Frequently Asked Questions
At Chris and Janes Driving School we get frequently get asked questions about our practices and driving tests. Below are some of the most popular questions we are asked;
Most Important Questions
This is a difficult question to answer, as everyone learns at a different pace and may find some aspects of driving easier to grasp than others. Official published figures give a national average of 40-45 hours of tuition before someone is ready to take a practical driving test. We at Chris and Janes Driving School find that this figure is more like 20-25 hours for our students. In our lessons, you will not spend long periods sitting at the side of the road talking; most learning will be done on the move, and you should learn more quickly.
The standard price for lessons is £24/hour. There is an introductory offer of the first 2 hours are half price for new drivers. Full details of our prices can be found on the website by clicking here
Lessons are generally 1, 1.5 or 2 hours long – the choice is yours. 2 hours is really the longest that people can maintain concentration, so we wouldn't advise any longer than this at one go, unless a break is scheduled.
We can pick you up and drop you off wherever is convenient for you. Many students fit their lessons round free periods at school or in their lunch break.
You should take your theory test as soon as possible after starting driving lessons. It can be helpful, especially for the hazard perception element, to have done a few of hours of driving before taking the test. All of our students are given a copy of the Highway Code on their first lesson, and we will also recommend other study aids, as well as give further coaching if required.
The tests are best booked on-line, via the official government website (details are given on our website). It is essential to use this website, as others may charge extra for booking the tests on your behalf, although this may not be obvious when using them. When booking, you will be able to choose the time and date that is most convenient for you.
All of our instructors have their own cars, of various makes and models. They are all well-maintained, modern vehicles, with air conditioning.
We encourage students to do some practice between lessons with parents or a partner where possible. We will always give advice on what kind of practice would be most beneficial. It is important to remember that anyone supervising a learner driver must be at least 21 years old and have held a full UK driving licence for at least 3 years.
Some driving instructors make a practice of spending long periods of time in discussion while stationary so they save fuel and make more money from you. We spend more time learning on the move, meaning that you will drive for most of the lesson. Even on your first lesson, you will be driving for some length of time. This way you will need fewer lessons and you save money.