Frequently Asked Questions
Prior to any training being conducted in the customer’s vehicle, the instructor should inspect the vehicle for its roadworthiness. The inspection should include, but is not limited to, a check of the following items;
- the registration label is valid, current, intact and displayed appropriately
- the vehicle is comprehensively insured and the customer’s insurance company is notified that it will be used by a driving instructor to conduct training in
- The tyres:
- all indicators, headlights and brake lights are working
- seats and seat belts are in good working order and are not damaged or twisted
- any loose items in the cabin of the vehicle are stowed in the cargo (boot) area
- the windows and interior are clean
- the vehicle has sufficient petrol to last the course of the lesson (minimum requirement – a quarter of a tank)
The lesson charge is not reduced for lesson in a customer’s own car.
Some people find that automatic cars are easier to drive as they don’t have a clutch pedal to operate, consequently you should be able to obtain your license quicker. Some people get their licence in an automatic, build up their confidence and then later sit for a manual test. It is also common for a novice driver to commence their tuition in an automatic vehicle until they are relatively confident and safe on the roads and then swap over to manual before sitting for their practical test.
When you are ready, your Safe Drive Instructor will arrange your test for you on payment of the Transport Booking Fee. Alternatively you can call our Central Booking Office, provide us with your learners permit number and payment details and we will arrange your test. You can book a test directly with Transport, however there is no guarantee that your specific Instructor is available at that time.
Please keep in mind that you can never have too many lessons as the more professional training you have then the safer you will become prior to going solo.
The decision to learn in an automatic transmission or a manual car depends upon many factors including personal choice, skill level, confidence and the cars you are able to practice in. It is important to be aware however, that in city if you gain your licence in an automatic car; you are not permitted to drive a manual until you successfully pass a practical test with City Transport, in a manual vehicle.
Driving involves combining theory with physical skills and judgement. Practice is essential and the more practice you have, the less number of professional driving lessons you may require to be at the standard required to pass the test. Practice is vital and the requirement is that a new driver has 100 hours of log book experience prior to sitting for their practical driving test.