Driving in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge

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“Our daughter had failed her driving test and we were looking for an instructor to rebuild her confidence and help her pass the test. We looked for a driving instructor in the Sevenoaks district and found Steve. We contacted him and were impressed straight away with his knowledge and words of encouragement. Suffice to say our daughter passed the driving test under Steve's guidance and we would have no hesitation in recommending him to any learner driver.” Stef, 17, from Sundridge, passed her test in November 2009

Preparing for the test? Whether you’re an absolute beginner, have been struggling to pass, or have come from another country and now need a UK licence, ECPC can help you.

Keen to pass? Silly question, but give yourself the best chance! The official pass rate for the Sevenoaks test centre was 52.3% in 2014-15. My pass rate of 65.3% in 2016 for all pupils at Sevenoaks means that my pupils take one test less to pass than the average, so with ECPC you pass 8 weeks sooner and save about two hundred pounds on lessons and test fees, compared to the average driving school.

If you’ve never driven before, and stay with ECPC from first lesson to passing your test, our pass rate is even better: 67.8% of these pupils pass first time (compare that with only 51.8% of people passing their first test at Sevenoaks in 2014-15) and ECPC pupils’ overall pass rate is 61.4%. So if you really want to pass your test, get started with ECPC!


Last minute test

If you get a short-notice test slot in Sevenoaks, we’ll help you if we can. If you aren’t an ECPC pupil, you’ll need at least four hours of lessons with ECPC before the test. We have found that eight hours will give you a very good chance of passing. These lessons will allow you to get used to manoeuvring the car and to conditions and road features in Sevenoaks. It will also allow the ECPC instructor to make sure that you can drive to a safe standard. If the instructor does not consider that you meet the safety standard, they will not permit you to use an ECPC car for the test.


Absolute beginners

“With much encouragement from Steve and hard work from myself, my confidence grew as I was learning to drive. I was nervous being on the road among other drivers at first, but Steve put all my worries to rest and I was able to focus on driving.” Maya, 17, Gravesend, passed her test in April 2006

Your very first lesson needs to be two hours. In that time you’ll learn all about the controls of the car, to move off safely and stop the car in a good place, and you’ll start to deal with junctions. After that, lessons can be as long and as often as suits you.

You’ll get advice on the theory test, learn to deal with all kinds of roads and traffic situations, and practice parking and other manoeuvres.

There will be practice tests and we’ll build up your experience until you’re ready to go solo. That’s the time to take your test.

With your Test Pass certificate in your hand, you’ll be able to take your Pass Plus course with ECPC.

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Struggling to pass

A lot of people have done a bit of driving at 17 and never quite got through the test. As time passes, you might find you really need to drive. ECPC is used to helping pupils in this situation, you’re probably more mature and cautious than younger pupils and may have had bad experiences in the past. We’ll help you use your maturity to become a better and safer driver.

None of this would have been possible without your teaching and patience - so thank you very much - couldn't work without my car now!” Dan, 31, from Otford, passed his test in December 2005

Some of our successful pupils have almost given up on themselves after repeated failure. If that’s you, try ECPC, we really can get you through:

"I had failed three driving tests when I found ECPC. Steve seemed to know what and how I needed to learn. I passed my fourth test and also did my PassPlus with Steve. It has made me a confident and safe driver despite my earlier failures." Laboni, 29, from Sevenoaks, passed her test in August 2006

Hi Steve, thank you so much for all of your help with driving you are really great at what you do and I would recommend you to anyone! Thank you so much for building my confidence and for all your support! See you on the Pass PlusBrooke, 18, from Sevenoaks, passed her test in November 2015, she had switched to ECPC for one last attempt after failing four times.

Sevenoaks is a popular location for Londoners to learn and take a test. Easy access by train (yes, we’ll pick you up at the station, no problem), and a short waiting list make Sevenoaks an ideal choice.

“Thanks, Steve for your excellent teaching, I was well prepared for my test and really enjoyed the Pass Plus.”

James, 46, from London, had attempted the test a number of times in London. In Sevenoaks, after a short but quite intensive period of lessons with ECPC, he passed his test at the first attempt in March 2013

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Overseas drivers

Years of experience back home, and now you need to pass your UK test! It’s not easy. You need help from someone who understands your situation and how to train you to drive the UK way.

“The driving test went great. It was simple and straightforward after you explained everything. Thanks for getting me prepared. Keep up the good work.”

Chad, 37, “mainly from Washington state”, passed his UK test at the first attempt in March 2014, after an intensive, short course of lessons - just a few weeks before his international driver’s permit expired.

Steve is a patient and professional instructor. His study schedule was practical and detailed.  Steve provided me with learning material with clear key points. I am a foreigner and just lived in London for 1 year. My spoken English is very poor because of my incorrect pronunciation. However, Steve is so helpful and explained me the manoeuvres in pictures. Steve gave me a practice of all show/tell questions just before my driving test. I finally passed the practical test the first time with only 2 minor mistakes. Thank you very much Steve. Thank you.

Julia, 39, from China and living in Orpington, passed her test in June 2016, a year after moving to England.

I am very glad I chose Steve for my driving instructor. He is very knowledgeable, polite, calm and patient. All the qualities you want in an instructor to help you pass in your exam, as I did. But more than that, he is a very pleasant company and also very knowledgeable on all sorts of thing such as the geography, architecture and history of Sevenoaks. I learned much more than just to drive. The lessons were real treats!  Thank you Steve.

Carla, 42, from Brazil and living in Sevenoaks, passed her UK test in October 2016.

Successful ECPC pupils have held licences from many places including Algeria, Arizona, Bangladesh, Brazil, California, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Florida, India, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Mexico, New York, Russia, South Dakota, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Ukraine, Virginia, Washington state and Zambia.

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Preparing for the Test