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Driving Schools Kingston Upon Thames KT1   

Since 1999 NDS driving school instructors have been successfully serving the Kingston upon Thames and entire KT area with manual and automatic driving lessons. We have put together some helpful information aiding the public in developing their core driving skills and key driving competencies. This information has been provided by our Government Approved and Registered driving instructors. This is a valuable resource that is normally paid for.

Areas to learn about driving controls and moving off & stopping

It is always best for those starting from the beginning to be relaxed and safe on a nice quiet side road, there are many around Kingston. Many instructors like using High Drive.  This is in KT3, and is close to Kingston Town Centre and only approx 5 minutes away from Norbiton Railway Station, making it a convenient location.

Areas to learn Left & Right turns and emerging at T- Junctions

Our Instructors recommend doing a circuit which ideally starts with a combination of repeated left and right turns. We can do this on High Drive using Branksome Way, Woodlands Avenue and on to Overdale Avenue. Continuing on you can then turn right on to Oak Road.  At the end of Oak Road we can emerge right on to Clarence Avenue and then turn right back on to High Drive. A figure of eight can be performed to learn both elements; this area is good for intermediate level learners and a good place to learn Emerging, MSPSL and Creeping Forward from Give way lines.

For an environment suitable for a complete beginner we also recommend Ullswater Crescent in Kingston Vale, only 3 mins far from Kingston University Kingston Hill Campus; at the end of the road we can turn left on to Derwent Avenue leading back to Ullswater Crescent. The road continues, naturally curving to the left building Steering control, Accuracy and Confidence.  Following on down Derwent Avenue turning right onto Ullswater Avenue we can then emerge and turn right at the T Junction of Robin Hood Lane on to Windermere Road which naturally curves right; we then turn right on to Keswick Avenue then right at Bowness Crescent leading back to Windermere Road turning right to Robin Hood Lane and Left back to Ullswater Crescent.

Areas to learn about Roundabouts

The roundabout where Derwent Road and Grasmere Avenue meet is an excellent place to teach about priorities and appropriate signals at medium and mini roundabouts. The roundabout where Clifton Road, Park Road,  Manorgate Road, London Road and Kingston Hill come together is a more intermediate stage roundabout; and is useful in illustrating Positioning, again Signals and most importantly Priorities and Emerging safely.

Areas to learn about Crossroads

It is crucial to find a set of crossroads which are not too busy so we recommend the junction of Crown Avenue, Branksome Way and Woodlands Avenue. It a safe place to explain how to negotiate four way traffic traffic and a change in priorities. The Give way Lines are helpful in explaining the extra safety observation applied at crossroads. This crossroad is also useful to explain Crossing on coming traffic whilst turning right. Which could be either near-side to near-side or off-side to off-side.

Areas to learn about Pedestrian Crossings and use of Signals 

A good place to demonstrate the rules and markings for crossings like Zebra Crossings is Clarence Avenue. And a drive along Coombe Lane is an excellent place to demonstrate Pelican Crossings and Puffin Crossings. The schools are useful in highlighting Awareness and Planning.

Areas to do reversing exercises i.e. Manoeuvers 

The  Turn in the road exercise or three point turn as its also known as is best demonstrated in quietness of Ullswater Crescent. The Reverse around the Corner exercise can be carried out where Keswick Road meets Bowness Crescent. The reverse parking exercise also known as parallel parking can be done in Windermere Road. 

Local DSA driving test centres

According to the Driving Standards Agency's resources (in order of proximity to Kingston) these are the closest test centres to the KT1 area,

Note: The test centre records shown below are the average pass rates calculated by the DSA for the test centre (AND NOT FOR ANY PARTICULAR DRIVING SCHOOL).

1.    Tolworth. Overall pass rate 05/06 43.85% - (not National pass rate)
2.    Isleworth. Overall pass rate 05/06 42.73% - (not National pass rate)
3.    Morden.  Overall pass rate 05/06 49.06% - (not National pass rate)
4.    Sutton, Surrey. Overall pass rate 05/06 43.70% - (not National pass rate)


NDS Driving School is a driving school serving the Kingston (KT1) area since 1999. Providing driving lessons, intensive courses, Pass Plus, motorway, night time driving, and theory and hazard perception preparation.

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Driving Schools Kingston

Whether its the practical driving test or the theory test. An examination is a challenge of not just ability but also of nerve. So it comes as no surprise that many new drivers are nervous and unsure as to which school to pick and how to find the right driving instructor. The best advice is to hunt around for a well recommended and highly reputed company. NDS Driving School instructors come very highly recommended. This company was amongst the first in the UK to have the testimonials of satisfied students placed on their website. In fact, they were so successful that during the first few years they had no use for advertising and marketing. Students were on a waiting lists. Booking lessons based simply upon previous pupils recommendations and high success rates. Today through expansion and success the company has grown to the jealousy of many local driving schools.  They say 'the cream always rises to the top' and this company has continuously  maintained a student pass rates amongst the best in Kingston upon Thames (KT1). And to ensure this their instructors are vetted above industry standards, are polite, understanding, patient  and motivated to ensure all pupils have the best preparation to try to get that test pass. From the various driving schools in Kingston NDS remains a touchstone for success. So for all those who are looking for a good instructor with an excellent track record and high referral rate you are never likely to go wrong by calling them. Quality driving lessons at supermarket prices help get that all important pass in your practical test.