Driving lessons, intensive driving courses and waiting lists

It’s busy, busy, busy. And some people have been waiting a year to start their driving lessons.

I know it’s frustrating waiting to start your driving lessons, but this industry has been so badly affected by covid.

Driving instructors have not be able to work through the three lock downs, and many have left the industry for alternative employment.

There are nearly 10,000 fewer driving instructors in 2021 than there were 10 years ago.

This contributed to the many people trying to book driving lessons has created high demand, and there are far more students wanting lessons than there are driving instructor to give them.

Added to this, is the anticipated long waiting times for driving tests, which is rumoured to be on average 17 weeks across the UK.


Intensive driving courses

There’s no short cutting the system. People are frantically calling trying to book intensives hoping to take a test in May.

But the driving test waiting list is affecting these courses too.

An intensive course should conclude with a driving test. And generally, people assume that driving schools have driving tests pre-booked.

But unfortunately, that just isn’t true. This is what really happens.

You call to book an intensive driving course – The driving school take a deposit or the full course fee – they go to book a driving test with the DVSA, using the same system everyone uses, including the public – they find the first available date, and then allocate the course hours to start a week or two before the driving test date.

Example: the driving test waiting time is 17 weeks, they book the first date available, and your intensive course starts in 16 weeks’ time.


Driving lesson waiting lists

Unlike a dentist or a doctor where you can book a date in the future, trying to book driving lessons with a driving instructor isn’t that straight forward.

The reason is because we don’t know how long a student will be with us. Although most students stay with their driving instructor until they pass their driving test, others may leave sooner because of finances or they move from the area.

One way to explain how a driving instructors diary works is to think of a classroom of students. There are 30 seats so only a maximum of 30 students can be in the classroom.

Each week the same student will take the same seat, until one leaves, and that seat becomes available.

With that in mind let’s assume the student passes their driving test and leaves a space open on a Wednesday at 11.30.

The driving instructor is only going to offer that space to someone in their waiting list who can take the same day & time on a regular basis, because all other lesson spaces have been accounted for.

So, getting your name down on lots of driving instructors waiting lists is a smart thing to do.


Hopefully we helped to give some clarity to the current situation.

If you have any questions, please message the driving school and we will try to answer them quickly for you.


Good news, driving lessons resume

Driving lessons resume in just six weeks, fingers crossed!

It looks like it’s good news from here on out.

Boris is opening the gates to freedom once again. But we’ve got to promise to be good, and in return he’ll wave more restrictions off every month until they’re all gone, and we’re tipsy in the streets on hugs and social contact.

Everybody’s waiting for something to be allowed. Schools, Pubs, Weddings. Whatever’s going to make the biggest difference to them.

Much as I can’t wait, it looks like the 12th April before our turn arrives to resume driving lessons again.

I’m fed up with not leaving home.

There’s a constant stream of delivery drivers, all from Amazon I guess, and my dog barks alerting me to every van pulling up, and not stopping barking until he’s seen them off.

There’s a list of DIY jobs to do (and I really dislike DIY), and a kitchen full of delicious snacks just a few steps away.

But I keep reminding myself, it’s only six weeks and we can get back to some sort of normality, the same normality we left a few weeks back requiring facemasks in car, but that’s better than no lessons at all.

I know it’s going to be a major headache ahead planning lessons again.

When we had to stop lessons for lock down, our instructors were booked solid, and during lock down we’ve built a huge list of people who we’ve promised to contact as soon as we return.

But our first job is to find out who of our original customers will be returning before we can book new customers in.

And, we will have to prioritise time for people who had driving tests booked before lockdown, which will still go ahead.

That said, we know people are desperate to book driving lessons, some have waited almost a year.

So, with lighter days ahead, we will be working extra hours to catch up and squeeze as many people in as we can.

If you want a call back as soon as we start, please email your details to: support@elite-driving-school.co.uk

with the following information and we’ll be in touch:

Your name


Post code

Contact number

email address

So, I can’t wait to get back to taking driving lessons. But I guess everyone’s different, and most people haven’t got a dizzy Labrador at home, wanting to play with every nice DPD delivery driver who walks down the drive.

Just six weeks and counting.

Kev Goldthorpe

01482 772303 / elite-driving-school.co.uk

How to prepare for your First Driving Lesson

Your first driving lesson…

It’s amazing how the world and how we see things has change in just a few months.

