How to choose a driving school in Camden
You want a driving instructor in Camden who:
- Boosts your confidence
- Makes learning fun
- Won’t rip you off!
That’s why it’s important to do these 5 things when you’re choosing a driving school in Camden:
1. Compare reviews
Reading reviews will help you to picture life as a learner at the driving schools you’re considering. Just bear in mind that most driving schools in Camden will only show their best reviews on their website, so it’s best to go to independent review sites like Trustpilot to get a more balanced view.
2. Beware of terms and conditions
They might be boring, but reading the terms and conditions will help you to understand exactly what you’re signing up for. Some driving schools in Camden won’t refund your unused hours if you pass your test before you’ve used up your whole lesson package! Don’t get caught out.
3. Make sure your instructor is qualified
An instructor who has experience helping learners to pass their test will give you the best possible chance of passing first time. But not all driving schools in Camden can guarantee you learn with a fully qualified driving instructor! Some use PDIs (instructors who are still in training), so be sure to request someone more experienced.
5. Avoid long waiting times
If you’ve got a particular timeframe in which you want to learn to drive, you’ll need to make sure your driving school can accommodate that. Some schools have longer waiting times than others, and many driving schools in Camden don’t advertise their waiting times until you’re already part-way through booking.
Tips for learning to drive in Camden
If we could give you one tip for learning to drive, it would be to practice, practice, practice! Putting in those hours between your driving lessons in Camden will give you the experience you need to pass your driving test faster.
Here are a few great practice spots provided by our driving instructors in Camden.
Gaisford Street: Gaisford Street and the surrounding residential roads near Kentish Town station are ideal for getting to grips with the basics or for practising your parallel parking. They’re generally quiet, particularly if you head here at the weekend.
Camden High Street: If you want to level up your urban driving and your hazard perception, you can’t pick somewhere better to practise than Camden High Street! It goes straight past Camden Market, so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for pedestrians.
Camden Road: Round Camden Road station, there are lots of one-way streets. Our driving instructors in Camden recommend heading here to practise spotting and responding to road signs.
Haverstock Hill: There are a number of traffic lights on Haverstock Hill, so the likelihood is that you’ll need to do at least a couple of hill starts if you decide to drive up it. That makes it a great place to perfect your hill starts under pressure!
Euston Road: Euston Road is a busy urban dual carriageway. Our driving instructors in Camden suggest heading here to practise changing lanes and dealing with box junctions - of which you’ll find plenty!
Choosing your test centre
When you’ve completed a number of driving lessons in Camden, your instructor will give you a hand picking a driving test centre. They’ll then help you to learn the routes that could come up on your driving test.
Test centre pass rates
DVSA practical car test pass rates, 2018-2019.
Wood Green Test Centre | Pass rate: 39.7%
If you choose to take your driving test at Wood Green Test Centre, you can expect to encounter busy roads teeming with pedestrians, buses, taxis and bikes. So, you’ll need to be comfortable with urban driving!
Address: Wood Green Crown Court, Woodhall House, Lordship Lane, Wood Green, Greater London, N22 5LF
Tottenham Test Centre | Pass rate: 37.1%
Tottenham Test Centre has the lowest pass rate in the area, possibly due to the busy roads that could come up on a test here. Brush up on your observations and your hazard perception in particular if you take your test here.
Address: Driving Test Centre Tottenham Annex Building, Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, Greater London, N17 8JL
Hendon Test Centre | Pass rate: 41%
Although Hendon Test Centre’s pass rate is below the national average of 45.7%, it’s high for a London test centre. Our driving instructors in Camden also say that it’s a pleasant place to take the driving test, with a decent number of parking spaces and toilets available.
Address: 3 Aviation Drive, Beaufort Park, Hendon, Greater London, NW9 5TZ:
To see more driving test centres near you, enter your postcode on the DVSA website.
Test tips from driving instructors in Camden
Our driving instructors in Camden have given us 3 of their top tips for passing the driving test in the area.
1. Check the parking
It’s best to know what to expect on the day of your test so that you don’t get flustered. While Wood Green Test Centre has only limited parking available for test candidates, Tottenham Test Centre requests that you park in the designated bays and report to the entrance lobby no earlier than 10 minutes before your driving test slot.
2. Drive defensively
According to our driving instructors in Camden, driving defensively is key to passing your driving test, particularly in the test centres that are surrounded by very busy roads, like Wood Green and Tottenham. Driving defensively basically means expecting the unexpected from other road users, and tailoring your own driving accordingly.
Our driving instructors in Camden have warned that many learners pick up faults during their tests due to failing to observe adequately. So make sure to ask your instructor to go over your mirror routines before your test, and when in doubt, check those mirrors!
Choosing between manual and automatic
Have you chosen whether you’d like manual or automatic driving lessons yet? It’s the first step towards booking your driving lessons.
Automatic cars are easier to drive in heavy traffic. That’s because they don’t require you to press the clutch pedal each time you come to a stop, and so they’re particularly handy in urban areas like Camden. While automatic driving lessons tend to be more expensive, you’re likely to learn quicker because there’s less to get your head around.
On the other hand, manual cars may take more getting used to, but they’re cheaper to buy and hire. They also offer you a greater sense of control, particularly over longer journeys outside London. So, if you’re planning on hiring a car regularly for roadtrips, you might prefer to go for manual.
Either way, it’s worth bearing in mind that while a manual licence qualifies you to drive both manual and automatic cars, an automatic licence only qualifies you to drive automatics. So, make sure you think carefully before making your decision!
What if you could pass in 17 fewer hours?
Did you know that Midrive learners tend to pass their driving test 17 hours faster than the UK average? That’s largely down to the fact they get matched with instructors who’ve been rated highly by other learners. Plus, they get access to free progress tracking tools in the Midrive driving and theory app.
As a Midrive learner, you’ll also get:
- Availability within a week
- Instructor rematches at any time
- 100% money back guarantee
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Where we provide driving lessons in Camden
We provide lessons all over the borough of Camden. Some of our popular areas include:
Belsize Park, Camden Town, Chalk Farm, Hampstead, Kentish Town, Primrose Hill and Swiss Cottage.
Our instructors also have the whole of London covered. Here are some of our top areas:
Acton, Barking, Brixton, Bromley, Canary Wharf, Clapham, Croydon, Dagenham, Ealing, Enfield, Finsbury Park, Greenwich, Hackney, Hampstead, Harrow, Hayes, Hendon, Hounslow, Islington, Kingston upon Thames, Lewisham, Putney, Romford, Southall, Stratford, Streatham, Sutton, Tottenham, Twickenham, Uxbridge, Walthamstow, Wandsworth, Watford, Wembley and Wimbledon.
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