The answers to your questions

If you have any questions about learning to drive with Acclaim Motor School, we hope you’ll find the answers to them on this page of frequently asked questions. If there’s anything else you’d like to know that isn’t covered here, please do get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.

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What do I need before I start driving lessons?

You will need to have your provisional driving licence before you start driving lessons. In the UK, you have to be 17 years old to get a provisional licence to drive a car. The only exception to this is if you receive a full disability allowance, in which case you can get your provisional licence at 16 years old. You can get a provisional licence application form from any main post office, or you can apply online here: 



Can I start driving lessons before I pass my Theory Test?

Yes, you can. We recommend you start your driving lessons as soon as you can, as the practical experience will help you understand the Theory Test questions better. Studying for the Theory Test will also be helpful in your practical lessons, so it’s a good idea to do them alongside each other. You cannot, however, apply for your Practical Driving Test until you’ve passed the Theory Test. 


How many driving lessons will I need?

This can vary depending on your experience, aptitude, and personal rate of learning. On average, those who pass their driving test have around 45 hours of professional training alongside about 22 hours of private practice. Everyone is different and you may need less than the ‘average’, but we recommend you budget for at least 2 driving lessons each week. Regular lessons will help you retain more of what you learn which can help you be ready for your driving test sooner. 


What should I look for in a driving instructor?

Firstly you should make sure your instructor is a fully-qualified ADI driving instructor – and preferably very experienced – as this means they’ll be more adaptable to your learning style. But another important factor is whether their personality and teaching style meshes with you. Are they patient? Do they take the time to listen to your concerns? Are they able to offer you different solutions to help you understand? Do you feel comfortable with their approach? Your instructor is responsible for helping you develop safe driving habits, so it’s vital you feel able to trust them to do this.


Why are your rates more expensive than other local instructors?

Our motto is simple – we thrive on losing customers. And by that, we mean by getting learner drivers ready and through their driving test sooner. We don’t try to drag out teaching you to drive, causing you to take more driving lessons than needed – our focus is on keeping you progressing. Martin’s experience lets him show you simpler ways to master manoeuvres in the shortest time. We want to get you up to a safe and confident level in your shortest time. Overall, you’ll probably save money by likely needing to take fewer driving lessons overall. Our driving test pass rates speak for themselves. 

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My last instructor used to get angry and shout at me when making mistakes. What can I expect when I learn with Acclaim?

Martin is known for having a very patient and calm attitude. We know that no learner drivers make mistakes on purpose. If you do make a mistake, we see it being a case of either 1) you may not have quite understood what’s needed, so Martin will rephrase the instructions, or 2) you have not yet mastered the necessary technique, which then needs more practice of that skill.

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How much teaching experience do you have?

Martin has been teaching people to drive for over 40 years. Through this experience, he has developed many very simple methods to overcome common (and uncommon) problems that many learner drivers face. 

Martin has taught people to drive in London, Plymouth, Cornwall, Belfast, and Berkshire. Aside from teaching learner drivers on public roads, Martin has also taught:

  • Pre-17’s off-road on specially constructed driving areas
  • Advanced driving tuition
  • Company driver assessment
  • Skid-control to Motor Racing students
  • Emergency services driving to Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance
  • Anti hijack techniques to American Embassy staff
  • Karting to race standard
  • Off-road 4×4 driving

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Do you only teach learner drivers?

No. Aside from learner drivers, Martin also teaches full driving licence holders too. Each year, we teach between 8-15 qualified drivers who may not have driven for a few years or are in need of refresher lessons. Martin can also prepare those who want to take an Advanced Driving Test too, such as for the Institute of Advanced Motorist. 


Can I take driving lessons in my own car?

Yes. However, your first lesson would be in the Acclaim Motor School car – as this gives Martin the opportunity to assess your current ability and ensure it will be safe to proceed in your vehicle going forward. If you want to use your own car for lessons, we ask you provide a secondary instructor’s rear view interior mirror (available from most motor accessory shops for around £5), and that your car is in legal and roadworthy condition. You will also need to confirm with your insurance company that your car is covered for driving tuition. 


What sort of car do you use?

The Acclaim Motor School car is a modern Toyota Yaris. The car is fitted with air-conditioning, a rear-facing camera to help with reversing, dual-controls, instructors mirrors, and a dash-cam. The Toyota Yaris is a small car which is easy to manoeuvre and can comfortably fit people of smaller stature, as well as those well over 6 feet tall. 


When can I book lessons with you?

Our ‘Prices’ page shows you all the days and times that Martin accepts lesson bookings, along with associated costs. If you’d like to book a driving lesson, call or text 07769 711877 or email martin@acclaimmotorschool.co.uk.  

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Can I take my driving test in a car with an automatic gearbox?

Yes, you can. But if you pass your practical driving test on an automatic, this will be the only type of car you are allowed to drive in the UK. However, if you pass your driving test on a car with a manual gearbox, you’ll then be able to drive both automatic or manual gearbox vehicles on your own.


“Martin is a highly professional Driving instructor.  He has over 45 years of experience and it shows. Definitely value for money. He is reliable, never raises his voice, patient, kind and I enjoyed learning to drive with him.”

– Jason Walker, Thatcham, 27th December 2019

Learner drivers and new drivers can enjoy the flexibility of paying for insurance by the mile and earn a £10 Amazon.co.uk voucher* with Pay As You Go Insurance from Marmalade.
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