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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions.



What do I need to do before I can start driving?

You need to be at least 17 years of age and if you have not already done so, apply for a provisional license from the DVLA. You can do this online or by getting an application form from the post office. It is also worth having an eyesight check, but in any event, ensure you can read a standard car number plate at 20.5 metres. Also, read our advice on getting started.

How much are driving lessons with an acclaim driving instructor?

Driving lessons vary in cost, depending on where you live. Our Instructor Finder will help you find out the lesson price as well as the latest offers in your area.

How often should I have my driving lessons?

Continuity of driving lessons is important and Acclaim recommends that you have between 2 and 4 hours per week. You will also progress much quicker if you have two hour lessons each time.

What is the cheapest way of booking my driving lessons?

You should take advantage of our discounts, which are available on block-bookings. These generally apply on 10 hours or more. If you are an NUS member, we also offer student discounts. Why not enter your postcode in our Instructor Finder to find the best offer for you?

How many driving lessons will I need to take?

The number of lessons required varies from student to student and is dependent on many factors, such as age availability and learning style. Your instructor will, however, monitor your progress with our individual learning plan On the Move and keep you fully informed.

Do acclaim offer intensive driving courses?

Yes we do offer intensive driving courses. These can be anything from one week upwards. Undertaking an intensive course will depend on several factors, such as previous experience and whether you have passed your theory test. If you want to go ahead, we will arrange a two hour driving assessment and advise you of your best route to test.

Do I need to pass the Theory Test before I can start my driving lessons?

No, and in fact it may be better to learn the theory whilst having practical lessons. You will however need to pass the theory test before applying for the practical test.

What should I study to pass the Theory Test?

Acclaim provides various DVDs and books which contain sample DSA questions and hazard perception clips. These can be purchased in our online shop by clicking here.

Where do I take my Theory Test?

There are several theory test centres across the UK. Your acclaim driving instructor will be able to advise you of your nearest centre. Alternatively click here.

What type of car will I be learning in?

We have a range of modern cars, such as the Ford Fiesta, Ford Ka, Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 207 and Ford Focus which all come with dual controls for your peace of mind and safety.