Assessing Your Needs

SML driving school can tailor the lessons to your individual needs.

Customer who has 'just passed' her driving lesson.We provide a structured training programme tailored to suit the needs of each pupil.  Choosing the correct course for you can save you both time and money, and your  first lesson is important to us as a lot of information is exchanged. An initial assessment is made to enable you and us to ensure that your lessons take only the optimum amount of time. The following criteria are considered when assessing your training needs:

  • Have you had previous lessons with another instructor or have practiced with family or friend and already have a basic knowledge of car control with some on-road driving experience?
  • If you have taken a test in the past, you may need only a small number of lessons to gain the required level for test standard.
  • Maybe you haven’t driven for a while and would like a refresher course to keep up to date with your skills, or to regain your driving confidence to ensure you can still drive safely.
  • Do you require a quicker result than can be achieved from weekly lessons? Maybe you’ve had some time off, got a new job or need to take a re-test as quickly as possible. Then an intensive course may be right for you.
  • If you are a complete beginner, you may prefer a more leisurely pace. We can give you guidance to get started with preparation for the theory test and we can assist you with booking your theory and practical driving tests.
  • If you need a written report of your driving standards and capabilities for either your employer, insurance company or for medical reasons, then we can  carry out a driver assessment lesson with you.


Tuition is carried out at your pace, and you can change the pace of your course at any time, which means that you are in control of your courses -  and your tuition fees. Our aim is to provide the best tuition at a competitive price.

There is a DSA approved syllabus that must be covered for a pupil to reach recognised test standard. We produce a report sheet at the end of every lesson which includes a driver’s progress record so that you can monitor your own progress as you approach your practical test date.

We provide theory tuition and hazard perception training in-car as standard, and we like to target that you pass your theory test within your first ten hours of lessons. A specific theory lesson can be arranged if you feel you need extra support.

Before you take your practical test, your instructor will carry out a "mock” test with you, which will simulate the test conditions as realistically as possible.

Additional home study can be achieved using various publications and software that are available to help you with your theory (including hazard perception) and give you guidance on taking your theory and practical driving tests. We recommend a DVD-rom called "Driving Test Success" which includes theory and hazard perception and is available on-line or from our Resources page.

Plus Pass customer taking driving lessons

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When you have passed your driving test you become eligible to take the “Pass Plus” scheme which is a three-part, six module DSA approved course including motorway and city driving to give you additional valuable experience and positive driving skills to give you extra confidence. The course comprises the following six specially designed modules:

  • Module 1:        Town Driving
  • Module 2:        All Weather Driving
  • Module 3:        Countryside and Rural Roads
  • Module 4:        Night Driving
  • Module 5:        Dual Carriageways
  • Module 6:        Motorways

It may seem pretty obvious to you as to why newly qualified drivers have higher insurance premiums, but statistics really do show that up to 20% of new drivers are likely to have an accident in the first two years after passing their test due to lack of driving experience. Through participating insurance companies, completion of the “Pass Plus” course can help towards a reduction in your car insurance premium.

Please use the links below to find out more.