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Our 5-step guide to winning Christmas 2021

What better present could there be than the gift of driving? We’re talking about unlocking so many doors, from basic domestic mobility to employment.

driving lesson gift vouchers

Let’s face it, who actually wants to catch the bus?

The pandemic has had a major impact on so many aspects of our daily lives. With that, we’ve all had to adapt. Whether that’s been through not visiting loved ones, having to work from home, or making sacrifices with our hobbies and social lives.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people across the UK pass their driving test, gaining their independence on the roads and opening countless doors to improve their lives. But with the restrictions last year (and indeed at the start of this year), that conveyor belt ground to a halt.

Driving tests have been hard to come by and finding a driving instructor in some areas has been even more tricky. People have fallen into one of three groups:

  1. Been lucky and found an instructor (or already had one pre-pandemic)
  2. Booked their own driving test and had to take it on their own (this usually results in a fail)
  3. Given up waiting and grown disillusioned

The pandemic has silently forged something of a crisis for this new generation, made up of mostly 17-20 year olds. Without the privilege of guaranteed driving lessons, this generation is pushed into relying on public transport in a pandemic age.

Despite the best efforts of driving schools like ourselves and the DVSA, the backlog remains – and it’s real. Driving test wait times are still high, and the truth is that most driving instructors are still fully booked. But there’s still reason to be positive.

Driving lessons are like dogs

As we move into 2022, hopefully we can start getting back to ‘normal’ again. Our driving instructors are working at full capacity and are working really hard to make extra spaces for new learners.

You might be starting to think about presents for your friends and family members for Christmas this year. maybe somebody you know falls into one of the groups listed above – or perhaps you just know somebody who could really benefit from learning to drive.

They may not have wet noses, and it may not be as satisfying to say “who’s a good boy?” at them, but driving lessons are like dogs… The gift is for life, not just for Christmas.

driving lessons are like dogs
Do you see what we did there?

Our gift vouchers

We’ve all made big sacrifices this year but when you’re thinking about present-buying over the next few weeks, remember the generation who have sacrificed their independence by missing out on their driving lessons.

Give the gift of driving this Christmas with our driving lesson vouchers, available in selected areas.

If you’re not convinced about the benefits of driving lesson vouchers as a gift, we’ve put together our 2021 Christmas present buying guide below:

driving lessons christmas present
There was only going to be one winner

With a great selection of vouchers to choose from including bundling in the driving test fees, there’s no reason why that special someone can’t be the proud holder of a shiny new driving licence in the near future.

Whether you’re gifting a two-hour driving lesson to get them started or you choose our all-inclusive 30 hour bundle including the theory + practical test fees, there’s a gift voucher for everyone.

These vouchers are printed double-sided on 150gsm card and are customised with the name and issue date. They make perfect stocking fillers and you can even slip them into a card.

driving school gift vouchers

Our 5-step guide to winning Christmas 2021

  1. Click on the red button below. It will take you to a page with more information and yet another red button. Click that too
  2. A new page will come up. Fill in the form and press Send
  3. One of our expert office team will call you to confirm voucher availability and take payment
  4. The voucher will be sent to you to present how you like for the big day
  5. Watch the delighted face of that special somebody when they see what you’ve got them!

Gift vouchers – book now!

🎅 Christmas delivery guarantee: Order before 20th December 2021 to receive before Christmas Day

Please be aware that while we will do our best, it’s possible we won’t be able to offer vouchers in all areas. All vouchers are subject to availability.

Everything you need to know about… New towing rules 2021

The rules on towing trailers and caravans will be changing later on in the year, affecting millions of drivers in the UK. We’ve put together a handy guide on everything you need to know.

new rules for towing

The most important piece of advice we can give you is to seek training from a qualified driver trainer before attempting to tow a trailer or a caravan. The fact of the matter is that this new law change WILL have an impact on road safety. We highly recommend B+E training for anybody looking to tow for the first time.

Everything you need to know about… E10 petrol

E10 petrol is coming on the 1st of September, but what is it? And how can you make sure you’re filling up with the correct fuel?everything you need to know about e10 petrol

The 4-step guide to cutting post-lockdown nerves

In a recent report for ITV’s Westcountry News, figures released showed that more than 1 in 3 drivers (36%) were nervous about getting back behind the wheel after life in lockdown.

I was privileged to be asked to give my thoughts of was featured on their programme. As is the case with TV, my time was limited, so I’m going to to share my 4-step guide here.

nervous driving after lockdown

Above: We’re all adjusting to getting back out on the roads again after 18 months of uncertainty

Learning to drive made simple

Dave Foster MA, Dip.DI

There have been many books written about learning to drive.

These books often span hundreds of pages and make driving seem like some deep art or something that can only be mastered properly as a Class 1 police pursuit driver. In fact, one of the most popular books written on this subject was just that, written for class 1 police drivers under pursuit conditions (chasing the bad guys).

Unlike the people who write these long-winded books, I’m well known for making things simple, breaking things down into bite-sized manageable chunks. Now I’m writing this article to show you just how simple it can be to learn to drive.

learning to drive made simple

📷 Infographic: A-Z of Learning to Drive

Each week between July and December 2019, we posted our essential A-Z of Learning to Drive over on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

So we made a handy infographic that covers the A-Z of learning to drive. When you take lessons with us, your instructor will cover everything you need for a safe life of driving beyond being a learner.

Whether you’re nervous about Signs, Gears or Zebra crossings, our patient and friendly driving instructors here at 1st 4 Driving are your best choice for driving lessons in your area. Check out the A-Z of Learning to Drive:

Infographic: Why Our Driving Lessons Are The Best

With so much choice out there for driving lessons, it’s important to know that you can trust the driving school that you choose.

So we’ve made it simple by producing an infographic that shows you exactly why we’re the best driving school around. From free theory training to our great reviews and our guarantee, you can see how much we can do for you when you book with 1st 4 Driving.


Full, Free Theory Training!

So you’ve heard that the Theory Test is difficult, but luckily you were clever and booked driving lessons with 1st 4 Driving, meaning you qualify for FULL, FREE theory training with Theory Test Suite.

Nervous Pupils Are Very Welcome!

Are You Feeling Nervous About Your Driving Lesson?

There are many reasons why you may be nervous as a pupil and we understand this. Maybe it’s meeting your Driving Instructor for the first time – they are a stranger to you after all. You might be thinking “Will they shout at me if I get something wrong?” “Will I be ok as a pupil?” “Will I make a mistake?”

nervous about driving

How Many Driving Lessons You Will Need

The REAL truth about how many driving lessons you will need – explained by Driving School Dave.

One of the most common questions we are asked is How many driving lessons you will need to take the practical test? This is a very valid question but one that is very difficult to answer. That said, there are some definite guidelines and tips to reduce the amount you need without compromising your safety.

How many driving lessons will I need?

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