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Intensive Driving Lessons from hamilton driving school

Structured lessons for New Drivers

Hamilton is a long-established driving school and we take care to ensure every aspect of your driving lessons are as comfortable and beneficial as possible. You can choose your instructor, your type of car (manual or automatic), when you would like lessons, where you would like to be picked up from and whether you would like a friend or family member in the car with you.

Our aim is for you to pass your driving test as soon as possible but although we will challenge you to improve with each lesson, you will not be pushed. Steady progress is required for you to feel comfortable driving and acquire skills that will last you for the rest of your life.

Once lessons are underway, we will evaluate you and let you know when we think you should aim to take your test. We can help you with all aspects of booking your theory and hazard perception test, and you practical driving test. Once your practical test has been booked, we recommend that you use the same car that you have been learning in so that everything is familiar as possible for the actual test.

Learning to drive is a fun but sometimes daunting experience so our driving instructors are trained and experienced to help you progress, no matter how much experience you already have.


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The initial drive with your driving instructor will be in a quiet residential area to allow you to get used to a different car. At the same time, we can assess the standard reached so far and work out a programme to take you forward. So from previous experience to the new should be a smooth transition and further progress can develop naturally.

Our driving instructors are calm and patient, allowing you to progress with your driving skills in a relaxed environment. You can visit our instructors page to see profiles of each of our driving instructors or visit our recommendations page for testimonials from previous pupils.

driving lessons for Nervous Pupils

We understand. There is so much uncertainty when you first decide to learn to drive. Once you have met our friendly and helpful instructor, you can concentrate on getting to grips with the car controls. We won't push you too hard and will keep you in your comfort zone. As you gain experience your fears will evaporate and your nerves will be a thing of the past.

Refresher Courses

It is surprising how many drivers stop or discontinue driving lessons for one reason or another. The longer the break lasts the more difficult to overcome an ever increasing loss of confidence. It seems as if you have forgotten everything. We are here to help. You have the skills hidden in the back of your mind and we can bring them out again.

We will begin as if you have never driven before and take you forward at a pace you find comfortable. After a few lessons you will have the confidence to get back on the road again on your own.

Theory Training

We offer in car theory training on a one to one basis. This can be very helpful if you suffer with learning difficulties or dyslexia. Learning theory and having practical driving lessons at the same time is the best way forward as one helps develop the other. The driving theory test puts you through your paces, examining whether you understand the various types of road signs, traffic law, what to do in various situations on the road and your knowledge of speed limits. It is a compulsory part of learning to drive and many people struggle to pass this on their first attempt. We can help you with this by offering guidance including recommending online learning resources and apps that include example multiple choice tests. This will build up your knowledge and give you the confidence to pass and take your test.

Motorway Training

Motorway driving is restricted to qualified license holders under present legislation. It is included as one of the modules for PassPlus once you have passed you driving test. If you prefer, motorway lessons can be covered as an individual topic. Normally the instruction is arranged as a two-hour lesson to allow for getting to and from the nearest motorway.

Motorway lessons are popular as part of our refresher course for the experienced driver who hasn't driven regularly or for a long time.


Allows the newly qualified driver to get more experience in a training environment and earn subsequent insurance discounts as a reward. Further details are available on our 'Contact Us' page.

Automatic Driving Lessons

We offer automatic driving lessons where possible. This is subject to the car and instructor covering your area. We have a list of instructors on our web site however we also provide a friendly telephone service, so please get in touch and we will be able to tell you straight away whether we can help.

Fleet Training and Assessment

Companies can be held accountable for the driving practises of their staff. We have the experience to offer assessment and training on a one to one basis as required.

Advanced Driving

Our Advanced Driving Course can be adapted for occupational driver training to include taxi training and bus driver assessment (driving school car). If you work in a driving profession or would like to, talk to us and we will be able to guide you through what you need or point you in the direction of someone locally who can.

We offer driving lessons throughout Surrey and London including in Surbiton, Chessington, Croydon, Esher, Kingston, New Addington, New Malden, Purley, Surbiton, Sutton, Tolworth, Wimbledon and Worcester Park. You can view our full list of areas that we cover. We specialise in intensive courses and working with nervous drivers.

Still not sure? Why not read some of our customer recommendations. We are constantly updating our site with the latest comments from our pupils.


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After successful driving lessons comes the driving test. This test is considered a passport to freedom and it’s an important rite of passage. To some people, it may prove difficult to handle. Here are ten tips that will help you pass your driving test.

