to engage in independent driving for about 20 minutes and the examiner may include an emergency stop. The entire driving test should last about 40 minutes. Remember that while the practical driving test can be nerve-racking, all you will be asked to do has already been covered as you went through your driving course.

What follows after the test?

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Getting your full driving license

Great job acing that practical driving test. This means you are now qualified to apply for a proper driving license. The examiner will send the results of your practical driving test to the DVLA, who will process your license. You should receive your license 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. It is only when you have become a licensed and qualified driver that we can dust our hands.

Further lessons for after the test in York

While the test may have seemed tough, driving on the actual motorway is the real challenge. You will have to deal with the reality of driving at night, in the rain and snow, and having to deal with real traffic. You can get help, instead of doing it on your own. At Smart Drive UK, we have a series of post-test driving lessons in and around York that will help you become familiar with motorway driving.

Further driving courses for advanced drivers in York

Do you reside in or around York? Are you looking to brush up your driving skills? We can help you there. The team at Smart Drive UK is responsible for helping hundreds of people brush up their driving skills. Get your confidence back and improve your driving skills by calling our York office and getting signed up for classes. Text and email are other channels by which you can reach us to learn how we can help boost your driving skills.

Refresh Your Skills with a Driving Course

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.

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