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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the pass rate in Manchester?

The national average pass rate is 47% and Manchester is sits just below that at 46%. That said, there are large differences between test centres. Cheadle and Hyde test centres sit at 58% and 55%, respectively. Atherton, Bolton and Macclesfield are also above average, with a 50% pass rate. Bury, Cheetham and Rochdale test centres are by far the worst, sitting between 34% and 36%.

How many lessons will I need to take in Manchester?

The national average is 47 hours with a driving instructor and the DVSA recommend an at least 22 hours practicing with a friend or family member. Every learner is different.

How much does driving tuition cost in Manchester?

The average cost of a lesson in the Manchester area is roughly £26 per hour. Some instructors teach for as low as £20-23, up to £30 an hour. Many of the Manchester driving instructors on GoRoadie offer bulk bookings discounts to help save you money.

Where are the best places to practice driving in Manchester?

We recommend using retail parks or spacious car parks to practice various manoeuvres. Depending on where you're based, you might find the car park at the Tesco Superstore at Bury Old Road in Cheetham Hill or the one in Burnage.

Some more information about learning to drive in Manchester!

Manchester is the 5th largest city in England, with Greater Manchester being the 2nd most populous urban area after Greater London. It is located in the North West of England, East of Liverpool and South West of Leeds.

The Rainy City went through a lot of renovation in the late 90s, meaning modern roads and a bustling city centre.

Since Manchester is such a bustling city, it does mean roads may be a busier compared to other locations. So be mindful when out on the roads.

Manchester has a population of 547,627 (from 2018).

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 Manchester (£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 fully qualified 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 Manchester

Here are some of tips for learning to drive in Manchester.

1. Explore the M60 that surrounds Manchester.

This road completely encircles Manchester. Practice getting on and off the M60 once or twice. You don't need to drive a ring around the city!

2. Know your test centre.

There are several test centres in Manchester and the Greater Manchester areas: Atherton, Bolton, Bredbury, Bury, Chadderton, Cheadle (Fire Station), Cheetham Hill, Hyde, Macclesfield, Rochdale, Sale and West Didsbury.

What's closest to you? Try driving around the various roads near the centre, but try to go later in the day, so as not to be a burden to other motorists sitting their test.

3. Get used to the M61

Since learners can now drive on motorways with their driving instructor - you can try getting on to the M61 and practice driving to Bolton and back. Gaining confidence on busy, large roads is key to becoming a great driver.

Manual vs. Automatic Manchester driving lessons 🤷‍♀️

Not sure if you want to learn automatic or manual? Here is some advice for picking the transmission for you:

Manual

Cheaper tuition and cheaper car

You can legally drive manual and automatic cars

You can control vehicle with higher precision.

Automatic

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.

Why use GoRoadie for your Manchester Driving Lessons?

Booking a driving lesson can be stressful and cause anxiety. Booking through GoRoadie means you can view the instructor you are spending hours with - before committing. We are perfect for learners or parents who want to make sure they are booking their ideal driving instructor.

You can easily look at the driving instructors here, see who is right for you with zero pressure. You can read our reviews, look at our vetting process, and essentially book your driving lesson. Before you know it, you will be on the roads in Manchester!

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Manchester driving test centre locations

There are several Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) test centres in Manchester, Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas. Atherton, Bolton, Bredbury, Bury, Chadderton, Cheadle (Fire Station), Cheetham Hill, Hyde, Macclesfield, Rochdale, Sale and West Didsbury.

Instructor Services in Manchester, UK

Instructors in the Manchester offer a variety of different services that they offer for driving students who want to learn to drive in different ways. These services could help you learn faster, receive more feedback, or become safer drivers overall.

Instructor Services in Manchester, UK

Instructors in the Manchester offer a variety of different services that they offer for driving students who want to learn to drive in different ways. These services could help you learn faster, receive more feedback, or become safer drivers overall.