  1. Practice often
    It is recommended that learners practice driving for about 45 hours with a professional trainer and 22 hours by themselves. Ensure that you practice with a driving instructor that you are comfortable with. When you are home, practice with a relative who is an experienced driver.

  2. Warm up
    Before the test, plan a lesson, so you don't drive without warming up. This will also help you scope out obstructions like local congestion, new roadworks and potholes. You will be completely prepared when it's time to take the test.

  3. Think positively
    Have a positive outlook before entering the test centre, just believe that you will pass. It may be difficult but try creative visualisation. Close your eyes and imagine yourself driving on the route without making any mistakes. Also imagine the potential obstacles that could affect your success.

  4. Relax
    Being nervous before taking a driving test is normal, so relax. If you can’t relax, take deep breaths and count to 10 each time you feel nervous. You can try this severally and its guaranteed to help you relax.

  5. Be comfortable in the car
    Ensure that you are comfortable in the car you use for the test or it could be the car you’ve been practicing with. You should feel completely comfortable in the car and with the controls since they will enable you move and change gear smoothly.

  6. Know the route
    Before the day of the driving test, do your homework and study the area around the spot of the test. However, it's important also to master every other road and not just the one for the test. This will prepare you for life after your driving lesson test.

  7. Avoid common mistakes
    The common driving test mistakes include inadequate observation during reverse, not checking side mirrors, poor positioning at roundabouts and junctions, and excessive speed.

  8. Be ready for everything
    It’s important to avoid surprises, so be ready for anything that could happen on the day of the test. Try driving at different times during the day and in different weather conditions and where possible, slippery and icy conditions. This way, you will be prepared for the test in whatever form it takes.

  9. Ask when you are in doubt
    During the test, don't be afraid to ask the examiner if there is anything that you do not understand. Also, ask the examiner to repeat a question if you did not hear it correctly.

  10. Keep your eyes only on the road
    When taking the driving test, remember to focus on the road ahead. You shouldn’t look at the examiner or try to peek at their notes to know how well you are doing. Doing so will make you lose concentration. Make use of mirrors and be aware of the environment.


Whether you've started learning and you're ready to take your test or perhaps you're a new driver and need to start from the beginning, why not contact our team of driving instructors to help answer any questions?

Our friendly team offer advice and driving lessons in Guildford, Mitcham, Wimbledon and the surrounding areas - click here for a full list.


Latest Reviews

Zayd fetnaci
Lipon was my instructor, and he was a very thorough teacher
Thursday, 17 December 2020
A huge thank you to my driving instructor Ditta. I passed first time. She taught me every single steps on how to be a good and safe driver. Very helpful and lots of patience. Would highly recommend her.
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Passed first time with DEAN at Tolworth! Great objective and professional instructor. No wonder why he has good reviews all over Hamilton's website... Was unhappy with previous instructor who would make things look way more complicated than it actually is. Dean was great to turn this around by being honest and keeping it simple and objective as it should be. Might not be the cheapest hour ava...
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Lipon was great. I passed my driving test with him. Very easy to learn with. The experience was great.
Monday, 14 December 2020
Just passed today thanks to Dean! He is an awesome instructor and has incredible patience (it was needed with me at times...) making driving lessons incredibly enjoyable with his (terrible) jokes! Just before I started out with Dean, I had tried out other instructors and didn’t feel comfortable with their explanations (felt like things didn’t really stick) but felt very at ease with Dean and...
Wednesday, 09 December 2020
Passed first time with ben! Great instructor !! Thanks Benn
Monday, 07 December 2020
Jamie T
Lipon was an incredible teacher and really helped me to build confidence ahead of my test. I passed FIRST time and could not be happier! Would highly recommend Lipon to anyone whatever stage they’re at. Thanks Lipon!
Thursday, 03 December 2020
Ayyaz Ahmad
I passes with ease with Lipon such a great Instructor he explained every bit of the test
Wednesday, 02 December 2020
Than you so much Mr Lipon for all your help, fantastic instructor and helpful, great car to learn, lot of tips and driving tricks,
Wednesday, 04 November 2020
I past first time with Lipon, very good man, fantastic car to learn and help with everything you need, very nice Instrucror and helpful. Thank you so so much Mr Lipon
Wednesday, 04 November 2020
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Thank you for your patients during this time of uncertainty. We are pleased to announce from 12 April 2021 we will be resuming Covid-19 secure lessons following government guidelines. Please contiune to be patient as we already have a waiting list so are expecting the next few months to be extremely busy while we adjust.

If you have a lesson booked with us please ensure you read our Covid-19 information page which includes information on what you can expect during your driving lesson

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