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Can you advise me on what cars is suitable for me and what type of insurance I may need?

We at PDS have a better understanding of your needs and will endeavour to direct you in the right areas to look. We have many contacts that will help you find the right car for your budget. Insurance could also be advised with many companies that offer good deals both for the young driver and the older ones as well. With different types of insurance on the market we will help you find the right one.

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What is Pass Plus and how can I benefit from it, also when can I do it?

When you pass your driving test, you will be guided by the examiner to talk with your Instructor about the Pass Plus scheme. Pass Plus can help you save up to 40% off your car insurance. Pass Plus is an intensive course around six to eight hours, designed to help you become a better and safer driver.  Some of the modules covered are motorway driving and driving on rural roads.  You will be awarded a Certificate which can be used for your insurance.  We at PDS can advise you of participating Insurance Companies that offer this discount.
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Where can I get any additional information to help me pass my test?

Visit 2pass.co.uk and driving-test-success.com for more information on learning to drive and the driving test.
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What are the “show me/tell me” questions?

This involves answering usually two questions on basic vehicle safety checks.  These questions are covered by your PDS Instructor during the course of your lessons. For further information see below for the official DSA Show Me Tell Me Questions and Answers
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Where do I take my test and how do I book it?

Your PDS Driving Instructor will advise you of your nearest test centre. However you will find information on booking both your theory and practical tests.

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How long are the lessons and how many lessons would I need?

We recommend that our pupils have a two-hour lesson.  From experience we find a two hour lesson is more productive which can make progress faster and beneficial. Each individual has different learning abilities. According to the Driving Standard Agency (DSA) Statistics from the Driving Standards Agency  a learner driver would have had an average of 45 hours of professional training together with 20 hours of private practice.   You may, however, pass with far fewer lessons. Your PDS Instructor will provide you with a detailed lesson structure and will record your progress on your personal Record Card.  This will also provide you with a guide of what to practice in between lessons should you wish to have private supervision.
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Would PDS Instructors help me with my Theory Test?

All PDS Driving Instructors are qualified to help you gain the best knowledge required to pass your theory test. Part of your lesson will involve interactive coaching to gain an understanding of the theory test.  We will also advise you of your nearest Theory Test Centre.
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Do I need to take a theory test and what is involved?

Yes, There are two parts to the theory test which consists of multiple choice questions based on the Highway Code and a Hazard Perception test which identifies various road and traffic conditions.  Please see the Government’s Theory Test website

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Who are the instructors that will teach me?

All PDS Instructors are qualified Driving Instructors and hold a Green Badge which is displayed in the car.  In order to become a qualified Driving Instructor each one must pass 3 exams which comprise of a theory test including hazard perception, an extended driving test and a test on instructional ability.
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How old do I have to be to start my driving lessons with PDS and what type of licence do I require?

You must be 17 years old to legally drive on a public road.  You can apply for your provisional licence (D1 Pack) from your local Post Office or you can apply on line. For holders of an International Licence please check with the DVLA for current regulations and guidelineswww.dvla.gov.uk.