1st Time School of Motoring

Serving SE London & Kent for over 25 yrs

2 Lee High Rd, London, SE13 5LQ Directions

   Closed today Open Monday 09:30 - 17:30

Business overview

Never driven before? We offer the 1st 4 manual lessons for only £80! Male & female instructors, door-2-door service, Block booking discounts, full 60 minute lessons, manual & auto

We are one of the best known driving schools in South-East London & Kent & have been established over 25 years! During that time we’ve helped over 50,000 people pass their driving test, gain confidence on the road or improve their driving skills.

We offer manual & automatic lessons with qualified instructors who are local to you. Some schools give you 45 or 50 minute lessons, we believe in giving you value for money, so all our lessons are a full 1 hour (or multiples of) with door to door service & solo tuition. That means no piggy backing with other students.

The nervous, young & old are all welcome at 1st Time. Our instructors are professional, friendly & patient & are well trained in helping people through their driving test.

At 1st Time we believe in an accessible personalised service. That's why instead of a back office, we have a fully staffed shop, open to everyone for all your driving queries.


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To Roddy,

Thank you very much for helping me to overcome my fears of roundabout, junction, reverse parking... Something that my first instructor(not a 1st time instructor) was not able to do!
Thank you for your patience and understanding my needs in term of time management. You answered my question over the phone with great care and explanations. Our journey ended with a Pass and two minor faults the 2nd September at Hither green but the experience will stay forever. Stay blessed, thank you again

I recommend Roddy☺️
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Couldn’t have been better

My instructor was Franco and to b honest he was an amazing instructor and works with you in all the areas where u need. He’s thorough and patient and i would definitely recommend to anyone.
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Do not take lessons with OMAR

I had an instructor called Omar. I had 14 lessons with him and learned virtually nothing. Omar refused to take me up to the areas where I would take my test. I had booked my test months in advanced and a family member took me out to practice my driving on a daily basis in the evenings so I was gaining a lot of driving experience but Omar kept on insisting I needed more lessons, that I wasn’t ready and just wanted me to pay for more and more lesson. I had to ask for a refund and we parted company.

I continued to practice with my family member. I went ahead with my test as planned despite Omar shattering my confidence. I passed 1st time NO THANKS TO OMAR. It was my family member who got me through my test NOT OMAR.
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1st Time Driving are ace, especially Sam!

I passed my driving test first time and it’s all down to my fantastic instructor Sam. He was patient, flexible with times and taught me everything I needed to pass. I highly recommend 1st Time Driving and if you’re lucky enough you might get him! Lisa
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Don’t waste your money

Poor driving instructor and overall traumatic experience. This was a terrible experience, the driving instructor I had was super rude, impatient and overall not a good instructor who made every effort humiliate me and provide me with incorrect information and advice. Did not make any effort to coach.

Encouraged me to book a test when I clearly was not ready. 22hrs & 2 driving practical driving tests wasted. The experience left a lot to be desired and a serious waste of time, energy and money. I would advise anyone considering this school to reconsider.
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