Driving Lessons in Gloucester

Pass faster with our complete guide to driving lessons and picking an instructor in Gloucester

Last updated: 12 Aug 2020

Driving lessons in Gloucester

The most popular areas include:

Abbeydale, Abbeymead, Barnwood, Brockworth, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Innsworth, Longlevens, Quedgeley, Tuffley.

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Learning to drive in Gloucester

The city of Gloucester is a great place when it comes to learning to drive. On the eastern bank of the river Severn, Gloucester’s busy streets and winding rural roads are set to make you a real all-rounder.

Starting out is often the hardest and scariest bit of driving, but Gloucester has plenty of quiet, residential areas where you can get used to life behind the wheel. Matson is one of several good places to visit for first-time learners. Red Well Road, for example, is wide with plenty of straight stretches on which you can get used to moving off and stopping. There’s the odd parked car too, so it’s a good place to return to when you’re practising parallel parking.

Gloucester has plenty of rural roads which can be tricky for learners. They’re often set at the national speed limit, which encourages fast driving. But the blind corners and hidden dips require caution, so the national speed limit isn't always the best speed to do on these roads! With the Cotswolds to the east, there are plenty of country roads to practise your skills on. Your instructor will help you tackle these narrow, unpredictable roads safely. It’ll all be great prep for the pressure of your practical driving test.

If you’re looking for dual carriageway practice, the A40 is ideal. It crosses the Severn and skirts the north side of the city. The A340 is another option. It has some daunting junctions where it meets Bristol Road and later Cole Avenue. These junctions have three, even four lanes to choose from, depending upon which approach you’re taking. If you can navigate these with ease then you’ll be well placed to nail your test!

Manual and automatic driving lessons

__ Manual or automatic lessons in Gloucester, it's your choice!

When it comes to choosing between manual and automatic, be sure to take your time. An automatic licence will qualify you to drive an automatic car, but a manual licence will qualify you to drive both. Then again, there’s less to get your head around if you opt for automatic. But the lessons do tend to be pricier due to the fewer number of instructors around!

Think about where you’ll be driving in Gloucester. If you’re going to be travelling in rush hour, an automatic could help you out more, as you won’t have to worry about changing gears in traffic. Then again, a manual often offers a greater sense of control, and they can be cheaper. The decision is yours!

Driving test centres

When your instructor thinks you’re ready, they’ll help you choose the right test centre, then get you practising all the right routes. There are two test centres to choose from in the Gloucester postcode area:

  • Gloucester: Falcon Close, Green Farm Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, GL2 4LY
  • Cheltenham: Bishopsgate House, 94 All Saints Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2HQ