Driving Lessons in Hull

The complete learner driver guide to passing your test in Hull

Last updated: 12 Aug 2020

Driving lessons in Hull

The most popular areas include:

Ashdene Close, Bransholme, Cottingham, East Ella, Garden Village, Kingswood, Kirk Ella, Northfield, Southcoates and Sutton-on-Hull.

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Learning to drive in Hull

Hull is one of our favourite cities, especially since its time as the UK City of Culture 2017. We hasten to add: it’s also a great place to learn to drive! It’s got every kind of road you’ll need to become a true allrounder, from busy city streets to quiet rural lanes.

When you start out you’ll likely stick to quiet, residential areas, to master the basics. Areas like Sutton-on-Hull, with its wide streets and lack of traffic, is perfect for learning moving off and stopping, signalling, and steering. Don’t worry if that’s far from home though, there are plenty of places around Hull that can substitute.

When you’re feeling more advanced, Holwell road provides a great introduction to dual carriageways. It’s long and fairly straight, with a couple of roundabouts thrown in for good measure - plus, it never gets too busy. You can start off there before moving on to the A63, a more complex dual carriageway, which runs parallel to the Humber. It’s well worth the experience!

If it’s country roads you’re after, there are plenty around the edges of Hull. To the north there’s Meaux Road, or to the east there’s Main Road out past Bilton, and there are plenty of others about as well. Just make sure you take extra care, as although most country lanes are national speed limit, they’re full of blind bends and hidden dips. Once you’ve got country roads down, you’ll be well on your way to getting that shiny pink driver’s licence.

Taking your test in Hull

Like a lot of the UK’s test centres, Hull’s is located on a trading estate. This means you’ll start and end your test on relatively quiet roads. Just make sure to keep an eye out for any large goods vehicles in the area. Your test will take you out into the suburbs, but be prepared for all kinds of roads, as examiners want to test you widely.

Bear in mind the test centre’s 10 mph speed limit, and the give way sign as you exit. The test centre also has plenty of parking bays, so don’t be surprised if you’re asked to bay park right at the start of your test. When you exit the test centre you’ll turn onto Reservoir Road, and there’s a good chance you’ll go to the A1165. This can be a very busy road at times, so patience is key when you’re waiting to turn onto it. Even if you have to wait a long time, only turn onto the road when it’s safe to do so.

From there you might cross the river Hull, in which case you’ll face a lot of roundabouts. Otherwise, you could dip off into quieter residential streets, or keep to the A1165 heading west. The DVSA no longer publishes test routes, but your instructor will help you learn all the roads around the test centre so you’re fully prepared on the big day.

Driving test centre locations

There’s just the one test centre in Hull. For a complete list visit gov.uk.

  • Hull: Reservoir Road, Off Clough Rd, Kingston upon Hull, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU6 7PY

Manual vs automatic

Before you start learning, you’ll need to pick whether you want automatic or manual driving lessons.

A manual licence lets you drive both manual and automatic cars, which means it’s more flexible than an automatic licence (which restricts you to automatics). Manual lessons are also cheaper, but there’s more to learn with the clutch, so you could end up passing slower than if you were going for an automatic licence.

Consider when you’ll be driving. If you’ll be facing rush hour in Hull, an automatic might be better suited to you, as you won’t have to worry about constantly changing gears in stop-start traffic. However, if you’re planning longer journeys, you may prefer a manual for an added sense of control. In the end, it’s down to you to weigh it all up!