Here I will try to answer a few of the basic question people ask on the phone. If you have a question you would like answered directly to you, please email enquiries@gsmdrivingschool.com and we’ll try to answer you question as quickly as we can.

Q. What local areas does your service cover?

A. Our GSM Driving School instructors provide lessons to students in Berkshire and Surrey. We currently cover Reading, Woodley, Earley, Goring, Henley, Wokingham, and their surrounding areas.

Q. Are you qualified?

A. Yes, all driving instructors who accept payment for tuition, by law, have to be registered with the Driving Standard Agency. (DSA), but there are fully qualified instructors, who display a green badge, and trainee instructors display a Pink/red badge.

It is in your interest to make sure your instructor is fully qualified.

Q. What do I need before starting driving lessons.

A. Currently in the UK you can apply for your provisional licence just before you are 17 years of age, unless you are in receipt of a full disability allowance, then you can apply for a provisional licence just before you are 16 years old. You must be in possession of a provisional driving licence before you will be able to drive on a public road. You must also be able to read a car registration number plate, with or without glasses/contact lenses. The distance requirement for the eyesight test using old style number plates is 20.5 metres or 20 metres if the new-style number plate is used. New-style number plates are easily identifiable starting with two letters eg AB 51 ABC.

Q. When can I have my driving lessons?

A. We work to suit your needs so book early to get the time you want.

Q. Do you charge for cancelled lessons.

A. Yes, Time is a commodity and can’t be replaced. We would charge for lessons cancelled with less than 48hrs notice.

Q. Do you insist on 2 hour lessons?

A. No. 2 hours can be too long for a new starter, learning to drive. You can only take in so much information in one go. It would be advisable to have 2 hour lessons, when you have booked your driving test, to have a drive and practice in the area you are going to take your test.

Q. How many lessons will I require to pass my driving test?

A. This is the main question all driving instructors get asked. The honest answer is I don’t know!

Each person is an individual, and because of this some will learn quicker than others. Some will pick up certain aspects quickly, but struggle with others. Learning to drive is not an exact science, but an ongoing learning process. The DSA recommend a minimum of 40hrs tuition with a driving instructor and the same again with their parents/family.

Link to the DSA website.

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