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Why learn with the AA?

The AA driving school is one of the leading driving school brands in the UK. It delivered over 1.2 million driving lessons in 2018, so if you’re looking for a well-known brand that’s tried and tested by previous learners, it’s worth considering AA driving lessons.

If you learn to drive with the AA, you’ll receive complete one-to-one tuition, with an adaptable teaching style to match your needs and pace. The AA school of motoring only uses fully qualified instructors rather than trainees and has some of the newest vehicles in the industry.

In AA driving school reviews, learners consistently mention the patience of their driving instructor: “He is patient, calm, competent and understanding.” (Ptarmigan2). Professionalism is another trait that crops up frequently in AA driving school reviews, whether in relation to their instructor or the school itself: “I'm pleased by the professionalism and the overall service I got from the AA in general” (Sasaby).

Stats according to the AA school of motoring

75% of pupils passed with 40 hours of lessons or fewer, and 98% of the AA driving school’s recently passed pupils would recommend it. These stats are taken from a survey of AA driving school customers who passed their test in 2018.

AA driving school locations

Offering lessons across the whole of the UK, the AA driving school has some of the widest instructor coverage in the country - from London to Birmingham to Northern Ireland. So, if you’re looking for the AA driving school near you, there’s likely to be an instructor who covers your area.

AA driving lesson waiting times

The soonest you can be booked in for an AA driving lesson is three days after purchasing, but wait times can vary depending on where you’re looking to take AA lessons.

Vehicle types

All AA driving lessons are taught in a new Ford Focus or Ford Fiesta. Both models have a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Along with lots of leg and headroom, features include:

  • Dual controls

  • Air conditioning

  • Pollen filter

  • Power steering

  • Electric adjustable, heated door mirrors

  • Heated front and rear windscreens

  • Electronic stability system (ESP)

It’s possible to book AA automatic driving lessons as well as manual lessons. However, there are fewer AA driving instructors teaching automatic lessons.

AA driving instructors

All AA driving instructors are fully qualified and use the same curriculum. They will track your progress and give you feedback using an AA Driver Development Card. Thanks to a strict code of conduct, AA driving instructors will not smoke, use a mobile phone or carry other passengers during driving lessons.

Many learners want to learn with a female driving instructor, so they’re often in high demand. If you book AA driving lessons via the school’s website, you won’t be given the option to state your preference, but if you contact the AA driving school by phone, they will be happy to check whether there are female instructors available in your area.

AA driving instructor training is one of the most popular and all-inclusive driving instructor training courses. This means that you could be matched with an AA driving instructor who has been through this rigorous training. Either way, the AA only uses ADIs (Approved Driving Instructors) rather than PDIs (Potential Driving Instructors). This is beneficial because it means that the driving instructor you are matched with will be fully qualified rather than a trainee.

AA driving school prices and packages

You can choose from two, five, 10 and 20-hour packages. Supplementary lessons can be purchased after this, with AA driving lesson prices starting at £25 an hour. However, if you want to know for sure how much AA driving lessons cost, you’ll need to contact the school. This is because AA driving lesson prices are dependant on your location and your instructor’s hourly rate.

AA intensive driving courses

There aren’t any AA intensive driving courses available, but the AA school of motoring can offer condensed courses. These are typically six to eight hours a week over a number of weeks, but it would be a tailored course dependant on the availability of both the learner and instructor. To find out more, call the AA driving school number, 0800 587 0087.

AA driving lesson offers and promos

Members of the AA get a £6 an hour discount on their first block booking of six hours. Other new pupils can save £40 on their first 10 lessons, providing they’re matched with a participating AA driving instructor.

Cancellations and refunds

Both AA driving instructors and learners need to give 48 hours’ notice in order to cancel a lesson. Instructors who don’t give the required notice period will have to rearrange the lesson. Learners who fail to give the required notice period will be charged for the lesson in full. As long as you give at least 48 hours’ notice, you can cancel any lessons you haven’t yet taken at any time, and receive a full refund for them. 

If you’re not happy with your AA driving instructor, the AA school of motoring will arrange a new one for you subject to availability.

Contact the AA driving school

There are a number of AA driving school numbers. One of these is 800 587 0087. However, there is also a number specifically for new pupils to book lessons (0330 100 7470) and one for existing pupils (0800 975 3686). The AA driving school numbers are in operation between 8.30 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.

You can book AA lessons and check availability when you contact the AA driving school by phone, as well as buy more lessons if you’re already an AA learner. It’s worth noting that the call centre doesn’t have much interaction with instructors. They are unlikely to be able to give you general advice and will need a postcode to look into in order to be able to help you.

You can also connect with the AA school of motoring on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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