The School

Southampton Driving School - A Winning Combo

Profesionally Trained

Jon is a certified instructor with years of experience for both the AA and Bill Plant national driving schools.

Independent Touch

The professionalism of formal training with the more personal approach that only independent instructors offer.

High Pass Rate

Sit your test only when you are ready to become a safe driver. Prepare in advance with a realistic mock test.

Going The Extra Mile

What makes J’s a favourite Southampton driving school and popular around the New Forest? An instructor that goes the extra mile. To be as accommodating as possible, lessons are available from 8am to 8pm with door to door pickup. If you work weekdays, it’s only fair that the price of evening and weekend lessons are standard and not premium pricing, as with other schools. The same goes for intensive courses. 

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Reliable Modern Vehicles

J Driving School prepares pupils in only the most reliable and equipped modern vehicles. With dual controls fitted to maximise safety, learners can feel confident behind the wheel as you get to grips with the accelerator, clutch and brakes.

At present, lessons are taught in a brand new BMW 1 Series Sport with power assisted steering, a manual 6 speed gearbox and all the mod-cons. This might change in the near future to the new Mini Cooper S so feel free to ask about this. Both are cars you will feel cool driving around in!

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Tailored tuition for...

That first lesson can be nerve-racking. J Driving School fully appreciates this and treats all first-time learners with the patience they deserve to enable their success.

For whatever reason, sometimes things just don’t work out. Whether you have been unlucky sitting a test in the past or are just looking for a new instructor, J Driving School helps you pick up from where you left off. 

Already done the hard work and passed your test? Maybe it’s been a while since you got behind the wheel or you are looking to rebuild up lost confidence. J Driving School caters to recap drivers and their circumstances. 

  • AA trained instructor
  • Flexible hours 8am-8pm
  • Evening and weekend lessons
  • Intensive courses available
  • Complementary motorway lesson

Make sure you have a provisional license before learning

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before taking your first lesson, you must hold a provisional license. You can apply for one here. The current fee is £50. You need to be at least 17 years of age to hold a valid provisional car licence, but you can apply up to 3 months before your 17th birthday. 

Everyone asks this but the truth is everyone learns at different rates. As a rule of thumb, the national average for a beginner with no previous experience is 40 to 50 hours. Someone with prior experience might only need 20 to 30 hours. Transfer and recap pupils will be informally assessed to establish competence. 

Intensive courses are great if you are in a hurry to pass, or if you are a student with a window of free time to commit to lessons. Some people would prefer to learn gradually around other commitments, it completely depends on the person and their situation.   

It’s always great to hear from enthusiastic 17 or 18 year olds. There are benefits to learning as soon as you can – it’s often more convenient during school than when working full-time or away at university. That said, waiting until you are older, perhaps more confident, and financially stable can make sense too.

The first thing to say is you never have to sit your test until you are ready. Even when you make a booking, you are able to postpone it providing you give enough notice. The best way you can prepare is to brush up on all the manoeuvres and practise driving on test routes. 

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