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Most schools in Reading only display their top reviews online. Explore independent review sites like Trustpilot or Driving School Reviews to find out what learners have been saying more broadly.
Plenty of schools in Reading have good introductory offers, like 10 hours for £280. But these packages often require you to save three hours for your test, so you’re only receiving 7 hours of driving tuition. Double check the terms and conditions around these offers.
Several schools in Reading employ Potential Driving Instructors (instructors still in training) alongside Approved Driving Instructors (fully qualified instructors). Ask for an Approved Driving Instructor to make sure you’re getting the best level of tuition.
If you ever need to switch instructors for whatever reason, you’ll want a school that can facilitate this. Not every school in Reading will have an instructor readily available if you want to switch.
Most schools in Reading don’t publish their waiting times. Make sure you enquire before you pay for lessons, or else you could get stung with a long wait time before your first lesson.
There’s a choice to be made between manual and automatic driving lessons in Reading.
A manual licence allows you to drive both manual and automatic cars after passing. An automatic licence restricts you to automatics.
Automatic lessons are also generally more expensive, as there are fewer automatic instructors teaching. However, an automatic is simpler than a manual, as you don’t have to change gears, so most people learn quicker in them.
You might want to consider where you’ll be driving in Reading. If you plan to travel towards Reading Station or the town centre during rush hour, you may well prefer an automatic. An automatic transmission makes crawling along with traffic a little easier.
On the other hand, if you see yourself driving out of Reading, perhaps on the winding country lanes towards Shiplake, then you might prefer the control of a manual transmission.
In the end, the choice is down 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.
Farnborough Test Centre has a healthy pass rate, likely because of all the residential roads around it.
Address: 35 Hercules Way, Aerospace Boulevard, Unit C1, Cirrus, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6UU
The A4010 is the biggest challenge near High Wycombe Test Centre. With an above average pass rate, it’s not a bad place to take your test.
Address: Trenchard House, Wellington Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12 3PS
Reading Test Centre has a reasonable pass rate. It can be fiddly exiting the test centre, as there are often a lot of parked cars around.
Address: 220 Elgar Road South, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0BW
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 so you can get in some last minute practice. You might like to go over roads you haven’t felt too confident on, or squeeze in some manoeuvre practice.
The main lanes, traffic lights, and exits make this roundabout one of the most difficult and notorious in Reading. It’s best to have plenty of practice on it before test day, but when it comes to the real thing, lane positioning is key. Take extra care to check mirrors and blind spots when changing lanes.
If your test is at Reading Test Centre, don’t forget to stop at the stop sign as you exit the test centre. It’ll be one of the first obstacles you’ll come across, and there will be plenty of nerves flying around in your head, so it’s easy to forget!
There are roundabouts near all the test centres we’ve mentioned, but if you’re taking your test at High Wycombe Test Centre you’ll want to be prepared for roundabouts. The A4010 has plenty, including a large, busy, phased one where it meets the M40.
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