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Driving Lessons Esher

We are a recommended Esher driving school established over 12 years offering good quality driving tuition by a fully qualified driving instructor. Our driving instructor in Esher is very familiar with the local roads and those around the Tolworth test centre.

A leafy suburb in Surrey, Esher is famous for its Sandown Park Race Course. A direct link to Hampton Court and Kingston-Upon-Thames, it attracts a lot of through traffic exacerbated by the race course and its additional functions and trade fairs. Claygate and Hinchley Wood also fall within Esher.

From the south and west the converging routes are the A244 from Leatherhead and Weybridge and the A307 from Cobham. This leads to something of a bottleneck in both directions. The A307 leads eastwards to the Scilly Isles, a double roundabout junction, where the routes separate towards Hampton Court, Kingston-Upon-Thames and the A3 bound for London.

You might think driving instructors in Esher would struggle to find suitable training areas, but in actual fact, there are local roads that can be used by the new driver. Thistledene and Ennismore Gardens, near Thames Ditton Station are good for the first Esher driving lesson, introducing the controls of the car and the initial moving away and stopping. Thistledene is a bit narrow but there are not too many parked cars. Another area would be the roads around the Drive, Esher. These roads can be used to develop approaching and emerging at junctions and making left and right turns. Driving Schools in Esher use these roads a lot and this can lead to some friction with the local residents. We do sympathise but have to practise somewhere and there are so few suitable areas.

This area leads on to a route behind Sandown Race Course and another route that can take the new driver along Ember Lane towards East Molesey and Hampton Court. So the initial training area can be raised to a higher level without the Esher driving instructor having to drive to a different training area.

Practising Manoeuvres

Both areas are useful for manoeuvre training. The Drive and Parkwood Avenue is a good reversing to the left corner and the Drive itself is a good width for the turn in the road. The camber of the road is not too steep. Driving tuition in Esher can expand to the main routes. Ember Lane to East Molesey and Walton Road will take you via Molesey Road to Hersham and back to Esher, a great circuit including a 40mph stretch of road. Driving through Esher and negotiating its one-way system can take you either to Claygate directly south or Cobham, to the west and Walton which lies more north-westerly.

The A3 is a major link road to the M25 and the south west or the opposite direction takes you into London. The Kingston-by-pass is limited to 50mph but once you get further south just past the A307 exit the speed limit increases to 70mph and is a revelation to the new driver. Esher driving schools can take their pupils on the A3 to Cobham and then return via the local route back to Esher.

The nearest test centre to Esher is Tolworth and its test routes do reach as far west as Esher, so the local roads have the additional benefit of supplying the pupil with test route practise. I don’t personally believe driving instruction in Esher should follow test routes exclusively, the broader the experience of different road situations the better. However some knowledge of the idiosyncrasies of some junctions will make the test candidate more confident than no knowledge at all. The other test centre servicing this area closed down at the end of 2007. That was Weybridge which has been replaced by Chertsey test centre. It is a much longer run to get to from Esher. If you book your driving test in Chertsey you may require longer lessons to get familiar with some of the roads over that way.

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