Here are a selection of questions we often get asked. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please Contact Us



Where will my lesson be?

All of our lessons start and finish at either your home, school, work or other pre-arranged location. During your lesson, you will be driving in areas suitable for your ability and the lesson type. If you wish your lesson to start or finish differently for one lesson, just check with your Instructor, who will normally be able to accommodate your wishes.


Do I need to pass the theory test before having lessons?

No. You can start your driving lessons as soon as you have your provisional licence. You should be encouraged to pass your theory as soon as is practicable. HSM provides FREE training materials to help you pass your theory. Your instructor can also offer personal assistance, should you wish. Studying for and passing your theory test not only means you will have more knowledge when out on your lessons, it will mean that should you be in a position to take a test earlier than expected, a test can be booked.


Can you help me pass the Theory Test?

Yes. We provide Free revision software to help you. We can also provide support, advice and Theory lessons should you wish.


I’ve seen lessons cheaper, can you price match?

No, we don’t compete on price. HSM is a Driving School with over 35 years of experience. Our reputation in South West Hertfordshire has been built by providing the very best Instructors. Our extremely high first time pass rate, speaks for itself. Our students often need less hours tuition as a result, so you could end up paying more with a cheaper Driving School. Our prices reflect the quality of Instructors and professionalism we deliver. We are confident you will agree with us, so we offer our Satisfaction Guarantee.


How many Driving Lessons will I need?

There are no minimum or maximum number of lessons you need to pass the UK Driving Test. Everyone is different. People learn at their own pace and in a style to suit them. As a guide, according to the DVSA statistics the average amount of lessons to be test ready is around 45 hours if you also have your own car to practice in. But some need less, some need more. Your instructor will discuss your needs with you.


Will I need to wear a face covering during lessons?

Even though Covid restrictions are beginning to relax, you will be in a confined area for over an hour with your Instructor.  Therefore, currently you will be required to wear a face covering. Speak to your instructor if you have any concerns.
 


What clothing should I wear for my driving lesson?

You should be comfortable. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will have the car windows open to provide additional ventilation. This may make the internal temperature of the car different to normal, so please dress accordingly. You should always wear suitable shoes for driving.


When do I pay for my Driving lessons?

When your lesson(s) date and time have been agreed with your instructor, you will need to pay for the number of hours required no later than 48 hours prior to your first lesson. You can pay for your lessons via direct bank transfer, via our website or via the Student Total Drive app.


Will I have to share lessons?

No. Unlike some Driving Schools or Instructors, we do not double up on lessons or get you to drive the previous student home. Your lesson time is yours and yours alone.


Can I be collected from school or work?

Usually, this is not a problem, as long as they are within our areas. You can discuss your wishes with your Instructor who will normally be able to accommodate your needs.


How long are lessons?

Lessons can be for 1, 1.5 or 2 hours, depending on your Instructors availability. We find that 1.5 hour lessons give the best return on your investment. 1 hour lessons maybe cheaper, but you may need many more lessons. 2 hours can be tiring. Beware some Driving Schools prices are per lesson, but these are usually only 45-50 minutes long. All our prices are for a full hour.


Will I always have the same Instructor?

Yes. Normally you will always have the same Instructor. But if they are unavailable for exceptional reasons, you can ask for or may be offered a different Instructor.


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Cruise control is an electronic system that enables you to fix a vehicle’s accelerator on a specific speed, so you can take your foot off the pedal.  It’s basically a form of driving on auto-pilot.  Cruise control is designed to be used on A-roads and motorways that don’t have frequent stops and turns to negotiate.

Cruise control is an electronic system that enables you to fix a vehicle’s accelerator on a specific speed, so you can take your foot off the pedal.

It’s basically a form of driving on auto-pilot.

Cruise control is designed to be used on A-roads and motorways that don’t have frequent stops and turns to negotiate.
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It’s illegal to use the hard shoulder except in an emergency such as a vehicle breakdown, or if you are directed to by signage, uniformed traffic officers or the police.  If the police want to stop your vehicle, they will flash their blue lights, headlights or sound their horn or siren, usually from behind, and direct you to pull over. It is illegal not to pull over, so do so as soon as it is safe. Then switch off your engine.  If you break down and have to stop in the hard shoulder, don’t wait in the car – the hard shoulder is a dangerous place and you could be clipped or rear-ended by another vehicle, including heavy goods vehicles. Instead, get out and wait on the other side of the safety barrier. Don’t try and set up a warning triangle; get to an area of safety as soon as possible.  During some traffic management situations, the hard shoulder can be turned into a running lane but this will be obvious because there will be a speed limit sign above all open lanes, including the hard shoulder.

It’s illegal to use the hard shoulder except in an emergency such as a vehicle breakdown, or if you are directed to by signage, uniformed traffic officers or the police.

If the police want to stop your vehicle, they will flash their blue lights, headlights or sound their horn or siren, usually from behind, and direct you to pull over. It is illegal not to pull over, so do so as soon as it is safe. Then switch off your engine.

If you break down and have to stop in the hard shoulder, don’t wait in the car – the hard shoulder is a dangerous place and you could be clipped or rear-ended by another vehicle, including heavy goods vehicles. Instead, get out and wait on the other side of the safety barrier. Don’t try and set up a warning triangle; get to an area of safety as soon as possible.

During some traffic management situations, the hard shoulder can be turned into a running lane but this will be obvious because there will be a speed limit sign above all open lanes, including the hard shoulder.
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