Startling figures recently released by the Department for Transport outlined that 1,040 people were killed on country roads last year (2014) in addition to 9,051 being seriously injured. This means that, on average, 3 people died every day on country roads. Further statistics showed that a third of those deaths happened on a bend (an even more pertinent message, given the accident in France last week involving a lorry and a bus – colliding on a bend on a country road, killing 43 people).
To further put these figures into context, only 96 deaths occurred on a motorway in 2014 (with 616 deaths on urban roads).
Depending on where they live, most learners have very limited experience of driving on country roads in driving lessons and most people who pass their test do not take the Pass Plus course (which includes an hour of driving on country roads). If you are learning to drive, ask your instructor for a lesson on country roads. If you have already passed your test and would like a lesson on country roads (to help you more fully understand the dangers and how to mitigate these risks), please complete the contact form or call me today on 0798 011 1234 (or send an SMS).
Following a couple of recent requests for one hour driving lessons, I thought I’d outline my approach to providing one hour lessons.
I do offer one hour driving lessons (at the standard hourly rate) for people with specific medical conditions or learning difficulties (where it is difficult to concentrate for more than one hour). Other than that, I generally only offer one hour lessons to people who have reached a good standard of driving where they simply need to practice and fine tune their driving skills (and this usually means that they are fairly accomplished at performing all four test manoeuvres too) AND they also live within the boundaries of a test area. Most test centres have up to 20 test routes and, if living some distance (in time) from the central part of the test area, it is virtually impossible to drive around any test route in one hour lessons (especially if time is needed to also practise manoeuvres). While it is not essential to be familiar with test routes (in fact, to pass a test, a learner should be able to drive anywhere), it can be very daunting to approach a complex roundabout or a quirky junction for the first time on the day of the test!
Most of my learners take 1½ hour (90 minute) driving lessons (which tend to provide the same value as 2 x 1 hour lessons, at a lower cost, but also means that it’s easier to drive around the test area). While some people do opt for two hour lessons (which can be the most cost effective), a two hour lesson can be quite tiring for many people. As the cost (in time and petrol) in travelling to and from your location is the same for a one hour lesson as it is for a two hour lesson, I offer discounted prices for longer lessons (e.g. a 2 hour lesson is £45, whereas 2 x 1 hour lessons would cost £50) and also offer reduced prices for booking 10 x 1½ hour lessons or 10 x 2 hour lessons but I don’t offer any discount for a block of one hour lessons.
Many congratulations Callum on passing your test today at Beeston Test Centre. Passing at your first attempt with just two minor faults is a great achievement and shows just how good a driver you’ve become and also demonstrates the benefit of having structured lessons alongside practice driving with parents. Well done and see you soon for a motorway lesson!
The AA Driving School (AADS) is increasing the price of driving lessons from 8th October 2015. This will increase to £25.50 in NG Postcodes (an increase of 2%).
However, please note that I have no current plans to increase my prices and will continue to offer lessons at lower rates than the standard AA hourly rate (to people who contact me directly rather than via AADS). My current prices (which can work out as low as £20 per hour) can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
My prices are reviewed annually but, if prices are increased, this will not effect my existing learners as I honour the existing price (subject to my terms of business).