Getting Started

Each lesson is around 1 hour long at only £45 per hour. We choose a suitable time with you to fit around any pre-existing commitments such as School/College or Work. We try and get everyone at least one lesson a week. If you want more, then we will try and find a time that is suitable for you. (Please note: During school terms, it may be more difficult to get your first choice of time, however we will try our best).

We cover everyone in the Stroud Valleys. This includes; Nailsworth, Stroud, Minchinhampton, Avening, Painswick, Bussage, Brimscombe.

What happens on my first lesson?New student
On your first lesson I arrange to pick you up at an arranged location, and time, where you will fill out the relevant paperwork. After getting to know each other and finding out how much you know already, you will have a go at driving. If you have not driven before, which most people haven't, there is no need to worry. We will drive to a quiet road where you can get to grips with the basics.Martin Weager
"Both myself and my older brother passed first time after we were taught by Martin and we both couldn't of hoped for a better or more caring driving instructor! Before I started driving the idea of meeting a stranger and learning to drive with them was worrying however straight away I felt at ease. There was no pressure to get anything right the first time and I found it a lot easier to talk than I thought.

Martin supported myself through times were I struggled with driving and praised the times I accomplished something. He was always there to talk to if I had any questions or doubts and I have already recommened him to others. When it came to the time of me booking my theory and practical tests he was prepared and ready to give me handout sheets of questions, diagrams and facts. He is organised, always arrived on time and was excellent at making sure I had a lesson each week.

Overall, I'm glad I learnt to drive with First Gear and I am truly greatful for all of the guidance along the way. I'm truly sad to say it's over!"Charlotte Levick

Up and Running

Once you are up and running, you will have lessons to suit your needs. Those who pass their driving test, have had, on average, 45 hours of professional training combined with 22 hours of private practice. Learners who prepare this way, with a combination of professional training and practice, do better in their test.

What is the minimum age I can take my test?Student
You can take your theory test once you provisional licence becomes valid. For car drivers, this is normally on your 17th birthday, however you can apply for your licence upto three months before. (This is recommended as you won't have to wait, you can start learning on your 17th birthday!)
Even if you apply for your provisional early, you will still have to wait until your birthday until you can take your theory test.Martin Weager