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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need before my first Driving Lesson?

You will need a Provisional Driving Licence. This will need to be shown your Driving Instructor on your first lesson. (Allow 3 weeks from your Provisional Driving Licence application form, for it to arrive – although it could be less). Keep it safe because you will also need it for both the theory and practical Driving Tests. You will also need to be able to read a car number plate at 20.5 meters.

Here at Nayland Driving School, all of our driving instructors are self-employed. This allows our instructors to work the hours that suit them. The times in which you can take your driving lessons vary – some of our driving instructors start their driving lessons as early as 6:30am, and others don’t finish their driving lesson till 10pm. We will try our best to accommodate you, so please give us a call on 0800 211 8717 to speak to our friendly team.

Most pupils will have one Driving Lesson a week, but that’s not essential. They can be tailored to whatever suits you best.

We offer free theory study material for all our pupils. If you need anything extra please ask us and we will help you find something suitable.

You can go on https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test and search for a time, date and test centre to suit you.

Every pupil is different, so the amount of driving lessons you will need before passing will vary. There is no possible way to predict a specific amount of lessons, however as a guideline, DVSA statistics say the average pupil takes 47 hours professional driving lessons, and 20 hours private lessons.

Driving is not just for the young so why not talk to us about our lessons to get you on the road. Our highly trained instructors are patient and here to help you pass your driving test and give you the freedom you deserve. So, why not pick up the phone and give us a call to find out how we can help you? Tel: 0800 211 8717

In order to book your practical driving test, you will need to have passed your driving theory test. However you can begin your driving lessons prior to passing your driving lessons.

Our Nayland Driving School driving instructors all use different cars. However, they’re all fitted with dual controls and are fully suitable for teaching. If you would like to find out before you begin your driving lessons, please call our team.

No, you do not need to pass the driving theory test before taking driving lessons. Some learner drivers will want to study and pass the theory test first of all so that it is done, and they can then focus on the practical lessons and put their learning into practice. Other students prefer to combine theory test study and learning to drive to get some road experience to help increase their chances of passing the theory test first time. So it all really depends on how you prefer to learn.

The majority of our driving instructors will pick pupils up from their home. Please note that alternate addresses like work, or college can be arranged with advanced notice.

The model of car that students will use to learn to drive will differ from instructor to instructor. Some of the most popular car models include Ford’s, Kia and Vauxhall. Whichever car you will learn to drive in, the car will have undergone modifications so that dual control is there for your instructor to use if and when required.


I was taught by Geoff for about 2 months and I went to my test and passed the first time with this company and I would highly recommend Geoff and the company ad he teaches really well, he ensures that you end up being a driver and not a learner and i felt that is a really respectable quality when it comes to a teacher. I could not say any bad experience and was extremely happy

Alen Thomas

For any one wanting to learn to drive but not sure who to go with I definitely recommend Nayland, with his great help I passed first time and in just over three months, the lessons were great I always looked forward to them as Michael is a lovely guy and very down to earth, and up for a laugh 🙂 but he is also very patient for any one who is nervous about driving. 🙂

Harriet Osborn Davies

Thanks a lot to Dave, very calm and professional instructor. Passed after 20h, would definitely recommend.

Mikolaj Witkowski

I passed my test first time, I didn’t need to use any other instructor as Michael gave me all the advice I needed, down to earth, practical and easy to understand. While learning to drive can be stressful, Micheal made it so easy for me. I enjoyed learning and looked forward to the lessons as they were really enjoyable, if you want to learn to drive with someone that will make it enjoyable and practical Micheal is the guy! guy.

Peter Callaghan

Before having Michael as a driving instructor I was with someone else! I was given his number through a recommendation, and his lessons gave me the confidence to pass my test! Michael has great prices and deals, to suit anyone! I have now been driving a year, and I have recommended many people to go with him and they have gone on to pass very fast! 🙂

Amy Cowlin

Massive thanks to Suzanne! Amazing instructor! Helped to boost my confidence and pass my test quickly! Highly recommend!

Tom Clarke