My ADL Automatic Driving School

Frequently asked questions

Check out the responses of some questions we are frequently asked. If this doesn't answer your own questions, please do contact us and we'll be happy to help.

Q: Why learning to drive automatic car?

In an automatic car you don’t need to change gears using a gear stick and clutch pedal to control power and speed. Automatic gear transmission effectively does the job for you. This means you don’t need to spend extra money learning gears and clutch.

  • It’s quicker and easier to learn in an automatic car. You don’t have to figure out how to change gears and work the clutch.

  • There’s no risk of stalling. 

  • Steep hills can be a difficult thing for new drivers, especially if you’re starting from a stop. Automatic transmission will smoothly change the gear for you.

  • They’re easier in heavy traffic. Just think how nice it would be not having to press the clutch and change gears every few metres.

  • Government has announced a ban on petrol and diesel car from 2030. If you want to drive an electric car or hybrid, it’ll be automatic. Automatic cars are the future.

Q: Can I take driving lessons if I'm under 17?

A: 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.

Q: How many driving lessons will I need to pass?

A: The amount of lessons require depends on;

If you you’ve driven before.

Your learning ability.

Your age and driving lessons frequency.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) published on average, it takes around 45 hours of lessons to learn to drive, with an addition of 22 hours of practising to learn to drive. However learning to drive automatic transmission is easier than manual and you’re expected to spend less time and money to finish your courses.

Q: Can I book driving lessons without passing driving theory test?

A: Yes you can, you learn and improve quicker to do both at the same time. 

Q: What should I use to prepare for the theory test?

A: You can use books and software to revise for the theory test and take practice tests. The multiple-choice questions in the theory test are based on 3 books:

Study these to learn the rules and skills you’ll be tested on.You can buy them from most high street and online book shops.

Take a practice test

Take a practice theory test to check how much you’ve learnt. The questions are not used in the real test, but they are based on the same topics as the test.

Hazard perception test

To prepare for this test you can use the official guide to hazard perception.

You can buy the guide in these formats:

You can also buy it as an interactive DVD from most high street and online book shops.

Q: I am very anxious. What would you suggest to nearvous learner drivers?

A: It’s common for beginners to feel anxious. You’ll will overcome this problem throughout the course. According to a survey conducted by My ADL Automatic Driving School there isn’t much difference between the amount of lessons needed for nervous learners and those who are relatively confident. Our driving instructors will help you becoming a confident driver.

Q: What is the most efficient way to learn to drive?

A: Most novice learners naturally become tired and less attentive after 2 hours of driving lessons. We highly recommend recommend to book your driving lessons every 3-4 days. So that you get time to reflect on what you’ve learnt without it left too long to forget.

Q: Can I learn driving in my own car?

A: Yes, Anyone you practise your driving with (without paying them) must:

  • be over 21

  • be qualified to drive the type of vehicle you want to learn in, for example they must have a manual car licence if they’re supervising you in a manual carhave had their full driving licence for 3 years (from the UK, the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein) 

  • don't forget to display L plates.

Apart from that, friends & family supervisors are not trained to spot all driving faults, which can become a habit & subsequently very difficult to correct at a later point.
 

Q. Is weekly or intensive course sutiable for me?

We belive that it is not best to rush learning to drive, it is a life skill that you should take a little time to learn.

Intensive course is helpful for learners struggle to retain driving knowlege and for someone needs urgent driving license.
 

Q: What is your pass rate?

A: Our pass rate is more than double the national average. Which means you are twice as likely to pass 1st time with us.

Q: What is an intensive or driving crash course?

A: Intensive and driving crash courses are tailored to provide 10-40 hours of driving lessons in space of 1 to 4 weeks. Busy professionals finds this dynamic pace of learning to be stimulating and beneficial. If you need your driving license suddenly eg employment or urgently then intensive driving course if your perfect option. Intensive back to back driving lessons help you learn quicker. Hence you need less driving lessons.

Q: How would I pay my driving lessons?

A: You could do a bank transfer or pay cash on the day.

Q: What happens on first driving lesson?

A: Your lessons will start and finish in your preferred address. Our fully qualified approved driving Instructor will check your provisional license and your eye sight. Your training locations will be based on your previous driving experiences and always away from your residence.

Q: I have recently moved to the UK, can I transfer the driving licence from my home country?

A: Foreign licence holders from countries specified on the DVLA website are generally allowed to drive in the UK for 12 months but have to pass a test before this time elapses in order to continue to drive as a “full licence holder”. However, even if you are an experienced driver, the UK driving test is very demanding and often underestimated. We highly recommend to take driving lessons before driving independently and before your UK driving test.

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My ADL Automatic Driving School

25 Meachen road, Colchester, CO2 8JD

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