Bubble Driving School 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q Whose car do I take my driving test in?

Your driving instructors. On the basis that they deem you to be of test standard, you will take the car that you have learnt to drive in. This means that your driving instructor needs to pick you up, and let you get some of your nerves out of your system 1 hour prior to your driving test. You will drive to the test centre, and undertake your test with the Examiner.

Q When can I apply for my licence?

 From the age of 16 you can apply for a provisional UK Driving licence.

Q When can I start to drive?

You are only allowed to drive on the road from your 17th Birthday.

Q How long will it take me to pass my test?

The DSA state that an average 17 year old will require a minimum of 50 hours professional teaching, plus a minimum of 15 hours private help. This equates to a minimum of 65 hours in total.

However as you get older it is advisable to allow an additional 2 hours for every year of your age plus the 15 hour private minimum. This figure can vary as everyone learns at their own pace. All lessons provided by BubbLe Driving School are bespoke and tailored to suit each persons individual needs.

Q What should I expect from my driving lessons?

Lessons should have a focus, an objective should be set by your instructor, and the aim of each of your lessons should be to become independant on a the set objective. Some topics may take more than one lesson to gain independancy, but you shouldn't spend hours with your instructor ''just driving around'' Ask yourself, what have I learnt today, if you find that on the majority of lessons you have you can't answer this question then perhaps your should look for another instructor

Q What If I have Special Needs?

Moderate and Specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxcia, ADHD (Attention, Defercite Hyperactivity Disorder), Aspergers Syndrome, and other similar difficulties, should not stop you from learning to drive. In certain cases you may need to drive an automatic. Special teaching aids are available in both options. All of which we can Provide. As a father of two special needs children, I understand that traditional learning patterns are not always the best way forward, however we can achieve your aim of independent driving together.

*Unfortunately At this present time we are unable to provide tuition to individuals that require special adaptations to the vehicles.

Q What If I want to learn in an automatic?

If you take and pass your test in an Automatic car, you can only drive an Automatic once qualified. (If you pass in a manual car you can drive either type of vehicle).

Q How long are driving lessons?

The majority of our lessons are based on a 2 hour period. It has been proven that an individual will learn quicker and require fewer lessons than they would learning at the rate of 1 hour a week. This will work out financially cheaper taking 2 hour lessons as opposed to 1 hour a week. 

The learning cycle based on 2 hour weekly lesson and progressing at a steady rate should take between 4-6 months. If learning with only 1 hour a week then the average learner will take nearly 12 months to reach test standard.

*1 hour and 1.5 hour lessons are subject to limited availability.

Q What is the Driving Test?

There are two parts to the driving test, part 1 is a hazard perception and theory, and part 2 a practical driving test. The Theory test (Part 1) is made up of two parts; the multiple-choice part and the hazard perception part. Both tests are taken on a computer at your local theory test center using the mouse and a touch screen monitor to answer. You will need to correctly answer 43 out of 50 questions to pass the multiple choice test and score at least 44 out of a possible 75 in the hazard perception test. You need to pass both tests at the same time to successfully pass the Part 1. The fee (as of October 2014 for this test is £25.00). This can be booked on line by clicking here

Q What is the Practical driving test?

This is the final part. It can only be taken after you have passed Part 1 and have a theory test pass number. This is where all the training and practice of your driving is assessed by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) examiners. The fee for this test is £62 (as of October 2014). This can be booked online by clicking here.

The test will last approx 35 minutes where you will demonstrate your ability to drive safely and keep control of your vehicle, have care and consideration for other road users, keep control of your vehicle. You are allowed to make up to 15 driver errors,(Minor Faults) 16 driver errors will result in a fail. A serious or dangerous fault, or 4 faults in any specific area is a test fail.

Q What if I fail my practical driving test?

You can apply for a new driving test immediately, but current ruling means you cannot take this test for 10 working days. This now includes Saturdays; this time limit is to enable any faults to be corrected.

Q What is Pass Plus?

Completing a Pass Plus course will give additional skills not covered in the driving syllabus.i.e. Motorway driving, it should also give you discount on your car insurance. This scheme is recognized by most leading Insurers. (However you can only take advantage of this in your 1st year from passing your driving test).

The Pass Plus course is split into 6 modules; this is a block of 6 hrs either in 1 full day, or split into 2 x 3hr sessions. All this is included in a one off payment. Please follow the link http://www.passplus.org.uk/, for further information.
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