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Driving Lessons in Purley, CR8

We are a recommended Purley driving school established over 12 years and offering good quality driving tuition by a registered driving instructor. All our instructors are registered with the Driving Standards Agency and are members of the Driving Instructors Association. Our driving instructor in Purley is very familiar with the local roads and those around the Croydon test centre.

Purley lays immediately south of Croydon between Coulsdon and Kenley. Purley Cross is a main intersection with the A23 where the A22 splits south-easterly towards Godstone and East Grinstead.

Peak Hill leading to Green Lane is the perfect place for Purley Driving Schools to introduce the brand new driver to the controls of the car. Moving off and stopping shortly afterwards can all be completed without the problem of clearing parked cars which are few and far between. It could mean the Purley driving instructor exposing the new driver to the school run if not timed correctly though, with access to the John Fisher School on this road.

The other side of Foxley Lane is Border Road. This is a no-go area, a private road with “no driving instruction” signposted. Driving Schools in Purley respect that.

Woodcote Valley Road leading to a double mini roundabout is useful for explaining the procedures for roundabouts for those who want to learn to drive in Purley. It separates uphill to Manor Wood Road. Both roads come out by Smitham Downs. If you continue the Purley driving lesson by emerging right on to Brighton Road, the immediate left turn is Stoats Nest Road and this leads to a sharp bend under the railway bridge. Keep well left here anticipating cars and especially larger vehicles from the opposite direction.

There is an extremely sharp left turn on to Hartley Down almost turning back on oneself and it is necessary to use 1st gear as there is an incline to deal with as well. Further on, Purley driving tuition will come across an awkward sharp right turn on to Lodge Lane. This leads to Wattenden Primary School and a turning area with recycling containers to one side. This denotes the beginning of Kenley as the road narrows to a single lane.

Hill starts

There are so many hills in the Purley area and an abundance of locations to practise moving away uphill and downhill that the new driver will become a specialist in no time – and will need to!

Highfield Road with its three way cushions stretching across the road has few parked cars and is a direct link between Plough Lane and Purley Way, bypassing Purley Cross. During quieter times the junction with Hillcrest Road can be used to introduce a sharper reverse to the left. Both roads can be used for Purley driver training with the turn in the road but better perhaps if the pupil has already been introduced to this manoeuvre as there can be a number of passing vehicles during busy times.

Godstone Road to the south of Purley Cross leads to Kenley and Whyteleafe. If the local driving lesson in Purley goes left after the railway bridge into Downscourt Road, there is a steady climb uphill to the left turn at Selcroft Road. The climb continues but flattens at the top where there are fewer parked cars. There are enough spaces available here to practise both the turn in the road and the parallel park. The nearby location of Brancaster Lane and Purley Bury Avenue is great for the reverse to the left, though with through traffic the new driver should watch out for and give way to passing vehicles.

If you pass Riddledown Railway Station driving instruction in Purley can continue back to Purley by emerging right on to Mitchley Avenue. This leads to a downhill double bend and a further left into St James Road will expose the new driver to a steep downhill drop with a very sharp left turn at the bottom before emerging on to Godstone Road and returning to the town centre.

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