Learn to drive in Surbiton

Hamilton is actually based in the local area and offer driving lessons in Surbiton along with intensive driving courses. Our local driving instructors are renowned for their work especially nervous drivers. We operate in Surbiton and across the county and into parts of London. We were established over 12 years ago and have been working with learner drivers ever since, helping hundreds to get behind the wheel and pass their driving test.

Each member of our instructor team is registered with the Driving Standards Agency and members of the Driving Instructors Association. Our instructors in Surbiton offer great quality driving tuition and are very familiar with the local roads.

When you take your first driving lesson with us, we usually take you to a quiet cul-de-sac so that you can learn the basics without the worry of other traffic on the road. It's a good idea to get the basics taken care of as soon as possible such as where the various controls are. Of course, many people are nervous on their first lesson so it helps to settle in and take things slowly.

Once you're familiar with the controls, we will work with you to get the car into gear (if you have chosen manual driving lessons) and then start some basic maneuverers such as turning corners.

As your lessons progress and your confidence improves, we will take you on to more challenging roads where there's more traffic. As you continue your driving lessons, we will start preparing you for your test. This works in parallel with the revision that you should be doing to get ready for the theory driving test, learning the signs and rules of the road.

Booking your theory test is simple enough but your driving instructor can give you all of the relevant details and then you just need to get in touch with the test centre and organise a convenient time.

Once your instructor thinks you are ready, you can then book your practical driving test. There can be quite a waiting list at certain times of year but your instructor will have a rough idea of how long the waiting list is. You will need to book a time with your instructor as well as you will probably want to use the same car that you have been having lessons in. You will probably already be nervous so having a car that you are familiar with will mean there's one less stress to deal with on the day.

Start your driving lessons in Surbiton

Test routes do pass this way, so our driving instructors are keen to help you practise in the Surbiton area. It makes sense to use the local advantage.

As mentioned, your initial lessons will take place on quieter roads but as your skills develop your instructor will take you onto busier roads and into areas such as Ditton Hill and Lovelace Road. Lovelace Road is especially useful for learners because of the narrow roads. It's a great place to learn how to pass parked cars, with on coming vehicles and all the while you will be practising your clutch control.

At the end of Langley Avenue is a five way mini roundabout, which new drivers can find very challenging. The three mini roundabouts in Long Ditton are easier to deal with, with just three approaches for each of them. The problem for the learner drivers is that with these busy flowing roundabouts, you have to recognise when you can move on and having the confidence to do just that before the moment is lost. Of course this can be nerve wracking at first but like any new skill, the more you practise the easier it will be and all the while you will have your instructor guiding you.


Your driving lessons are fully inclusive of:

  • 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 types 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.

Learning to drive is a stressful but valuable thing to do. Our instructors are excellent teachers who will help you obtain and develop all of the necessary skills to turn you into a confident, safe and calm driver. We are here for you from your first lesson, right through to your theory test and then your practical driving test. We will do whatever we can to ensure that you pass and can get on the road, in your own car, as soon as possible.


'After returning back to the UK after living in America for several years I needed to get my license ASAP!! I called Hamilton Driving School and was immediately connected to an instructor and Zoran was able to book me in for a class almost immediately. Every time I asked for a lesson or even several lessons during the week, Zoran was always willing to find the time for a lesson. I really liked his teaching method and how he would push me a little more every lesson I had to grow my confidence on the English roads, he was very patient and always willing to go over anything multiple times if needed. He was extremely accommodating when I had my practical cancelled on me and was frantic to book another one in short timing. Overall my experience was very pleasant and I would definitely recommend Hamilton to family and friends. Passed my theory and practical first time as well as only having lessons for just over a month!!! Thank you.'
- Gabby Wright

'I wanted to say a huge thank you to Mike for helping me pass first time on my driving, couldn’t of done it without him and I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to pass first time.'
- Sophie Ferguson

'Can't thank Duncan enough. he is a fab driving instructor - very patient and calm, was never in a rush to finish the lessons. Happy to accommodate with picking up and dropping off at college and work. Would certainly recommend him to everyone.'
- Bethany Giltname

Contact us

If you are ready to start your driving lessons in Surbiton or would just like more information, please give our friendly team a call on 0800 804 6899 or you can e-mail them from our contact page.

You may also be interested in our driving lessons in Tolworth.


Intensive driving lessons in Surbiton

Hamilton School of Motoring

Tel: 0800 804 6899

E-mail: info@hamiltondriving.co.uk

Address: 5 Station Road, Chessington, KT9 1AX

Instructors Wanted!

We are recruiting driving instructors to join our team. If you are already qualified then please get in touch or if you are interested in becoming a driving instructor, you can find out more about our instructor training courses.