Stoneacre Launch Free Driving School Programme

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

It’s no secret that learning to drive can cost an arm and a leg; whether you work full time, part time or you’re a full time student, it can prove to be a real drain on your finances. With the cost of lessons, test fees and license applications all contributing the cost of motoring, you can easily find yourself with no other option than to stick with public transport.

In order to help more motorists combat the rising cost of learning to drive and get behind the wheel, we’ve launched what we believe to be the UK’s first free driving school programme. Offering individuals of legal driving age a unique opportunity to have as many free driving lessons as they require in order to achieve a pass; the scheme will initially be available in Doncaster and Peterborough, although the long term goal is to provide nationwide coverage.

Driving lessons will be carried out by a fully qualified instructor in one of two Stoneacre branded Fiat 500s. Newly enrolled students will be issued with a schedule of lessons which can be tailored to fit around other commitments such as work and study and once passed will be invited to attend exclusive driving seminars aimed at promoting best practice in driver safety, awareness and skill.

Final stage talks are also underway with a major player in the young driver insurance market, with the aim of securing preferential insurance rates for driving school students which should help further reduce the cost of getting behind the wheel.

Talking of the new driving school, Stoneacre MD Shaun Foweather explain how it all came about: “We launched an apprenticeship scheme in late 2012 and it quickly became apparent that the majority of our apprentices hadn’t yet past their driving test which caused somewhat of a logistical problem when it came to commuting between dealerships and head office.

“As a solution we decided to cover the cost of driving lessons and soon recognised the potential to extend this to our customers by way of offering free driving lessons to anyone who buys a car from one of our branches.”

Shaun Foweather went on to say: “As far as we’re aware, the scheme is a first for the motor industry and our initial trial has been a huge success with the demand for free driving lessons heavily outweighing capacity and far exceeding our initial expectations.”

If you’re interested in enrolling for free lessons then you can visit our new driving school page for more information.