Businesses have had to quickly evolve by the way they deliver their products and services to meet this new world.

So, what do you need to know before taking your first driving lesson?

When you book your First driving lesson we will ask you to allow your driving instructor to view your driving licence online.

Changes to driving licences came into effect on 8th June 2015, and therefore we need to make important licence checks to comply with our vehicle insures.

Endorsements, penalty points and driving bans are no longer recorded on driving licences, but will instead only be available online.

For insurance purposes, before your first lesson your driving instructor is required to check your licence details, so you will need to text your instructor with permission to view your licence online.

To do this you’ll need to generate a code which will allow your instructor to check your licence details:

You will need:

  • Your driving licence
  • Your national insurance number
  • Your home postcode
  • The code will only be valid for 21 days.

You can go to this website to get your code:


Don’t forget your instructor will still need to see your photocard licence for ID inspection on your first driving lesson. He or she will take a photo of your card avoiding touching it.


How we are managing health and safety in the training vehicle


As of the 4th July 2020, we have been granted by the government to start taking driving lessons again. For your safety, please make sure you adhere to the following rules.

It’s your safety, and the safety of everyone who uses the tuition vehicle, including your instructor that we aim to protect, so failure to comply with these Covid-19 safety measures may result in your lesson being cancelled.


The vehicles will be well vented, with windows open. In hot weather, as well as windows opened, the air conditioning may be turned on.

– A face mask or covering should be worn wherever practical. Please bring your own face covering with you, if you do not come prepared with a mask, the instructor will have a disposable one available for you to use. Please avoid wearing a plastic visor for safety reasons. In the event of an accident, plastic visors may and can cause a lot of harm in the event of an air bag being deployed, causing the visor to shatter.

– Gloves should be worn at all times. If you cannot bring your own gloves, the instructor will have disposable ones for your use. Please note, if you have any allergy issues with common disposable gloves, such as latex, please bring your own for your safety. It is your responsibility to make this known to the instructor.

– Please make sure your hands are freshly washed using anti-bacterial handwash before the lesson starts. If you are wearing your own gloves that have been used previously, please wash them in an antibacterial liquid.

– Sanitiser will be provided in the vehicle for your use.

– Disposable seat covers will be changed after every pupil. This is to ensure the cleanest and safest possible environment for both you, and others taking lessons.

– If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 (see NHS website for more information), please DO NOT attend your lesson, we will not charge for the cancellation.

If you have symptoms and have not cancelled your lesson prior to the instructor turning up, your instructor will refuse to continue the lesson, and you could still be charged for that full lesson. So, please cancel if you know you are not well.



– The instructor may wear a mask or face covering, and gloves.

– The instructor will clean the vehicle thoroughly after each lesson with antibacterial car sanitiser, including all common areas of the vehicle such as the: steering wheel, Hand brake, Gear lever, Indicators and other buttons, seat adjusters, mirrors and accessories, door handles and so forth.

– The instructor will deep clean the vehicle at the end of every working day.

– Because the instructor needs to clean down the car after every lesson, we cannot accommodate hourly lessons at this time, and we will only be taking longer lessons for the foreseeable future. If you are unsure as to what time duration you can take, please ask your instructor directly,


Eyesight, health conditions, drink & drugs  

The instructor will also ask you to complete an eyesight check & if you cannot pass this they will advise an eye test with a professional which may mean you need to complete any eye tests & corrective procedures before we continue with any further lessons.

You must advise your instructor of any health conditions which are on the DVLA list of notifiable conditions before commencing any driving lessons.  It is your legal responsibility to notify the DVLA of any health conditions: https://www.gov.uk/driving-medical-conditions.

You must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescribed medication which states it may affect driving) during any lessons. You must consider carefully if you plan to drink alcohol the night before a lesson as the alcohol can remain in your system.

If you require any further information regarding taking driving lessons please email support@elite-driving-school.co.uk



Why Emotions Play an Important Role in Learning to Drive

Emotions, why do they play such a big role in driving?

Emotions in your body can alter your physical state.

Emotions such as fear, anger, guilt, contempt, and embarrassment precede feelings. The feeling is what you associate to the emotion.

Feelings are mental associations and reactions to emotions, and are subjective being influenced by personal experience, beliefs, and memories.

