Number One Driving Lessons in Selby

Here at Drive4Life we are known to offer the Number One Driving Lessons in Selby, we have an extensive track record of first pass rates and standard pass rates (over 80% pass first time). Whether you want to take your time learning to drive, or you are in dire need of learning for work or pleasure, one thing can be sure when you take your lessons with us and that is, that taking your test will be a breeze. Our instructors will know when you are ready and will raise the confidence in you, so  that you pass with flying colours. With a high first time pass rate, Drive4Life clearly have the knowledge and commitment to create such a high level of success for our learners in the Selby areas.

Number One Driving Lessons in Selby

Drive4Life are approved by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and strive to have you on the road, a competent and confident driver. Learning to drive is exciting however, for some the prospect of driving on a road in rush hour can be daunting and nerve-wrecking. Under expert tuition and with a friendly and patient manner, those nerves will slowly melt away and you will question why you felt nervous in the first place.

Here at Drive4Life, we pride ourselves on providing a first rate driving experience from the minute you enter the car nervously shaking, to the second you leave with a beaming confident smile and pass certificate. If you would like to know more about our Number One Driving Lessons in Selby, or you would like some information on the other services that we provide, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.


Here at Drive4Life we understand that you may be nervous leading up to your first driving lesson, but what exactly will it involve? It’s finally here! –  The day you get behind the wheel for what is probably the first time. It’s a big day, but it can be pretty nerve-wracking too. It helps if you know what to expect beforehand, so make sure you prepare. You’ll pick things up much easier if they’re familiar to you and you feel confident about what happens next.

  1. The night/morning before your lesson:
    • Get some sleep
    • Do NOT drink the night before
    • Breakfast! Something light as heavier food will make you less aware and will give you a slower reaction time.
    • Double check where and when you’re being picked up (you would have arranged this with your instructor, usually at your home, but you can meet almost anywhere)
    • Choose comfy, non-slip shoes (no heels)
    • Take glasses if you need them
    • Remember your provisional licence
  2. The pick-up

Don’t worry – you’re not going to have to get in the driving seat straight away! You’ll be getting in the passenger seat to start with, while your instructor takes you to a quiet place for you to get to grips with the basics. Usually a quiet carpark or a very quiet side street.

3. The cockpit drill

When you’ve arrived at a quiet road with low traffic, your instructor will have you switch so you’re in the driving seat. Your instructor will then explain the cockpit drill to introduce you to the checks you’ll need to do every time you drive (DSSSM):


  1. The cockpit drill or DSSSM:


    • Doors securely closed?
    • Seat in a comfortable position?
    • Steering position established?
    • Seatbelts on?
    • Mirrors adjusted?

5. The controls

Next, you’ll get a run-through of the clutch, accelerator and brake; how to use the handbrake and indicator; and how to change gear. Don’t be afraid to ask if you can run through the controls again because you’ll want to be sure when you’re suddenly doing 20 miles an hour and it feels like your speeding. Don’t worry too much though – your instructor will talk you through everything as you go and if you’re unsure about something, just ask your instructor, it’s what they’re there for!

6. The road

Before you start the engine, your instructor will explain a few key procedures:

    • Moving off: getting ready to use your gears
    • Clutch control including finding the biting point
    • Checking your mirrors and blind spot
    • Signalling with your indicator
    • Changing gear
    • Stopping the car, covering the brake and the clutch
    • Curb side parking

Once you get going, try to relax and remember that your instructor has their own set of controls so you can focus on learning without being scared. If you get the chance, do move out onto the road so you can experience ‘proper’ driving. You won’t regret it!


If you would like to take your driving lessons with us, or you would just like a quote of our prices, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly regarding our next steps.


Help and Tips for when you’re doing turns



Today at Drive4Life we will be discussing tips for when you are doing turns on the road. Listed are some tips and advice on how to perfect turns during the driving test.



When you’re initially going through the motions during the test, in the turning situation the examiner will more than likely choose a road crowded with vehicles, to see if you’re able to cope with the pressure of the situation. When you’re going through the motions, other vehicles may become frustrated with your driving methodology and try techniques to either get in front of you, etc. It is highly recommended that you become very familiar with this skill, because it will make it a lot easier on you, to apply the skill under these circumstances. Everyone had to go through this at one point, everyone whose driving with you at that time, remember that, and remember what you’ve been taught, because you have the skills to do it.


When you’re taking your test, you don’t have to be perfect. The invigilator is not expecting you to drive flawlessly. If there’s anything you’re not completely certain on you’re able to perform when doing the test, then we recommend that you do not attempt it. Whenever you’re asked to do a maneuver, if you don’t think you’re able ot perform it, then try doing something similar but would get you through the same situation. This will occur in you getting a minor for the final testing results, but it is better than having a big mistake on the report. You just have to make sure that you don’t do anything dangerous during the test.


