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When can I apply for my Provisional Driving Licence?

You can apply for your provisional driving licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday (16 if you are registered disabled). You can apply using the relevant form from the Post Office, or apply online.

Can I start taking driving lessons before I do my theory test?

Yes, as long as you have a valid UK provisional driving licence, then you can take lessons anytime from your 17th birthday

When can I apply for my Provisional Driving Licence?

You can apply for your provisional driving licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday (16 if you are registered disabled). You can apply using the relevant form from the Post Office, or apply online.

What do I need to bring with me on my first driving lesson?

On your first driving lesson (whether you have driven before or not) you need to bring both parts of your provisional driving licence, your progress log (this will be posted to you prior to your first lesson) and payment for the lesson (unless already pre-paid). Please also bring along any glasses/contact lenses if you need to wear them, and sensible footwear!!

How do I pay for my driving lessons?

You can pay for your lessons by cash or bank deposit to our business account, you can ask more from your instructor,. For more information about payments you will need to call the office on 07445877438 ask for Mrs Nagina Butt.

How long are your driving lessons?

Driving Lessons can be 1 hour, 1.5 Hour or 2 Hour – it`s entirely up to you. We can even do 3 hour lessons, although these would be more suited to an Intensive Driving Course.

How many driving lessons will I need?

We will teach you to drive properly, safely and competently on our complex, modern road systems. On average the DSA recommends around 45 hours with a qualified driving instructor, as well as additional private practice. This is, however, an average and you may well require fewer lessons than this or even a few more to get to the required driving test standard. There are various factors that come into this, mainly how frequent you take driving lessons as the longer gaps there are between lessons, the longer it will take you. Your driving instructor will assess your progress and advise you when to book your driving test

How do you assess my progress and when will I know when I’m ready to book my driving test?

At High Performance Driving School we have developed our own pupil progress logs, which you need to bring to every lesson. This tracks your progress for each area of your driving form being `introduced` to a subject through to becoming `Independent/Test Standard` in each area. This helps both yourself and your instructor track your progress and work on the areas that need improving. Your driving instructor will advise you when to book your driving test, taking into account the current waiting times for driving tests

Will I have the same driving instructor throughout my lessons?

Yes. We have a very low turnover of instructors at High Performance as most have been trained by our in-house instructor training company and stay with the company for many years. The only time you would change instructors is if you weren`t happy with your driving instructor, which is very rare!

Do I use my instructor`s car for my driving test?

Yes, you would use your instructor`s car for the test and he/she will do a lesson immediately before your test (we usually pick you up 1 hour before your test) and the instructor will accompany you to the test centre

Once I pass my theory test, how long is it valid for?

Your theory test is valid for 2 years from the date you pass it

What if I need to cancel or re-arrange a driving lesson that has been booked?

If you need to change or cancel a driving lesson that has already been booked, please contact your driving instructor

Will I be charged if I change or cancel a lesson at short notice?

You need to give at least 48 hours notice to change or cancel a driving lesson, or you may be charged by your driving instructor

Will I drive on my first lesson?

Yes. We always aim to book your first lesson for an hour and a half to give you time to have a drive!

Who owns High Performance company?

Managing Director and owner of the company is Mrs. Nagina Butt

Do you have any male instructors?

Yes we do. Please contact our company High Performance Driving School of Motoring for more assistance.

How do I apply for my first full driving licence?

You can apply for your provisional driving licence by completing the D1 application form which is available from the DVLA form ordering service or your local Post Office. You will also need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and the fee of £50.00. Send your completed application and payment to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD or apply online.

How much does a provisional driving licence cost?

Your first provisional driving licence will cost you £50.00.

How do I book a theory driving test?

First you will need to have a provisional driving licence then you can book by phoning the theory test booking line on 0300 200 1122, alternatively you can book online or by post but you’ll need an application form, remember if you book over the phone or online there is no need to fill out an application form. Payment is taken at the time of booking.

