1st Gear Driver Academy

Delivering Professional Driving Lessons In Derry & Surrounding Areas



Before We Get On The Road 🚥

You can take that 1st lesson when you are 17🎂. In order to do this you will need to get yourself a valid provisional license before your lessons commence. You can apply for your provisional license by completing the DL1 application form that is available online or from the main Post Office branches📮, the local Vehicle Licensing Offices or your local MOT centre.

You will need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity🆔, a passport style colour photograph📷and the required fee💰. Send your completed application and payment to the DVANI, Driver Licensing, County Hall, Coleraine BT51 3TB. You should then receive your license approx 3 weeks later. Get the application in early so you will have your license in time for you to have your first lesson on your 17th birthday.😊🚦🚗


The Lessons 😊

We Don't Believe In Sitting At The Side Of The Road Talking About Driving 😪 ........ We Get YOU In The Driver Seat On Day 1😎

Our lessons are carried out on a 1 to 1 basis so that the pupil gets the full attention of our instructor.👌

The training vehicle is a 🆕 top of the range, air-conditioned, dual controlled, diesel Kia Rio 4. We aim to make the learning environment as pleasant and as comfortable as is possible. 


🚦We also make your training vehicle available to you on the day of your driving test. 🚦


Our lessons for learner drivers follow a successful, tried and tested, up to date D.I.A. (Driving Instructor Association) syllabus.

We use full colour visual aids (see below) as well as a modern tablet app during the lesson so that knowledge can be taken on board easier by the pupil. (as they say a picture paints a thousand words)

We provide full colour handouts to reinforce what has been covered during the lessons.


Our instructor sets up an individual training record for each and every pupil and records his / her performance on each lesson. These records are made available to the pupil at any time so that parents / guardians can see how the pupil is progressing.

Lesson durations are flexible and can be increased to suit each pupils particular needs and circumstances. (within reason)

Intensive courses are also available (dependent on availabilty) so we can get to that test date quicker. 


Further Training

* Already Passed Your Test? 

* These Further Lessons Will Be Of Use✅


 Performing A High Speed Emergency Stop (like you may have to do in real life) 

 Night Time Driving (be as confident driving at night as you are during the day) 

 Bay Parking (reversing into a parking space at the supermarket car park)  

 Dual Carriageway Driving (learn the rules of the road at higher speeds)  

 Parallel Parking  (no more driving around to find a space that you can drive straight into 

 Overtaking  (staying safe whilst passing slower traffic) 

Want To Get That Someone Special ❤ A Fantastic Present? 🎁

These gift certificates make the ideal present for that someone special who may be about to turn 17, someone who just never had the chance to start to learn to drive or a friend or relation who has already passed their test but would be grateful for some extra tuition or driving confidence building



 Call, Text Or Email Ray At 1st Gear Driver Academy If You Are Interested In Any Of The Above.  He Will Be More Than Happy To Answer Any Of Your Queries.