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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find a list of complete and very practical answers. Don’t forget, our experts are best placed to answer your questions.

What suburbs do you cover?

Essential Driving School conducts driving lessons in these suburbs.


North Warrandyte
Wonga Park

Warranwood South

Park Orchards
Ringwood North

Blackburn North
Doncaster East

Can I get picked-up and dropped-off at different locations before and after my lesson?

Yes. Essential Driving School can arrange different pick-up and drop off locations, in order for school, work and other activities to be accommodated.

Can I bring a parent along during the lesson?

Yes, Essential Driving School is more than happy to allow a parent to quietly observe the lesson, sitting in the back seat of the car.

What kind of transmission is the car Essential Driving School teach in?

Both Manual & Automatic lessons available.

What kind of car does Essential Driving School teach in?

We exclusively use Honda Jazz in both Manual and Automatic.

A very safe and reliable small car, front and side airbags, very easy to handle with great visibility all around.

Do I need any qualifications to take driving lessons?

Yes. In Victoria, you need to be 16 years or older to obtain a learner permit. Once you’ve obtained your learner permit (by sitting the learner permit knowledge test), you need to bring it along with you to every driving lesson.

What do I need to do in preparation prior to my first driving lesson?

Get your Learners permit.
Study the Road to Solo Driving handbook
Learn about the hazard perception test.
Gain experience on the road behind the wheel. We recommend you look to add supervised driving experience with a fully licensed family member or friend whenever possible to help you reach your goal of obtaining 120 hours practice.

What do I need to do to pass my driving test to get my P1 Driver’s licence?

You must log 120 hours of supervised driving practice, including a minimum of 20 hours of night-time driving experience and have obtained your learner licence for a minimum of 12 months prior to your driving test. You must also pass the hazard perception test.

Am I covered by insurance?

Absolutely. It is vitally important when choosing a driving school that you know that you are covered. At Essential Driving School, we are fully insured and all our instructors have passed police and working with children checks. Rest assured we have you and your safety covered every time you get behind the wheel with us.

How do I pay?

Payment is made 48 hours in advance either online with PayPal or by calling EDS with your credit card number. During Covid-safe restrictions we prefer to use contactless payment instead of cash.

What if I indeed to cancel my Lesson?

Please refer the terms and conditions on this website.

All Lessons are prepaid. So if for some reason you need to reschedule your booked Lesson, a credit will be provided towards a future booking, BUT you must reschedule with more than 12 hours to your booked Lesson time.

Our Instructors fill their diaries up with the bookings you make. So, if you cancel at the last minute, like you decide to cancel after school if you have a lesson in an hours time (ie; less than 12 hours to your lesson time) the Instructors are not able to recover that lesson and you will forfeit the full lesson fee.