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Learn at 16 Westpoint (off road)

If you are 16 years old, driving tuition can be arranged at a unique purpose built practice area at Westpoint Exeter where no driving licence is required. As well as being an enjoyable experience this will also be good preparation for learning to driving on public roads. Westpoint is also used for drivers unsure or nervous about driving for the first time. Please note: Westpoint is not open at the weekends so off-road lessons will need to be arranged Monday - Friday between the hours of 9am - 5pm.

There are two options for arranging lessons:

1, You can meet us there - the cost for lessons is the hourly rates for Exeter prices.
2, We can pick you up from home- use the course at Westpoint and bring you home - see Torbay prices.

You will need photographic evidence as proof of you being 16 years or over, an example of this is a provisional driving licence or your passport.

Below is the Westpoint course it comprises of several junctions uphill and down, a roundabout, traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing.

What your lesson will consist of

We will pick you up from home and drive you to West point in Exeter. During the drive there we will be demonstrating how we move off and stop, the procedure on how to deal with junctions and anything that will be useful for the day’s lesson. Once we have arrived at the office at West Point and shown your proof of age to the office staff we can then swap seats and with a short recap of how we move off and stop you will be driving the car. Remember we have fully dual controlled cars and fully qualified driving instructors nothing will go wrong, even if it did the west point circuit does not have curbs, lampposts and more than likely you will be the only car there so if you do run off the road a bit you will only be on the grass.

How many lessons should you have

We don’t believe it is necessary to have to many lessons at west point, we recommend no more that 3-4 sessions at west point. After your first session you will start to gain confidence controlling the car, within 2-3 more sessions you should be able to turn left and right confidently. By the 4th your instructor may have introduced you to some reversing. Its now time to put all the car control skills you have learned into practice on to the road.

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I had Tim as my instructor and I passed first time . He’s calm and very patient.

-Sophie Moss

When I first started looking into driving lessons, I walked straight to NA DVLA test center 'cause it was only round then corner and asked about intensive courses. Dan, from first gear happened to be there, approached me and talked me through everything I needed to do.

Although lessons did not continue with Dan due to complications, I don't think I could have asked for a better instructor starting out as a learner. Great character and definitely knows what he's doing.

-Daniel Harwood

When i first called 1st Gear School of Motoring they were very helpful and put me at ease straight away. My lessons were with an instructor called Graham Woodcock and i would recommend him to anyone for driving lessons.

I passed 2nd time but that was my fault. A great driving school Graham was always on time and never cancelled any of my lessons. Cheers Graham. See you on the road mate.

-Jame Williams

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-Robert Jack

I was recommended 1st Gear by a friend and I would recommend them too. The lessons went very well and I learnt to drive quickly. The instructor was a good laugh and good at his job. I live in Torquay but I know they have instructors all over Torbay and Exeter.

-Mark McCann

Areas we cover


  • Torquay
  • Paignton
  • Teignmouth
  • Newton Abbot
  • Totnes
  • Milber
  • Brixham
  • Buckland
  • Kingsteignton
  • Abbotskerswell
  • Dawlish
  • Chudleigh
  • Bovey Tracey
  • Ashburton
  • Buckfastleigh
  • Heathfield
  • South Brent
  • Dartington
  • Ipplepen
  • Harberton (Ford)
  • Dartmouth (meet in Kingswear)
  • Exeter
  • Exton
  • Clyst St Mary
  • St Thomas
  • Exwick
  • Whipton
  • Broadclyst
  • Exminster
  • Topsham
  • Ebford
  • Alphington
  • Ide
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pinhoe
  • Kennford
  • Woodburry
  • Clyst St George
  • Lower Wear
  • Wheetley
  • Heavitree
  • Sowton

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