Book driving lessons

Thank you for considering 1st Gear Driving School to provide you with driving tuition in the build up to the day of your test. We specialise in teaching people to drive to the demanding standards required for safe driving on today’s roads. This can be achieved in a variety of ways:

Planned program of tuition

In this course your lessons will be arranged over a period of weeks where you will be taught all aspects of driving. When you have reached a good standard, you will be advised to apply for your driving test. Once you have passed your driving test, you will be offered the chance to receive further help in other areas such as Motorway Driving, Pass Plus etc.

Intensive Courses

This very successful method of learning has been designed for learners who wish to condense their tuition into a shorter time span. Both your theory and practical tests can be arranged for you, with the practical test booked for the final hour of your course. All courses are on a one-to-one basis (we do not believe in car sharing). We offer three main courses. They are:-
Full Course – This consists of 30 hours of in-car tuition and is designed for learners of limited or no experience.

  • Intermediate Course – This consists of 20 hours of in-car tuition and is designed for learners who have had some previous driving experience.
  • Short Course – This course consists of 10 hours in car tuition and is designed for learners who are experienced or who have been unsuccessful on a previous test.
  • One day intensive (New) - Would you like to be taught all the basics in one day? No other driving school offers this type of course, be the first to boast to your friends "I learnt to drive in one day" (See courses for more information)

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are available to any value at no extra cost, just chose the amount you require and your voucher will be dispatched within 24 hours by E-mail or if you prefer by 1st class post.

Driving lesson prices in Torbay

Patient & friendly driving
tuition throughout Devon

» Intensive or Hourly Courses

» Pass Plus Lessons

» Male & Female Instructors

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Pupils Are Saying

I had Tim as my instructor and I passed first time . He’s calm and very patient.

-Sophie Moss

When I first started looking into driving lessons, I walked straight to NA DVLA test center 'cause it was only round then corner and asked about intensive courses. Dan, from first gear happened to be there, approached me and talked me through everything I needed to do.

Although lessons did not continue with Dan due to complications, I don't think I could have asked for a better instructor starting out as a learner. Great character and definitely knows what he's doing.

-Daniel Harwood

When i first called 1st Gear School of Motoring they were very helpful and put me at ease straight away. My lessons were with an instructor called Graham Woodcock and i would recommend him to anyone for driving lessons.

I passed 2nd time but that was my fault. A great driving school Graham was always on time and never cancelled any of my lessons. Cheers Graham. See you on the road mate.

-Jame Williams

Brilliant! A large family means more than one driving lesson trauma for the brood so what a relief when we finally chose the right tuition and chose a driving School that demonstrated a friendly professionalism that surpassed all previous experiences. Well done First Gear... will definitely be sending the grand children your way soon!

-Robert Jack

I was recommended 1st Gear by a friend and I would recommend them too. The lessons went very well and I learnt to drive quickly. The instructor was a good laugh and good at his job. I live in Torquay but I know they have instructors all over Torbay and Exeter.

-Mark McCann

Areas we cover

  • Torquay
  • Paignton
  • Teignmouth
  • Newton Abbot
  • Totnes
  • Milber
  • Brixham
  • Buckland
  • Kingsteignton
  • Abbotskerswell
  • Dawlish
  • Ashburton
  • Buckfastleigh
  • Heathfield
  • South Brent
  • Dartington
  • Ipplepen
  • Harberton (Ford)
  • Dartmouth (meet in Kingswear)

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