1st Gear is the UK’s most popular driving school name.
Research by Esme of 1,757 registered driving school businesses in the UK has found that this name is used by 25 businesses. Second most popular was Learn 2 Drive, followed by 1st Choice and Fast Pass, with the similar Pass Fast as fifth most popular.
According to government data, there were 3,339 new driving instructors in 2017/18, bringing the total number of UK registered driving instructors to 39,710. The number of licence holders has also grown; in 2003 there were 28 million UK driving license holders; in 2018 that increased to an estimated 34 million people.