What you need to know
BSM - Quality Driving Lessons
BSM has been teaching Britain to drive for over 100 years, which is why we understand that the needs of each of our learners differ. Our instructors will create a personalised lesson plan designed to give you the skills you need to pass your practical driving test, whilst ensuring you become a safe confident motorist.
How old do I need to be to start driving lessons?
You'll need to be 17 or older and hold a valid provisional licence.
If you get or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you can begin driving lessons when you're 16.
How many lessons do I need to take before I take my driving test?
Whilst there isn’t a minimum number of lessons or hours you must take before you book or sit your practical test. The DVSA says that most learners require 45 hours of driving lessons, in addition to around 20 hours of practice with a friend or family member.
Many of our pupils pass their practical in under 45 hours of tuition.
Can I book a ‘crash course’?
At BSM we don’t offer a crash course and prefer focus on getting you to test standard at your pace. We can book your lessons in advance and depending on your instructor’s availability, can book large chunks of lessons, allowing for quick progression through the key driving skills.
We believe in creating safe drivers with the skill and confidence they require, instead of rushing you through your lessons and test within a week.
Can I practice my driving outside of my lessons?
Yes, whilst additional practice away from your lessons isn’t essential, it is proven that learner drivers who gain experience of various situations and conditions before taking their practical test generally perform better on their test.
If you choose to practice your driving with a friend or family member you must ensure that:
- They’re over 21
- They’re qualified to drive the type of vehicle you want to learn in e.g. they must hold a manual licence if they’re supervising you in a manual vehicle
- They’ve held their licence for a minimum of 3 years
- You hold an applicable learner driver insurance policy – some insurers may stipulate that the person supervising you is over the age of 25.
- L plates visible on the front and rear of your vehicle, a D plate can be used in wales
Can I supervise a learner driver without being an instructor?
Yes, you can if you’re over 21 and have held your licence for over 3 years.
If you're supervising a learner driver, you have the same legal responsibilities as if you were driving the car.
As the qualified driver, you're deemed to be the person in control of the vehicle.
- It’s illegal for you to use a mobile phone or be under the influence of alcohol while supervising.
- Stay alert - don't assume the learner driver knows what they're doing.
- Build up the length of time spent practicing so that everyone remains positive and looks forward to the next session. And take as many breaks as you both required.
- Be clear and concise, give the learner driver plenty of notice when you're giving instructions.
- Choose routes carefully and avoid motorways as learner drivers can only go on them with an approved driving instructor who has dual controls.
What is the average cost of driving lessons?
The price of lessons differs across the country with prices starting from £22 per hour*
The cost of driving lessons varies from learner to learner and is dependent on several factors. Your instructor will work with you to ensure you get up to test standard as quickly as possible, which will save you money.
*Cheapest price is for driving lessons with a Trainee Instructor. All Trainee instructors have undergone theory and practical training and are gaining experience to increase their instructional skills prior to full qualification.