A feeling is a mental portrayal of what is going on in your body when you have an emotion and is the byproduct of your brain perceiving and assigning meaning to the emotion.

Your emotions and feelings play a powerful role in how you experience and interact with the world because they are the driving force behind many behaviors, helpful and unhelpful.

Emotions can effect the way we drive or react to everyday situations for example other drivers.

Often learners feel harassed by other drivers, whether they are behind, ahead, or at a junction.

Although other drivers can be attributed to why a learner might stall their vehicle at a traffic light, they are not the problem.

It starts with the learners emotions. The learner might feel fear in this situation, they become afraid of stalling the vehicle, which they assume will result in anger or contempt from other drivers.

The pressure on the learner to get the vehicle moving now becomes huge, and if the learner panics when the lights change, they will rush with the controls resulting in a stall.

It’s difficult for the instructor in this situation, because no matter how hard they try to calm and reassure the learner, the anxiety the learner feels forces them to rush and the vehicle stalls again.

So, thereafter every time the learner is in the same situation they feel anxious, and their focus is on stalling rather than smooth use of the control’s to get the car moving

So in this situation the emotion the learner feels is associated with a memory from an earlier mistake made, but it can also be from a similar experience passed from person to person.

In a conversation with others in a group, one of the members tells the story of how they stalled the vehicle virtually every time the came to a stop.

Their heart would start pounding, their breathing would become rapid and sallow, and they would actually start sweating at the thought of having to get the vehicle moving.

In fact it got so bad that it forced them to stop their driving lessons because the fear of stalling became greater than the desire to drive.

So, experiences from other people can be so powerful that it can often be passed on to others.

So how do they overcome the feeling they get from the emotion?

This is easier said than done, but by understanding the difference and becoming aware of your emotions and feelings, you will learn to respond rather than react and driving will magically become more under your control.

So, the next time you are stationary at traffic lights and you start to become anxious, you can respond to the feeling and become determined to focus on using the controls smoothly resulting with the vehicle pulling away easily.

When you master the skill of choosing your feelings and behaviors, life behind the wheel will settle down, and you’ll become a calmer, and  less stressed driver.







Why learning to drive through the winter months can have it’s advantages!

We spend almost SIX months each year commuting in the dark

So, learning to drive through the winter months brings new challengers, and it’s better to learn them with a professional instructor, than being dropped in at the deep end.

It’s official summer has ended and the dark nights are drawing in. We can’t change the seasons, they happen every year.

And, although the best time to learn to drive is when the day’s are the longest, you’ll gain more new skills and knowledge learning through the Autumn and winter months.

October starts the shorter daylight hours with sunrise at 7am and sunset at 6.30pm.

In November the sun rises at 8am and sets at 5.30pm, and December is the shortest daylight time with the sun rise at 8.501am and setting at 4.50pm.

It’s not until March when we start to see the days getting longer with sun rises starting at 8am, and setting at 6.45pm, which then leads into those lovely long days of sunlight.

So, if your seventeenth birthday falls between October and March, don’t be put off learning to drive in the autumn & winter months because driving in these conditions will provide you with new challengers that you might not otherwise experience during spring and summer.

And if you learn and pass your driving test in the winter, you’ve got 6 months of summer to look forward to!


Free driving lessons throughout the summer…

Free driving lessons, and a fast and easy learning system that can save you money


Passing your driving test is an awesome part of life and the opportunities a driving licence is going to give you will blow your mind, from weekend road trips to access to better paid jobs, that’s why everyone needs a driving licence.

We are starting our new campaign ready for summer. We’re always striving to add more value to our service by offering our learners more support and freebies, and this summer were even giving away free driving lessons.

Free driving lessons this summer for elite learners

But is there a safe and practical way to learn faster following our easy system, which will improve your chance of passing first time while also bringing down the cost of taking driving lessons and getting your licence?

To be a successful learner requires nothing more than a good lesson structure, and we’ve put our years of experience in to making sure our learners know exactly what’s required to successfully get their full drivers licence.

When you start with an Elite instructor we will give you a host of freebies to help you learn smart and bring the cost of learning down.

You’ll get Free unlimited access to theory test pro to help prepare for the theory test.

You can also get access to Elite’s driving action plan to help prepare for  lessons.

