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Frequently Asked Questions

These are the questions most frequently asked, if yours is different please contact us!

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Why use Roadworks School Of Motoring to learn to drive?

At roadworks we offer you the type of service we would expect to receive ourselves, we offer a more personal and committed approach to learning to drive, and as well as being much cheaper than the 'big' driving schools we take great interest in your progress rather than let a big name do our work for us. We have an 85% reccomendation rate, pass rate almost twice the local average and over 1000 passes to date. Our reputation and future business relies on us doing a good job every day.

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Do you have a good pass rate?

Ever heard of your 'mates' instructor who has a 95% or 100% pass rate? We all have, that formula is that everyone passes eventually regardless of how many times they took the test. In Leicester the true overall pass rate is around 37%. All Roadworks instructors have a true overall pass rate much higher than this, with more than our fair share of first time passes (around 7 out of every 10), and we don't need to lie to get you to call us. A large national school instructor once said in the local press; "my pass rate is 38%, the same as the local average, I must be doing something right" That is not a good pass rate that is an adequate pass rate, our pass rate far higher.

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 How many lessons will I need?

Rather than the vague and rude 'how longs a piece of string?' answer, this advice is about the best you can get; the DSA recommends around 45 hours of professional training plus additional private practice to give you the best chance of passing. However, everyone learns at a different pace and lives in a different place (next to the test centre/area is clearly better than 20-30 minutes away) and there is no magic ‘modus operandi’  to answer that question. Your instructor will tailor all lessons to suit you and will recommend the best time to take your test. If you're not getting it consistently right with your instructor, then you're not ready to take the test.

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Why did everyone's dad pass in 8 lessons?

We can achieve what everyone's 'dad' achieved in 8 lessons simple basic driving on quiet roads for 20 minutes, that's not a problem, and years ago that would have been enough to pass a test. But to prepare for and pass today's test of driving competence, in todays traffic, with todays rules and standards it will take much longer. Today newly qualified drivers make up a fraction of total licence holders, but they are responsible for almost half of all accidents. Young driver deaths have doubled in the last few years too, imagine if the test was easier? Things would be far worse, than the already shocking statistics we have. The test will have to continue to increase in standard as the roads get busier.

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Are your instructors fully qualified?

Yes we are, the green octagon badge is in our training vehicle front window (left bottom corner). We do not use trainee driving instructors who display a pink triangle.

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Can you do lessons any cheaper than listed and offer extra discounts?

Our current prices 20/21 an hour is the best we can offer. If you can find quality driving tuition in Leicester offering grade 5 tuition, modern air conditioned cars, no passengers carried, good solid pass rate and a fantastic proven track record you've got a very good deal! The big national schools are almost 28+ per hour, and are at their maximum only as qualified as us.

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Do you give 'free' theory tuition?

'Free' theory tuition is a real eye catcher in driving instructors adverts. Are they going to turn up and teach you the theory for nothing in return? ...... No! It's part of your lesson, for which you are paying for. We at Roadworks are happy to help you as much as required with the theory side of things during a lesson, afterall it's all part of learning to drive. To say it was free however would be 'clever advertising', honesty is required to give you all the information you need, when choosing a driving instructor.

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Do you teach automatic?

We currently have no automatic tuition vehicle so I'm afraid we don't teach automatic, and have no future plans to. If you are concerned about driving a manual car, and feel automatic may be an easier option, please contact us and we may be able to advise on considering a manual car. If however you require automatic due to a medical condition or a disability I'm afraid we can't help, as we have no tuition vehicle.

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Do you have any female instructors?

At the moment at roadworks we have no female instructors, if a female instructor is a preference, rather than a requirement, I would like to invite you to a no further obligation trial lesson. This will establish if our style is suitable for your requirements. This has been very successful over the years.

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Are there discounts available for block bookings?

We are happy to offer a discount for 10 or 20 lessons paid in advance. Please see 'information and prices' link is below.

Information and prices

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What cars do you teach in?

A very popular question, and one that deserves a straight answer... but I won't give one... yet!!  Almost every small to medium car would do a good job and be nice to learn to drive in and there are many to choose from. Very few instructors would spend £12000-16000 on a car that was not suitable to earn them a living. It will be irrelevant the day you pass what car you learnt to drive in. If you are looking for a certain model car, say a '####' because it's trendy and then you fail 4 tests, your instructor keeps putting up prices, never turns up for lessons and also shouts at you. Then you realise the '####' is a mask to hide the instructors inadequacies and is just 'a marketing tool' I suppose a consolation would be, you can always say to people "well I did learn in a ####" Having said all that, you do need a car that suits your needs, we all like a nice car but it must be able to do an all round job. A certain car does not necessarily reflect the teaching skills of an instructor, as he or she may love their car that me or you may hate, but obviously a car and instructor are a 'package' that comes together. All cars listed below are very good, and each car is a personal choice reflecting cost, reliability, parts availability, looks and previous experience with that specific manufacturer. We teach in the fantastic highlighted cars below, and are our current preffered choice, with upto a £16000 budget. Both have air con, abs brakes, electric windows, electric mirrors, front and side airbags, 4/5 star ncap rating, power steering and lots of other technical boring stuff! Dual controls, extra mirrors, clear 'L' plates and fully comprehensive driving school insurance are all also part of the tuition car.

