14. 1st Class Driving
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Why learn with 1st Class Driving
1st Class Driving has been providing driving lessons since the 1970s, and currently offers competitively priced driving lessons in London, the South and the Midlands.
The driving school has a range of driving instructors that you can choose from, each with different prices and introductory offers. You’re able to view all this information before choosing which instructor you’d like to learn with, and before signing up to take lessons with 1st Class Driving.
It’s easy to get in touch with 1st Class Driving. If you’d rather not call, you can request that the school calls you instead, just by filling out a form on the website.
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1st Class Driving doesn’t provide any stats for the driving school online.
1st Class Driving locations
1st Class Driving offers lessons in London, the South and the Midlands. This includes Birmingham, Bournemouth, Chichester, Coventry, Nottingham and Wolverhampton.
Waiting times can vary depending on the location.
Each instructor uses their own vehicle to teach in, and the vehicle is listed on each instructor’s individual profile on the 1st Class Driving website. Take a note of this as it might influence your choice of instructor.
Although most of 1st Class Driving’s instructors offer manual lessons, there are a few who offer automatic lessons. These instructors cover Croydon, Harrow, North London, North West London, South West London and Sutton.
1st Class Driving instructors
1st Class Driving uses ADIs (Approved Driving Instructors) as well as PDIs (Potential Driving Instructors) who are still in training.
The school has both male and female instructors available. The areas that are currently serviced by female instructors are Bromley, Coventry, Dartford, Harrow, South East London, South West London, Tunbridge Wells, Twickenham, Uxbridge and West London.
Each instructor listed on 1st Class Driving’s website offers different packages. They all offer single lessons and 6-week courses, with other options in between.
1st Class Driving offers both intensive and structured courses. Intensive courses are usually five hours a day and can be run over two, three, or five days depending on your level of experience. These courses will be followed by a driving test the next week if you’ve opted for the five-day course, or the next day if you’ve chosen either of the shorter options.
The six-week course is 1st Class Driving’s preferred course. It offers two to three lessons a week over a period of six to nine weeks.
1st Class Driving also offers 10, 15, 20 or 25-hour courses. On these courses, learners usually take two hours of lessons every day leading up to a driving test. With an assessment lesson, you'll be able to discuss with an instructor which course would be best for you before booking one.
Offers and promos
1st Class Driving offers a range of offers as standard, but these vary with each instructor. Some instructors give an introductory offer of three lessons for £50, others for £60 and others offer a free lesson when you book 10. Make sure that you don’t just look at the introductory price but that you also check the instructor’s hourly rate so that you don’t get a surprise when your introductory offer runs out! 1st Class Driving also offers gift vouchers.
Cancellations and refunds
In order to cancel a lesson and receive a refund, you’ll need to give two working days’ notice. Any lessons that are cancelled after this time will be charged for in full.
1st Class Driving’s phone line goes straight through to the company’s reception. The receptionists are trained and knowledgeable about the instructors and facilities provided by the driving school. It’s possible to book a lesson over the phone and to check availability and prices.