There is nothing against what kind of turn you’re doing for the situation, the only thing you have to concern yourself with when going through a turning situation is that you’re doing something that’s safe. You need to be constantly aware of your surroundings, just to make sure you know everything that’s going on, and you’re not going to make a mistake based off of your negligence, rather than your ability. Depending on approaching vehicles, if they want to get ahead of you, make sure that you remain steady until they’ve passed, if they come to halt and allow you to continue, then continue with the exercise.


If you would like more helpful tips like this one, then please keep checking our blog page as new ones are added quite frequently. If you’re unsure on your MSPSL then please check out our MSPSL Explained article. Alternatively if you would like driving lessons and you’re based in Runcorn, Chester or Widnes then please contact us today and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.


ADVANTAGES OF MANUAL TRANSMISSION – A Discussion with Pete from Drive4Life


Here at Drive4Life I have been asked many times by many different learners, which car is easier and better to drive, an automatic or a manual? Today I will be discussing the advantages of a manual transmission over the automatic transmission. Although Automatics are easier in most situation, manuals are better for the long-run and are a lot cheaper.

How much will one cost?
Manual transmission cars are quite a bit cheaper than the automatic equivalent and are cheaper in the long-run too (due to automatics failing more often than manuals). An automatic transmission is more complicated than a manual transmission to develop and build and in the UK there are less of them manufactured, therefor automatics costs more to make and ultimately cost more to purchase to the consumer. Although if you were American, it’d be the other way around. If you walked into a dealership and asked for a manual they’d just give you a blank expression like they didn’t know what you were talking about.

I have an automatic driving licence, what’s my options?
If you are licensed to drive a manual car in the UK, you are also permitted to drive an automatic vehicle on public roads. If you are licensed for an automatic car, then you are not permitted to drive a manual on public roads. If you wanted to drive a manual, you will need to re-sit the UK driving test for manual transmission cars. This is because with Automatics you don’t need to know how the clutch works as there is no clutch. It does make it easier for slowing down and pulling off (as you only need to put it into Drive (D) and push the gas and you’ll move).

What if my car breaks down?
If you drive an automatic, but are licensed to drive manual and your car breaks down, your repair garage may provide you with a courtesy car. The garage is highly likely to provide you with a manual transmission courtesy car although an automatic would be unlikely as these aren’t seen as much in the UK as they are in the US.

An automatic transmission is much more complicated than a manual. As it is more complicated, a like for like model is more likely to malfunction with an automatic gearbox. Any problems with a manual transmission are likely to cost far less than its automatic counterpart. Although automatic transmissions are significantly more advanced than they once were, an automatic is likely to need servicing more frequently than manual.

Speed is important when choosing my car
If you like more control and speed out of your engine, manual transmission is the way to go. Many tend to find automatics boring to drive as the gear change is made for you. CVT transmissions are a modern form of automatic gearbox that allow for better fuel economy and speed if needed. Although due to no need in switching gears, automatics are considered safer as you can keep your hands on the wheel constantly, without having to move one to switch gears up and down.

Automatics and manuals in snow and ice
Manuals do offer a distinct advantage over automatics when driving in snow and ice. Engine brake is an important factor when driving on a slippery surface such as snow and ice. Using the foot brake as little as possible is essential in reducing the risk of a skid when slowing down or stopping. As manual transmission vehicles allow you full control over gears and speed by using clutch control, engine braking can be mastered, giving you maximum control in such dangerous conditions. For instance, if you are driving on icy roads, then a manual can be better as you can keep it in 2nd so you won’t be going too fast for the roads, although if you were in an automatic this wouldn’t be possible and you would need to make sure you keep at a certain speed for the ice.


If you found this article informative and you would like to see more articles like this one, then please keep checking our News page as new articles are posted quite often. Alternatively if you are looking for Driving Lessons in the Widnes, Runcorn & Chester areas then look no further, we at can give you the learning you require to get you onto the roads. If you would like to know more information on our lessons, or you would like a list of prices, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us today and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.

Driving Lessons in Cheshire with Drive4Life

If you’re looking for Driving Lessons in the Cheshire area, then look no further, here at Drive4Life we are known as the best driving school in the Cheshire area and we have hundreds of happy students who have passed their test through our driving school. Below is what just one of our learners have said about our Driving Lessons in Cheshire


Thomas Smith: I recently passed my driving test through Pete’s driving lessons. It took me a bit longer than expected to get properly on the roads, as in not staying on one specific road. But that was because Pete wanted to make sure that I had mastered the basics before even attempting to do things such as turns, junctions, roundabouts etc. I must’ve spent around 6 hours just re-doing my gears and finding the bite (which was very hard at first!). But once I mastered the basics he gradually added more and more things into what I was already doing and before I knew it, I was on roundabouts and smashing junctions! After a couple of months and a fair few lessons, I was ready to take my test! Luckily the routes Pete had me on were the exact same in the test, this relieved a lot of stress from my shoulders and I could relax more as I was used to the roads. I ended up passing my practical exam first time round and I couldn’t be any happier with the lessons that Pete gave me. I have already recommended your lessons to a few friends and told them how great you are. Thanks a lot!


