Automatic driving lessons

Your key to safe driving

Why choose us for your automatic driving lessons?

When you decide to have automatic driving lessons it’s important to choose the right driving school.  At Dedham Vale Driving School we have Garry, Rick and Kieran who are experienced driving instructors and have taught people to drive in automatic cars for many years.  They are DBS checked and are fully qualified Approved Driving Instructors. (DSA ADI).

Weekly automatic driving lessons

Weekly driving lessons are a great way of learning to drive. Garry, Rick and Kieran offer two hour lessons usually but can also offer one or one and a half hour lessons depending on your circumstances.
Alternatively, you may wish to increase the number of driving lessons per week. You will receive high quality driving instruction on a one to one basis.

During your automatic driving lessons in Colchester, Clacton and the Manningtree area Garry, Rick and Kieran will usually perform at least one mock test. This will make sure you are fully prepared and therefore this gives you the best chance of passing your driving test 1st time.

(Terms and Conditions Apply)

One Hour

£39.50 per hour


Standard Rate

Unlimited use of Theory Test Pro


10 hours



Not weekend lessons or after 5 pm weekdays

Payment in advance

Unlimited use of Theory Test Pro


£44.00 per hour


2-3 hours minimum

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Nissan Leaf – All Electric (automatic)

I’ve been a driving instructor with Dedham Vale Driving School since Jan 2016, I came from the bus and coach industry with 30 years of professional driving experience and I’ve been a PCV trainer too. When I became a driving instructor I took full advantage of the experiences that I’ve gained from training coach drivers and now I’m passing my vast knowledge onto novice drivers. I will always enjoy seeing a pupil take their 1st lesson with me to the day they pass their test. You cannot beat that feeling.


Kia Stonic – mild hybrid (automatic)

“Since qualifying as a driving instructor in 1992, I have enjoyed both teaching learners and training people to qualify as driving instructors. For the last 26 years I have been a part of the DVDS team and in 2012 I took over the company. I’m now more office-based but I still continue to enjoy teaching people to drive.”


Renault Zoe – All Electric (automatic)

“I qualified as an approved driving instructor in 2000 with DVDS. I used to teach in a manual car but for the last few years I’ve been teaching in an auto. I really enjoy the satisfaction when a student grasps the skills involved in becoming a safe and confident driver. I also enjoy teaching in the Manningtree and Clacton areas.


Nissan Juke (automatic)

“Hi I’m Helen! I trained to be a driving instructor with Rick from DVDS and really enjoy teaching people to drive. To meet new people is a pleasure and with my bubbly personality I soon put new students at ease. I teach in the Colchester area and I’m the only female auto instructor under the DVDS banner.”

The Best Experience Ever

I would 100% recommend Garry as your driving instructor. I couldn’t have wished for a better person to teach me to drive . From the start of my first lesson with him, he built up my confidence on the road and communicated and assisted me throughout the time I was learning to drive with him. He got me through my driving test passing 1st time, which I would have never been able to do without him. I would definitely recommend Garry to anyone looking to pass there driving test.


Kieran is a highly skilled and experienced driving instructor and together with his enthusiasm and great sense of humour, my daughter has had an extremely positive experience learning to drive with DVDS. My daughter passed today with no faults and we have booked in our other daughter for lessons in September….thanks Kieran!

Kate Jan 2024

I really enjoyed learning to drive with dvds. Rick was really helpful and patient. He was always positive and calm during my lessons. He was also very flexible when organising lessons for me. I would definitely recommend Rick and dvds to my friends.

Charlotte Feb 2023