FAQ

Can you arrange a theory and practical test in one week?

No driving school can pre-book practical tests for potential pupils who have yet to pass their theory test, so be very careful if someone is telling you otherwise.
As soon pupil pay their deposit fee , NCC book earliest theory test .
Their is link available on our website to apply for theory and practical test . Once you apply using our website NCC website staff work tirelessly to find earliest possible date .
In the mean time our instructor will start course and ensure you ready to book practical when your theory test date arrives.

Do NCC BOLTON help with the theory test?

Yes. All our pupils are registered automatically with THEORYTESTPRO.co.uk which is the largest UK online resource currently available that helps learners prepare for the current theory test.
If you subscribe to our NCC . You get this free of charge .
However, if you only using this resource then you get this for one off fee of £5.

Do you have lady instructors?

In many places, yes, although you must make it clear when you book if your booking is reliant on our only providing a lady instructor. Please bear in mind that courses conducted by lady instructors may sometimes need to be spread over longer because their availability may generally be more limited.

If you have specified a lady instructor when you booked, and if we are unable to source one for the course you require, your deposit will be promptly refunded in full.

When must I pay for my course?

A deposit is payable on booking, and this is fully refundable as long as we get 14 days notice before course starts .
The balance of the cost of your course is usually due 7 days before the course is due to start.
If you wish to buy additional lessons directly with your instructor after booking a course, you are free to do this at the instructor’s standard rates, depending on their availability. Remember that this may not always be possible as the instructor will have other pupil and course commitments, which is why it’s so important to aim to book the right course in the first place.

What if I have any questions before the course begins?

Once you make your booking, your instructor’s details will be confirmed to you by email or text , and you can contact them to discuss most things, in particular, details about the conduct of the lessons or the syllabus, or to discuss any issues you might have about the test process.
If you need to change anything you have booked, NCC BOLTON should be your main point of contact. Please remember that in order to be fair to both pupils and instructors, our intensive courses are arranged under a tight set of terms and conditions, and we may be very limited in what we can do to vary any aspect course once booked.

How do I know my money is safe?

If you book “normal” lessons, and have an issue with the school, you may have lost a couple of hours of lessons. But when you’re booking an intensive course, and parting with a large sum of money, you need to be sure that the driving school is reputable and that your money is safe.
For your peace of mind, firstly, all payments made to NCCBOLTON are kept in a separate pupil account, and “ring-fenced” for security until your course is begun.
Secondly, NCCBOLTON is NOT a limited company, so our owners are personally liable for any money you pay to us. We can’t think of a better way of proving to you that your money is safe and that we’ll do our best to work with you to get you your full driving licence.

Why is your cancellation policy so strict?

Intensive courses can be very difficult, if not impossible, to reschedule a course once booked, and we have a duty to protect the interests of both you and your instructor. It can be very difficult to alter any schedule involving a large number of lessons without leaving the instructor with no work to replace those lessons, so please be sure that you can fit in with the arrangements you make wehn booking.

How do I know which course is best for me?

Below is chart which show recommended number of hours .

Best advice is to arrange a taster lesson so you can meet our Instrutor and get use to car and instructor can find out how many hours would you require for your course .

If you still want to book driving course please use chart below

Why are courses booked on weekdays rather than weekends?

Firstly, there are much fewer weekend slots available, and not all test centres provide weekend tests anyway. Where weekend tests are available, the waiting list is longer and the tests cost more, so if your intention is to take lessons over a short space of time, it seems silly to have to wait perhaps weeks longer to start the course – and pay more – just in order to include a weekend test appointment as part of it.
Secondly, traffic on Saturdays is often busier than on weekdays, so course lessons booked during normal working week-days will enable you to familiarise yourself with road and traffic conditions as they’re likely to occur on the day of your (weekday) test. This should help you achieve test standard more quickly.
Thirdly, if you were tempted to take intensive lessons in the evenings and weekends, to fit in with work commitments, it’s simply not practical to expect to get the best from a set of a relatively large number of driving lessons after a full day at work, using up the only leisure time you’d otherwise have to help you unwind and prepare for another working week. Extra stress on top, you can probably do without.
You’re going to pay a lot of money to try to get that precious driving licence. Make sure you get the full benefit of the lessons you are booking otherwise you’re defeating the point of taking an intensive course in the first place.

What if I can only make evening or weekend lessons?

If you need to fit in intensive lessons only after working hours or at weekends, your course may need to be spread over a longer period of time because lesson slots are more limited than standard daytime slots, and not all instructors are prepared to work the extra hours that weekend and evenings can entail. We would still recommend a weekday test, so you may need to take a half-day off work, or whatever, and the fact that you haven’t had the opportunity of driving during weekday road and traffic conditions may be detrimental to you, but if you have no other option, Ncc Bolton will do its best to accommodate your requirements.

What are the benefits of a residential intensive course?

If it’s important to you that you take a test quickly and the test dates available at your local centre are substantially longer away than the time you have available – perhaps because your theory test certificate is about to expire, or you have a licence-dependant job offer, or you have to leave the country shortly – then the most effective option would be to book QuickTest a residential course.
There are several test centres in the country where there’s a waiting list of a fortnight or even less, although these will usually work out to be more expensive because you have to add accommodation and travel costs to the cost of your basic course. However, if you are currently living in a part of the country where driving lessons are particularly expensive, you may find that some of the travel and accommodation costs in booking a residential course would be offset by taking a course in a part of the country where lessons are cheaper and tests more readily available.

Would you recommend taking 3 to 4 hours a day or 8 hours a day?