Our instructors can give parents valuable tips and advice for private practice, and we can recommend reputable insurance companies for daily, weekly or even monthly learner insurance on the family car.

During summer elite learners will also be given the opportunity to get some extra free driving lessons, terms and conditions apply of course, so ask your elite instructor for information.

Who doesn’t want to learn to drive, and the summers the best time to start.

And until you can drive you won’t know what your missing.

So, call the office today and book your first lesson, you’re going to love it.

If it’s out of office hours use our book online system and a team member will arrange your first lesson click here 

Hurry, and you can get a chance to bag some free driving lessons as well as all the other goodies we’re giving away this summer to help you pass your driving test.

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Free driving lessons with a College bursary

20 hours of free driving lessons for Ron Dearing UTC Students

It’s hard to imagine that you could get a bursary for 20 hours of free driving lessons from your college, but that’s exactly what’s on offer for students at Hull college Ron Dearing UTC

Students at the college are able to apply for the bursary which is worth 20 hours of free driving lessons with Elite Driving School.

The scheme has been funded by Ron Dearing’s partner businesses and promoted by the college’s employer sponsors, who believe that being able to drive is a key skill and advantage for young people who may want to join them in the future.

To be eligible, students must have at least 95 per cent attendance, be on target with their studies and have passed their driving theory test.

That’s a huge benefit when they start lessons with an Elite instructor because they already have reasonable knowledge of road markings, road signs, and the highway code.

Ron Dearing celebrate the launch of their unique driving lesson bursary

Getting started is easy

Student apply for the bursary, then they call Elite driving school to arrange their lessons, it’s that simple.

There are families that struggle to pay or contribute towards driving lessons for their children, so the bursary contributes a huge chunk towards learning.

Alistair, is one of the students who’s on the bursary, and knows that having a full driving licence as part of his skillset will help improve his employment prospects and make it easier for him to get to and from work.

The 17-year-old said: “It’s going well. I’m driving here, there and everywhere. I’ve not really had time to save up for lessons but this has given me a head start on things.

Elite Driving School team up with Ron Dearing UTC to offer free driving lessons to students
Alistair Sceats is making the most of the free driving lessons being offered (Image: Karl Andre Photography Ltd 2019)

Alistair’s instructor Steve said “he’s a natural, & picking up driving at a fast pace.” He added, “Alistair has only had 6 lessons but he’s already a very considerate driver.

We’re excited to help the students at Ron Dearing UTC learn to drive, with their unique offer of 20 free diving lessons.

The free driving lessons will massively contribute towards these students becoming safe and responsible drivers.

Many young people dream of the day they turn 17 and being able to drive. They can’t wait to get their first car, it’s so exciting, and it’s their first step to independence.

Do you remember your first car?

How many people remember naming their first car?  Mine was called Gimpy, because of it’s gimpy gold color.

What name did you give your car, and do you still name your cars today?



I’m sorry to tell you that…

…you haven’t passed your test today.

How many people have heard those words when they took their driving test for the first time?

A BBC driving expert (?!) has said that it’s easier to pass your test if you take it in a rural area, as you learn routes in a more predictable environment – compared with a more urban area where you face multiple hazards and have to make decisions faster.

Figures from DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) show that, while the average pass rate is 47.1%, you were almost 15% more likely to fail if you took the test in Belvedere, Bexley – something that some people actually put down to the examiners (they’re too quiet, apparently!), rather than the roads.

Unpredictable roads, grumpy examiners, unsympathetic motorists, a particularly ballsy squirrel – whatever.

These aren’t the problem!

Truth is, passing your test really comes down to a combination of practice and nerves – both of which are in the control of the student.

It’s all too often that I hear people say that they can only afford a handful of lessons and then want to sit a driving test, or they’ll only need 10 to 15 hours because they learn quickly.

But, then they here the words no learner wants to hear …you haven’t passed your test today.

You just can’t short cut practice and hope you’ll scrape through.

And yes, some people are natural drivers and do learn quicker than most, but they listen to their instructors advice before jumping in head first and booking a driving test.

Driving tests are a challenging, and an uncomfortable place for learners, but those who pass, especially at their first attempt have had enough practice with a professional instructor, they’ve learned their theory, and they’ve managed to keep their nervous under control.

So, if you’re contemplating booking your driving test, speak with your driving instructor first and listen to their advise, their are generally right.

Have a great week.


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