Driving lessons in Stevenage

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Learn to drive with Hello Driver Training

Driving lessons in Stevenage, Knebworth and Aston

Before you start

Learning to drive is one of the most exciting and responsible challenges you could ever take on as a life skill, but before you start please ensure that you are aware of the following:

  • You must have a provisional licence. You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old, but you can't start driving a car until you are 17 years old.
  • You must be able to read a car number plate from 20 metres away (you can wear glasses or contact lenses).
  • You must have an L plate on the front and back of any vehicle you drive. My car complies with this rule.
  • When driving you must be accompanied by a qualified driver such as a qualified driving instructor or a family member or friend who is over 21, and who has held a full driving licence for at least three years.

The rules are changed regularly. Click here to visit the Safe Driving for Life website.

What will it cost?

There are two elements to consider: the hourly rate for a lesson and the number of lessons you need to pass. There’s no minimum number of lessons you must have, or hours you must practise driving. How many lessons you need will depend on how quickly you learn. The table below shows how much time the average pupil needs to pass with Hello Driver Training compared to the national average:

National average 47 hours
Hello Driver 30 hours
Saving 17 hours

If we take the average cost for one hour's driving tuition as being £30, learning with Hello Driver Training could save you up to £510 compared to another school that matches the national average in terms of the hours required to pass your driving test.

Hello Driver Training lesson charges:

Pay as you go: £30 per hour

The Hello Driver Training Block Booking - 10 prepaid lessons for £260 (saving £40 on the equivalent pay as you go price).

Pass rate

See the table below so you can assess Hello Driver Training's pass rate:

Driver faults
National average 6.41%
Hello Driver 5.43%
Serious faults
National average 0.92%
Hello Driver 0.62%
Dangerous faults
National average 0.09%
Hello Driver 0.00%
Pass rate
National average 47.40%
Hello Driver 66.67%

Hello Driver Training's candidates pass rate is 52% above the local test centre average.

Why is Hello Driver's pass rate so high?

Client Centred Learning (CCL) has transformed the rate at which our pupils learn to drive. We give you the opportunity to choose what you want to learn. This way you learn what you want to learn because you know when you’re ready. You will need to be independent on all the subjects listed on the syllabus to pass the DVSA driving test.

We give you:

  • Free online revision for the Theory Test.
  • Free online revision for the Hazard Perception Test.
  • Free pick up point from home, school, college or from work. (Stevenage only).
  • Client Centred Learning (CCL).
  • Lesson plans and feedback on progress via email.
  • Free booking service for your Practical Driving Test.
  • Free NLP for nervous pupils.
  • Rewards for recommendations.
  • Earn as you learn.

Nervous about driving?

Building your confidence is a vital part of learning to drive. As an option, to help you I provide free of charge to all my pupils Neuro-Lingistic Programming (NLP). It helps to keep you focused and calm for any challenge in your life as well as learning to drive. We not only welcome nervous drivers we can actually help you.

Check out my testimonials page for references from pupils I've worked with.

Preparation for theory test and hazard test

I subscribe to Theory Test Pro website and offer this service free of charge to all my pupils. Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests. It contains all the official revision test questions licensed from the DVSA, the people who set the tests. I also offer 1-2-1 support to pupils that need additional guidance at the standard driving lesson rate.

Preparation for the practical test

As soon as the pupil has passed their theory test I do the following:

  • Email them the Show Me Tell Me questions. 
  • Work with the pupil to book their driving test so nothing clashes with my diary and their commitments.
  • Give the pupil a clear explanation of the test procedure.

 I offer to start the pre-test drive half an hour earlier so that the pupil can relax in a cafe with a cup of tea or coffee. Most pupils take up this offer. I don’t charge for this service. I go to the test centre and sit with the pupil until the examiner arrives.  I also give the pupil the option of having me sit in the back of the car on their driving test. This is optional - I would never impose myself on a pupil. It is their test.

I always drive them home from the test centre regardless of the result.

Additional tools to help the learner

I use some animated Apps on my iPad for virtually all the syllabus. This is very good as each manoeuvre can be broken down in to sections and discussed in detail if required. They are also very engaging for the pupil.

Terms and conditions

Please read our comprehensive terms and conditions.

For more information call John Billingham on call 01438 233079

Optional: Independent Driving lesson

We also offer a two hour of Independent Driving lesson which involves the pupil planning their route from home to Luton Airport. The next part is unplanned and they have to read direction signs that I give them with no advanced planning. This prepares the pupil for driving in the real world once they've passed their test.

We then go in to normal lesson mode and I show the pupil some unusual junctions. Then we go back to independent driving to find our way back home.

The lesson is challenging and great fun and is one of the most talked about lessons between pupils and is mentioned loads of times in our testimonials.

Optional: Pass Plus

Pass Plus is a practical training course that takes at least 6 hours and is for drivers to improve their skills and drive more safely. It consists of six practical modules which cover driving in town, in all weathers, on rural roads, at night, on dual carriageways. The course is recognised by some insurance companies and can reduce car insurance premiums.

For more information call John Billingham on call 01438 233079

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