How to choose a driving school in Hendon
There are plenty of driving instructors in Hendon, but you deserve an instructor who:
- Boosts your confidence
- Helps you enjoy learning
- Won’t charge a fortune!
That’s why you should follow these simple steps when choosing a driving school in Hendon:
1. Compare reviews
Reading about other learners’ experiences with a school you’re considering is the best way to assess whether it’s the right school for you. However, most driving schools in Hendon only display positive reviews on their websites. So, head to review sites like Google Reviews and Trustpilot to get a more balanced picture.
2. Beware of terms and conditions
Make sure you read the terms and conditions before booking driving lessons so you know what you’re signing up for. For example, some driving schools in Hendon won’t refund you if you pass your test before using up all the hours in your driving lesson package.
3. Make sure your instructor is qualified
Some driving schools in Hendon use driving instructors who are still in training, and they may not make you aware of this before you make a booking. You’re better off learning with an Approved Driving Instructor who has passed all their exams and has experience getting learners on the road.
4. Check that you can switch instructors
It’s important to get on with your driving instructor, as you’re going to be spending many hours in the car with them. So, make sure that you check whether you’ll be able to switch instructors easily if you don’t gel. Some driving schools in Hendon don’t have this facility.
5. Avoid long waiting times
The last thing you want is to book a driving lesson package and then have to wait weeks before you take your first driving lesson. Some driving schools in Hendon have long waiting times, especially during busy times of year. So, make sure you ask when you can take your first lesson before you book.
Tips for learning to drive in Hendon
If you want to save time and money by passing your driving test faster, we’d recommend putting in some private practice between your driving lessons in Hendon. In fact, the DVSA recommends 22 hours of private practice before you take the practical driving test!
According to our driving instructors in Hendon, there are lots of great places to practise driving in the area. Here are a few options:
Faber Gardens: Faber Gardens and the other residential streets that run parallel to it are great places to get to grips with the basics, like steering and clutch control. They have yellow lines on both sides, keeping them virtually free of parked cars.
Middlesex University: The areas to the west of Middlesex University are riddled with small, quiet roundabouts. Our driving instructors in Hendon recommend these for getting to grips with roundabouts without huge amounts of pressure from other cars.
Wykeham Road: Just east of Hendon Central station, Wykeham Road and the other streets off it are great places to practise your parallel parking. They’re fairly busy, but still quiet enough that you’ll be able to find a spot without too much difficulty!
The A41: The A41 dual carriageway runs straight through Hendon. It’s a great place to practise changing lanes and responding to road markings outside your driving lessons in Hendon.
Brent Street: Also known as the A502, Brent Street is a great place to perfect your urban driving - it’s busy and full of buses, traffic lights and parked cars.
Choosing your test centre
After you’ve completed some driving lessons in Hendon, your driving instructor will help you to pick a nearby test centre. They’ll then start introducing you to the routes that could come up in your driving test.
Test centre pass rates
DVSA practical car test pass rates, 2018-2019.
Barnet Test Centre | Pass rate: 37%
Barnet Test Centre is very close to both busy main roads and narrow residential streets. There are no toilets available at this test centre, so make sure you go for a safety wee before arriving for your test!
Address: Raydean House, 15 - 17 Western Parade, Barnet, Greater London, EN5 1AD
Borehamwood Test Centre | Pass rate: 49.3%
Borehamwood has a very high pass rate for a London test centre. Be aware that the car park is opposite the test centre and is controlled by a barrier. You should park in the designated parking bays no earlier than 10 minutes before you test starts, and note that it’s not permitted to practise on site.
Address: Unit 1 Stirling Court, Stirling Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 2BT
Hendon Test Centre | Pass rate: 42.1%
You’ll find Hendon Test Centre on a quiet drive, but it’s surrounded by busier roads. You should expect dual carriageway driving to come up on a test here, so get practising!
Address: 3 Aviation Drive, Beaufort Park, Hendon, Greater London, NW9 5TZ
Mill Hill Test Centre | Pass rate: 41.1
There are only a limited number of car parking spaces available at this test centre, so make sure that you arrive early to make sure you’re able to park. You can expect both urban and rural driving on a test here.
Address: Unit 9, Grannard Business Centre, Bunns Lane, Mill Hill, Greater London, NW7 2DQ
Wood Green Test Centre | Pass rate: 39.3%
Wood Green Test Centre is located in a built-up area teaming with buses, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Make sure that you perfect your hazard perception if you decide to take your driving test here!
Address: Wood Green Crown Court, Woodhall House, Lordship Lane, Wood Green, Greater London, N22 5LF
To see a full list of test centres near you, enter your postcode on the DVSA website.
Test tips from driving instructors in Hendon
Our driving instructors in Hendon have shared some of their top tips for passing the driving test in Hendon.
1. Check the parking situation
Our driving instructors in Hendon have warned that lots of the nearby test centres have either limited parking, or specific instructions about where to park and when, like Borehamwood Test Centre. So, before test day, make sure that you research the parking situation for your chosen test centre and arrive early if you’re in any doubt about whether you’ll be able to get a parking space.
2. Drive defensively
While driving defensively is always a good idea in London, Wood Green Test Centre is located in a particularly bustling area of the city. So, our driving instructors in Hendon advise you to expect the unexpected from other road users and tailor your driving accordingly.
3. Be prepared for rural roads
Mill Hill and Hendon test centres are located fairly near the outskirts of London. That means you could encounter some winding rural roads as well as urban ones, so make sure you’re comfortable with how to adapt your speed based on the nature of the road. (Hint: even if the road is labelled with a national speed limit sign, that’s not always the most sensible speed to drive at.)
Choosing between manual and automatic
You may have decided to take driving lessons in Hendon, but have you decided whether you want manual or automatic driving lessons? You’ll need to make a decision before you book.
Automatic driving lessons are particularly popular with learners who are based in cities. That’s because they don’t require you to press the clutch each time you come to a standstill at traffic lights. So, if you’re going to be driving around Hendon regularly after you pass your test, you might find it more relaxing to drive an automatic.
That said, there are plenty of countryside day trips within easy reach of Hendon, such as the Chilterns just up the A41. If you’re planning on driving longer distances regularly along dual carriageways and country roads, you might prefer the sense of control that a manual car offers you - it will allow you to change down a gear in anticipation of a hill for example, for that extra boost of power. Manual cars also tend to be cheaper to buy and repair.
Whichever transmission you decide you want to drive after passing, it’s worth bearing in mind that while a manual licence qualifies you to drive both types of car, an automatic licence only qualifies you to drive automatics. So, if you’d like to keep your options open, manual is probably the better choice for you.
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