How do I get started?
  • You must be 17 years old to learn to drive and hold a valid UK Provisional Driving Licence.
  • You can obtain a licence by applying online or by sending a completed D1 form (available at Post Offices), your passport or birth certificate and a passport–sized photo to the DVLA
  • It usually takes 1-3 weeks for the licence to arrive, but can take longer, so apply as soon as you can.
What happens on my first lesson?
  • On your first lesson you will be collected at a location of your choice. Once you have produced your provisional license, you will be asked about any previous driving experience.
  • Usually, regardless of experience, you will be taken to a quiet location in the area to start your first lesson.
What if I have never driven before?
    • If you are a complete beginner, you’ll  begin with making yourself comfortable in the car, so you can reach all the controls properly and use the mirrors effectively. 
    • After that, you’ll be introduced to the controls of the car, culminating with learning how to move off and stop.
    • By the end of the first hour, it is highly likely that you will be doing this with less help from your instructor, or with possibly no help at all.
    • You will be consulted on how you learn most effectively, this means that your instructor will adapt the lesson to suit your preference. 
    How many lessons will I need?

    This depends on the rate at which you progress. Everyone learns differently. Your instructor will aim to help you reach the required standard as quickly and as safely as possible.

    Some of the factors to take into consideration are:

    • Whether or not you have passed the theory test.
    • Previous driving experience.
    • If you have a car of your own.
    • How frequently you take lessons.
    • Your natural ability.
    • The national average is between 30 and 40 hours of tuition.
    Manual or Automatic?
    If you pass your test in a manual car, your license will enable you to drive manual or automatic vehicles in the future. If you pass in an automatic car, you would only be allowed to drive automatic vehicles. However, you can upgrade to a full licence if you decide take a manual test later on.
    Advantages to learning in an automatic car:
    • It’s easier to learn as you don’t have the pressure of learning how to change gear or using a clutch.
    • There is no stalling and therefore not as much pressure from other road users.
    • Lessons will be less stressful as a result
    • Less hours to learn car handling.
    • The number of automatic vehicles on the road is increasing, so a larger selection of automatic vehicles will be available in the future to choose from.



    What car will I learn to drive in?

    If you want to learn in a manual car, you’ll be using a Citroen C3

    If you want to learn in an automatic car, you’ll be using a Vauxhall Corsa SRI


    What do I need to do to pass my test?

    Our skilled instructors will guide you through the process from start to finish. It can seem daunting at first but we’ll help you build your knowledge and confidence.

    To look at the National Standard (The skills, knowledge and understanding you need to be a safe and responsible driver of a car or van (category B vehicle) visit HERE

    Where will I take my test?

    The majority of our tests take place in Northallerton but we can also use the Harrogate & Knaresborough test centre.

    The Fantoni Driving School has a very thorough knowledge of all the test routes in each of these areas. We would always recommend doing some training in these areas before taking a test there. 


    Nervous pupils
    • Every effort will be made to nurture confidence in anxious students through encouragement and positive feedback.
    • Each basic driving skill will be developed in areas appropriate for safe learning, such as out of town centres. This way you will feel more relaxed and absorb new information more swiftly. You will not be asked to negotiate larger, more complex junctions until you are ready.
    • If you have any special learning requirements, please let the instructor know so that the lessons can be adapted appropriately.
    • Please feel free to contact Fantoni Driving School If you have any queries regarding training methods.

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