Driving Lessons Sturminster Newton
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Learning to Drive in Sturminster Newton
Spot On Driving has an excellent reputation in Sturminster for providing quality, client-centred driving lessons to local pupils.
We pride ourselves in treating each learner as an individual. We find out how you like to learn and adapt your lessons accordingly. This way you are much more likely to retain skills and information, as well as take responsibility for your own learning.
We understand that learning to drive can be quite daunting at first, so we ensure that we listen to any concerns you may have. Your progression and development will be at your own pace.
We provide quality eLearning for all our pupils through our website so you can prepare for your lessons in advance. You are also able to revisit what you have covered previously in preparation for your tests. Having an idea about what you are going to cover in your lesson will help your knowledge and understanding of each topic, help you to learn quicker and cover more on each lesson.
The Honeymead estate is where lessons may start in Sturminster. It is not ideal at some times of the day because of the schools, so your instructor may decide to drive you to Ham Lane, Marnhull instead. As you develop you can spend time driving in and through Sturminster.
If you a particularly nervous learner we are happy to start your lessons at Henstridge Airfield. It may be best to meet your instructor at the airfield so your time in the driving seat isn’t taken up with being driven there. If you cannot get transport to the airfield we are happy to collect you and drive you there. On the journey, you and your instructor can get to know each other, as well as discuss driving topics such as the cockpit drill, controls, how to move, steering skills, positioning and stopping the car.
Your Driving Lessons in Sturminster Newton
If this is your 1st driving experience you will probably start your lesson in one of two places. This will depend on how you feel and what time of day it is.
Your lesson may start in Sturminster Newton Leisure Centre car park. You will drive out and turn left onto Honeymead Lane then drive along to Field Close where you can turn around and head back to where you started.
Alternatively, your instructor may drive you to Ham Lane in Marnhull. This is a good road for a ‘nursery route’. You can drive up and down the road, turning at either end, with your instructors help if needed. If you feel ready near the end of your lesson you can drive some or all of the way back to Sturminster. There will not be any pressure to do this though.
You will eventually progress to driving from Honeymead Lane out onto Bath Road, turning left at the traffic lights and heading past Harts of Stur. You will drive to Manston Road and then turn left back into Field Close in the estate. This route will cover turns, emerges, clutch skills, hill starts.
Eventually you will start to drive to Gillingham town and deal with the traffic lights, crossings and roundabouts. Getting to other local towns like Stalbridge, Shaftesbury and Sherborne will be the next step. The town centres in these places can be quite challenging and it’s a great sense of achievement when you manage to drive through them.
Don’t worry though, your instructor will not take you to these places until you feel ready.
As you get closer to test standard most of your lessons will be in Yeovil so you can become familiar with the area, including the roundabouts, dual carriageways and even the road that the test centre is on. Your instructor will make sure you get experience with and become confident with, all of the more challenging locations in Yeovil to enable you to pass your test.
Your Test Centre
You will take your driving test at Yeovil Test Centre, Preston Road, Yeovil. (Abbey Manor Business Centre, Preston Road, Yeovil BA20 2EN)
You will get the chance to become very familiar with the test centre location throughout your driving lessons, and your instructor will direct you there from Sturmimster via varying routes. You may go on the rural roads heading through Bishops Caundle to Sherborne, or through Stalbridge and up to the Henstridge crossroads. From here you can turn left at the crossroads onto the A30 and head towards Sherborne, or go ahead at the crossroads towards Wincanton to travel up the A303 to Yeovil.
This way you will get lots of different driving practice completed on the journey into Yeovil, from rural roads to villages, towns and dual carriageways.
How soon you start to drive into Yeovil in your lessons will be entirely up to you and your instructor, but remember that there is a lot to learn in other locations such as Gillingham, Shaftesbury and Sherborne.