Manual & Automatic
The traditional driving license that every Brit holds – a full one! Our friendly team are calm, patient and thorough – no shouting here! We tailor our lessons to your individual needs to enable you to learn safely at your own pace.
Our lessons prepare you for all kinds of challenging driving experiences, covering all the skills you need to know to ensure you become a confident, skilled driver.
Our instructors have the experience to deliver a variety of driving lessons, such as refresher lessons, intensive courses and nervous driver lessons, so we can build a bespoke learning plan that caters for your requirements.
Our driving instructors offer driving lessons in Southampton and far beyond.
Learning to drive a manual isn’t for everyone – especially in busy cities where changing gears and clutch control is frequent as you constantly start and stop.
Whilst the vast majority of UK drivers have a full driving license, some people opt to learn automatic only to speed up the process, as you won’t need to learn how to use a clutch and multitask so much. Most cars nowadays are automatic, and with electric cars looming, being able to drive manual won’t be required in the near future.
Nervous drivers may also prefer automatic driving lessons, as they can focus more on the road around them, and pass with fewer lessons.
If you’re looking for automatic driving lessons in Southampton, look no further.
Becoming a Driver
The Four Steps to Getting a License
A provisional license involves no exams or tests – its just an identity card that proves you are legally allowed to be on UK roads!
As long as you fulfil all the below prerequisites, you can apply online on the GOV.UK site:
- are a resident of Great Britain
- can meet the minimum age requirement
- can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
- are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
- can pay £50.00 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card
- have a valid UK passport or another form of identity
- can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years
You must have a provisional license to drive with us!
The DVSA say the average person requires around 45 hours of tuition and a further 22 hours of practise before they are test-ready. This varies widely between students, depending on their confidence, existing skills and motor skills, in terms of clutch control, steering control and so on.
Our lessons will teach you all the skills you need to pass first time:
- Car controls
- Using your mirrors
- Pulling away
- Speed and controlling it
- Driving in traffic
- Emergency stops
- Pedestrian crossings
- Hazard awareness
- Driving on main roads
- Dual carriageways
- 3 point turn
- Reversing around a corner
- Planning ahead
- Vehicle safety check
The first few lessons start in quiet areas, to allow you to develop clutch control and a sense of car control.
As your confidence builds, so will the complexity of lessons. Everything goes at your own pace, so if you’re a nervous driver, your instructor will work with you to ensure you feel comfortable!
When your instructor feels its time to take your theory test, they will cover some highway code material to help you.
A driving license requires you passing two tests – a theory, which involves no driving but a computerised exam, and a driving test.
You will be asked 50 questions, selected at random from a massive bank of questions, and you need to correctly answer 43 to pass. The questions could cover any part of the highway code, and so you need to know the vast majority of the highway code to have a good chance of passing.
There are many resources available to help you pass your theory, including official books released by the DVSA.
We recommend Toptests.co.uk – they even have timed tests on their websites, which also select 50 questions from a huge bank, to really simulate the actual exam. Resources are available on their website, as well as their own app, which gives you the chance to revise anywhere, whether its at home, work or even in bed!
- An eyesight check
- You’ll be asked to read a numberplate from 20 metres. If you can’t do this, you fail on the spot.
- “Show me, tell me” questions
- You’ll be asked a tell me question before you start driving.
- Then asked a show me question whilst driving, at random.
- General driving ability
- While the test center won’t tell us the route you’ll take, we teach you on the roads where in our experience, they’re most likely to take you.
- You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.
- You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including normal stops at the side of the road, pulling out from behind a parked vehicle and a hill start.
- Reversing your vehicle
- You’ll be asked to do one of the following: parallel park, park in a parking bay, pull up on the right hand side of the road, reverse for 15m, and rejoin traffic.
- Independent driving ability
- You’ll drive for 20 minutes, using either a sat nav or road signs.
At the end, you’ll find out your result based on your marks. Your instructor can come with you, but cannot speak, make any hand signals, and so on
Local & Experienced
Areas We Cover
As a local school, we cover many areas within Hampshire - with each
instructor specialising in a certain area, in which they have years of experience.
Unlike larger franchise schools, we live where we teach, and as such we aim to give students the safest, most varied lessons possible to ensure successful passes, first time, each time.
Our friendly drivers are all CRB checked, and have worked with people from all walks of life. No matter how how confident you feel, we’re sure to have an instructor for you.
Over a decade experience
We’ve passed hundreds of happy students
"... I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn driving with Zia and would definitely recommend any new driver to work with him."
"... Zia helps go through each skill making sure that you do it perfectly. He's really patient and really helpful in improving confidence."
"Zia is very good at tailoring each lesson to your needs, and makes the learning experience enjoyable. Highly recommended!"
"I passed first time with Zia, he is professional and was very helpful in going through step by step and picking up my mistakes..."
"Zia is a great instructor, who is very good at both highlighting areas where you are performing well, as well as making sure you are aware of any faults or incorrect actions..."
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