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much do you charge?
Depends on what your needs are! If you need a full course of lessons
and have never driven before, the hourly rate will be less than
if you only need a couple of lessons prior to retaking your test,
but the overall cost will be more.
My full price hourly rate is currently £30/hr for automatic
lessons in Peterborough (from 1st January 2018)
Your first hour is free of charge, the next ten hours are discounted
at 10% = -£3/hr = £27/hr
Lessons at weekends or after 6pm are charged at £32/hr
At this point, you may be considering the Instructor who has quoted
you several pounds an hour cheaper than myself, or has an amazingly
cheap deal for the first few hours - ask yourself (and them!)
why they are cheaper; It may well be because their hourly rate
after the cheap deal is finished is significantly higher, or that
they are a new or a trainee Instructor (PDI), or they will hold
your progress back in order to make more money from you over the
The purpose of an Instructor is to teach - and also to motivate,
and to structure an individual course to the pupil's needs; I
will push you forwards with the learning process, not hold you
back as some Instructors do. Would you rather do 30 hours with
myself @ £28/hr, or 50+ hours @ £20 an hour with an
Instructor who is holding you back in order to maximise their
The Lynnx School of Motoring has been established as an independent
school for 12 years (starting as Mallyn SoM), with many pupils,
many test passes - and many referrals from satisfied pupils and
parents. Prior to setting up my own school I worked fulltime as
an ADI for 3 1/2 years with a local independent school, have a
good pass rate and knowledge of the local test centres - and also
worked as a motorcycle Instructor for 15 years; please view the
'Refs & Links' page for some
testimonials from my former pupils.
How much is
an Intensive Course? That's just one week and my test, right?
Emptor - You Get What You Pay For!
Once again - it depends on what your needs are! If you have driven
previously, the course can be done in 20 hours, if you have not
driven before then usually 30 hours. This is commonly structured
over a two week period in blocks of 4 hours. The 'classic' Intensive
course over one week, with lessons of 6-8 hours per day, rarely
leads to a first-time pass when pupils take the test on a Friday
afternoon, as they are so tired!
The course will be structured so that at the conclusion of the learning
period, a mock driving test is conducted, in good time to either
add in more hours before the test or even to move the test back
if required without losing the test fee. You can move your test
up to 3 working days before the date - on a one-week Intensive then
that is not possible; if you are below standard then you either
have to cancel and lose your test fee, or take it and hope!
An alternative / compromise route is the semi-intensive; you do
a block of lessons, then go away and practice privately, with a
second block of lessons coming up to the test once you have passed
NB - You
MUST pass your Theory Test before you can book the practical test;
you ideally need to plan a couple of months ahead for an Intensive
course if it is going to take place at the time you would like.
You can't just book a week's holiday from work, call up a driving
school, do all your lessons the following week and pass!
(Because it doesn't work like that...)
See the table below for discount tariffs and test fees - for a 20
hour course plus test,
the discounted rate of £25 for the block booking comes out
Booked / Driving Status
hours prebooked (@ £27 / hr)
practical Test fee (unavoidable!)
hours of lesson time on test day (1 hour lesson, then test)
Do you do discounts? Free first lessons? 10 Hours for £99?
Yes to the first two. Once again, the amount of discount is dependent
on your needs:
Discounts are for everyone, all year round - and I don't
need full payment in advance for initial discounts to be applicable.
I do not do ridiculously low startup package deals (i.e. 10 hours
See the pricing table below for full details:
All pupils get the first hour free of charge
next ten hours are discounted at 10%. This = £27/hr
for auto lessons.
this, if you prepay for another ten hours, you keep the
discounted (-£3/hr) rate
Freeloaders please note: Discounts only apply
if you complete the course as booked.
i.e. If you book a 20 hour course, take your first lesson
with the free hour and then cancel all remaining lessons
you will be invoiced for the full cost of your 'free' lesson
plus your test fee if one has been booked (£30 + £62
= £96 - an expensive 'free' lesson)!
Lesson (2 hours)
Ten Hours / Ten Hours Prepaid
@ £3/hr Discounted
- £32/hr evenings and weekends
Plus Course (6 hours min.)
Own Car for Lessons
flat fee for Pass Plus in own car
If you are
obviously at test standard before the end of a course then I will
cancel the remaining lessons and refund any money owing - if you
need more lessons then I can put your test date back and put in
additional lessons as required to give you the best chance of
freebies after that?
Yes. If you recommend someone to me, once they have booked and
taken their first lesson you are entitled to a free hour (worth
£30) if still learning yourself - and if you have already
passed your test, I will drop off an envelope at your house with
How many hours will I need? What will be the overall cost?
The DSA recommends 40+ hours of tuition PLUS private practice
before you are ready for your test - many driving schools will
book you on that basis, and add in more lessons if you are unable
to practice in your own or your parent's car.
