Your guide to learning to drive in Enfield
How to choose a driving instructor in Enfield
You’re looking for an instructor who:
- Makes you feel supported
- Helps you enjoy learning
Won’t rip you off!
So check out these 4 things:
1. Compare reviews
Driving schools in Enfield will only show their best reviews on their website, so you should look at a range of review sources.
2. Beware of terms and conditions
If you block book lessons and want to make sure you can get refunded on unused hours, have a look through the driving school’s terms and conditions. There are schools in Enfield that won’t offer you money back so keep this in mind when you book a driving school.
3. Check that you can switch instructors
If you’re not getting along with your driving instructor, you’ll want to make sure you can switch to another one. Some of Enfield’s driving schools are vague about if and how you can change instructors, so it's useful to do some research into their policies.
4. Avoid long waiting times
Some schools in Enfield will only show their waiting times when you’re midway through booking lessons online, or after you have already booked them. See if you can find out how long you’ll have to wait before you book your first lesson so you're not waiting unnecessarily long to start driving.
Choosing between manual and automatic
You should hold off booking lessons until you decide whether you want manual or automatic driving lessons.
Unlike manuals, automatics have no clutch, just an accelerator and a brake pedal.
An automatic helps if you're stuck in congestion, as you don't have to continually find the bite point or change gears in stop-start traffic. So, since there are plenty of busy roads in Enfield like the North Circular, the A10 and the A103, an automatic may be helpful.
But keep in mind manual cars cost less to buy and maintain. Manual lessons are also cheaper because more manual instructors are available than automatic ones. You might also like the feeling of control you get with a manual car.
If you want more choice, keep in mind that a manual licence lets you drive both automatics and manuals, but an automatic licence only lets you drive automatic cars.
It’s basically a choice of whether you want it easy or you want it cheap!
Choosing your test centre
Your instructor will help you practise the routes that are likely to come up in your driving test. Here are your closest test centres:
Test centre pass rates
DVSA practical car test pass rates, 2018-2019.
Barnet Test Centre | Pass rate: 37%
You’ll get a mixture of A roads, dual carriageways and a busy high street so make sure you are well prepared before taking your test at Barnet Test Centre. There aren’t any toilets here so make note of that.
Address: 15 Western Parade, New Barnet, Barnet EN5 1AH
Enfield Test Centre | Pass rate: 37.1%
You’ll find Enfield Test Centre within Innova Park Business Centre. You’ll start on Mollison Avenue and likely drive on its two roundabouts.
Address: Innova Park Business Centre, 7 Solar Way, Enfield EN3 7XY
Check out the DVSA page to find your nearest Driving Test Centre.
Test tips from Enfield instructors
1. Prepare for roundabouts
You’ll get a handful of roundabouts if you take your test at Enfield Test Centre. There’s one on Stewardstone Road, Quaker Lane, Church Street and Highbridge Street to name only a few on the list. So make sure you’re prepared for this on your test.
2.Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists
The A10 will very likely come up on your test route if you take your test at Enfield Test Centre. Its a dual carriageway with a cycle path and pavement so watch out for cyclists and pedestrians.
3. Take a driving lesson beforehand
If you need that little boost of confidence, book another driving lesson before your practical test. Go over any roads in Enfield you’re unsure of just so you’re prepared to pass your test.
Driving lessons in Enfield
Some of the most popular areas to learn to drive in Enfield are:
Barnet, Bush Hill Park, Chase Side, Cockfosters, Enfield Town, Forty Hill, Gordon Hill, Hadley Wood, and Ponders End.
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