07957 887051

Automatic Driving Lessons

Proudly serving Scunthorpe

Areas Covered
  • Scunthorpe
  • Winterton
  • Winteringham
  • Burton-Upon-Stather
  • Ashby
  • Burringham
  • Messingham
  • Barton upon Humber
  • Barrow Haven
  • Goxhill
Single Hour Lesson
Each driving lesson is 60 minutes long. Please note if you live in an area where I may need to travel a long distance I may require you to book a 2 hour lesson.

Learn to drive with Automatic Freedom!


Patient & expert with nervous learners


Punctual & Excellent 1st Time Pass Rate


Our success is based entirely on recommendation.

The Car

Toyota Yaris

  • Unbelievably easy to drive
  • Dual controls
  • Small, light with power steering
  • Perfect for first-time learners
  • The Instructor

    Barry Garbett

    Providing Driving Lessons in Scunthorpe for over 30 years!
  • One-man band – (no swapping with other instructors)
  • Very punctual & patient
  • Calming nature, friendly & easy going
  • Supportive
  • Conscientious
  • Non Smoker
  • The Lessons

  • Are based on a highly efficient structured program
  • Every driving lesson is based on reaching an achievable goal – progress is inevitable
  • Progress is consistently monitored and updated at the end of every driving lesson
  • Individual tuition - no other pupil in the car
  • Door to door pick up around Scunthorpe, this can be from home to college/work and vice versa
  • Why you should learn to drive with Automatic Freedom – Scunthorpe

  • Only Driving Instructor in the Scunthorpe area teaching Automatic with over 30 years experience
  • Learn at your own pace with a tailored programme to suit your needs.
  • Professional Grade ‘A’ Instructor
  • Excellent 1st Time Pass Rate
  • Expert with nervous learners
  • Punctual & Reliable
  • Patient
  • Motivating
  • Calm
  • Supportive

  • Benefits of Automatic

    More confidence

    No stalling or rolling back on hills

    Less distraction

    No clutch or gear lever to coordinate


    More time to concentrate on reading the road

    Learn Faster

    Less to learn and Remember

    Less Tiring

    Better suited to town and city driving

    Less cost

    Need fewer lessons than manual.

    Stress-Free Learning

    For most people learning how to use the clutch, gears and accelerator together are very stressful. The good news is that with an automatic car learning to drive allows the pupil to develop their driving confidence much more quickly without all the stress.

    Nervous Drivers

    I have had many nervous pupils who have come to me with difficulty in coordinating the clutch, accelerator and gear selection. Learning in the automatic car eliminates these difficulties and greatly improving pupils confidence.

    Pupils learning or relearning in later life

    Many pupils between the ages of 35 and 60+ who weren’t able to learn to drive because of their circumstances, often find a change in their circumstances making it necessary for them to learn to drive and become independent. Remember learning to drive is not exclusively for the young. Anybody can learn to drive with the right help and support from an experienced and patient driving instructor.
    “Learning to drive in an automatic could be at least 50% quicker than in a manual car, giving you great savings on your time and money”



    Lesson Prices

    The cost of a driving lesson is £30 per full hour. You can find cheaper driving lessons elsewhere. However, cheaper does not mean better value for money.

    I am a very experienced Driving Instructor, with over 30 years experience in Scunthorpe, and in excess of over 3,000 passes to my credit.

    I pride myself in providing a high quality and enjoyable learning experience.

    How many lessons will I need?

    Everyone learns at different rates. Some people need very few driving lessons, others need longer. I will teach you to drive in Scunthorpe and get you through your test in as many driving lessons as you need and as quickly as you can learn, this means you only pay for the driving lessons that you require, thus saving you money and time.

    Can I book more than one driving lesson at a time?

    While we don't offer a "Crash Course", you can book double or even triple lessons but it depends on availability.

