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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer manual driving tuition?


No - I specialise in automatic driving tuition. If you are looking for a good, local, independent, manual driving instructor in the Chester area then I would highly recommend the following: Lee Bunn https://www.leesdrivingschool.co.uk/ Matt Bowdler http://www.mattbowdlerdriving.com/ Sandra Montgomery (Deedrive) https://www.facebook.com/DeeDrive.uk Richard Argyle http://www.argyledrivingschool.com/index.html Nigel Carlile http://nigelcarlile.co.uk.websitebuilder.prositehosting.co.uk/




What areas do you cover?


Most districts within the following Chester and Ellesmere Port postcodes: CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4, CH65 and CH66. I don't cover Tarvin, Kelsall, Churton, Farndon, Broughton nor any CH5 postcodes. Use our Coverage Checker to see if we cover your area.




What do I need before I start?


You will need a valid provisional driving licence for learning to drive or a full licence for motorway or refresher lessons. In addition, you must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.




How long are your driving lessons?


I offer two hour and ninety minute automatic lessons from Monday to Sunday. On Saturdays and Sundays, where availability allows, I also offer full day courses of 6 hours of automatic lessons from 10am to 5pm including breaks for lunch or rest.




Can I start my lesson at home and finish at work or college?


This is usually possible if agreed in advance, subject to reasonable mileage and time restrictions.




Do you offer weekend lessons?


Yes. As well as regular appointments at 10am, 1pm and 4pm, and subject to availability, I also offer full day courses on Saturdays and Sundays. These begin at 10am and continue until 5pm. Each day includes 6 hours of automatic driving lessons and one hour of flexible breaks which may be taken as a single one-hour lunch or two half-hour breaks if preferred.




Do you offer intensive courses?


Yes, if I have space available. Each day would include 6 hours of automatic driving lessons and one hour of flexible breaks which may be taken as a single one-hour lunch or two half-hour breaks if preferred. So for example if you require a 12 hour course this could potentially be scheduled for a single weekend or two consecutive Saturdays or Sundays. Your driving must reach a safe and competent standard before sitting your practical driving test. If you are not sure how many hours you will need to reach a safe standard contact me to arrange an assessment.




Do you take credit and debit cards?


Yes. There's no need to visit the cash machine on or before your lessons as I can take credit and debit payments in the car by chip and pin. I also take contactless payments by Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay. You can also pay online or by bank transfer.




Why learn in an automatic?


Because you can if you want to! In the UK in 2020 54% of all new cars sold were automatic. This figure will only increase because in the UK, from 2030, 100% of all new cars sold will be electric or hybrid - ALL of which will be automatic.




Are you taking bookings due to coronavirus?


I'm currently unable to conduct driving lessons due to government COVID-19 restrictions.The earliest date that I will be able to reopen is 12 April 2021 and will be taking online bookings for new customers as soon as I am able.




How do I book, check, change or cancel my theory test?


Book your theory test appointment https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test Check your theory test appointment details https://www.gov.uk/check-theory-test Change your theory test appointment https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test Cancel your theory test appointment https://www.gov.uk/cancel-theory-test




Where is my local theory test centre?


Find a theory test centre https://www.gov.uk/find-theory-test-centre




Where is my local practical driving test centre?


Find a driving test centre https://www.gov.uk/find-driving-test-centre Please note that Steve Paddy Driving School only covers Chester driving test centre




How do I book, check, change or cancel my driving test?


Please note that Steve Paddy Driving School only covers Chester driving test centre. Book your practical driving test https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test Check your driving test appointment details https://www.gov.uk/check-driving-test Change your driving test appointment https://www.gov.uk/change-driving-test Cancel your driving test appointment https://www.gov.uk/cancel-driving-test




How much do the theory and practical driving tests cost?


Theory and driving test costs https://www.gov.uk/driving-test-cost




How do I apply for a provisional driving licence


Apply for your first provisional driving licence https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence





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Steve Paddy Driving School, 7 Tudor Green, Chester CH1 5JU. Tel. 01244 794099