By Debbie Holden 29 Jun 2016 7 min read

Navigating the way to the best driving school in the UK


Whether you’re seeking your license for the first time or just want to brush up on your driving skills, choosing a driving school is an important step that shouldn’t be taken lightly. But as you reach for the phone book or try a quick Internet search, you might be surprised at the number of driving schools available in your area, making your decision incredibly difficult.

Trying to decide on the best driving school isn’t easy but luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work for you and put together a list of the best driving schools in twenty top cities. Each of these driving schools is receiving the UK Top 20 Award so you can rest assured that they’re earned their spot on this list. Keep reading to learn what makes each establishment the best driving school in its area. You’ll be smiling for your new license photo before you know it.

You can also refer to this list if you’re a driving instructor looking for employment. If these are the best driving schools to take lessons with, chances are that they’re also the best driving school to work for. Plenty are looking for manual and automatic driving instructors to meet their growing business needs so be sure to contact them if interested.


London – London Driving School

London Driving School offer more than your standard driving lessons. With lessons offered throughout London, they can also cover intensive driving lessons, refresher driving lessons for those who are looking to brush up on their driving skills and for those Londoners looking to grow their confidence in motorway driving London Driving School can also provide specialist lessons aimed at just this. There’s also a Pass Plus scheme that can save you plenty of cash on your car insurance. If you’re looking for the best driving school in London, then London Driving School has the experience and reputation you’re looking for.

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Birmingham – 4 Wheelz Driving School

4 Wheelz Driving School offers manual driving lessons, automatic driving lessons, intensive driving lessons, motorway lessons, Pass Plus courses and offers both male and female DSA registered local driving instructors so that you feel comfortable during your entire lesson. You can rest assured that your lesson will be taught by an experienced professional and be local to where you live, making them enjoyable. 4 Wheelz offers a Driving Lesson Guarantee that protects your investment. If for any reason you are not completely happy with your lesson, you’ll be given a second lesson completely free.

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Leeds – AB Driving School

If you’re looking for the best of the best, AB Driving School Leeds is your answer. They have grown their driving school over the last 15 years’ through the recommendations of happy pupils to be one of the best in Leeds. All of their instructors are fully qualified focused on ensuring their pupils feel comfortable and confident driving. Choose whether your driving lessons last 1 hour, 90 minutes or 2 hours – you can even have your lessons at the same time and day every week if you wanted. As well as your standard lessons AB Driving School also offers crash course driving lessons, lasting anywhere from 1-3 weeks, and a Pass Plus course which could save you money on your car insurance.

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Glasgow – West End Driving

Set up in 2003, West End Driving promises to deliver friendly and affordable driving lessons – and they deliver on those promises, that’s reflected in their 4.9 star review rating on their Facebook page. Talking of their Facebook page, it’s filled with happy students beaming after passing their driving tests. West End Driving goes the extra mile to help their students pass their tests, handing out official DVSA books and DVDs. They offer standard weekly lessons, intensive courses, refresher courses and motorway courses.

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Sheffield – SuperDriver

SuperDriver creates an experience that’s focused on customer service right from the start. From the initial phone call to the final lesson, a qualified instructor will answer all of your questions and guide you until you’re a skilled and confident driver. You can rest assured that each lesson will go at your pace. Your instructor won’t take you off quieter roads until you are both confident in your abilities. SuperDriver offers some great money saving options. For example, beginners get three free lessons and free access to SuperDriver’s theory website.

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Bradford – Neil Morrison Driving School

If you’re looking for a local driving school in Bradford, Neil Morrison is a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor with plenty of experience. While he’s worked for a nationally acclaimed driving school, he now thrives on giving one-on-one lessons. He caters to beginners and those with a bit of driving experience already. Besides standard lessons, Neil also offers Pass Plus courses. He also offers a great motorway confidence course to give even the most experienced driver a boost of confidence and eliminate fear in those that tend to find motorways a bit intimidating.


Liverpool – GEM Driving School

GEM Driving School have the benefit of a wealth of experience and knowledge, with 25 years’ experience in teaching, which is why they’re our top choice of driving schools in Liverpool. Their no fuss approach is designed to help their pupils pass their driving tests at an affordable price. Lessons are tailored to meet their pupils wants and needs, which is fab because we all learn in different ways. They offer standard lessons where you’ll be given a logbook to help you keep a record of your progress, as well as intensive courses for those of you in a hurry to pass your driving test. As an added bonus to pupils they offer a Buddy programme, where you can get a free driving lessons for introducing a friend to GEM Driving School.

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Edinburgh – The Driving Training Centre

The Driving Training Centre is the best driving school to sign up with in Edinburgh. They’ve been helping their students pass driving tests for over 10 years, their Facebook feed is full of success stories of pupils passing with a minimal amount of minors. They offer flexible standard lessons and ensure you’ve had at least 2 mock tests before you head off to take the big test. As well as their standard lessons they also offer 3 levels of intensive driving courses. Alongside their driving lessons The Driving Training Centre also offer their theory training course to help you prepare for you theory test and providing all of the materials you’ll need, which has a staggering 90% first time pass rate.

