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Driving Lessons in Portsmouth

Pass faster with our top-rated driving instructors in Portsmouth. Prices start from just £27.00 an hour.

Where we provide lessons in Portsmouth

No matter where you are in Portsmouth, we’re available for you! Our top areas include:

Buckland, Cosham, Drayton, Fareham, Hilsea, Landport, Milton, Portsea, Southsea, Waterlooville.

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Learning to drive in Portsmouth

This port city is a great place to learn to drive, despite being fairly large and busy. It has a great mix of dual carriageways, busy city roads and quiet suburbs that will give you all the experience you’ll need to become a safe and confident driver. Plus with a Midrive instructor, we’re sure you’ll get hold of your shiny pink driving licence in no time.

If you’re just starting out, there’s a plethora of quiet residential streets for you to learn the basics on. You might struggle to find one that doesn’t have cars parked on either side, but there won’t be much oncoming traffic to put you under pressure. Hilsea Crescent is one of our top choices if you’re looking for somewhere to get to grips with steering and clutch control. Southsea and Eastney are other great areas of the city that have lots of options for newbies.

We’d recommend avoiding the Gunwharf Quays area if you’re relatively new to driving, especially at the weekend and during the school holidays, when it’s likely to be particularly busy. If you’re ready to move onto parallel parking, try Byron Road and the streets nearby in Portsea Island. These roads are quiet but narrow with parked cars on both sides, making them a good place to perfect this tricky manoeuvre!

There are also plenty of surrounding motorways and dual carriageways where you can get some more advanced driving skills under your belt. The M27 and the M275 are great places to practise using slip roads and changing lanes, but remember that as a learner, you’ll only be able to drive on a motorway if you’re with a qualified driving instructor in a dual control car. If you’re looking for somewhere to head to between lessons, then try the A27 dual carriageway, before it becomes a motorway. There’s plenty of choice!

Manual and automatic driving lessons

Everyone’s different, so we offer a choice of manual and automatic driving lessons in Portsmouth.

Once you’re ready to get behind the wheel, make sure you’re up to speed on which transmission you’d like to learn. Some people prefer the ease of driving an automatic because there’s slightly less to remember compared to driving a manual car. If you’re going to be driving through Portsmouth city centre during rush hour then an automatic might also be more comfortable. This transmission changes gears for you, so you won’t have to press and release the clutch every few metres in stop-start traffic

On the other hand, choosing an automatic means that once you qualify, you’ll only be able to drive this type of transmission, whereas choosing a manual will qualify you to drive either. On top of this, automatic cars and lessons are generally more expensive when compared to manual ones. There are pros and cons of both transmissions, so take your time deciding between the two!

Driving test centre locations

Once you’re confident enough to start thinking about taking your practical driving test, your driving instructor will help you to pick a driving test centre. They will also introduce you to the areas around your chosen test centre, in order to prepare you for the big day. There’s only one test centre in Portsmouth itself, but there are a few in the Portsmouth postcode area. To find your nearest, take a look at the DVSA’s information.

  • Portsmouth: Opposite Fort Southwick, James Callaghan Drive, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO17 6AR
  • Lee-on-the-Solent: The Richard Sainsbury Building, Daedalus Argus Gate Daedalus Drive, Lee on the Solent, Hampshire PO13 9JY
  • Newport (Isle Of Wight): Innovation Centre, St Cross Business Park, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5WB
  • Chichester: Wyman House, Shopwhyke Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 2AA

What learners say about our driving lessons in Portsmouth

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