Driving lesson prices for lessons in BIrmingham with 1stDrive.com

Driving lessons in Birmingham

Driving lesson prices in Birmingham


£25 per hour

I’m one of the best, not one of the cheapest. If you’re just looking for cheap lessons to scrape through a test as quickly as you can then I’m not for you. If you prefer to become a safe and confident driver by learning with one of the best in the business then you’re in the right place.

As much as I focus on quality I am aware that people don’t want to pay more than necessary. That’s why I spent hours making all of my driving lesson videos.


How my driving lesson videos help save money

There are over 400 videos on my YouTube channel and they have had over 7 million views. These videos are made by me, Paul, the actual instructor you will have for your lessons. They are filmed in the same areas that you’ll be driving in on lessons so once you’re taking lessons with me you could look ahead to see what’s coming up.

You can even watch me teaching a pupil to drive from start to finish. That’s like getting all your driving lessons for free! Make use of these videos and you can save time and money on lessons.

When you are ready for your driving test you can watch my driving test videos showing actual routes from the very test centre you’ll be going from. Many of my pupils say how great it is to be able to watch these on the day of their driving test. Many times I’ve been sitting in driving test waiting rooms waiting for the examiner to come out when pupils and even other instructors have come up to me to say how much my videos have helped.



Why no intro offers?

Many driving schools do offers like 5 lessons for £50 because they use unqualified, inexperienced trainee driving instructors known as PDI’s (Potential Driving Instructors).

Driving schools charge the trainees a weekly fee to be supplied with work so they take on as many as they can to make as much as they can. Driving schools make nothing from lessons, they get paid by their instructors. That means the school has to flog cheap lessons to get as many pupils in as they can to feed all the trainees.

A trainee’s inexperience could end up costing you more if they don’t know what they’re doing. They may never have even had a pupil pass before, don’t know where the tests go or what examiners expect of pupils.

The majority of trainees never qualify meaning you’ll end up looking for a new instructor and spending more money when they fail their exams. The pass rate in Birmingham in 2017/18 for the final exam to become an instructor was 21.6%.

I don’t use trainees but I am not against them. I am one of the UK’s leading driving instructor trainers and I spend a lot of time helping new instructors. I just think everyone should be told if they’re learning with a trainee and at least be offered a discount for learning with them.

Here are just some of the other things I’ve heard from pupils and instructors that have come to me from schools with intro offers:

  • The four or five cheap hours were not the first four or five hours. They paid a deposit of £50 and then on the second lesson were asked to pay a rate of up to £30 an hour! What they bought was four cheap hours but not the first four hours. The cheap hours were hours 1, 10, 20, 30 etc. Between those cheap hours you pay full price.
  • The intro offer has to be paid up front and is not refundable. I have met many pupils that paid £50 in advance and didn’t like their instructor on the first lesson. In one case they sent them an instructor that didn’t even speak the same language! They were told they’d have to stay with them or they’d lose the rest of the deposit. That cheap intro offer just cost them £50.
  • The introductory driving lessons are not always an hour long as you’d expect. If the usual rate is £24 an hour and the intro lessons are only 30 minutes long for £12 each then you’ve saved nothing!
  • Many schools have test fees. That means that on the day of your test you are hit with a fee of £100 for the lesson; that’s how they make the money back from intro offers. I even once saw a pupil being told this in Kings Heath test centre minutes before their test. The instructor made them withdraw £100 cash from a cash machine or else they wouldn’t do the test.
  • I worked at a school with intro offers and we were told to drag lessons out to make the money back. If you gave away 5 cheap hours you had to get at least 5 hours extra out of the pupils later on. They even had a chart on the wall showing the top selling instructors and ones that dragged out lessons the most got rewards such as a holiday to Italy.
  • You could be hit with a price rise soon after starting to make up for them losing money on the into offers.


Even more reasons to learn with me

  • I have 15 years experience and have taught over 600 people
  • I have sat in on hundreds of real driving tests and gained a vast knowledge of what examiners want
  • I’m a fully qualified instructor. Many big national driving schools use trainee instructors that are NOT fully qualified and may fail their exams, leaving you with another instructor (another trainee?)
  • Not only do I teach learners but also I also train driving instructors which takes a high level of skill
  • You’ll get the same instructor for every lesson, not a different one each time from the same school
  • I do just two driving lessons a day because I believe in quality not quantity. Cheap instructors often dash around doing 4 or more lessons a day.
  • You’ll be supporting a local driving instructor, not a faceless national company making millions
  • No deposit to pay before we meet. Why risk paying before you’ve met your instructor?
  • Prices are fixed at the hourly rate you start on until you pass
  • There’s no contract to sign so there’s no worry of small print or legal catches
  • No test fee. Some instructors charge £100 for each test, on top of the usual lesson price
  • No extra cost for weekends, bank holidays or anything
  • I have no sales targets. Some schools encourage instructors to drag lessons out for rewards
  • CCTV protection for you (and me)
  • I use my CCTV to review all driving tests if you don’t pass. Even if I don’t go with you I can still see exactly what happened and help you.
  • I offer weekly or intensive courses to suit your needs


How to pay

I accept payment through bank transfer or cash. I much prefer bank transfers because I get charged a fee when I pay cash into my account.

I’ll email you the details needed after your first lesson.



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