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Driving Lessons in Southampton

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Where we provide lessons in Southampton

Midrive instructors cover the greater Southampton area, so we’ve got your back. Some of our top areas include:

Chilworth, Eastleigh, Freemantle, Hillyfields, Maybush, Millbrook, Nursling, Portswood, Shirley and Thornhill.

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

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Learning to drive in Southampton

Southampton is a great port city, offering some excellent places for learner drivers to flourish. With a bustling city centre, plenty of residential areas, and rural roads too there’s something for every learner.

Hedge End is the place to start out. It’s home to a host of residential streets, just the kind of relaxed, quiet conditions every learner wants when they’re learning moving off and stopping, signalling, and clutch control. Yardley Road is our top recommendation there. It’s long, wide, and straight, and once you’re more experienced, nearby Morgan Road is a good spot to practise reversing around a corner.

The city centre makes for more challenging driving. If you follow Dorset Street south towards Watts and East Park you’ll reach a complex roundabout where it meets the A3024 and a number of others streets. You’ll have to pay close attention to road markings, traffic lights, and any cars trying to switch lanes late. Don’t worry though, your instructor will be there to help you out.

You can follow the A3024 east for good dual carriageway practice. It’s a road to stay alert on! Driveways back onto it, so cars might reverse or pull out into the road unexpectedly. If you keep going you’ll eventually reach the M27 which is ideal if you want to practise at higher speeds. Remember though, you’ll need your instructor with you, or to have passed your test. With a Midrive instructor at your side, we’re sure you’ll be passing in no time!

Manual and automatic driving lessons

We have manual and automatic lessons in Southampton, to offer you the very best!

It’s not easy to choose which type of driving lesson to go for. With a manual licence you can drive both automatic and manual vehicles. An automatic licence means you can only drive automatic vehicles. Automatic lessons are often pricier than manual ones as there are less automatic instructors available, however, there is less to learn so you could end up driving quicker.

If you’re going to be driving a lot in traffic an automatic could be better for you. This way you won’t have to worry about the clutch. However, if you’ll be accessing the M4 a lot for longer journeys, you might enjoy a manual more, because you’ll have the control to change through the gears. But we can only suggest, the decision is down to you!

Driving test centre locations

There are two test centres in the Southampton postcode area. Your instructor will help you pick which is best for you, and make sure you’re learning all the right routes in the lead up to your test. Have a look at DVSA's page on driving test centres to find one near you.

  • Forest Hills: Forest Hills Drive, Southampton, Hampshire, SO18 2FY
  • Maybush: Green Lane, Maybush, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 9FP

What learners say about our driving lessons in Southampton

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