Novice Driver Training
Manual or automatic lessons
Get the best start possible – let us guide you step by step, at your pace, from complete novice, right up to your driving test, and beyond.
Perhaps you have had some lessons before, maybe even a driving test that didn’t go so well, perhaps more than one!
We can sort out all your difficulties, answer all your questions – together we CAN do it!
Facts about your driving test
If you have any further questions that we can help with, please get in touch.
The practical test lasts about 40 minutes. There is a legal requirement to be on the road for a minimum of 30 minutes. In reality, with manoeuvring and safety questions, etc, you may only be driving for just over 30 minutes depending on traffic.
Driving examiners are highly trained to assess your driving, so don’t try to do it for them. Make sure you are concentrating on your driving, and let the examiner do their job.
Your test will start and finish at Exeter Driving Test Centre in Marsh Barton. The examiners have up to 20 routes to choose from, which they do on a randomly selected basis. It is not necessarily in your interests to try to learn every test route but to make sure you have a thorough understanding of the roads and plenty of experience dealing with all types of driving situation.
In order to take your practical test, you must pass your theory and hazard perception tests first, however it is not necessary to pass these before you start learning. In many cases, learning theory becomes easier if it is done in tandem with practical lessons.
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What people say
Gabi took me out with some other ladies with varied competence, for a day to improve our confidence and technique. She was very professional but also friendly and approachable, extremely patient, and inspired utmost confidence that we were safe and in good hands. Gabi put us at ease very quickly. She was calm, but encouraged me to challenge myself, inspiring me to drive down what I thought was the scariest road in Devon. Now I use it all the time! Amongst other things, I also learned a new technique for judging speed in country lanes, and I feel this has really enabled me to drive more safely on these types of road. She has nerves of steel, as some of the other ladies scared me witless, but she remained calm and collected. She is also fun to be with, and I finished the day having gained confidence, but also feeling like I had gained a friend. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Now I am someone who panics over every slight mistake I make. Even if it didn't matter in the long run I will still groan about it for quite a while. But Gabi was well aware that this was a weakness of mine and was extremely willing to change her teaching methods to fit my needs and make me feel more comfortable. She is extremely kind, funny and is very good at getting details across in a simple way that wouldn't fly over my head! If you are someone who is scared about driving like I was or just want a instructor who is very flexible, Gabi is an immediate recommendation!
I was lucky to start driving lessons with Gabi when I was 17 as my mum was also having lessons with her at the same time. Gabi's style of teaching was efficient and with humour, potential stressful moments for a new driver were easily alleviated by Gabi's easy and confident manner. Gabi is alert and calm at the same time. If it wasn't for her adept instruction I wouldn't be the driver I am today. 25 years later I am still a confident, safe driver, with all the freedom to take my children on adventures all over the country. I am eternally grateful for my lessons and remain in contact with Gabi, I often hear her voice when I'm driving, if I'm in need of a boost I still talk my journey and reiterate her instructions. Forever grateful, I would happily recommend Gabi to teach my own children to drive!