Driving lessons in Tottenham
Need an instructor in Tottenham? We’ve got you covered. The top areas include:
Edmonton, Upper Edmonton, Tottenham Hale, Wood Green, Palmers Green, Noel Park, South Tottenham, West Green, Harringay, Duckett’s Green.
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Learning to drive in Tottenham
Tottenham is a great place to learn to drive. Like most of London it’s built up and busy, but it’s got a great range of roads which make it an excellent place for learner drivers. Just make sure you avoid White Hart Lane when the football’s on!
When you’re just starting out, your instructor will take you around the quieter roads to help you hone the basics. Roads like Sweet Briar Grove, Northern Avenue, and Latymer Road are great as they’re all quiet and residential. You’ll practise on them without the pressure of a busy main road and soon enough you’ll be nailing all the early skills like clutch control, steering, and moving off and stopping.
When you’re more advanced there are plenty of great spots to practise your manoeuvres. The roads around Pymmes Park always have a few parked cars, so they’re excellent for practising parallel parking. When you want to switch up your practice and take on busier roads, the A10 is a good one to work into your route. It’s a step up from residential streets, as you’ll have to contend with more cars, more pedestrians, buses, and cyclists.
Soon enough you’ll be ready for dual carriageways. Luckily there’s the North Circular Road that goes straight through Tottenham! This three-lane beast arcs all the way around central London to join up with the South Circular Road. If you can get confident on the North Circular, you’ll be well prepared for the pressures of your test!
Taking your test in Tottenham
The DVSA no longer publishes test routes, but your instructor will help you get to know the roads around your chosen test centre in the lead up to your test. Exiting the Tottenham Test Centre you’ll turn left onto Selby Road. It’s often narrowed by parked cars so look out for oncoming vehicles. You’ll be asked to turn right onto Oak Road (a straight residential road), or you’ll reach the end of Selby Road where a mini-roundabout waits. Turning right at the mini-roundabout will take you onto Creighton Road where the speed limit drops to 20 mph and you’ll reach the A10. And from there you could head north to the North Circular, or south to the A109. Bear in mind these are all busy roads, so be prepared for traffic, and try not to rush!
The time of your test and the weather conditions could all have an influence on the route your examiner has you take. If your test is during rush hour your examiner may keep you to quieter residential streets like the ones around Edmonton. Equally, if driving conditions are dangerous (but not dangerous enough to cancel your test), you may be kept away from busy dual carriageways like the North Circular.
Driving test centre locations in Tottenham
There’s just the one test centre in Tottenham, but plenty more in London. Head over to gov.uk to view a full list of test centres near you.
- Tottenham: Driving Test Centre Tottenham Annex Building, Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, Greater London, N17 8JL
Manual vs automatic
There are manual and automatic instructors in Tottenham, so you can take your pick!
Manual or automatic? It deserves a moment’s thought. A manual licence allows you to drive both manual and automatic cars whereas an automatic licence restricts you to automatics. However, there’s less to get your head around in a manual, so you may end up passing quicker. Bear in mind though that automatic lessons tend to be more expensive, as there are fewer automatic instructors teaching.
You might want to consider when and where you’ll be driving in Tottenham. If you plan to go about during rush hour, you might prefer an automatic so you don’t have to keep changing gears in stop-start traffic. Alternatively, if you’re planning longer journeys, you might prefer a manual for a greater sense of control. Manuals also tend to be cheaper than their automatic counterparts, so if you’re on a budget that’s another thing to remember. In the end, it’s down to you to decide what’ll suit you best!