We are unable to provide snacks at our centres, but we can offer you hot drinks, water and somewhere to eat a packed lunch in comfort. There are several places locally to buy food to eat in or take away. If you are diabetic please make sure you bring a snack, even if you don’t think you will want it.
Yes, we have several designated parking spaces outside our centres. Some are marked with a "disabled" symbol. This is only to deter the general public from using them. They are for your use, so please DO use them. You do not have to be a blue badge holder, or have a mobility problem at all.
No, unless you have specific driver controls on your car which are unlike any we have here. The reason for this is safety. Our vehicles are all fitted with dual controls, are fully insured and are maintained to the highest standard. The driving instructors rarely use the dual controls but they have avoided some potentially dangerous situations in the past. If you are using adaptations for the first time you will be glad of the reassurance they provide.
We understand that it takes a few minutes to get used to a different car and we allow fully for this. We have both manual and automatic vehicles, of various sizes.
Absolutely not. We need you to demonstrate that you can drive safely in a variety of different situations. If you can do that, we are happy. If there are improvements that we feel you could make to your driving, we will advise you.
The assessment is in 2 sections;
The first is in the centre looking at the skills you need in order to drive and the second is on the road.
If after the first section we are happy that you will be able to manage a car safely you will progress to the on-road section.
Bring any glasses that you use for Driving. Reading glasses are also useful. Bring your drivers licence. Bring any medication/ inhalers or snacks you are likely to need.
If you come by car, please bring another driver with you, who is insured to drive the car that you come in (just in case you are unable to drive back for any reason). If you come by public transport, we can pick you up from the bus or train station if you let us know what time you will be arriving.
Please make sure you have informed the DVLA if you have a medical condition which may effect your driving either now or in the future. It is the legal responsibility of every licence holder to keep the DVLA informed of any relevant health issues. If you have not informed the DVLA, we may not be able to take you out on the road as it could invalidate our insurance. Click here for full DVLA medical rules.
If you have any other questions please ring and talk to us. We are here as a resource and not a threat and our ultimate aim is to keep you driving independently and safely, if at all possible. We will be respectful, objective and honest with you and ask only that you are too. We look forward to meeting and helping you