You should have an instructor who:
Won’t charge a fortune!
Which is why we recommend doing these 5 things:
It’s really handy to see what other learners thought about Southampton’s driving schools. Driving School Reviews and Trustpilot are recommended for trustworthy reviews.
Some schools in Southampton need you to take all your lessons within 6 months. If you want more time to complete your lessons, be sure to check the expiry dates at your driving school.
Learning with a fully qualified instructor (Approved Driving Instructor) has advantages over learning with a trainee instructor (Potential Driving Instructor). A trainee instructor won’t have passed their exams yet or have as much experience teaching on Southampton’s roads.
You’ll want a good relationship with your instructor to get the best learning experience. For this reason, you might want to swap instructors if any problems come up. Not all driving schools in Southampton are clear about if and how you can switch instructors, so it’s worth looking into a school’s switching policies before you pay any money.
You’ll want to know what the waiting times are before booking so that you have all you need to make a decision. There are driving schools in Southampton that could have you waiting over 30 days for a lesson. Unless you’re okay with waiting that long, have a look at the school’s waiting times before you book lessons.
Consider whether you want manual or automatic driving lessons before booking your first driving lesson.
Automatic cars are simpler to learn in as they don’t have a clutch pedal, just one for braking and one for accelerating.
An automatic car is easier to drive in heavy traffic. Southampton was tied 4th for the UK’s worst cities outside London for traffic jams, according to Sky. So you might prefer an automatic car here. However, automatic cars cost more than manual cars, not only to buy but to maintain as well. Manuals also give you a better feeling of control over your car.
Finally, remember that an automatic licence only lets you drive automatic cars, whereas a manual licence lets you drive both manuals and automatics.
So it’s your call as to which one sounds better to you.
Your instructor will help you practise the routes that are likely to come up in your driving test. Here are the ones that are closest to you.
DVSA practical car test pass rates, 2018-2019.
Forest HIlls Test Centre has a pass rate below the UK national average. You might encounter roads like St Deny’s Road, which has an adjacent cycle lane, so check your mirrors regularly for cyclists.
Address: Forest Hills Drive, Southampton SO18 2FY
Maybush Test Centre will give you a handful of zebra crossings and bus stops on the wider roads like Highfield Lane. You’ll find the centre on Green Lane.
Address: Green Lane, Maybush, Southampton SO16 9FP
Check out the DVSA page to find your nearest Driving Test Centre.
The test routes at Forest Hills Test Centre involve a handful of roads with lots of parked cars on either side like Harefield Road, Harrison Road and Honeysuckle Road. Keep good passing distances and look out for any crossing pedestrians obscured by the cars.
If you choose Forest Hill Test Centre, you’ll likely drive on the A35 which is a busy bus route. If you come across any buses, make sure to keep a safe distance and only overtake if it is safe.
It’s helpful to take a final lesson before your practical test. You can practise around your chosen test centre or go over some last-minute manoeuvres. You’ll get used to the day’s conditions and hopefully get a confidence boost on top of that.
You want to get on the road as soon as possible, and our top-rated instructors can get you there. Midrive learners pass in 17 fewer hours than the UK average and are 38% more likely to pass first time. There’s also the Midrive Learner app, meaning you can continue to learn on your phone.
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