Welcome To My Website

My name is Lou Down and I am the Proprietor of Lou’s School of Motoring. I am a fully qualified Professional Driving Instructor & registered with the Driving Standards Agency and the Driving Instructors Association.

I am a patient instructor, so whether you are nervous about your first lesson, or you are confident, or more experienced and just need those few extra lessons to pass, I offer a relaxing and enjoyable learning experience in a fun and friendly environment. I will work with you to provide a driving plan to suit your individual needs to make you a confident and safe driver for life and not just to pass your test.
Students of all ages and ability are welcome. I am quite happy to pick you up and drop you off anywhere in the local area, school, college, work or shops. I will tailor the lessons to suit your particular needs.


You can contact me for a friendly chat and a personal quotation on – 07725 858412. Alternatively, complete the form on the Contact page and I will respond promptly. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Congratulations to Rebecca Malone who with the help of Lou’s School of Motoring has passed her practical driving test today at her first attempt.

Congratulations to Andrew Rigby who passed his practical driving test on Monday 14th August.

Congratulations to Rianna Price who with the help of Lou’s School of Motoring has passed her practical driving test today.

Congratulations to Harrison Dean who with the help of Lou’s School of Motoring has passed his practical driving test today at his first attempt.


Obtaining Your Licence

In the UK, driving tests are conducted by the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Check out the website at www.gov.uk , then click on the link for Driving and Transport. This contains all the information that learners and new drivers need to know.

Before you can learn to drive a car, moped or motorcycle you must apply for a provisional driving licence. If you already hold a valid full driving licence and want to learn to drive larger vehicles, minibuses or buses you will need to apply for provisional entitlement for these vehicles. You have to be 17 years of age to obtain a provisional licence, but you can apply up to three months before your 17th birthday.

You can apply for your first provisional driving licence for a car, moped or motorcycle using the government’s secure and easy to use online service at: gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence Or the application form (form D1) can be obtained from your local Post Office if you would like to apply by post.


The Theory Test

Before you apply for your theory test you will need a provisional licence. The website gov.uk will give you all the information you need to know. We suggest that you only book your Theory Test through this website, as there are rogue traders out there offering to book for you at inflated prices (the current fee is £23.)

The Practical Test

The practical test will last approximately 40 minutes beginning and ending at your local Driving Test Centre. Throughout the drive, you are permitted a maximum of 15 driver faults. A serious or dangerous fault would result in a fail. We will work with you to agree on a test date, making sure you feel ready and ultimately confident to drive alone. We will do practice mock-tests so we can focus on any areas that need brushing up before test day. We are happy to book a driving test on your behalf, but if you would like more information go to: gov.uk. The current test fee is £62.00.

The Pass Plus Course

Pass Plus is an established training course aimed at new drivers. It was designed by the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry. Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years after passing their test. This is because of their lack of driving experience.

Pass Plus builds on your skills and knowledge. It will teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards, to help you become a more confident driver. You can take a Pass Plus course at any time. However, it’s mainly aimed at new drivers in the first year after passing their test. Some insurance companies may offer a discount on successful completion of the course. Check out gov.uk/pass-plus if you would like more information.

Pass Plus takes at least 6 hours and consists of six modules about driving in different conditions:
• in town
• in all weathers
• on rural roads
• at night
• on dual carriageways
• on motorways

Get In Touch.

Give me a call on 07725 858412 or e-mail me by clicking on the box below.

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