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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need before I start?
    I will only accept a valid full UK driving licence for 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.
  • 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, Helsby, Frodsham, Broughton nor any CH5 postcodes. Use our Coverage Checker to see if we cover your area.
  • 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 Matt Bowdler Sandra Montgomery (Deedrive) Richard Argyle Nigel Carlile
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Why drive an automatic?
    There are several reasons why someone might choose to drive an automatic car over a manual car: Ease of use: Automatic cars are more straightforward, making it easier for beginners or less experienced drivers to get behind the wheel. With no clutch or gear shifts to manage, drivers can focus more on steering and braking. Reduced driver fatigue: Operating a clutch and shifting gears can be tiring in stop-and-go traffic or during long drives. Automatic cars eliminate the need for constant gear shifting, providing a more comfortable and less fatiguing driving experience. Better in traffic: Automatic cars are more convenient in heavy traffic situations. They require less driver input, reducing the chance of stalling the engine or causing other issues associated with manual gear shifting. Smooth gear transitions: Automatic transmissions are designed to provide smooth and seamless gear changes, offering a more comfortable and consistent driving experience, particularly for those not adept at manual gear shifting. Enhanced safety features: Many automatic cars come with advanced safety technologies like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist, which can be more difficult or impossible to integrate with manual transmissions. Improved resale value: Automatic cars tend to have a broader market appeal and can command higher resale values, as they are more accessible to a broader range of drivers. However, it's important to note that manual cars also offer certain benefits, such as more control over the vehicle's performance, better fuel economy in some cases, and generally lower initial purchase costs. Ultimately, the choice between an automatic and manual car will depend on individual preferences, driving habits, and needs. Note also, in the UK, in 2021, 62.4% of all new cars sold in the UK were automatic. This figure will only increase because, in the UK, from 2030, 100% of all new vehicles sold will be electric or hybrid - ALL of which will be automatic.
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