Flex Driving School



Frequently Asked Questions

You can start learning to drive at 17.

A valid provisional driving licence. If it is the old style (just a paper licence) it must be signed & accompanied by some form of photo identification. If it is the new style you will need both the plastic photographic card and the paper counterpart.

Complete driving licence application form D1 and photo card application form D750 (available from most post offices) Or apply online here

Yes, we would recommend you have a few lessons prior to applying for the theory test. The practical driving experience will help make more sense and the instructor can assist in your study for the exam.

If you hold a full international license you are entitled to drive in the U.K. for one year from the date of your arrival, However, you cannot take your theory or practical tests without a UK provisional license so you should apply for this as soon as you start taking lessons.

We recommend you have a lesson at least once a week, otherwise you may spend too much time recapping what was achieved last time. You can have more than one lesson a week and students often do this leading up to their test.

Different levels of skill, ability and confidence are all factors, everybody is different and each person will have different training needs that need addressing. Often the number of lessons quoted will be anywhere between 30-60 hours, with the average around 40-45. Other factors often dictating the time are number of lessons per week, and how frequent the lessons are.

Vast majority of the people take a 2 hour lesson. However Lessons are priced by the hour

Anyone who is at least 21 years old and have held a full EU motor car licence for at least 3 years can supervise your private practice. It is illegal for anyone else other than a registered driving instructor to charge money for teaching you to drive. The vehicle must be insured for you to drive.

You will be ready for the test when you show that you have reached the standards set in The Official Driving Test. Learners who pass first time do so because they are well instructed and get plenty of practice. They pass because they wait until they are ready. Our instructors have the knowledge and experience to advise you when this is. It is their responsibility to ensure that you are capable and safe to drive alone, without supervision. If you book your test without our prior approval, we may not allow you the use of the school cars. We do not like having to refuse, but the safety of you, the examiner and other road users is our primary responsibility. Most people fail their driving test, so are you really ready? The pass rate for the practical car test is 43%, and for first time candidates it's even lower. The reason for such a low success rate is because candidates are not properly prepared. You must be able to drive consistently well, with confidence and without help or guidance from your instructor. If you can't then you are not ready for your test. If the examiner has to intervene then you will have failed the test. Those who pass have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training, combined with 25 hours of private practice. Candidates who combine professional instruction with private practice are also more successful on the test. Remember that it's practice that makes perfect, it's perfect that will pass the test.

The Pass Plus course is a training course that has been specifically designed by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) for new drivers. Its aim is to give new drivers extra confidence on the roads after passing their driving test and it carries a number of benefits

Not only will it make you a more confident driver, capable of dealing with all kinds of modern hazards such as busy motorways and city centre one-way systems, it may also give you a significant discount on your motor insurance.

No matter where you have taken your original driving lessons the Pass Plus will teach you how to deal with a wide range of different roads and traffic.

The course does not require you to take a test at the end, but will assess your progress throughout