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Contact Us FAQs

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How do I contact BDT?

You can contact us by calling the office on 01271 343373 Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm, You can call or text your instructor direct. Emailing info@bestdrivertraining.co.uk. Or complete our online contact us form.

Getting Started

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When can I start driving?

You can start driving once you are 17 and have your provisional license, but the car you are driving must be taxed and insured to allow you to drive it legally. It must also display L plates clearly, one on the front and one on the back, to alert other drivers that you are a learner driver.
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Who can teach me to drive?

Anyone you pay to teach you to drive must be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or trainee driving instructor. All qualified instructors are regulated by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).Anyone you practice your driving with (without paying them) must, be over 21, be qualified to drive the type of vehicle you want to learn in, and have had their full driving licence for 3 years.
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Can I learn in my own car?

You can learn in your own car if you wish to, however if you have had no driving experience we advise that you start your lessons in the instructors car. Once they feel you are confident enough that you can drive independently, then you can learn in your own car with your instructor.
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What areas do you cover?

Our instructors cover a wide ranging area from Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe, and South Molton. Click here to find out more on the instructors areas covered.
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Where will my instructor pick me up from?

You can choose where you wish to be picked up from. This is usually your home or your workplace.
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How will I know which car my instructor is in?

All Best Driver Training instructors have a top box displayed with the company branding.


Provisional Licence FAQs

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When can I apply for my provisional licence?

You can apply for your licence when you are 15 years and 9 months old.
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How do I apply for my provisional license?

You can apply online www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence or complete a D1 form available from the Post Office.
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How much will the licence cost?

The licence will cost £50.
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How long will the licence application take to process?

If you apply online, your licence should arrive within 1 week. If you apply through the Post Office, your licence should arrive within 2 weeks.

Instructor FAQs

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Can I learn with a different BDT instructor?

Yes, if for any reason you would like to change instructor at any point during your training please notify our office by getting in touch via the contact us page.
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How do I know if they are an approved ADI?

A fully qualified instructor will display a green badge on the windscreen, and a trainee instructor will display a pink badge.

FAQs about Alan Best

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What car does Alan Best teach in?

VW Polo
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What type of lessons does Alan Best teach?

Manual Driving Tuition, Multi Hour Driving Tuition, ADI training, Theory Training, Mock Tests, Pre 17 and Pass Plus
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What days can I have lessons with Alan Best?

Monday to Friday 9:00 till 19:00, Saturday 10:00 till 15:00
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What areas does Alan Best cover?

Barnstaple, Bickington, Fremington and Braunton. Any pupils outside these areas a central pickup location will be decided between you and Alan.

FAQs about James Best

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What car does James Best teach in?

VW Polo

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What type of lessons does James Best teach?

Manual Driving Tuition, and Multi Hour Driving Tuition.
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What days can I have lessons with James Best?

Saturdays and Sundays only.
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What areas does James Best cover?

Barnstaple, Bickington, Fremington and Braunton. Any pupils outside these areas a central pickup location will be decided between you and James.

FAQs about Bob Barr

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What car does Bob Barr teach in?

VW Golf (automatic) & Ford Fiesta (manual)
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What type of lessons does Bob Barr teach?

Manual and Automatic Driving Tuition, Multi Hour Driving Tuition, Theory Training, Mock Tests and Pass Plus
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What days can I have lessons with Bob Barr?

Manual Working days: Monday and Tuesdays (except for tests) Automatic Working days: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (except for tests)
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What areas does Bob Barr cover?

Barnstaple, Bickington, Fremington, Bideford, Braunton, Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. Any pupils outside these areas a central pickup location will be decided between you and Bob.

FAQs about Richard Gill

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What car does Richard Gill teach in?

Ford Focus
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What type of lessons does Richard Gill teach?

Manual Driving Tuition, Multi Hour Driving Tuition, Theory Training, Mock Tests and Pass Plus
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What days can I have lessons with Richard Gill?

Monday to Friday 8:00 till 20:00 and Saturday 8:00 till 14:00
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What areas does Richard Gill cover?

Bideford, Barnstaple, Bickington, Fremington, Torrington, Clovelly, Yelland, Buckland Brewer and West Buckland. Any pupils outside these areas a central pickup location will be decided between you and Richard.

FAQs about Carmel Parsons

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What car does Carmel Parsons teach in?

Citroen DS3
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What type of lessons does Carmel Parsons teach?

Manual Driving Tuition, Multi Hour Driving Tuition, Intensive courses, Theory Test Training, Mock Tests, Pass Plus and Pre-17.
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What days can I have lessons with Carmel Parsons?

Monday - Friday 9am-3pm *Carmel can accomodate pupils outside of these hours when and if required.
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What areas does Carmel Parsons cover?

Launceston, Barnstaple, Torrington, West Buckland, Holsworthy, Hatherleigh, South Molton, & Bideford. Any pupils outside these areas a central pickup location will be decided between you and Carmel.

Lesson FAQs

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What do I need to bring on my first lesson?

You need to bring both parts of your provisional licence.
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What happens on my first lesson?

Before starting the lesson your instructor will need to see your provisional licence. You will then learn about the cockpit drill routine and be fully introduced to the main car controls. On our recommended assessment and starter (2 hour) lessons we will cover moving off and stopping.
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How do I book more lessons?

