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Driving Lessons in Newcastle upon Tyne

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Where we provide lessons in Newcastle upon Tyne

No matter where you are, we’ve got a local driving instructor for you. Some of our top areas in Newcastle are:

Arthurs Hill, Chapel House, Dunston, Fenham, Gateshead, Hazlerigg, Lemington, North Shields, South Shields, Spital Tongues.

Enter your postcode above to check lesson pricing in your local area of Newcastle.

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Learning to drive in Newcastle upon Tyne

Like with any large city, learning to drive in Newcastle has its fair share of challenges, with its high traffic, tricky junctions, and variety of road types. But there are plenty of great places to hone your skills outside the city centre. And with a Midrive instructor at your side, you’ll be progressing in no time!

The roads between the City of Newcastle Golf Club and Northumbria Golf Club are a great place to start out. They’re quiet and residential, meaning you can start learning with as little pressure around you as possible. Clayworth road, South Ridge, Layfield Road and Polwarth Drive work well in combination, helping you get accustomed to moving off and stopping, steering, signalling, and clutch control.

Head into the city for the challenge of busy A roads, roundabouts, and junctions. Take to the A167, the old ‘Great North Road,’ if you’re looking for some dual carriageway experience. You can take it south towards Durham, or north onto the A1 and towards Edinburgh.

If you’re looking for somewhere to practise before your test, we suggest heading to Elswick. Not only are there plenty of quiet residential streets there, but there’s also the Elswick test centre nearby - so it’s perfect if you want to take your test there. You’ll need to be confident with hill starts as many of the roads turning away from the river are steep or inclined. With the Midrive app you’ll be able to track exactly where you’ve been in your lessons so you can be confident you’re covering as many roads as possible!

Manual and automatic driving lessons

If you’re Newcastle-based, you can take your pick from our automatic driving lessons or manual driving lessons.

There’s lots to think about when it comes to choosing which kind of driving lessons you’d like to take. There’s less to get your head round if you choose automatic, but these lessons do tend to be more expensive, and an automatic licence will only qualify you to drive an automatic vehicle. A manual licence, on the other hand, will qualify you to drive manual and automatic vehicles.

Consider where you might be driving once you’ve passed your test. If you think you’ll be stuck in rush hour traffic a lot, then you might prefer an automatic. With the gears changing automatically it can be easier to crawl along with traffic. However, if you’re planning long journeys from Newcastle to other parts of the country, then a manual might be more appropriate. They offer a sense of control that automatics don’t. However, we can’t make the decision for you. In the end it’s down to you.

Driving test centre locations

Your instructor will guide you in finding a test centre that suits you best. It may also be a good idea to check the DVSA page on test centre locations in order to find your nearest one. The following are some popular options.

  • Elswick: Unit 2 Sirius House, Asama Court, Amethyst Road, Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE4 7YL
  • Gateshead: Waterside Drive, Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE11 9HU
  • Gosforth: Sandy Lane, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE3 5HB
  • South Shields: Bedesway, Bede Industrial Estate, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE32 3EG

What learners say about our driving lessons in Newcastle upon Tyne

We’ve helped over 300,000 learners to pass their driving test. Imagine how many are in Newcastle! Why not take a look at some of the lovely things they say about us?