Some more information about learning to drive in Leeds!
Leeds is the 3rd largest city in England, so as you can imagine it is quite busy. Leeds is a city in the northern English county of Yorkshire. Leeds is known to be the exciting fairer city, as it is friendly and filled with green spaces.
Leeds offers the best of both an urban metropolis and sprawling green landscapes. Once can enjoy a thiviving city and nightlife, but you're a short journey away from incredible scenery. Check out Yeadon Tarn, the Meanwood Valley Trail and other green spaces nearby.
Since Leeds is one of the busiest cities in the UK, be mindful that the roads will be quite congested.
Leeds has a population of 474,632 (from 2011).
How to keep the cost of learning to drive down?
The best tips to save money whilst learning to drive is to buy bulk lessons. On average the UK learner driver needs 47 hours to pass - plus 22 hours of private practice.
This means, if you calculate the average number of sessions needed (47) and the average price of a lesson in Leeds (£26) you are looking at £1,222 to learn to drive.
That is a lot of money - but driving is a skill for life. It can help you gain employment, travel, and create everlasting memories.
Top tips for saving money on driving lessons
- Buy bulk lessons - you can save £££s straight from the driving instructor.
- Get in some private practice - Jump in a car with a friend or family. The more time you spend in a car - the faster you pass.
- Keep up your driving lessons - Try and take 2 driving lessons per week and don't take time off. You will be a lot more likely to retain information the more often you have lessons.
Top tips for starting to learn to drive in Leeds
Here are some of the definitive tips for learning to drive in the Fairer city.
1. Get used to the busy traffic on A64 in and around Leeds.
The road begins near the Woodpecker Junction and leads onto the York Road. This is a major route through Leeds, so feeling comfortable navigating and moving through traffic will do you right for being ready for your test. Ensure that you can merge on to the A64, overtake and pull off the road.
2. Know your test centre.
There are several test centres in and around Leeds. Make sure you know which one suits you - Hillcrest House, Horsforth, Bradford, Wakefield, Heckmondwike, Bradford (Heaton), Huddersfield.
3. Get used to the M1
Since the new law has passed that allows learners to drive on motorways with their driving instructor - you can now get onto the M1 and practice driving around Leeds, to Wakefield and back. Gaining confidence on these roads are key to passing your test and becoming a great driver.
Manual vs. Automatic Leeds driving lessons 🤷♀️
We have compiled some advice for picking manual or automatic transmission. Here are the benefits for all.
Cheaper tuition and cheaper car
You can legally drive manual and automatic cars
You can control vehicle with higher precision.
Quicker to learn - fast to route to freedom
Don't have to worry about clutch control or stalling
Electric cars are currently all automatic
Once you pass, your licence is automatic only. An additional test is required in order to allow you to drive a manual.
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Leeds driving test centre locations
There are several Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) test centres in Leeds and surrounding areas that specialise in Car tests. Hillcrest House, Horsforth, Bradford, Wakefield, Heckmondwike and Bradford (Heaton). Have a look on the maps below to identify which one you should pick for sitting your test.
Tip: Pick the test centre closer to your pickup location.
Hillcrest House Test Centre
386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 6NF
Horsforth Test Centre
Room 013 Woodside House, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5NY
Bradford (Thornbury) Test Centre
The Courtyard, Midpoint, Thornbury, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD3 7AY
Wakefield Test Centre
Mothers Way, Silkwood Park, Ossett, West Yorkshire, WF5 9TR (for sat-nav use WF5 9TG)
Heckmondwike Test Centre
Tower Buildings, High Street, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, WF16 0AS
Bradford (Heaton) Test Centre
15 Farfield Street, Heaton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD9 5AS