Most pupils find that focusing their efforts in a concentrated burst in this way benefits them enormously, but you shouldn’t underestimate how hard it can be for upwards of 3 hours a day behind the wheel of a car learning new skills. Even experienced drivers would struggle driving for 8 hours in a single day, so you must appreciate that if you decided to take a full day of 8 hours behind the wheel, the amount you learn by the end of that day will be significanlt less than you were able to absorb atthe start of the day.
We would always suggest 3 or no morethan 4 hours driving in a day, and even then take a short break half-waythrough.

How flexible do I need to be?

Although we believe we offer the most comprehensive choice and availability of intensive courses in Britain, the more flexible you are in your instructions to us, then it’s likely that the cheaper and more readily available the courses we can offer you will be. But all driving schools are at the “mercy” of test availability by the DV SA, and all we can promise is that we are experienced and set up for arranging quick tests at the most appropriate centre for your needs, with competent instructors delivering quality lessons at a fair cost.

Can the times of my course be easily altered?

Generally, No. Once a course is booked it can be very difficult to make any changes because the instructor will have reserved the slots for you and it could be very difficult to rebook those times, especially at short notice, with another pupil.

Is it best to have a course in as short a time as possible?

You shouldn’t underestimate how difficult it might be to cope with 3 or 4 hours, (or more), in one driving lesson session. Although the advantages of a “crash” course can be substantial, so can the pressure! You need to be sure that you’re temperamentally suited and can focus on the job in hand for extended periods in order to benefit.

Would you recommend my having extra practice before the course?

A Department for Transport study shows that, on average, successful driving test candidates will have had 47 hours of lessons with a driving instructor plus 20 hours of practice with a friend or relative, and that the average learning time to tut bhe practical test was 14 months.
When you use the NCC Course , some of its questions will be directed towards finding out what other practice you have had, (or that you will be able to have), prior to starting the course. We will offer the best course for you based on the what you’ve said, so – for example – if you say you’ll be able to have extra practice with friends or relatives, then you should actually have that practice, otherwise you may be disappointed with the course we recommended.

What if I thought I couldn’t get extra practice, then find that I can?

If you’ve assumed that you won’t be able to get some practice, then find you are able to practice, you may have booked a slightly longer course than you needed, but this should increase your chance of passing, despite test nerves or unexpected road or traffic conditions.
Unfortunately, once a course is booked and an instructor is reserved for the required amount of time, we cannot reduce the course in the light of your extra experience because this would place the instructor at a great disadvantage, and could mean that he or she would actually lose money because of the lessons not then taken.

What happens if I don’t get to test standard during the course?

The answer to that lies with the instructor.
If they feel that you are a good driver, but have become demoralised simply because of the psychological pressure you’ve put yourself under because of the test, they may allow you to take the test anyway to benefit from the experience. But an instructor who agrees to this would need to be confident that you would make a reasonably competent driver if you were to pass.
If your instructor doesn’t feel that you would be safe even to be allowed the opportunity of taking the test “for experience”, they will refuse to allow you use of their car for the test. If this happens, the lessons that had been reserved to cover the test will be converted into normal driving lessons, but your test will be lost.
If you have access to a car of your own and can organise a friend or relative to sit alongside you to take you to the test centre, you may elect to take the test, but in that instance, the lessons that had been reserved by your instructor to cover the test with you will be forfeited instead.

Can I book my own test?

Yes, by all means, (as long as we know th edate when we book the instructor).
If you decide to book your own test online, NCC BOLTON can often arrange an intensive course of lessons to fit in with your date at relatively short notice, but this is obviously subject to availability of instructors who may already be fully committed to other courses in your area.

Can you guarantee that I’ll pass my test?

Nobody can guarantee that you’ll pass your driving test.

We’ve seen some highly-suspect “promises” being touted on the Internet, and you must exercise extreme caution when putting your faith in extravagant claims and extraordinary offers. Use your common sense. “If an offer appears to be too good to be true …..”

Can you promise that I’ll take the test at the date that’s booked?
Sorry, but No.
Examiner illness, industrial action, weather, accident, may all affect whether the driving test booked will actually take place, and the best that the DVSA can do is offer to rebook an alternative test at their earliest availability. If this happens, your driving course will still take place as booked, but we’ll hold some hours back to cover the new test date when it’s offered by the DVSA.
You must also be aware that if you don’t get to the minimum required standard to stand a reasonable expectation of passing the test, your instructor simply won’t allow the use of their car to take it.

What happens if I fail my test?

If you fail your driving test, you will have to pay for another one, although any additional lessons you might want to arrange can be booked directly with your course instructor at a special rate that reflects the fact that you’ve already undergone a course of intensive driving tuition with NCC BOLTON

How many hours will I need to do to pass my test?

The official DVSA answer would be 40-60hrs on average, combining professional driving tuition with private practice. This is rather misleading as it depends very much on the individual, their age and ability to learn. Taking account of: How quickly you learn, how often you are taught, the length of your lessons, and the regularity of the practice you get.

Below you can find a chart to give you an indicator as to how many hours it is likely to take you (please note this chart is a rough guide based on averages and should not be taken as a guarantee):

Can I learn in an Automatic?

Yes – We offer Automatic driving lessons; if you learn to drive and pass your test in an Automatic car you will be licensed to drive an Automatic car. Should you wish to drive a manual vehicle you simply have to take and pass a driving test in a manual vehicle. No theory test would be required for this second driving test.

Can I be collected from or dropped to a different address other than my home?

Yes within reason, we are happy to collect you from another address than your home and again at the end of your lesson drop you somewhere else if you prefer. All we ask is advance notice as we would not want to be late for the next pupil’s lesson.

Show Me Tell Me Questions

1. About the questions

  • ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
  • ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving

2. ‘Show me’ questions

  1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

3. ‘Tell me’ questions

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.