    Price Comparisons

    Ask yourself "How can a cheap driving school give you lessons at super low prices?" The answer is they can't! They have to make a profit somehow. The way they do this is to keep you on their books for as long as possible!

    Cheaper Schools usually have less experienced instructors, this can cost you more in the long-run! Check out the comparison below.

    Example Comparison


    £30 per Hour

    30 Hours


    Cheap Driving School

    £25 per Hour

    45 Hours


    That's £225 less for the same result!

    This will mean you have wasted approximately 15 hours of your time. If you have a job and you take time off for your driving lessons, it could affect your income too!

    AUTOMATIC FREEDOM - SCUNTHORPE will only give you the driving lessons that you actually need to learn to drive and pass your test and not waste your time and money.

    I hope after reading this you get a sense that I am completely open, honest and transparent. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    Call now on

    07957 887051

    to book a lesson in Scunthorpe and surrounding areas!

    Test Preparation

    Before your driving test you will be asked two vehicle safety questions. These are also known as ‘show me, tell me’ questions. If you give the wrong answer for one or both questions, you’ll be marked with one driving fault.

    Show Me:

    The examiner will ask you one 'show me' question, you will have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check. The 'show me' questions are as follows:

  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?
  • Here's a video demonstration of the "Show Me" questions:

    Tell Me:

    The examiner will also ask you one 'tell me' question, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check. The 'Tell Me' questions are as follows: (Click on a question to reveal the answer.)

    Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
    Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
    The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.
    No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
    Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
    Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
    Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
    Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
    If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.
    Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
    Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
    Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
    Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
    Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

    Here's a video demonstration of the "Tell Me" questions:

    Test Resources

    Practice your Theory Test

    It's free at Safe Driving for Life!

    Book your Theory Test

    You will need:

  • Your driver number (on your driving licence)
  • A valid Debit/Credit Card.
  • Book your Practical Test

    You will need:

  • Your driver number (on your driving licence)
  • Your Theory Test Certificate number
  • Your Driving Instructors A.D.I. code (11 04 32)
  • A valid Debit/Credit Card.
  • FAQ

    Here are some common questions I get asked.

    Which car will I drive on my driving test?

    Your instructors car, you could use your own car, but, this should be discussed with your instructor.

    Will the Examiner ask me to put fuel in the car?

    No, this is not part of the test.

    Does the Examiner have to pass or fail so many people per month?

    No, You will only hear this from someone who has just failed their test. Rather than admit that they failed their test, they will play pass the blame.

    Will the Examiner ask me to change a wheel?

    No, this is not part of the test.

    How long will my driving test last?

    Driving exams last approximately 40 minutes

    What if I make a mistake?

    There are 3 types of faults you can make:

  • a dangerous fault - this involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
  • a serious fault - something potentially dangerous
  • a driver fault - this isn’t potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same fault, it could become a serious fault
  • You are permitted no more than 15 driver faults. Your instructor will tell you what constitutes a minor fault.

    Could my test be cancelled?

    Yes, under certain weather conditions – ice, snow, fog. Or, if your Examiner is taken ill.

    After passing your driving test

    We are still here to support you after you have passed your test and are happy to answer any queries you may have.

    Pass Plus

    AUTOMATIC FREEDOM - Scunthorpe is Pass Plus registered.

    Pass Plus courses must be taken within one year of passing your test.

    Pass Plus consists of six modules about driving in different conditions:

  • In town
  • In all weathers
  • On rural roads
  • At night
  • On dual carriageways
  • On motorways

  • On successfully completing your training you’ll be sent your Pass Plus certificate to claim your discount on your car insurance policy.

    Refresher Course

    Refresher courses are available in Scunthorpe!

    We provide a refresher course for people who have:

  • Not driven for a while
  • Been involved in a minor accident (knocked your confidence?)
  • Lost their license due to points, etc
  • Any other reason to feel unsure about driving on the road
  • If you wish these can be taken in the driving school car without any sign or ‘ L’ plates to give you confidentiality.