We are a recommended New Malden driving school established for over 12 years. We offer excellent quality driving tuition by an instructor registered with the Driving Standards Agency and we are a member of the Driving Instructors Association. Our instructors are very familiar with the local roads and those around the nearest test centre.
New Malden town centre lies between Kingston Hill and the A3 and has been subject to a lot of road works over the last few years. It has been reduced to a 20mph zone to protect pedestrians as they criss-cross the busy road.
Learner drivers will find the High Street challenging with roundabouts at each end. Traffic calming includes a number of newly constructed islands and raised areas on approach to the roundabouts with the familiar red surface. These are used by pedestrians as crossing places and can be mistaken as pedestrian priority, so the learner driver needs to keep a watchful eye on the body language and positioning of pedestrians nearby who could easily step into their path.
The Fountain roundabout named after the pub on the corner can get seriously congested during busy times - which are most times! To help relieve traffic flow there are “keep clear” road markings on the roundabout at each access. These are designed for vehicles on the roundabout which cannot clear a junction, to hold back and allow drivers on to the roundabout. When you are with your instructor, be prepared to hold back if you can’t clear it, rather like a yellow box junction, so that you do not block the junction
There has recently been work on the A3 roundabout, which can be misleading. The Highways agency has widened it with specific lane markings for each route. The problem is, vehicles in the left lane appear to steer very wide suggesting they are leaving the earlier exit but swing round to cross the path of vehicles on their left – who may inadvertently move forward on to the roundabout. I have seen a few near misses recently!
Another busy intersection which is known locally as Shannon Corner has recently been further developed with a new B and Q store. In fact the roundabout is now partially traffic light controlled making it easier for the new driver to negotiate. Some instructors will use this for the provisional license holder who is nearing driving test standard.
Fortunately for our instructors covering New Malden, there are some quiet roads ideal as learner areas and suitable also for the manoeuvres. I am thinking of the roads off South Lane, which I might add are included in Tolworth Test Centre test routes. Cotford Road is a favourite with local driving instructors for the turn in the road and also there are some well placed parked cars for the parallel park. I haven’t seen any of the car owners complain yet, so we should thank them for their tolerance. Green Lane has some corners for the reverse to the left, subject of course to availability with parked cars. Windsor Avenue with a couple of corners is the same
Further North near the Coombe Road area, there are more residential roads which are suitable for lessons. More 20mph zones and traffic calming have been developed as this area is sensitive with the nearby Coombe Girls School.
New drivers who need to get beyond basic junction training, the roads off Elm Road are particularly challenging for meeting oncoming traffic. These roads are narrow and something of a cut through, so there are plenty of opportunities for dealing with meeting situations.
- 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.
At Hamilton Driving we have instructors teaching driving lessons in all of the local towns. We realise that customer satisfaction is crucial so that's why we do our best to make sure that we can fit our lessons around you. You will receive a one-to-one attention driving lessons and a training program designed to make you a safe, confident driver.
Your first lessons
When learning to drive, you cannot beat practising on different types of roads to broaden your experience. Our instructors will ensure that you are completely confident in each of these areas:
- Cockpit drill - making sure you know where all of the controls are and what they do
- Safety checks
- Moving away and stopping
- Mirrors and blind spots
- Junctions and roundabouts
- Negotiating traffic
- Emergency braking
- Parallel parking
- Hazard awareness
- Turning your car around
- Planning and independent driving
- Darkness and weather conditions
For more information or if you would like to book your first lesson with us, please contact us.