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First Gear pre-driver training

The First Gear pre-driver training day will give trainees their first experience behind the wheel of a car in a safe, controlled environment with fully qualified driving instructors.

There are 2 parts to the day - the practical driving session and the classroom session.

The driving element of the day will enable participants to learn and practice:

  • moving off safely and correctly
  • steering an accurate course
  • changing up and down gears
  • braking safely and coming to a stop

This session is delivered by approved driving instructors.

The classroom session offers guidance and insight into:

  • the importance of choosing the right driving instructor
  • the cost of learning to drive and maintaining a vehicle
  • vehicle maintenance
  • the highway code

This session is carried out by a road safety officer.

Length of course

The day runs from 9am to 3.30pm.


The course costs £59. Participants receive a 2-hour practical off-road driving session with a fully qualified driving instructor in a dual controlled car and a classroom theory session. Refreshments and a buffet lunch will also be provided.

Date, time and location

Dates are currently being planned for 2023.

You can reserve a place on a course by completing the online booking form.


Please bring comfortable clothing, no high heels. Bring a coat to wear for the outdoor session.

If you wear glasses for reading please remember to bring them with you on the day.

If you have any special requirements or if you'd just like more information, please email: or tel: 01629 538060.

Book a place

To book a place complete our First Gear booking form.

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