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Most driving schools will only select the most glowing testimonials for their website. Explore some independents review sites like Trustpilot or Driving School Reviews if you want to know a school better.
Some schools in Southall have attractive introductory offers, like 4 lessons for £45. However, you will have to save two of these lessons for test day, meaning you’ll have to purchase non-discounted lessons in between. Study the terms and conditions carefully to avoid being caught out.
Not every school in Southall employs Approved Driving Instructors (fully qualified driving instructors). Some schools use Potential Driving Instructors (instructors who are still in training). Make sure to request an Approved Driving Instructor so you’re learning from an experienced instructor in the lead up to your test.
If you find yourself needing to change instructors, for whatever reason, you’ll want a school that can facilitate this. Some driving schools in Southall are able to offer you a new instructor upon request, but others will only refund you. In the latter case, you could end up stranded with no instructor.
Very few schools in Southall publish their waiting times. It’s best to get in contact and find out how long you’ll be waiting for your first lesson before you part with your money.
You’ve got a choice to make between manual and automatic driving lessons in Southall.
A manual licence will qualify you to drive both automatic and manual vehicles, whereas an automatic licence will only qualify you for automatic vehicles.
Automatic driving lessons tend to be pricier because there are fewer automatic instructors around. However, automatics are generally easier to learn in than manuals, so you could end up saving money by passing in fewer lessons.
If you plan to drive during Southall’s rush hour, you might want to consider an automatic over a manual as you won’t have to worry about changing gears. But, like automatic driving lessons, automatic cars tend to be more expensive than their manual equivalent. So if you’re looking to drive on a budget, a manual licence might be better for you. They also offer a better sense of control.
So, manual or auto? In the end, it’s 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.
The pass rates shown are for the year 2018-19.
Southall Test Centre is surrounded by 20 mph residential streets, so be sure to watch your speed and pass any parked cars at a safe distance.
Address: 295 Allenby Road, Southall, Greater London, UB1 2HD
Yeading Test Centre has the A312 and plenty of roundabouts on its doorstep. That can make for a tricky start to your test, but don’t be discouraged. Passing here will mean you’re a well-rounded driver.
Address: Cygnet Way, Willow Tree Lane, Yeading, Greater London, UB4 9BS
Find your nearest test centre through the DVSA.
It’s helpful having one last lesson before your test. You can practise around your chosen test centre or go over some last-minute manoeuvres. At the same time, you’ll boost your confidence and get adjusted to the day’s driving conditions.
A lot of the roads, particularly around Southall Test Centre, are 20 mph and are regulated by speed bumps. Make sure you anticipate the bumps so you can reduce your speed before going over them.
The A40 is the biggest major road near Southall Test Centre. At times it goes from two lanes to three, so make sure you’ve got your lane positioning down. If you get stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle, use the right-hand lane to overtake or your examiner will penalise you.
As a mainly residential area, Southall has lots of junctions and crossings for pedestrians. Pay particular attention to your surroundings on roads like the A21, which can get busy with both cars and pedestrians crossing the road.
Midrive only work with fully qualified local instructors. They’re all vetted by the Midrive team, and rated at least 4 stars out of 5 by learners. It’s part of the reason Midrive learners pass in 17 fewer hours than the UK average.
What’s more, Midrive learners get:
Wherever you’re based in Southall, we’ll be there. Some of our top areas include:
Dormers Wells, Greenford, Hayes, Hillingdon, Ickenham, Northolt, North Hyde, Uxbridge, West Drayton and Yeading.
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