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Most schools in Dartford only publish their best reviews, so it’s better to visit independent review sites to gain a better sense of them. Trustpilot and Driving School Reviews are both good places to start.
Make sure you read the fine print when you’re researching driving schools in Dartford. Some schools can have attractive introductory offers like 5 lessons for £100. But these offers are often restricted to ‘new’ learners, meaning anyone who hasn’t passed the theory test yet.
You want to learn from an Approved Driving Instructor (a fully qualified instructor). But some schools also employ Potential Driving Instructors (instructors still in training). When you book, make sure you request an Approved Driving Instructor.
If things don’t work out with your chosen instructor, you’ll want to be able to switch instructors without any hassle. Not every school in Dartford will let you do this, so choose a school where switching instructor is pain-free.
Not every school in Dartford publishes its waiting times. Before you book, make sure you ask a school how long it will be until your first lesson, as with some schools you may have to wait up to a month until an instructor is available.
There’s a choice to be made between manual and automatic driving lessons.
With a manual driving licence, you can drive either type of car. But with an automatic licence, you can only drive an automatic car.
There’s a bit less to get your head around in automatic though, so for some people, it’s exactly what they’re looking for. Just make a note that automatic driving lessons cost a bit more as there are fewer automatic instructors.
Automatics tend to be better during traffic jams, as you won’t have to keep changing gears in stop-start traffic. If you’re anywhere near the Dartford Crossing, you might prefer an automatic to ease the stress of congestion. As KentLive has pointed out, the gridlock there can be “horrendous”.
However, going for an automatic, you’ll sacrifice the sense of control that a manual can provide. Automatics cars also tend to be pricier than their manual equivalent.
Make sure you go for whichever feels right to you.
When you’ve picked your driving test centre, your instructor will help you learn the routes likely to come up in your test.
DVSA practical car test pass rates, 2018-2019.
Sidcup Test Centre is surrounded by twisting residential roads, so you could end up completing your manoeuvre early in your test. The A20 is the nearest major road, but there is also the A2 to the north which can be quite busy.
Address: 2 Crayside, Five Arches Business Estate, Maidstone Road, Sidcup, Greater London, DA14 5AG
Belvedere Test Centre has a pass rate much lower than the national average. If you pass here, you’ll be well prepared for life on the road.
Address: 33 Woolwich Road, Belvedere, Belvedere, Kent, DA17 5EE
Find your nearest test centre through the DVSA.
It’s always a good idea to take a driving lesson on the day of your test. You can go over the roads around your test centre, or get in some last minute manoeuvre practice. Plus, you’ll be getting yourself adjusted to the day’s driving conditions.
The A222 is right on the doorstep of the Sidcup Test Centre, and it’s a busy bus route (that’s not to mention all the traffic and junctions you’ll have to deal with). If a bus happens to stop in front of you, only overtake if it’s safe to do so.
The A20 can be particularly daunting for learners. Stretches of it expand to three lanes. But Since the driving test is only 40 minutes long, it’s unlikely you’ll spend an extended amount of time on it.
Since Sidcup Test Centre is in a residential area, there are lots of junctions and side roads around, from phased to box junctions. You’ll also need to keep an eye out for pedestrian crossings, as there are plenty around.
Midrive learners pass their test in 17 fewer hours compared to the UK average. That’s thanks to our top-rated local instructors. They’re all fully vetted by the Midrive team and rated at least 4 out of 5 by learners.
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