Your guide to learning to drive in Liverpool
How to choose a driving school in Liverpool
You need an instructor who:
- Raises your confidence
- Makes learning fun
Won’t cost a fortune!
That's why you should do these 4 things:
1. Compare reviews
Head over to an objective review site like Trustpilot to see what other learners have said about the school you’re considering. Driving schools in Liverpool only select their best reviews to show on their website so have a look at a range of review sites to get a more accurate rating.
2. Beware of terms and conditions
Some schools in Liverpool have “Guaranteed Pass” listed as one of their benefits. However, this does not mean you will always pass the first time, but rather your second test will be paid for should you fail the first. Read the driving school’s terms and conditions to ensure you’re not misled.
3. Check that you can switch instructors
If for whatever reason you need to change instructors, you’ll want to make sure your driving school will let you. Some schools in Liverpool can give you a new instructor right away, but others might take much longer or just refund you instead.
4. Avoid long waiting times
It's wise to not commit to driving lessons until you know for certain when the driving school will let you start. There are driving schools in Liverpool that won’t reveal their waiting times to you until after you have started the booking process. This could mean you’ll end up waiting much longer than you’d like to start learning.
Choosing between manual and automatic
You’ll need to decide between manual and automatic driving lessons before you book your lessons.
Automatic cars don’t have a clutch pedal. This makes them simpler to learn in because you only have to use the brake and acceleration pedals.
Automatics would be easier for busy roads as you won’t have to worry about changing gears while you’re stop-starting. This will be especially useful for Liverpool’s main roads like Edge Lane and Queens Drive which have very slow traffic during rush hour.
However, automatic cars and lessons are more expensive than their manual counterparts. So if you want to save a few quid down the road, manual cars and lessons are a cheaper investment.
Another benefit of taking manual lessons is that a manual licence lets you drive both manual and automatic cars. An automatic licence, on the other hand, only lets you drive automatic cars.
We never said the decision would be easy, but it’s yours to make!
Choosing your test centre
Once you’ve chosen your test centre, your instructor can help you practise on the routes that might come up on your practical. Here are the pass rates for the test centres near you:
Test centre pass rates
DVSA practical car test pass rates, 2018-2019.
Norris Green | Pass Rate: 43.6%
Between the 17th of June and the 12th of July 2019, Norris Green Test Centre will relocate temporarily to this address:
Suites Hotel Spa & Leisure, Ribbers Lane, Knowsley, Merseyside, LA34 9HA.
Original Address: Falklands Approach, Parthenon Drive, Norris Green, Merseyside, L11 5BR
Southport | Pass Rate: 49.5%
Southport Test Centre has the highest pass rate of the test centres in the Liverpool postcode. Expect a balance of narrow, residential streets and busy A roads if you take your test here.
Address: Eastbank House, Eastbank Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1HE
Speke | Pass Rate: 34%
Speke Test Centre has a pass rate way below the UK national average and is one of the hardest places to pass your driving test, according to Liverpool Echo.
Address: Unit 3 Dakota Business Park, Skyhawk Avenue, Speke, Liverpool, Merseyside, L19 2QR
St Helens | Pass Rate: 48.1%
You’ll find St Helens Test Centre on Navigation Road which branches off from Pocket Nook Street.
Address: 1 Navigation Road, St Helens, Liverpool, Merseyside, WA9 1NS
Check out the DVSA page to find your nearest Driving Test Centre.
Test tips from Liverpool instructors
1. Watch your speed
While there are busy streets in Liverpool, some test centres like St Helens will have you going down 20 mph roads with speedbumps like Hewitt Avenue. Keep an eye on your speed to not get marked down on these roads.
2. Check out the toilet situation
Southport Test Centre doesn’t have any toilet facilities available. Make sure you’re prepared for this if you take your test there.
3. Take care on roundabouts
If you take your test at Norris Green Test Centre, you’ll likely drive down Townsend Avenue which has two roundabouts. Be sure to keep calm and drive defensively as you move between them.
4. Book a driving lesson beforehand
You can book one last driving lesson before your practical test if you’re nervous on the day. This should give you a confidence boost and you can use the lesson to practice on any roads or routes you think you will encounter.
5. Bring all you need
Make absolutely sure you bring your provisional driver’s licence and your theory test pass certificate to the test. This is very important because you won’t be able to take your practical test without them.
Where can you have driving lessons in Liverpool
Some of the top areas to learn to drive in Liverpool are:
Aintree, Birkenhead, Bootle, Crosby, Everton, Fairfield, Halewood, Knotty Ash, Orrell Park, and Wavertree.
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