Driving Lessons in Bromley

The full guide to finding a driving school, choosing your test centre and passing your driving test in Bromley.

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How to choose a driving school in Bromley

You need an instructor who:

  • Boosts your confidence
  • Makes learning enjoyable
  • Won’t rip you off!

That's why you should do these 5 things:

1. Compare reviews

Look at good review sources to understand what your experience might be like with the school you’re considering. See what your fellow learners had to say on sites like Driving School Reviews and Trustpilot.

2. Beware of terms and conditions

If you block book lessons with some schools in Bromley, you might not get a refund on any unused hours. So if you decide to switch schools midway through your lessons, you may not get your money back. It’s important to check the terms and conditions to find out what happens if you don’t enjoy your lessons with any school you’re considering.

3. Make sure your instructor is qualified

You’ll learn faster with an instructor who is fully qualified (Approved Driving Instructor) as opposed to one who is still in training (Potential Driving Instructor). Make sure to request a fully qualified instructor when you book lessons as they have more experience teaching in Bromley.

4. Check that you can switch instructors

If you’re not getting on with your instructor during your lessons, be sure you’re able to switch. Bromley has some driving schools that are unclear about whether you can change instructors, so doing some research into their policies is really useful.

5. Avoid long waiting times

Some schools in Bromley will only show their waiting times while you’re midway through booking lessons online, or after you have already booked them. See if you can find out how long you’ll have to wait before you book your first lesson so you're not waiting unnecessarily long to start driving.

Choosing between manual and automatic

Have a careful think about whether you want manual or automatic driving lessons before booking your first lesson.

Automatic cars don’t have a clutch pedal, just one for braking and one for accelerating. This makes them simpler to learn so you could end up passing your test quicker.

While Bromley has nothing too complex in terms of road types or traffic, the A21 can get quite hectic, especially during rush hour. So you might find an automatic easier as you won’t have to worry about changing gears.

However, manual cars are cheaper to purchase and can also give you a better feeling of control.

A manual licence lets you drive both automatics and manuals, whereas an automatic licence only lets you drive automatic cars. So you might prefer the flexibility of a manual driving licence.

They both have their benefits so the choice is up to you.

Choosing your test centre

Your instructor will help you practise the routes that are likely to come up in your driving test. There’s only one test centre in the Bromley postcode:

Bromley Test Centre | Pass rates: 36.5%

Bromley Test Centre has a pass rate well below the UK national average. You will find it within the grounds of the Bromley Court Hotel.

Address: Bromley Court, Bromley Hill, Bromley, Kent, BR1 4JD

This pass rate is from 2018-2019. Check out the DVSA page to find your nearest Driving Test Centre.

Top tips from Bromley instructors

1. Arrive early

As Bromley Test Centre is part of the Bromley Court Hotel, it’s likely the car park will be busy. So make sure to get there early just in case you struggle to find a space.

2. Drive defensively

You’ll come across lots of parked cars on your driving route in Bromley. So make sure to check your passing distances and watch out for any crossing pedestrians. It also doesn’t hurt to remember your MSPSL routine (Mirror, Signal, Position, Speed, Look).

3. Bring everything you need

Both your provisional driver’s licence and your theory test pass certificate will be required for your test. Be sure to bring them with you to Bromley Test Centre or your test will be cancelled and you won’t be refunded.

4. Watch your speed

The roads near Bromley Court drop from 30 mph to 20 mph, which can catch out some learners. Roads like Ashgrove Road have speedbumps which offer a clear signal to drop your speed. So make sure to keep an eye on how fast you’re going and stay within the limit.

5. Take a driving lesson beforehand

Raise your confidence by arranging a final driving lesson just before your practical test. As parts of the A21 will likely come up on the test, you can drive down it to make sure you’re fully prepared, or practise any roads you’ve been struggling on.

What if you could pass in 17 fewer hours?

With our top-rated instructors and the Midrive Learner app, you’ll get all the tips and support you need to pass. That’s why Midrive learners are 38% more likely to pass the first time, and in 17 fewer hours than the UK average.

With Midrive you’ll be:

  • Matched with a top-rated instructor in 24 hours
  • On the road within 7 days
  • Covered by a 100% money back guarantee
  • Refunded your unused hours

Where we provide lessons in Bromley

Some of our top areas in Bromley are:

Beckenham, Downham, Eden Park, Elmers End, Farnborough, Hayes, Orpington, Shortlands, St Mary Cray, and West Wickham.

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What learners say about our driving lessons in Bromley

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