This brief guide will show you how to:
In short, if you want to pass first time without breaking the bank, you’ll love this guide.
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We know the feeling: the DVSA says the average learner takes 45 hours of lessons before passing the driving test. But that seems like a lot. Do you really need that many?
Here’s the secret to passing faster:
Midrive learners pass in 17 fewer hours than the UK average, so you’ll probably only need around 30 hours. But whichever package you choose, you can top up by the hour if you need a bit longer, or get a refund on any unused hours if you pass faster.
If you take the average number of lessons (47) and multiply it by the cost of the average lesson (£24), you’ll see that the total cost of lessons is around £1,128.
Who knows what you could buy with that amount of money. A TV? A better bed? You don’t want to spend that much on learning to drive, and we don’t want you to either.
Midrive learners gain their freedom for less by passing faster (17 hours faster than the UK average, typically!).
And that’s not all. You can also enjoy:
Choosing between manual and automatic lessons is a must. There are a few factors to weigh up.
Find out more about automatic lessons.
Master driving in the capital and you can enjoy driving anywhere
London’s heavy traffic might seem daunting, but it means the average speed here is really slow. So the plus side is you’ll have a little bit more time to prepare for upcoming hazards.
This is a fee you have to pay if you’re travelling through the centre of London at certain times of day. The charge doesn’t apply in the evenings and at weekends, so these are the best times to practise in the Congestion Charge zone.
Consider asking your instructor for a motorway lesson. You won’t get assessed on motorways in your test, but you’re likely to use them lots when you pass - the M1 and M11 are common routes out of the city, and the M25 is handy for travelling from one side of London to the other.
You’ll be much more confident in your driving test if you’re familiar with the roads you’re driving on, so if you can take your test locally then that’s always a good move.
When the time’s right, your instructor will help you to choose a test centre and introduce you to the areas that could come up in your test.
DVSA practical car test pass rates, 2018-2019.
Barking (Tanner Street): 84 Tanner Street, Barking, Essex, Greater London, IG11 8QF
Barking (Town Quay): Unit 9 Town Quay Wharf, Barking, Essex, Greater London, IG11 7BZ
Chingford: Doric House, 128 Station Road, Chingford, Greater London, E4 6AD
Goodmayes: 98 Goodmayes Road, Ilford, Greater London, IG3 9UZ
Wanstead: 2 Devon House, Hermon Hill, Wanstead, Greater London, E11 2AW
Barnet: Raydean House, 15 - 17 Western Parade, Barnet, Greater London, EN5 1AD
Enfield: Solar Way, Innova Park Business Centre, Enfield, Greater London, EN3 7XY
Tottenham: Tottenham Annex Building, Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, Greater London, N17 8JL
Wood Green: The Gatehouse, Woodhall House, Lordship Lane, Wood Green, Greater London, N22 5JW
Hendon: 3 Aviation Drive, Beaufort Park, Hendon, Greater London, NW9 5TZ
Mill Hill: Unit 9, Grannard Business Centre, Bunns Lane, Mill Hill, Greater London, NW7 2DQ
Croydon: 111 Canterbury Road, Croydon, Greater London, CR0 3HH
Hither Green: 42-44 Ennersdale Road, Hither Green, Greater London, SE13 6JD
Ashford: 18/19 Fir Tree Place, Church Road, Ashford, Greater London, TW15 2PJ
Morden: 10 Tudor Drive, Morden, London, Surrey, SM4 4PE
Tolworth: Douglas House, 1B Douglas Road, Tolworth, Greater London, KT6 7R
Isleworth: Worton Hall, Worton Road, Isleworth, Greater London, TW7 6ER
Southall: 295 Allenby Road, Southall, Greater London, UB1 2HD
Take a look at the DVSA website to find your closest, or browse our list of test centres by area:
Ready to book your driving test? Book online with the DVSA or call them on 0300 200 1122.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your test, you’ll just need to give three working days’ notice. That way, you can get a full refund or reschedule at no extra cost.
If you’re not sure if you’re ready to book your test, just ask your instructor and they’ll be able to help.
We know you want your freedom. It does cost, but it’s so worth it.
The practical driving test costs £62 on weekdays before 4.30 pm, or £75 during the evenings, weekends and bank holidays.
You’ll also need to pay for the use of your instructor’s car, and most instructors also encourage you to take a lesson right before your test.
But don’t worry - at Midrive we use a credit system, so we’ll reserve some lesson credits for your test day rather than charge extra fees.
Some of our popular areas include:
Barking, Bromley, Croydon, Dagenham, Dartford, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Harrow, Hayes, Hounslow, Islington, Kingston upon Thames, Romford, Southall, Sutton, Tottenham, Twickenham, Uxbridge, Walthamstow, Watford, Wembley.
We also offer lessons across the UK. Just enter your postcode to see driving lesson pricing near you.
Easy! Just enter your postcode above to find your local rates. We offer lessons in packages from five to 30 hours which can be topped up at any time within our free Learner app.
From there it’s simple. You’ll get matched with a local instructor within 24 hours, then for each lesson you’ll be picked up and dropped home again.
At Midrive we encourage regular lessons once or twice a week. That way, you’ll gain experience in different weather and traffic conditions. Plus, it will give you time to absorb what you’ve learned, so that you can make the best use of each session with your instructor.
Yes! You can take lessons without having passed your theory test. Some people prefer doing this as they find the practical experience of taking lessons can help them understand the Highway Code better.
However, there’s a real bonus in taking your theory as early as possible. Once you’ve passed it, you’ll know the Highway Code inside out - saving you time to focus on the practical challenges.
You don’t need lessons to take the practical driving test. All you need is to be at least 17, to have passed your theory test, and to have a car (in which you’re insured) to take your test in.
It’s widely accepted though, that lessons are the best way to make safe, test-ready learners.
In most circumstances, no. You need to be 17 and hold a provisional driving licence to start taking lessons. You can apply for your provisional licence at fifteen and nine months old, and you can book lessons too, but you can’t take them until you’re 17.
However, if you’ve received or are about to receive the mobility component of the Personal Independent Payment, then you can start lessons and take your test at 16. For everyone else though, it’s 17.
If you’re only learning with a driving instructor, then you won’t need to worry about learner insurance. The instructor will cover that, and it’s included in the price of your lesson.
That said, if you’re going to be practising outside of lessons with a friend or family member, which we would recommend, you’ll need to get learner driver insurance. Check out our learner driver insurance page for more information!
A refresher course is a short course, often five to ten hours, designed for those with prior experience of driving. Perhaps you’re returning to driving after a break, are new to driving in the UK, or just want to sharpen up.
These courses can be tailored to whatever particular skill someone wants to work on, no matter how general or specific. We recommend our five or ten-hour packages. They’re perfect for getting back up to speed!
Pass Plus is a course without a test, aimed at expanding a new driver’s experience and skill set. It takes a minimum of six hours and is suggested for just after you’ve passed. It covers challenges such as night-time driving, town driving, all weather driving, and motorway driving.
Whilst you can drive at night as a learner driver, and access the motorway (so long as you are with a qualified instructor in a dual control car), it’s rare these things are covered in normal lessons.
With Pass Plus the instructor will be able to share a wealth of knowledge that simply wouldn’t come up under the normal driving curriculum.