Frequently Asked Questions

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What car do you teach in?

My car is a Toyota Yaris, 1.4 Diesel, with a manual gearbox. It’s very comfortable and more importantly, very easy to drive! Most pupils find a diesel car more forgiving than a petrol car i.e. less prone to stalling, especially during those tricky manoeuvres.

It has good all round visibility and is well equipped with electrically operated windows and door mirrors, and air conditioning.

Do you offer Automatic gearbox driving lessons?

No, I’m afraid I only offer manual gearbox lessons.

What car will I take my test in?

Normally you would take your test in my car – the same one you learnt in so everything will be familiar!

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How long do lessons last?

My driving lessons are normally 1.5 hours long. Over the years I have settled on this duration as the most effective for learning. 1 hour lessons tend to be over before you know it and restrict the range we can explore in the lesson. 2 hour lessons tend to be quite tiring for the pupil so become less productive towards the end of the lesson. 1.5 hour lessons are a great compromise.

How many lessons will I need to pass my test?

That depends on you! 

This is probably the most common question on the mind of anyone starting out learning to drive.  The truth is it is impossible to say with any accuracy how long it will take but there are factors which will give some clues before you start. 

First of all – how physically coordinated a person are you? Consider this: “How long did it take you to learn to walk” – the chances are if you were walking at 9 months old you are pretty coordinated, but if you were still crawling at 2 years then maybe not so much! Everyone gets there eventually though, and the same is true with driving, it’s just some have to work a little harder to achieve it. 

The second factor is lesson frequency – it almost goes without saying the more frequent your lessons the faster you’ll learn. However, too many lessons in a week and you don’t have time to reflect and absorb your learning. Usually a couple of 1.5 hour lessons will be plenty. 

The final factor is private practise – if you have access to a car to practise in then this will be an enormous boost to your learning. For the first few weeks you are probably better off sticking to driving just in your lessons but once you can control the car reasonably well i.e. safely, the more time behind the wheel the better!

Do you offer intensive courses e.g. “pass in a week” etc. ?  

I’m not a fan of so-called “Crash Courses” of really intensive driving. You need time to absorb the information and the techniques you are learning and to reflect on them. It takes time to “mature” into a better driver and since I aim to teach “safe driving for life” rather than just getting you through your test, it is worth taking the right amount of time for you.

Do you cover my area?

I’m based in Sheffield S10 and I mainly deliver lessons to people based in this area but if your postcode area borders S10 I may still be able to help – just get in touch.

Can you pick me up from school or work?

Yes, providing your school or place of work is within my normal catchment area (see above). If in doubt – just get in touch.

When do you offer lessons?

I normally offer lessons Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (note: not Wednesday) between the hours of 9am and 5pm. I will sometimes provide evening lessons when a pupil is approaching test and requires extra tuition that cannot otherwise be accommodated.

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Can you help me pass my Theory Test?

YES! I can provide you with access to Theory Test Pro – a fantastic online training resource to prepare you for taking the Theory Test confident that you should pass First Time! See the link below for more information and to take a Free mock test.

Theory Test Pro in partnership with Will 2 Pass Driving School

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Where will I take my test?

There are 2 test centres in Sheffield but I normally prepare pupils for tests in Hillsborough Middlewood Road test centre since it is nearer to where most of my pupils live.

How will I know when I am ready for my test?

Throughout your lessons I’ll be monitoring and recording your progress towards the necessary standard that you’ll be required to demonstrate to pass your driving practical test.

When I think you’ve reached that standard, and only by mutual agreement, we’ll put you in for your practical test.

What does the practical driving test consist of?

The practical test comprises the following:

  1. An eye-sight test
  2. Two Basic car safety/maintenance questions (the “Show Me/Tell Me” questions)
  3. A 35-40min drive taking in a variety of road and traffic conditions to include 1 reversing manoeuvre and possibly also a Controlled (or Emergency) Stop (about 1 in 3 candidates are asked to perform this exercise)
  4. 10mins of this time will be “independent driving” (see below)

Here’s a useful video on the Driving Practical Test from the Driving Standards Agency:

What is Independent Driving?

Independent Driving in the practical test requires you to drive for about 10 minutes, either following a series of directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both. To help you be clear about where they’re going, the examiner can show you a diagram too. It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember every direction, or if they go the wrong way – that can happen to the most experienced drivers.

When Independent Driving came in the number of reversing manoeuvres you have to do reduced from 2 to 1. Watch this video by the DSA to show you how Independent driving works.

What car will I take my test in?

Normally you would take your test in my car – the same one you learnt in so everything will be familiar!

I’ve heard the driving test is changing. Is that true?

The DVSA, the government body responsible for setting and assessing the driving test, is always reviewing the effectiveness of the test and does periodically alter the test to make it more practical or “real world”. The last significant change was the introduction of “independent driving” and there are trials being held which include the use of Sat-Navs during the test. As and when any such changes come in rest assured Will 2 Pass will ensure you are fully familiar with what is required of you in any revised test.

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How much are lessons?

Lesson prices are always top of any new pupil’s list of questions for a Driving Instructor. Many driving schools offer “Special Introductory Rates” when you start but prices soon shoot up after a few lessons.  Consider this: it is worth saving a few quid up front when lessons then end up costing more and you may end up taking twice as long to pass your test anyway? My prices are competitive but avoid gimmicks. My Happy Pupils prove I’m as keen to get you ready for your test as you are! For more details please get in touch

Do you offer any sorts of discounts?

Yes, I offer a discounted hourly rate for block bookings of 10 hours. I also offer discounts for students and unwaged pupils. Fore more details on my prices please get in touch.