First Lesson

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So you want to learn to drive? You've come to the right place

Before you start...

You need to be 17 and have a valid provisional licence. Complete a D1 form from the Post Office and send it to the DVLA with your passport or birth certificate and a passport-sized photo as ID. If you live in Scotland, England or Wales you can also apply for your provisional licence on-line. When applying on-line you may still be required to send additional documentation.  You can apply for it up to three months before your 17th birthday and you could book your first lesson for the big day!

Our driving lessons normally last for two hours as we find that this is more beneficial for learning. We can provide one hour lessons if that is what you require and we can also offer longer lessons which include appropriate comfort breaks.

How many lessons will you need?

Driving Standards Agency research shows that the current average is 45 hours of tuition, with an additional 22 hours private practice to pass. Your instructor will give you an idea of how long you are likely to need after your first lesson. You can help keep this low by taking two-hour lessons and following our easy tips for practice with parents or relatives.

Giving you the best start

All driving instructors with Freedom School of Motoring, unlike many other driving instructors, are required to further develop their own driving and instructional abilities beyond the minimum qualifications required to be a DSA Approved Driving Instructor. This approach has resulted in an excellent training environment for our students and one where our instructors have improved their own driving to a more advanced level, which in turn can then be passed on to you!

Freedom will provide you with full support for the theory test including on-road training for the Hazard Perception element. We encourage our students to sit the theory test as soon as they are able and you can buy all study materials direct from us or your instructor.

What Makes our approach unique?

At the start of your lessons you will receive a full pack of the lessons plans you will be doing, also assessment reports and log-books are completed after every lesson to ensure an accurate record of your learning is maintained. This enables your instructor to plan and follow a more structured and individual approach to your training by identifying areas requiring more or less time.

Many well known driving schools and organisations quote "buzz" phrases like teaching you a life skill and state you will be a safe driver for life. As we know, driving is a life skill, but there is no such thing as the perfect driver and Freedom, being actively involved in advanced and fleet driver training, also appreciate that the only way to help you to be a safe driver for life is to have the best possible training and to continually strive to further improve your driving and have it assessed on a regular basis. All of which is provided by us.


We at Freedom School of Motoring believe in value for money.  Although other driving schools may offer underage driver training - our personal opinion on this is - it is a waste of your time, your money and what you have been taught off road can be taught within the first few hours of proper training.  Okay it is fun at the time but has no real advantage to you, as you cannot go on the road.

Theory Test

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The Theory Test Explained

The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test.

Taking Your Theory Test

The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. If you pass one part and fail the other you'll fail the whole test, and you'll need to take both parts again.

The questions in each multiple choice test vary according to the category of vehicle you're hoping to obtain a licence for, ie a motorcycle theory test will contain specific questions that don't appear in any other test.

For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.

Part One - Multiple Choice

Before the test starts you'll be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer.

For cars and motorcycles you'll be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50

You can navigate between questions and "flag" questions that you want to come back to later in the test. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

Part Two - Hazard Perception

After the break you'll then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.

The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You'll be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there'll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.

To achieve a high score you'll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.

You won't be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you'll only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.

At The End Of The Test

At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you'll be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions.

You don't have to answer the questions if you don't want to, and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions don't affect the result of the test.

When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you'll not be allowed to enter it again. You'll then be given your result by the test centre staff.

Practical Test

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About the Practical Test

The purpose of the practical Driving Test is to find out whether you can drive safely, without supervision on the roads.

You will not pass unless you can show the examiner that you have the ability to do this.

Once you have passed your Theory Test you should discuss with your instructor about when you should apply for a Practical Test.

The Practical Driving Test is relatively straightforward. It lasts approximately 40 minutes and is conducted from your local driving test centre by a DSA examiner.
Test routes are designed to be as uniformed as possible and include a range of typical road and traffic conditions.

Your local Driving Instructor or the DSA Office can help with your test application.

Pass Plus

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You've passed your test. Now you’re ready for Pass Plus, the intensive training course that will help you become a better driver and get a discount on your insurance. So besides improving your driving skills, it could help you save money.

Our driving school offers the DSA Pass Plus Scheme.  Pass Plus courses are available in your own car or a driving school car

If you stay in the South Lanarkshire area you can get £75 off the price of your Pass Plus. Some other Councils are looking into doing this also, you will have to check in your area.  You will need to pay the full cost of the Pass Plus Course to your instructor on the date of the course at a cost of £140, but you will be refunded £75 by way of a voucher redemption once you have received your certificate from the DSA.
South Lanarkshire Council Application Form for Pass Plus is available from your Driving Instructor.

At Freedom we pride ourselves with a well laid out course which covers over a 150 miles on all sorts of roads and terrains.  The course starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 4p.m. with customary comfort breaks and lunch, which will be provided by us.  To get the full benefit of the course if you have your own car we do it in your car.  This gets you familiar with your own car on all roads.  Our full day course covers the 6 modules listed below for Pass Plus covered by the DSA priced from £140.  Our pass plus course is undertaken by our Leading Instructor who is one of the most highly qualified instructors in Scotland.

These 6 modules can be taken on an hourly basis or as we advise do the complete modules in one day in a highly devised route with comfort breaks and lunch provided.  The complete drive is 150 miles with some of the best scenery in Scotland

One in five newly qualified drivers now take Pass Plus.  More newly qualified drivers completed Pass Plus last month bringing the total number participating in the scheme to over 100,000 since its launch. Pass Plus is a scheme backed by the Government's Driving Standards Agency and insurers to encourage newly qualified drivers to become better drivers. Pass Plus gives extra experience and positive driving skills that would otherwise take a long time to acquire. Pass Plus consists of an additional course of six specially designed training sessions to follow on from a successful practical driving test.

Who can take part?

You can take Pass Plus within your first year of passing the practical driving test

What's involved?

When you get your full driving licence, you can book for a course of 6 specially designed training sessions.

  • These cover driving
  • In town
  • Out of town
  • in all weathers
  • at night
  • on dual carriageways
  • on motorways

There is no further test to take. When your instructor is satisfied with your performance you receive a certificate from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). This certificate will earn you a substantial discount on your insurance premium from one of the companies in the scheme

Why more training?

As a new driver, you are more likely to have an accident in the first year than at any other time in your motoring career. Lack of experience means that you can be as much as TWO SECONDS slower than a more practised motorist.
Young new drivers are especially vulnerable. They hold only 10% of licences, but they are involved in 20% of road accidents in which someone is injured.
Pass Plus gives you valuable extra experience and positive driving skills that would otherwise take a long time to acquire. You should be a safer and better driver.

In the West of Scotland on country roads 5 people are killed every day - due to high speeds and road terrains.  If this was 5 murders every day there would be an almight cry.  So Pass Plus helps with dealing with all roads to avoid any accidents at all.

Gift Vouchers

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Gift vouchers are the ideal gift for any occasion and can be purchased for any of the services that we offer i.e. driving lessons, pass plus, intensive courses to suit your needs.

You may choose how many hours you wish to buy, giving you the option from 1 hour upwards.  Vouchers may be paid by cash, cheque or card and can be sent to you by post of a gift certificate emailed to you.

To order a gift voucher CLICK THE LINK BELOW to go to our online order form, or just give us a call, we'll take your details and as soon as your payment is received your voucher will be despatched to you.

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