Independent learner training car road tests results (a selection) in no relevant order all rated out of 5;

                                       

  • Peugeot   206         1 2 3 4 5
  • Nissan Micra           1 2 3 4 5
  • Honda Jazz             1 2 3 4 5
  • Toyota Yaris           1 2 3 4 5
  • BMW Mini                1 2 3 4 5
  • Mitsubishi Colt       1 2 3 4 5
  • Mercedes A-Class 1 2 3 4 5
  • Renault Clio           1 2 3 4 5
  • Ford Fiesta             1 2 3 4 5 
  • Vauxhall Corsa      1 2 3 4 5
  • VW Polo                 1 2 3 4 5
  • Skoda Fabia           1 2 3 4 5
  • Citroen C3              1 2 3 4 5
  • Fiat Punto               1 2 3 4 5

As you can see the only car above that gets a 5 is the car most people would smile at, if an instructor quoted this make, but it is reported to be a fantastic car to teach in and to own and public opinion is changing. A car you like is important, but a quality instructor has to be the priority. Luckily at roadworks we believe you get both!  

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Can I use your tuition vehicle on my test?

Yes! If you have learned to drive with us, developed your skills with us, and booked a test with the advice of us, the cars all yours, it's all part of your tuition and our service to you. We charge a 2 hour fixed fee (£38/40). (Not £60/70 like some schools).

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Red Alert!!!!!

Please only read the below answer if the above was not suitable;

No! If you haven't learned to drive with us and just want to use our car for a test. We do not rent our cars out to people who want to hire a car for a driving test. And please don't call us to ask. We are committed to our customers who want to learn to drive, and will not cancel lessons with our loyal customers to accommodate you. Why not take the car you have 'perfected' your driving in, if one exsists. 

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Is it true that your jokes at least 50 years old?

Having consulted all parties involved in this serious matter, we have reluctantly had 3 executive lunches, 2 health spa weekends and 1 casino evening to discuss this issue. And we have found an answer. We can 100% categorically deny that our jokes are not, at all 50 years old. I can reassure you, without doubt, hesitation or any element of qualm that our jokes are at least 100 years old!!......

........learning to drive is a very serious matter and choosing the correct instructor can be a very difficult situation. Once you have started to have your tuition, your lessons can be, and should be thoroughly enjoyed. As you continue to develop your skills, things can get, at times quite demanding, especially in a city like Leicester. The above is an example of a break from the intensity of a serious situation. At roadworks we believe we have found a good balance so your lessons are 100% constructive, without taking away the enjoyment of learning to drive. An intense on the edge lesson every week will achieve nothing but turn the experience of learning to drive into a demoralising chore, and possibly cease to improve your skills or give up altogether.

Whoever you choose to learn to drive with, we hope you look forward to, and enjoy each lesson, and we wish you the very best of luck!

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Questions you may not think of asking.. ..but wish you did?!

Do you often dissappear on holiday for 3-4 weeks at a time giving just a one weeks' or less notice?

This really does happen, a lot! At Roadworks we have 3 separate weeks off per year plus a few days off at christmas (depending what days christmas and new year fall). We are totally committed to your lessons and progress, and our holidays are very well planned in advance.

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Is an important part of my lesson driving you to the shops to get some lunch?

Would you book lessons with an instructor who beforehand, you knew would do this? Very occasionally we may have to re-fuel during a lesson, if for example a petrol station have been too busy to visit earlier that day, or has been temporarily closed due to a tanker delivery. Our 'lunch' or 'banking' or 'visiting friends' or anything not connected with your lesson will not happen during your time.

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Will you regularly turn up 10-15 minutes late for my lesson, pretend you have not, and then drop me off early so I have only had a 40-minute lesson?

You would never believe this happens to people learning to drive, but I'm afraid it does! We often get calls from disillusioned people who simply want to learn to drive. At Roadworks we never intend to be late, however if we are we will contact you, let you know what's happening and you will get the time you have paid for.

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Will you cancel lessons at the last moment with lame pathetic excuses so often told, you forgot your great-aunt had died twice, your house has been broken into 3 times previously and your hamster had escaped for the 4th time chewing your telephone wire so you could not call me?

Another regular reason for people to be looking for a new instructor. The same instructors continue to let people down time and time again; with the same ridiculous excuse they gave you 3 weeks ago! We rarely have to cancel lessons at Roadworks and have a record of less than 1 cancelled lesson in 1500! And only with good unavoidable reason, as mentioned in our 'pupils charter' section.

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Will you arrange to pick me up in town, and then leave me waiting there, when you have no intention of turning up anyway, then days later when you do finally return my call, you abdicate all responsibility, and say that I was not there!!!!!! ?

Please try to find an instructor with a good reputation. I have heard the above dozens of times from pupils calling me looking for a new instructor. It should not happen to anyone, ever. But continues to.

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I'm not clever enough to make the above questions up (apart from the hamster chewing the phone line!), they are too ridiculous but do happen. They are all genuine things I've have heard too many times. Whether or not you choose Roadworks to learn to drive, please look for an established driving school with a good reputation.

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Phil Oliver's Mitsubishi Colt CZ3

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