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Manchester – Go 2 Pass

There’s plenty of competition in Manchester but Go 2 Pass is easily the best driving school in the area. From their competitive pricing to impressive numbers of first time passers, Go 2 Pass is superior in their field. They understand how difficult it can be to take lessons in Manchester which is why they are skilled at offering practice methods and encouragement that will boost your confidence in no time. They’re carefully put together driving lesson courses will have you driving like a pro in no time.

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Bristol – Drive 2 Us

Drive 2 Us ensure their learners are off to a good start, offering a free driving lesson to new drivers, so confident they are of the friendliness and skills of their instructors. Boasting an 85% pass rate, Drive 2 Us have an impressive range of modern cars, ensuring learners feel comfortable in their surroundings. They offer a huge range of courses to suit your needs, whether it’s an intensive driving course, which takes place over 5 days, or if you’re a lapsed learner – there’s something for everyone at Drive 2 Us.

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Newcastle upon Tyne – Alice’s School of Motoring

Alice’s School of Motoring has a catalogue of success stories from pleased students, making Alice’s the perfect choice, whether you’re excited or nervous about driving. 90 minute lessons are offered, to give you the right amount of training time on a weekly basis, with a friendly, qualified female instructor. Alice’s also provides support to ensure you’ll pass your theory test with flying colours, with training for your theory and hazard perception included and their website is filled with useful tips and advice for new learners. As well as your standard lessons Alice’s also offers refresher and motorway lessons, and Pass Plus courses – so all of your needs are catered for.

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Brighton – Ladydrive Driving School

Ladydrive offers it all. Whether you’re a confident or nervous beginner, or need an advanced course, your needs will be met. With an 87% pass rate, Ladydrive smash past the national average pass rate of 43-45% – doubling your chances of passing your test. Their intensive driving courses can last between 2-6 weeks, and they offer a Pass Plus course to give you more experience behind the wheel and get a nice discount on your car insurance.

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Cardiff – Drive Learn Achieve

Drive Learn Achieve is the school to go to in Cardiff. They offer three different vehicles to practice in, including the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio or Mazda 2 Sport. They also welcome technology in their school. All of their instructors have an Apple IPad that they use to help keep lessons on track and efficient. Drive Learn Achieve provides students with a friendly environment that makes it easy to learn and succeed.

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Belfast – Abbey Driving School

Abbey Driving School earns their place on this list for the feedback of their past pupils, shocked at passing their first first time around, one pupil managed to only get 2 minors – incredible! If you choose Abbey Driving School, you can expect to work with expert driving instructors and only the highest standards of customer service. Their prices are extremely competitive and your experience will be completely unique. If you’re nervous or less confident about driving, their instructors are trained to deal with these situations.

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Norwich – Chilled Driving Tuition

When it comes to driving schools in Norwich, Chilled Driving Tuition is your best option for a friendly and unique driving experience. All lessons are one-on-one and you can arrange pick-up at your home, work or school. Their reviews are more than impressive and have earned them a number one ranking out of more than 7,000 schools. Go with Chilled Driving Tuition for an exceptional experience that can’t be beaten.

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Plymouth – Drive-In Plymouth

If you’re looking to pass your driving test quicker then Drive-In Plymouth is just what you’re looking for. They have one of the highest pass rates in Plymouth thanks to their dedicated team of instructors, who are all DSA registered and approved. Lessons are tailored to suit your needs and learning style, whether you’re brand new to driving or have already had a few lessons under your belt. Drive-In also offer theory test preparation to help prepare for your theory and hazard perception tests.


Southampton – Driving Lessons Southampton

Driving Lessons Southampton tailor their driving lessons to individual pupils of all driving abilities. Lessons can be taken in a manual or an automatic vehicle, all taken in a Renault Clio 1.2L. These small but perfectly formed cars are the ideal learner driver car – making mastering those maneuvers a simple task. They offer everything you need to become a safe driver, whether that’s a standard lessons or a Pass Plus course – you’ll be on the road to success with Driving Lessons Southampton.

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Oxford – Andrew Usher Driving School

Andrew Usher Driving School offers services from start to finish. Andrew has over 20 years’ experience (that’s over 35,000 hours of logged instruction time) as a driving instructor and is a Grade ‘A’ DSA approved instructor. The site is filled with useful information and all the links you’ll need to prepare yourself for driving. Andrew provides a detailed breakdown of how much your lessons will cost by the hour and offers a free trial lesson for £10.


Essex – Karen’s School of Motoring

When it comes to driving school which covers everything Karen’s School of Motoring should be your first call for driving lessons in Essex. Most of their driving instructors are trained in-house which means that you’ll always be getting the same level of service and high standards no matter which instructor you choose. Established in 1996 Karen’s School of Motoring are committed to improving the standard of driving in the community by ensuring the students are given the highest level of driver training, even offering a Driving Lesson Scholarship for one deserving student.

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Canterbury – Tarmac Guru School of Motoring

Looking for a driving school with a 100% pass rate? Look no further than the Tarmac Guru School of Motoring which caters to Canterbury and surrounding areas. Enjoy free access to the Theory Test Pro website with your lesson. Take advantage of beginner courses, refresher lessons or Pass Plus lessons. There’s also intensive courses and advanced driving training available. Book your lesson on a Saturday or during the evening for even more convenience.


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