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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.co.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 or 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 automatic lessons from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays I 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. We 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. Sorry we do not offer single lessons at weekends, only full day courses.




Do you offer intensive courses?


Yes. We 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. So for example if you require a 12 hour course this can 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 us 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! Last year in the UK 40% of all new cars sold were automatic. This figure will only increase because, as in the UK, from 2035, 100% of all new cars sold will be electric or hybrid - all of which will be automatic. Also in the UK, in the last two years, the number of drivers taking the driving test in an automatic rose by 42%.




Are you taking bookings due to coronavirus?


We are now open and taking bookings where availability allows.





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