Driving Lessons in Southampton | What you need to know

Everything you need to know about Learning to Drive in Southampton?

Learning to drive can be both exciting but daunting task for anyone. However, the lease of life and freedom that being able to drive can give to an individual is immeasurable. Many of our driving students let us know how they are getting on after they’ve passed and we are never surprised how many times we hear that it’s changed their life and they couldn’t imagine not driving. At Driving Excellence we are a driving school to help you pass your driving test so you can enjoy the freedom and privilege of being able to drive gives you.

I want to learn to drive but where do I Start? 

Provisional Driving Licence.

Before booking your first driving lesson with us, you will need to have sorted your Provisional Driving Licence.

You can apply online at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence 

Whilst applying for your Provisional Driving Licence there are a few requirements that you must meet first. There is also a fee involved.

Book your First Driving Lesson with a Top Driving School in Southampton

To book your first driving lesson with Driving Excellence, please call us or send us an online enquiry through our contact us page.

We have a whole page which details everything you need to know about our driving lessons, please click here to visit our dedicated page for Driving Lessons.

CALL: 07961 783676

Booking your Driving Theory Test

From the minute you book your first lesson with Driving Excellence you will be in safe hands. Generally after the first few lessons Students look to apply to do their Driving Theory Test which can be booked online at the GOV.UK website.

Part 4th Floor, 1-8 Ogle Road,
SO14 7HX

Phone: 0300 200 1122 (Phone line available Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.)

The Driving Theory Test comprises of a Multiple Choice Question/Answer Test and a Hazard Perception Test and you must pass both tests in order to successfully pass your Driving Theory Test. There is more about the test in the below video.

Practical Driving Test Centres in Southampton, Hampshire

There are two driving test centres in Southampton:

Forest Hills

Forest Hills Drive
SO18 2FY

Test waiting times

Car 8 weeks
Taxi Check the book your driving test service for availability

Parking: There are parking spaces available
Toilets: Male and female toilets are available
Disabled access: You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair


Green Lane
SO16 9FP

Test waiting times

Car 7 weeks

Parking: There are parking spaces available
Toilets: Male and female toilets are available


Both of the test centres in Southampton are situated on the outskirts and during the test routes there will be many diverse roads. Road types to be expected are rural village and country roads (see the country road driving tutorial for advice), high speed dual carriageway systems such as the A3024 and busy in-town and city driving in Southampton itself. Maybush Test Centre which is what predominantly our students opt for has the likes of Shirley High Street in them so having your wits about you and ensuring to constantly be observing is really important.

The Driving Examiner will be looking for a high standard of driving on all types of roads whether that is roundabouts, both mini and multi lane, junctions and crossroads from small unmarked to large multi-lane light controlled systems.

When learning to drive with Driving Excellence you will build experience on all types of roads and road systems and it is our job to ensure you build confidence on the road and know how to handle tricky spots in Southampton and be prepared to handle a range of situations.