Intensive Driving Courses in Durham

Want to pass fast in the Durham area? Whether you live in the city itself, or in nearby towns such as Consett, Chester-le-Street or Stanley, you can book a local crash course with PassMeFast. Read on to find out everything you need to know about our intensive and semi-intensive driving courses here in Durham.

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Booking Intensive Driving Lessons in Durham

Finding the right driving school can be a bit of a minefield—especially when some companies make such outlandish claims. You see, whilst it’s tempting to think that you can get a guaranteed pass in as little as one week, the reality is that, when someone says that you can take 50 hours of lessons in just a 5 day period, they’re unlikely to be telling you the truth. Here at PassMeFast, we keep things simple, and focus on the aspects of driving tuition which can really make a difference to your chances of passing.

One quick look at our prices, and you’ll soon notice that we offer tailored options for learners of any experience level. What’s more, we let you choose the structure of your lessons. So, whether you’ve got plenty of free time and want to get things done as quickly as possible, or want to take things at a more relaxed pace, we’re here for you. We even offer weekend and evening lessons!

Interested in automatic driving lessons in Durham?

Whether you’re not keen on clutch control, can’t bear gear changes, or simply want a smoother drive, there are plenty of reasons to go auto. If you’d prefer to learn in an automatic car, simply select this as your transmission of choice when booking your PassMeFast course, and we’ll match you up to a local driving instructor with a suitable vehicle.

We always check that our instructors are DVSA-approved, ensuring that you’re in safe hands when you’re out on the roads. While you’re building up your skills during your driving lessons, our office team will be working away on the admin for your course. This will include securing you a fast-track practical test, meaning that you can beat the usual waiting times by weeks or even months!

You could be just weeks away from your very own full UK driving licence. Just call the team on 0333 123 4949 to speak to us about getting on the road. You can also get things sorted in just a few minutes by booking online.

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Why choose PassMeFast for your intensive driving course?

  • Courses to suit all drivers
  • Flexible driving lessons to fit any schedule
  • Learn with experienced instructors
  • Home and workplace pickups
  • Pass in as little as one week

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Practical Driving Test Centres in Durham

If you take a look at our map of pass rates by county, you’ll notice that County Durham performs above the national average. Good news for local learners, then—but where exactly are those test centres? Well, as it happens, there’s a practical test centre in Durham itself, as well as in Darlington and Hartlepool. Should you need a backup, you might also want to take a look at the centres in Sunderland and Gateshead.

Theory Test Centres in Durham

Though it may sound surprising, there are no theory test centres in County Durham. Thankfully, train connections from Durham make it fairly easy to get to theory test centres in Newcastle in the north and Northallerton in the south, with other options relatively close by including Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Morpeth.

Haven't taken your theory test yet?

You might think that you can leave the theory test late, but the reality is that you’ll need to pass it before you can book a practical test. So, if you need to pass fast, getting your theory test scheduled early is key. Luckily, PassMeFast can help. Add a theory test onto your course, and we’ll book it for you. It’ll take place at a test centre that suits you, and we can even bring it forward!

Driving Around Durham

Learning to drive is about more than just adjusting to a new car. During your lessons, your instructor will teach you how to respond to hazards, teach you the rules of the road, and, vitally, introduce you to junctions and features unique to your area. This last part will give you a real edge when it comes to your practical test, and will ensure you’re not caught out by your examiner on the big day.

Map showing Durham within County Durham

Major A roads will surely appear on your test, such as the A690 which carves its way through Durham city centre. Here, you’ll also find junctions such as the Gilesgate Roundabout, and Leazes Bowl, an example of an unusual hamburger roundabout. Your test will also take in more residential areas, giving you the opportunity to prove your competence on different road types.

Durham Fact File

Famous for Durham Cathedral
Population 48,069
County County Durham
Local council Durham County Council
Major local roads A1 to Edinburgh and London
A167 to Newcastle and Topcliffe
A177 to Stockton-on-Tees
A690 to Crook and Sunderland
A691 to Consett
Railway station Durham train station
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Weather in Durham

Places near Durham

Annfield Plain

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  • Annfield Plain has been inhabited for several hundred years, and was a centre of mining for much of that time
  • Currently, there are no operating mines in the area, and the Annfield Plain is increasingly becoming a commuter village
  • Lying close to the village is the Pontop Pike television mast, which broadcasts across the North East
  • One of the village’s most famous residents was Alun Armstrong, who appeared in the original production of Les Misérables


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  • Chester-le-Street has its roots in a Roman fort named Congancis
  • The ‘street’ in the town’s name was actually a Roman road
  • St Mary and St Cuthbert, the local church, has been operating for over 1,000 years
  • Another notable landmark is the Chester Burn viaduct, which lies to the northern end of the town


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  • Though a small settlement until the nineteenth century, Consett grew due to its resources, which made it an ideal place to manufacture steel
  • Consett retained a steelworks for 140 years, from its foundation in 1840 to its closure in 1980
  • One of the UK’s largest caravan manufacturers, Elddis, is based in the town
  • The world’s first Salvation Army Band was formed here in 1879


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  • Once made up of one town and two villages, the three parts have merged to become Stanley
  • As with many local areas, Stanley was home to several collieries
  • One of the worst mining disasters took place here in 1909, when over 160 people died in the West Stanley Pit Disaster
  • Notable locals have included Kim Darroch, who served as British Ambassador to the United States

Which Areas Does PassMeFast Cover?

As well as the city of Durham, PassMeFast covers the rest of the county. For more information on our courses in different parts of County Durham, follow these links:

The road to driving doesn’t have to be long. Find out which of our packages would suit you best by visiting our course recommender. Then, call the team on 0333 123 4949, or click the button below to book your driving course.

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