If you would like some more information on our Driving Lessons in Cheshire, or you would like a list of prices of our lessons, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly!


Are you looking for driving lessons in Chester?

Here at Drive4Life (also known as Defensive Driving Limited) we are renowned as the number one driving school in the Cheshire area. Our Driving Lessons in Chester are second to none and with our expertise and knowledge to pass onto our learners, you can be sure that you’ll pass in no time at all! We usually spend a little longer covering the basics, but this is so that when they are fully out on the roads (around halfway through their lessons) they already know how to do most things!

Firstly we teach learners where everything is inside the vehicle and how to work things such as wipers, lights, steering wheel position, seat position, headrest position, wing mirrors, rear mirror, etc. Once the learner feels comfortable with these and understands the theory of finding the bite and pulling off, then it’s time for them to do it themselves. The first lesson is usually 2 hours and mostly covers this. Secondly we cover moving up in gears and braking, once the learner can move up in gears, we teach them to do it quicker so that they already seem like they have been driving for a long time and it’s not just their second lesson!

Next we teach coming down in gears, this is when you brake in 3rd/4th and you need to go down in gear so that you’re not fighting against the gear when driving. This is done because it will already give the learner the skill to slow down for bends, cars pulling out and other obstacles they will be facing on the roads. The next step is left hand turns, because the learner can already move up in gears, move down in gears and brake nicely, turning isn’t the hardest thing in the world for them! Once they’ve mastered left hand turns, it’s time for entering & exiting junctions by turning into them on the left hand side, this is just to boost confidence in left turns and to get them ready for the roads. Right hand turns come after this, along with exiting and entering junctions from the right.

Once these are done, the learner will feel more comfortable on the roads and will be able to progress smoothly. We usually add little extras into the basics, like we will usually teach a learner something in the simplest way possible, then add little extras into it each time they repeat it. This is because we can add the next steps of learning into what they’re already doing, mostly so they won’t panic when told to do something new, as they already know how to do half of it. When learning with us we don’t teach you to be a learner, because what’s the point in that?! We teach you to become a proper driver and people will think you’ve been driving for 10 years or so and not just a couple of months!

If you would like to know more about our Driving Lessons in Chester, or you would like to find out some more information from ourselves, then please don’t hesitate to contact us today and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly! Alternatively if you would like to see what some of our past students have said about our Driving School in Chester, then please click here

Proposed Changes to UK Driving Test

When searching for driver instructors Widnes and locate Drive 4 Life, you know that we are constantly keeping up to date with any driving test changes. At present, the Driving Standard Agency are conducting trials to ensure that the proposed changes to the learner driving test reflect real driving. The three-point turn looks set to be consigned to history in the biggest shake-up to the driving test in 20 years.

The three point turn, officially known now as ‘turn in the road’, could be scrapped altogether and replaced by parking manoeuvres. It is a considering replacing the ‘reverse around a corner’ as well as ‘turn in the road’ manoeuvres with more ‘realistic’ everyday manoeuvres, such as ‘reversing out of a parking bay’, or ‘pulling up on the left or right, reversing back a stated distance before re-joining the flow of traffic.

At Drive 4 Life we are cautious in removing basic manoeuvres like a turn  in the road which can be essential if sat-nav’s lead drivers down a dead end road. As for the other proposals we are fully supporting the Driving Standard Agency in incorporating these new initiatives.


If you would like to know more on this topic, or you would like to know a few simple steps to prepare you for your first driving lesson, or you would just like a quick quote, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.

Driving School Merseyside

If you’re looking for a Driving School in Merseyside so that you can learn the essential skills of driving, for work, leisure or as a necessity for your everyday life, then look no further! Here at Drive4Life we are known as the best Driving School in the Merseyside and Widnes areas, our professionally trained and very experienced driving instructor can have you on the roads in no time, we have the highest first pass rate in the area and with our knowledge and skills being passed onto you, you can be sure that you’ll have your license in no time at all! No matter what experience you may already have, or none at all, our instructor will be very patient with you so that you won’t feel as nervous when you’re behind the wheel. We will even advise you on what reading/revision materials that you will need to be ready for the theory side of the exam and if you and our instructor both feel that you’re ready to take your driving exam, we won’t hold you back and force you to take extra lessons, we’ll book it for you right there and then.


So if you’ve had lessons before, or none at all and you’re in need of a Driving School Merseyside, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly regarding the next steps to the process on getting you out on the roads. Remember for Driving Schools Merseyside, there is no better choice than Drive4Life and we even hold special offerstaxi license renewals and even commercial fleet driver training too! So give us a call today if you’re interested in seeing what we can do for you!