Driving Lessons in Exeter

Pass faster with our complete learners guide to driving lessons in Exeter

Last updated: 12 Aug 2020

Driving lessons in Exeter

Most popular areas in Exeter include__:

Abbot, Alphington, Birchy Barton, Exwick, Heavitree, Matford, Pinhoe, Stoke Hill, St. Thomas, and Whipton.

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Learning to drive in Exeter

If you’ve got a chronic fear of hill starts, Exeter might be a place that puts you off learning to drive. Lots of elevated terrain means lots of steep roads. But never fear, local instructors will have a wealth of experience. They’ve got all the local knowledge and expertise to help you pass with flying colours.

Shepherds Road, Mayflower Avenue, and Collins Road work well together for introductory practice. Your instructor might take you here to get you used to moving off and stopping, changing gears, steering, and signalling. It’s a quiet, residential area, so you’ll be able to practise without the pressure of other drivers on the road. There are also gentle inclines to help you get up to speed with those all-important hill starts.

Exeter gets quite busy around Exe Bridge North and Exe Bridge South. As a learner, your instructor won’t take you there until you’ve got a bit of experience. Near the bridges is the A377 which will test you with a series of busy box junctions. It eventually leads to the A30, a dual-carriageway excellent for testing your driving at higher speeds. If you keep driving west you can take it all the way to Land’s End, a trip to take once you’ve passed your test!

The Exeter test centre is located on a trading estate. On test day you’ll turn out of it onto Silverton road. If you head south you’ll quickly hit two roundabouts, so you’ll need to know your signalling routines well. It’s likely that you could quickly end up on the A379 as well, as it’s very close to the test centre, so practice on that road is essential. Start learning with us, and you’ll be cruising around the roads of Exeter in no time.

Manual and automatic driving lessons

You can learn in both manual and automatic lessons in Exeter, so the only thing you have to worry about is which one to pick.

The debate between manual and automatic still goes on. A manual licence gives you options once you pass, allowing you to drive both manual and automatic cars. An automatic licence restricts you to automatic vehicles. However, you can often earn it faster as there’s less to get your head around in an automatic car.

You’ll want to consider where you’ll be driving in Exeter. If you anticipate being stuck in traffic a lot, an automatic could be your best option, as you won’t have to worry about changing gears all the time. If you’re concerned about hill starts, again, an automatic could help by controlling the gears for you. But manual cars, like manual lessons, are generally cheaper. So if you’re on a budget, manual might be the best option for you. The choice, in the end, is yours!

Driving test centre locations

When the time’s right, your driving instructor will help you choose the test centre that’s best for you. They’ll get you learning all the right routes, so you’re as prepared as you can be on the big day. There’s only one test centre in the Exeter postcode:

  • Exeter: Thorverton Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8FS