A bit like Rome, Bristol was built on seven hills. Unlike Rome, Bristol has yet to form an empire and take over the Mediterranean. However, it’s still a great place to learn how to drive. With a mix of busy town streets and quieter residential roads, Bristol has it all.
Finding peaceful, residential areas is a good strategy until you’ve got to grips with life behind the wheel. If there are suitable places in your area then that’s a plus, but if you’re stuck for ideas then try Alverston. An easy circuit can be made of Wolfridge Ride, The Down, and Greenhill Road on which you can practise moving off and stopping, signalling, and maybe even the odd manoeuvre or two.
Clifton is another good spot for manoeuvres. The area is popular with students and locals, so there’ll be lots of parked cars on the sides of roads around which you can parallel park. And of course, you’ll be getting a ton of practice on those hill starts!
For the advanced driver there’s plenty of options as well. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to A roads. The A370 becomes the A3029 as it crosses the river Avon and meets the A4 after crossing Cumberland Basin. You’ll have to navigate roundabouts, dual lane traffic, and the unique challenge of Plimsoll Swing Bridge.
Your driving instructor will help you make the best of your experience as you learn to drive in Bristol. We’re backing you!
We have instructors all over Bristol, so wherever you are we’ll be there! Some of our top areas include:
City Centre, Clifton, Montpellier, St Andrew’s, St Jude’s, St Paul’s, St Werburgh’s, Temple Meads, Totterdown and Leigh Woods.
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We offer manual and automatic lessons in Bristol, to give you greater choice!
Have a think about which driving licence you want - a manual one will enable you to drive both automatic and manual vehicles once you qualify. An automatic one will only enable you to drive automatic vehicles. It’s worth noting that automatic driving lessons are pricier, as there are fewer automatic instructors available.
The hills around Bristol might encourage you to go for manual. Manual cars come with an added sense of control - if you need to jump down to first on a hill for extra oomph, it’s easy. However, if you anticipate being stuck in traffic, an automatic could make trickling along with it easier, since you don’t have to worry about the clutch.
There are a number of test centres in and around Bristol, but don’t worry if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Your instructor will help you make an informed decision, and will be able to help you practice the right routes. Your nearest test centre are:
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