I have an old-style licence without a photo, can I still use it?

You can still use it, but make sure you take along a valid passport with you on test as proof of identity, if you fail to show the required documents you will not be allowed to take a test and will lose the fee.

What is the pass mark for the theory test?

The pass mark is 43 out of 50 for the multiple choice part and 44 out of 75 for the hazard perception part, remember you need to reach the pass mark for both parts at the same time in order to pass your theory test.

What if I am dyslexic or have other reading difficulties?

If you are dyslexic or have other reading difficulties you can ask for an English voiceover and request to have up to double time for the multiple choice part of the test.

What car do I use for the driving test?

If you learn to drive with a driving instructor you will take your test in the instructor’s car, the examiners do not supply a car for the test.

I have lost or misplaced the paper counter part of driving licence, what should I do?

You will need to replace it before you can take a test. You can apply by phone if one or both parts of your licence have been lost or stolen and none of your details have changed, the telephone number is 0300 790 6801 and a £20.00 fee applies, alternatively you can replace your driving licence using the DVLA secure online service. The DVLA will aim to send you your new driving licence within 10 working days of you submitting your application. Remember if you have a test booked you will have to either reschedule or cancel it, and providing you give DSA three clear working days notice you will not lose your test fee.

I need to change the date or time of my theory test?

You can move your booking to an earlier or later date, if a slot is available online. You’ll be able to search for a new test date or change the test centre where you are taking your test. You can only change bookings that are confirmed. You need to give at least three clear working days notice before your test date to avoid losing your test fee.

Will I drive on my first lesson?

Yes. We always aim to book your first lesson for an hour and a half to give you time to have a drive!

Do I need to have passed my theory test before starting an intensive driving course?

Ideally, yes but not a must. A lot depends on the period of time over which you are looking to do the course. Typically, the waiting times for the theory test is 2 weeks and for driving tests between 4 and 8 weeks. The practical driving test cannot be booked until the theory test has been passed

Can you book my practical driving test for me?

Yes, as long as you have already passed your theory test we will be happy to book driving tests for our pupils

Can you recommend any products to help me with my theory test and/or practical driving test?

Yes. For your theory test preparation you ideally need an Official Highway Code and a Theory Test CD-Rom. We also sell an excellent Learn to Drive DVD, priced at £9.99, which will help you massively in passing your driving test. If you have any more questions which aren`t listed here, please feel free to call us on +44(0)7445877438, or e-mail us at info@highperformancedrivingschool.co.uk

How much do you charge for Automatic driving lessons?

Special Offers

First 2 hours – £38

First 5 hours – £95

First 10 hours – £195

Students Discount

First 2 hours – £35

First 5 hours – £90

First 10 hours – £190

Normal Prices

1 hour – £24

10 hr block booking – £225

Students Discount

1 hour – £23

10 hr blocking booking -£220

How much do you charge for Manual driving lessons?

Special Offers

First 2 hours – £25

First 5 hours – £70

First 10 hours – £170

Students Discount

First 2 hours – £23

First 5 hours – £65

First 10 hours – £165

Normal Prices

First 1 hours – £23

10hours block booking – £215

Students Discount

1 hour – £22

10 hrs block booking – £210

What type of car will I be learning in?

We have a range of modern cars, such as the Ford Fiesta, Ford Ka, Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 207 and Ford Focus which all come with dual controls for your peace of mind and safety.

Do High Performance offer intensive driving courses?

Yes we do offer intensive driving courses. These can be anything from one week upwards. Undertaking an intensive course will depend on several factors, such as previous experience and whether you have passed your theory test. If you want to go ahead, we will arrange a two hour driving assessment and advise you of your best route to test.

How many driving lessons will I need to take?

The number of lessons required varies from student to student and is dependent on many factors, such as age availability and learning style. Your instructor will, however, monitor your progress with our individual learning plan On the Move and keep you fully informed.