Areas Covered - Chelsea
DRIVING SCHOOL CHELSEA (SW3) Leading Driving School in South West London
Learning to drive in the Chelsea area is about developing your driving skills and building your confidence to handle even the worst driving and traffic conditions in this busy area of South West London.
As we see it, our job as professional DVSA-licensed driving instructors is to help you to achieve driver proficiency as quickly and safely as possible and at a pace that suits you.
Below you will find detailed information on number of key driving competencies (as highlighted in The Highway Code) that we will focus on during your driving lessons. You will need to master these, as well as a number of others, in order to pass your practical driving test. Key driving competencies include: Pedestrian Crossings, Road Junctions, Overtaking, Roundabouts and Reversing.
We have also provided below some additional information on the best location to practice these key driving competencies in the Kensington and Chelsea Area.
Map of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of
Kensington and Chelsea
We choose this route as it has high volumes of pedestrian traffic and includes various different types of pedestrian crossings which provides plenty of opportunities to practice approaching and negotiating pedestrian crossing.
As The Highway Code instructs us, in relation to Pelican Crossings (also known as signal-controlled crossings)…..”these are signal-controlled crossings where flashing amber follows the red ‘Stop’ light. You must stop when the red light shows. When the amber light is flashing, you MUST give way to any pedestrians on the crossing. If the amber light is flashing and there are no pedestrians on the crossing, you may proceed with caution”.
Both are on the Chelsea Embankment, the first at the intersection of Chelsea Bridge and Chelsea Embankment and the second at the intersection of the Chelsea Embankment and Albert Bridge on the A3031. Both these junctions are controlled by traffic lights and include large boxed junctions (criss-cross yellow lines painted on the road). Here most of the common elements associated with any busy Road Junction can be experienced.
Practicing your overtaking skills on the busy roads around the Kings Road and its main access routes is NOT advisable. Choose instead the A308 Fulham Road. This road is generally wider than the Kings Road with less traffic congestion and therefore presents more appropriate and suitable opportunities for the overtaking maneuver to be executed safely and proficiently.
Remember, "it is very important to give vulnerable road users, like cyclists, at least a much space as you would another car when passing them and if overtaking a larger vehicle like an articulated lorry, remember this is more difficult and extra care should be taken."
Take for example the roundabout on the intersection of North End Road and the A304 Fulham Road, just east of the Chelsea Football Club at Stamford Bridge. Approaching this roundabout one must take notice and act on all the information available including traffic signs, traffic lights and lane markings which direct motor vehicles into the correct lane be aware that other drivers may not be signaling correctly at all time or in many cases, at all.
The Highway Code has a particularly relevant point for learner drivers wishing to practice their reversing in the busy Chelsea are….. "if you need to turn your vehicle around, it is most advisable to select an appropriate and safe place to practice your reversing. It is not advisable to try to turn your vehicle around on a busy road. It is best to turn down a quieter side road or better still drive, drive around the block of side streets, emerging at the original road you were on but now with the option to proceed in either direction safely.
Nearest Test Centres to Chelsea
Morden, Sutton, Tolworth are the nearest local Practical Test Centre for learner drivers ion the Chelsea area.
Our Driving School in Chelsea
Fulham Driving School is a leading Driving School based in Fulham and covering Chelsea and other South London areas. We offer friendly and professional driving tuition from experienced, qualified instructors for either standard or automatic vehicles. Our instructors have earned an excellent reputation for their unhurried, patient approach to driving tuition, which has helped us achieve an excellent 1st-time driving test pass rate.