There are a number of ways to book lessons. You can book online, by text or by phone. Click here for details on how to contact us.
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How do I pay for my lessons?

There are a number of ways to pay for your lessons. You can pay directly to your instructor in cash or cheque, or you can pay using a credit or debit card by phoning the office. Or you can pay via Paypal. Click here for our payments page.
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Am I entitled to any discounts or savings?

We currently have discounts available to ALL pupils who choose learn with us. We offer our pupils discounts across all our courses and ANY learner can receive a discount for choosing to purchase a block of 10 (one hour) lessons or more. Students can receive money off all our standard lesson prices and an extra 10% off learner driver courses (excl. block bookings). Click the links to find out more about our learner driver courses & standard lesson prices.
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What if I need to cancel my lesson?

If for any reason you need to cancel a lesson, you must give us 48 hours notice. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice, then 50% of the lesson fee will be payable.

Theory Test FAQs

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Do I need to book a theory test?

If you want to drive a car, you will need to pass your theory test before booking your practical test.
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How do I book a theory test?

You can book your theory test online www.gov.uk/book-theory-test.
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What do I have to do on the theory test?

There are 2 parts to the theory test, multiple choice and hazard perception. You will need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. Click here for more information on the theory test.
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What training materials can I use to help me prepare for my theory test?

You can buy theory test apps, books and/or interactive CD-ROMs, all of which will help you prepare for your theory test. These are available online or in high street book shops like WHSmiths and Waterstones. You can find out more information about recommended training materials on our Theory Test page.
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How long does the theory test take?

The multiple choice part takes a maximum of 57 mins. The hazard perception part approximately 30 mins.
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What do I need to bring to the theory test?

You will need to bring your provisional licence
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How much will it cost?

It will cost £25

Practical Test FAQs

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How do I book a practical test?

You can book your practical test online www.gov.uk/book-driving-test. You must of passed your theory test prior to booking a practical test.
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What do I have to do on the practical test?

There are several parts to the test. Firstly you will have an eyesight check, then you will be asked  2 vehicle safety questions (also known as “Show Me, Tell Me”). You will then drive for approximately 40 minutes. Click here for more information on the practical test.
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What do I need to bring to the practical test?

You will need to bring your provisional licence and your theory test certificate.
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How long does the practical test take?

The test should take no more than 1 hour
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How much will it cost?

It will cost £62 for weekdays, or £75 for evenings, weekends, or bank holidays.

Pre 17 FAQs

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What age do you have to be to do the course?

You can do your pre-17 course when you are 16. You do not need a provisional licence.
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What is covered on the course?

The course will cover most of the DSA driving lesson syllabus including: clutch control, reversing, gear changing, junctions, the emergency stop and manoeuvres.
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Where do I do my pre-17 course?

The pre 17 course is at Devon County driving centre in Exeter.
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How many people can do the pre-17 course?

You can split the pre-17 course with up to three people.
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How long is the pre-17 driving course?

The pre-17 is a day course.
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How much does it cost?

It costs £170.

Pass Plus FAQs

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What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is a practical training course that takes at least 6 hours and is for drivers to improve their skills and drive more safely. It can be taken at any time although it should be most useful to new drivers in the year after passing their test.
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What is covered in a Pass Plus course?

The course is made up of 6 modules; Town driving, All weather driving, Rural roads, Night driving, Dual carriageways, & Motorways.
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What are the benefits of completing the course?

The Pass Plus course is good for giving you experience, especially on motorways. It allows you to concentrate on learning different types of roads instead of how to drive a car which you will know from having passed your driving test. It can also help you to get a discount on your insurance.
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Who can I take a Pass Plus course with?

You will need a Pass Plus registered approved driving instructor (ADI). All our Best instructors are approved to teach Pass Plus.
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How long is the Pass Plus course?

The course takes at least 6 hours. This can be done in the space of one day or split over a couple of days.
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How much does it cost?

It costs £170.
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What do I get after completing the course?

Once the Pass Plus is complete, your instructor will issue you with a training report. You will need to get satisfactory on all aspects of this report in able for you to pass. If you are successful, then you will be sent a Pass Plus certificate.

ADI Training FAQs

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Who can do an ADI course?

You must have a full NI, UK, or EU car driving licence for 4 years, with no disqualification. You must also register all spent and unspent convictions and pass the 3 part exam.
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What do I have to do on the course?

You must complete three qualifying tests. Part 1 will test your theory knowledge, Part 2 will test your driving ability and fitness, and Part 3 will test your ability to instruct learner drivers.
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Where can I apply for my trainee instructor licence?

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What do I need to apply for my trainee instructor licence?

You will need to have passed the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test and have completed at least 40 hours training with a qualified ADI.
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How long does the course take?

Approximately 60 hours in total.
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How much does the course cost?

The course costs £2400.
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How much does the test cost?

ADI Part 1 costs £83. ADI Part 2 costs £111. ADI Part 3 costs £111.
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Are there any others costs?

Your trainee instructor licence will cost £140. Your first ADI certificate will cost £300. This certificate will need to be renewed every 4 years at a cost of £300.