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Driving Lessons Kingston

Kingston was originally a market town dating back to the Middle Ages. It has been developed into one of the largest shopping centres in North Surrey, serviced by just one bridge over the River Thames. Traffic congestion is a real problem at peak times. The bridge was rebuilt in recent years to allow for two lanes each way, a cycle lane and to accommodate a bus lane as well – and still it gets grid-locked.

Our driving instructors usually prefer to remain south of the river for that very reason. The town centre is totally impractical when it comes to offering driving lessons for new drivers. Only when they get towards test standard will lessons usually include tackling the one-way system. It’s great for practising lane changes and responding to direction road signs.

North of Kingston without crossing the river, Richmond Road is the main exit north from the town centre. En route and tucked away in the bend of the river is Ham. A perfect starting place for lessons. Riverside Drive is a wide sweeping road following the curve of the river. Ideal for starting off and stopping for the first time. Your instructor will even be able to introduce third gear at an early stage in the pupil's training. Introducing left and right turns into Dysart Avenue and Beaufort Road brings you to Burnell Avenue, a great place for the turn in the road and parallel park. There are also a couple of corners which can be used for the reverse to the left.

After explaining the sequence for traffic lights pupils can venture along the High Street to Ham Common and return to Riverside Drive. Crossing Richmond Road will take the you into Tudor Drive and the roads off Latchmere Road. These are narrow roads with parked cars everywhere and can be used for dealing with meeting traffic in confined spaces.

Training areas

Other training areas outside Kingston might include Robin Hood Lane and its adjacent roads in Kingston Vale. There are places available here to practise manoeuvres, together with a direct link to Kingston Hill and the town centre. The Robin Hood roundabout offers access to both directions on the A3.

It is important for us to find a quiet street for you to practise your manoeuvres such as parallal parking, hill starts and three-point turns - all of which may come up on your practical driving test. Although these can be tricky to begin with, you will soon master these vital skills which will last you a lifetime.

Off Coombe Lane West and Traps Lane are Buxton Drive and other residential roads which come under New Malden. There is Normansfield Avenue in Teddington which can also be used as a training area, limited though it may be, with just a handful of junctions. Many instructors will travel to Langley Avenue in Surbiton to find the quiet roads they are familiar with. Berrylands is another choice.

When the new pupil has taken on Kingston Bridge and followed Hampton Court Road to Hampton Court Bridge then the driver training can progress to the larger roundabouts that surround Kingston. From Embercourt to the Scilly Isles. From Tolworth (Toby Jug) roundabout to the Robin Hood roundabout, there are opportunities to drive on the faster roads and take on the multi-lane roundabouts. In fact, the A3 is as near as you can get to a Motorway once you join the Esher-by-pass southwards, which includes a hard shoulder as well as the national speed limit.

Kingston-Upon-Thames has just got too big for the infrastructure, so instructors have had to adapt and find areas within reach to match the standard of the new driver, whether it’s the very first lesson or something more demanding like tackling the Ace of Spades (Hook) roundabout at 5.00pm during the evening rush hour.


  • Complete driving lesson according to DSA outline
  • Friendly driving instructors
  • No car sharing
  • Free local pick-up
  • DSA approved learning material
  • Thorough practise of driving during all lessons
  • Taste of all type of road conditions and layouts during learning.

Each of our driving instructors are fully qualified and DSA approved to ensure that you learn to drive in a fun, cooperative, friendly and relaxed environment.

We want you to develop the safest driving skills and the best driving habits at the best possible price.

If you have any particular requirements such as a manual or automatic car, a female instructor or a particular time that would be best for your lessons, please let us know. We will do our very best to make sure you receive exactly the right car, instructor and lesson times that are best for you.

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