These figures are unrealistic, especially when taking
an intensive course of lessons; Especially
beware the instructor who says 'I can't possibly tell you how
many hours you will need' and then books you in for 1 hour a
week; it will take you a year to pass your test and will cost
you over a thousand pounds!
Every pupil learns at their own speed - and there are many factors
that will affect this:
Length of lesson - a longer lesson allows time to cover
more, in every way - more subjects, more detail, more miles
of lesson - taking one lesson a week gives you a whole week
to forget things, which a proportion of your next lesson will
be spent re-learning - more regular lessons, or an Intensive course
over 10 - 14 days typically makes for much faster progress.
point / travelling time - if you live 30 minutes from
the city, 1 hour of your lesson will be spent travelling to
and from the city; If we start in the city, your full lesson
time will be spent practicing where it counts, and hence the
paid lesson time can be made shorter.
of lesson - you will never get as much from a lesson after
a full day at work / college, as you will be more tired than
by doing a daytime lesson.
between lessons - you will progress much faster
if you are practicing in your own or your parents'
car between lessons - those who practice the most
pass quickest, and pay me the least amount of money!
driving experience - typically a novice who has never
driven before will need more hours than someone who has mastered
the basic mechanics of driving, or who has spent a year on
a scooter or moped.
If you are relatively experienced (e.g. took lessons a while
ago and then discontinued driving) then I will do a 90 minute
/ 2 hour assessment lesson (with one hour free of charge)
before recommending your course length.
Can I Just Do One Hour A Week? It's All I Can Afford
Look at it this way; if you were taking a college course with
a tough test at the end, which was one-to-one with an external
examiner... this test will change your life if you pass and
will costs you £100 each time you retake it... would
you put in more than one hour a week study time for it? Of
course you would!
And, if you can't afford driving lessons, you definitely can't
afford to run a car!
How much will my test cost?
Currently the DSA charge £62 for a weekday test, more (£75)
for evening and weekend test times. The Theory Test costs £23.
You can book the test yourself, or I can book it for you at no extra
**NB - Beware of websites found from
search engines that take you through a seemingly genuine booking
procedure and then charge you £20 - £30 more than the
test fee for the privilege - you do NOT need to use these sites,
you can do it online for no extra charge on the Directgov website,
official website is linked from my links page --> HERE
In addition, if you are taking your test with me there will usually
be 2 hours lesson time to pay for on test day - This includes use
of car, insurance for the driving test, a 1 hour warm-up lesson
before the test, the test itself plus debrief and paperwork (35
- 45 minutes), then time to return you home or to your preferred
Summary version - £62 (DVSA Test
Fee) + (£28 x 2) = £118 in addition to your course
An Electric Car? I'm not sure about that...
Looking to the future, Lynnx has taken the step of going fully
electric from March 2018.
A Renault Zoe has been purchased and will be used for lessons
and tests from March 2018.
be different to drive to a petrol / diesel engined car, won't
The controls, gear shift, brakes, handbrake and driving experience
are identical to a regular petrol / diesel engined automatic...
however it is a lot quieter!
If I pass
my test in an electric car, can I only ever drive an electric
car after that?
That's not true - it is simply classed as an automatic car, and
you'll be able to drive any automatic car, whatever powers it.
That's a bit
like saying that if you pass your test in a petrol car, you'd
only ever be allowed to drive a petrol car!
What do I have to pay if I cancel my lesson?
If the lesson is cancelled by telephone, email or text message
24 hours or more before the lesson, or if you have to cancel due
to illness or unavoidable personal circumstances - no money is required.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the lesson - one hour (£30)
of lesson time is payable.
If you simply fail to show up for your lesson for no valid reason
- the lesson fee may be payable in full;
Freeloaders please note: Discounts only apply if you
complete the course as booked, see 'Discounts'
How do I have to pay? In full, or as I go along?
Either way is fine - payment for the full course of lessons, or
(However, to get the -£3/hr discounted rate after the first
ten hours, payment for the next ten hours
must be prepaid in full to keep the discounted rate.)
Payment for the whole course must be completed before the driving
You can pay by cash, by cheque, bank transfer or even by PayPal
Please note: some surcharges may apply if you
pay for all of your course by Paypal; ask for details...
How old do I have to be to drive a car? 17 or 18?
You have to be at least 17 years old to drive a car -
for full details on ages for all categories, please click -->
The government is constantly planning changes to the way new drivers
train and pass their driving tests, however currently this is at
the consultation stage, no new laws have been passed yet!
Can I take my Theory Test before my 17th Birthday?
No - you can book it @ age 16 once you have your provisional car
licence but you cannot take it until you are 17. However - you cannot
book your practical test unless you have already passed your Theory
Test, you will need to pass it before commencing an Intensive course.
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