Frequent Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions people ask when they are interested in taking driving lessons with Paul’s Driving School. Please take you time to read through the question and answers below.

Do you do automatic lessons?

Sorry I do not do automatic driving lessons and now only offer manual driving lessons in the Basingstoke area.

Please see more information on driving lessons.


How much do you charge?

The starting price for lessons is £40an hour in Basingstoke.  This applies to lessons taken between 9am and 4pm.

If you are looking for evening lessons, there are only available during quieter periods and will cost an additional £10 an hour.

See prices page

What hours do you work?

Opening Hours

Monday                09:00 – 16:00
Tuesday                09:00 – 16:00
Wednesday          09:00 – 16:00
Thursday              09:00 – 16:00
Friday                    09:00 – 16:00
Saturday               Closed all Day
Sunday                 Closed all Day

There may be occasions when I will consider working beyond the regular working hours.  This may include evenings and weekends, but only at my discretion. 

How often should I take lessons?

How often you have your lessons is entirely up to you. I recommend at least 1 to 2 hours weekly.  

What do I need to do before I can start driving?
  • You must have a Provisional Licence
  • You can apply for a provisional driving licence quickly and easily online from Directgov or by completing the D1 application form available at most post offices
  • All applications made by filling in the D1 form will also require original documentation to be sent to the DVLA to confirm your identity
  • The minimum age, which you can legally, drive a car on public roads is 17
  • If you are disabled and in receipt of mobility allowance, the minimum age is 16
  • Until the day you pass the practical part of the Driving Test you are not allowed to drive on your own
  • It is also worthwhile having an eyesight test to check that you meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving
Do I need to pass the theory test before I can start lessons?

No. In fact it is a good idea to learn the theory whilst you are learning the practical as it can bring the subject alive making it easier to understand and remember.

You can read more information on the Theory Test here.


How many driving lessons will I need to take?

Driving is a skill that some people learn quicker than others. The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency states that on average a person requires approximately 44 hours of professional lessons combined with approximately 22 hours of private practice. You and I will monitor your progress at the end of each lesson using free pupil app and record your progress, this you will be able us assess how near test standard you are.

Please read this post for more information

Can a friend or relative teach me how to drive?

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency strongly recommends that you take lessons from an Approved Driving Instructor. If your friend or relative teaches you they must be over 21 years of age and have held a Full British Driving Licence for at least 3 years. It’s worthwhile remembering that learning with a friend or relative means you could pick up their bad habits. Your instructor will advise when they feel you are ready to gain additional experience by going out with a friend or a relative. Remember their cars will more than likely not have the safety of dual controls.

There is some more information on this post: Teaching your kids to drive

If you have any more questions that have not been answered already please feel free to call or text 07854 245 494

Paul's Driving School - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

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Paul's Driving School

You can learn to drive anywhere in the Basingstoke area with Paul's Driving School.  You can take driving lessons and learn at your own pace, with a DVSA fully qualified driving instructor, who has been teaching learner drivers since 2004.  Given a 'Grade A' rating by the DVSA and with an impressive pass rate, Paul could help you 'learn to drive safely and to pass your driving test.  Paul's Driving School also comes highly recommended and has excellent reviews.

Paul's Driving School
201 Paddock Road

RG22 6QG
TEL: 07854 245 494

Opening Hours

Monday                09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday                09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday          09:00 - 16:00
Thursday              09:00 - 16:00
Friday                    09:00 - 16:00