You need to be at least 17 or 16 if you get the enhanced rate of mobility component of personal independence payment (PIP)
You will need a provisional driving licence which can be applied for at the post office or online
https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence (opens in new window)
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) recommend 44 hours of professional lessons to pass a driving test, everyone learns at their own pace so this is only an average figure.
Your lessons can be one, one and a half or two hours long depending on your availability and your driving instructors.
Automatic vehicles are easier to learn in and if you have a disability or limited mobility they will probably be the best choice for you. However if you pass your driving test in an automatic vehicle your licence will only allow you to drive an automatic, if you pass your driving test in a manual vehicle you are legally allowed to drive manual and automatic.
No you can start your driving lessons before passing your theory test, all of our pupils have free access to the app "Theory Test Pro" to help you practice for the theory exam.
You can pay cash on the day with your driving instructor or pre-pay on our website 24 hours before your lesson and save money.
1st Driving School is the Midlands leading and most professional driving school.
We provide NHS and student discount on all our lessons
We only have fully qualified driving instructors who are patient & friendly
“Truly first class driving school! I want to say a big big thanks to Kev. I’ve been trying to drive for about a year or so and have gone through my fair share of instructors and I can say he has been the best hands down. I was able to pass my test with only one minor with the help of Kev. He’s calm, relaxed and genuinely a nice person. If you’re like me and make silly driving errors be rest assured that you won’t be judged for your actions simply just taught on how to avoid the mistake occurring again and for that reason I never once felt uncomfortable while in the driving seat. If you’re looking to pass your test stress free Kev’s your man.”
“Great company.. Great instructor. 1st Driving put me in contact with Dan one of their instructors and I began my journey to passing my driving test. Dan was always reliable, a great teacher and gave me all the confidence and skills to pass my practical driving test. I was always kept up to date with the driving app which gave you an updated report on driving skills. Thank you for everything, would 100% recommend to anybody wanting to learn to drive. ”
“Andre- best driving instructor around! Reliable, on time and very professional, first driving school made it an absolute breeze and the lessons informative.Andre was my instructor and can’t recommend him enough, he was friendly, punctual and importantly made things so simple to understand! I’ll always remember to “keep it stupidly simple!” Thank you again!”
“I can’t recommend 1st Driving School and my instructor Andy enough. Everything has been running smoothly all throughout, no issues with booking lessons and whatnot. Andy has always been on time when picking me up for my lessons. When I first started my lessons I was quite anxious on the road, he always put me at ease and made me feel confident with my driving and believed in me throughout. He’s always been very friendly and patient, also really informative and supportive. Thanks to him, I passed my driving test this morning!! Woo!! ”