Mike the Driving Instructor: Lessons in Woodley, Earley and East Reading

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are you a "Fully Qualified" driving instructor?

Yes I am.
Some instructors are only part qualified (trainees). These driving instructors have only been teaching for a maximum of 6 months and have not passed the final exam in the process of becoming fully qualified. You might even be their first ever pupil.
I recommend that you use a fully qualified driving instructor who must display a green octagonal badge in their window, as opposed to the pink triangular badge displayed by trainees.

How many lessons will it take to pass my driving test?

According to the DVSA:
"On average, it takes around 45 hours of lessons, plus 22 hours of private practise"
According to Mike:
"It might take 10, it might take 100, but most of my pupils take 30-40 hours"

How long is each driving lesson?

1, 1.5 or 2 full hours, it is your choice.
Some driving schools insist that you always have 2 hour driving lessons, these can be very tiring if you are being taught properly and cost a lot. Other driving schools have lessons that only last for 50 minutes so that the instructor has time to travel from one pupil to the next, so ensure that you know how long your lesson will be.
I recommend 1 hour driving lessons when you first start then see how you feel.

Do I need to book a block of driving lessons?

Some driving schools insist that you book a course of several driving lessons before you even see your driving instructor. What happens if you do not get on with the instructor, or the car?
I recommend that you only book one lesson and see how things go, if you are not satisfied you should go elsewhere. If you are happy then it is up to you whether you book one or several lesson at a time.

Do I get a discount for making a block booking?

Pay for 5 or more lessons in advance and get a discount of £1/hr.
10 or more lessons paid in advance gets a discount of £2/hr.

If I have paid for a block of lessons and my situation changes, can I have my money back?

When a discount has been given for the prepayment of lessons and a refund is requested, the lessons already taken by the pupil will be charged at the full single lesson hourly rate, and the balance refunded.

Do I have to share the lesson with other pupils?

This is known as piggybacking and means that on your driving lesson you will be dropping off the last pupil and/or picking up the driving instructors next pupil. Do you want to drive with an extra passenger looking at your every move?
I recommend that you make sure that you are the only pupil in the car at a time.

My current driving instructor...

    ... is often late, cancels lessons, or does not turn up at all
    ... is often on the phone during my lesson
    ... often drops me off early
    ... doesn't correct my mistakes
    ... doesn't explain things clearly
    ... never praises me
    ... shouts at me

These are things that I do not do.
If any of these are true about your current instructor then you should think about changing your driving instructor
The best advice is to get a recomendation from a friend.
Failing that, give me a call to arrange a lesson and see the difference.

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Of course.
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