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An essential guide to learning to drive

When you begin learning to drive, you're responsible for making sure that any vehicle you drive is legal, roadworthy and properly taxed.  If you're practising with friends or family, it is your responsibility to make sure you're covered on their insurance policy. 

When taking driving lessons with Automatic Pass Driving School, the lesson price, includes fully comprehensive driving school insurance cover plus vehicles that are road legal, fully maintained and have dual controls, so you can have stress free driving lessons. 

Practising without a driving instructor

Some learner drivers prefer to practice in their own cars whilst they are also taking lessons with a driving school.  Research has found that this extra experience is helpful as long as the supervising driver is over the age of 21 and have held a full British driving licence for at least 3 years. 

As a learner driver you have to display 'L' plates in a visible place on the front and rear of the car you are driving.  If you would prefer, you could opt to take the driving test in your own car but most choose a driving school for lessons and driving test. 

It's always helpful for the driving instructor, parent and importantly you the driver to agree on an effective learning structure.  We are more than happy to give guidance to all interested parties for the benefit of the learner. 

Finding the best driving school for you:

One of the biggest decisions when you decide to take driving lessons is choosing a good driving school.  Of course lesson prices are important, but what's really crucial is that you make sure you choose a reputable driving school with licensed driving instructors such as Automatic Pass School of Motoring. 

Learning to drive can be expensive, so do your homework.  Our instructors follow a structured course of training, this can be followed in the DVSA's, Driving the Essential Skills.  By doing so, will typically mean that you maximise your training, saving time and money!

Check your driving instructor's badge

Instructors have to display a badge in their windscreen to prove they're registered with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).  They display:

a green badge if they're a qualified driving instructor
a pink badge if they're a trainee

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What is the main difference between large driving schools and small driving schools?

Driving schools such as Automatic Pass School of Motoring have got a team of qualified driving instructors so if your instructor is unavailable because of holidays or illness you'll be offered a replacement without having to have a break in your lessons.  Larger driving schools will also, have a pool of spare cars so if your own instructor's car breaks down on test day, you will be provided with a replacement car. 

Most small driving schools operate from home and are generally a single person with a mobile phone number, but with little or no backup, no spare car, and sometimes with no published address or landline phone number. 

Automatic Pass currently has driving instructors dedicated to teaching automatic driving lessons in the following areas:
Aveley, Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Chafford Hundred, Hornchurch, Automatic lessons Grays, Laindon, Leigh, Pitsea, Romford, Southend on Sea, South Woodham Ferrers, Tilbury, Upminster, Auto driving lessons Westcliff & Wickford.