North devon’s fastest growing

Driving School

Best Driver Training has proudly been serving customers in North Devon for over 30 years and has a solid reputation for quality of service. A family run driving school whose focus is on delivering next-level training packages for learner drivers and trainee instructors. 


Covering Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, South Molton and surrounding areas


Automatic and Manual Driving Lessons


Friendly, Approachable, Professional Trainers


Online booking and payment facilities


Latest in car technology, training tools and methods

We Are Open 7 Days A Week

Online applications are processed within 72hrs. Apply today and you could start training within the next 2-3 weeks. 


Training Courses

Driving lessons and courses for all eligible ages. We specialise in teens and maturer students. Everyone is welcome to apply!

Online App

Once we’ve completed your enrolment you will be able to access your online account via our  web app.


SMS Reminders

Never forget about a lesson again! We provided SMS  reminders to all students who have signed into the app.

Off Road Training

We have access to an off road area at our office HQ where you can practice the basics without the all worry!

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Applications are processed within 72hrs


We specialise in helping nervous drivers gain confidence


Collectively we’ve taught over 10’000 students how to drive


We offer pick ups and drop offs from Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton and South Molton

Our Courses

We offer a range of intensive and stand alone training courses for learner drivers and trainee driving instructors. You can book and pay for all our courses online! Someone from the team will be in touch to arrange your booking. If you are unsure which course in best for you please reach out to our onboarding team by visiting our contact us page.


2hr New Starter Driving Lesson

Specifically designed for brand new drivers who have little or next to no previous experience. We always start off somewhere quiet so we can help you manage your nerves and build up your confidence from the first lesson. 

From £70


2hr 360* Assessment Lesson

Specifically designed for students with some previous experience that would like to full assessment of their current level. Suitable for learner drivers who have some previous experience or who want to transfer from another school.

From £70


1hr Professional Mock Test

We conduct ‘true to life’ professional mock tests from our HQ in Roundswell which is open to our instructors students, and we are actively working to expand this service to students from other driving schools. Enquiry with us today to learn more our testing services.  



Trainee Instructor Training

We don’t just teach students how to become safe drivers, we also are working hard to help train up the next generation of next level driving instructors. We offer support through all three qualfying exams and beyond. Chat to us today if you think that could be you!

From £45ph


Fast, Convenient, Safe

We work fast to establish your goals. We then build a training plan that is convenient and built around you. We promise to provide you with a safe and secure environment to work on your goals, learn a new skill and build up your confidence lesson by lesson. 

Modern Tools & Courses

We use a mixture of the latest training tools and resources to help you on your journey to freedom. Our courses have been tailored to meet learners needs at all various stages in their training. You might want to start regular lessons or just sit one of our standalone courses.

A Team Who Cares

All of our trainers have been trained from the ground up. We support every individual in helping them achieve their goals every step of the way. We are friendly, approachable coaches that guinely care about your safety both before and after the driving test. 


DVSA Approved Trainers

All our instructors and trainers have been trained to the highest of industry standards, and continually undergo internal and external assessments to maintain those standards. 

Every driving instructor is required to display a valid licence to teach in the window of their vehicle by law.  You can learn more about our governing body and their standards by visiting the DVSA website on GOV.UK.

You can speak to the team if you have specific training needs that require specialist trainers or adaptions to the vehicle to accommodate your training.  


DriveR Education for everyone

We are an equal opportunity training provider, we aim to cater for the needs of all our clients no matter how diverse. Driving is an essential skill that should be open to everyone – no matter their ethnicity, gender, disability or cultural/religious beliefs. Everyone is welcome under the Best Driver Training brand.


Welcoming International Drivers


Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community


Tailored training for patients with physical and mental health needs


Proud to be culturally sensitive


All walks of life should have access to the freedom a licence offers to the holder


Alan Best. What a legend. I learnt with him 26 years ago, my son learnt with him 2 years ago and now my daughter has learnt with him and passed first time this morning. Thank you

Khadine Ruhleman 

A massive thank you to my instructor Carl for getting me through my test … A very informative driver and passes his knowledge on very clearly and informatively.. would recommend him and the best driver training team to anyone… thank you again.”

Aaron Luxton

Thanks so much Carl for the best driving experience I could of have had! Highly recommend!! Wouldn’t of done it without theese guys

Jack Bellamy

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas do you cover?

Our HQ is based in Roundswell Barnstaple, we can offer training to anyone in North Devon or the surrounding areas with lessons starting and finishing from our offices or anywhere within the Barnstaple locality. We currently offer door to door pickup/drop off services for customers based in the Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, and South Molton areas but this will need to be agreed with your trainer in advance. As we expand our team of local trainers we hope to add more areas to our pick up and drop off list.

How long is your waiting list?

We aim to process all applications within 72hrs and we can schedule your training to start within 3 weeks of you applying. We are busy training up the next generation of instructors to ensure we can meet the current level of demand for lessons.

How much are your lessons and courses?

We have variable training rates and fees which depend on your preferred training pathway. The cheapest way to get your lessons with us is buy a block of prepaid hours, our hourly rates start from £35 per hour and discounts and concessions are available to eligible students. Speak to the team about your budget and financial circumstances if you are concerned about the affordability of your training.

Do you offer intensive training courses?

We can accommodate semi/intensive training courses, although careful planning and consideration is required when scheduling this type of training as this style of learning is not suitable for everyone. All our intensive training services are delivered by our team of senior trainers. We encourage applicants to get in touch with the team to discuss their training needs in more detail and get a quote for their training before booking a practical driving test or making a decision.

I have specific training needs and requirements - can I still have lessons with you?

We are an equal opportunities training provider. We put you and your needs at the centre of everything we do. If you have any questions about how we can support you with your training then please do get in touch with someone from the team who can organise a personalised training consultation for you. Everyone is welcome at Best Driver Training ✌️


Do I need to pass my theory test before starting my practical training?

No. You can start your practical training as soon as you turn 17 and/or have your provisional driving license issued by the DVLA. We will need to see your license on the first day of your training with us, you are not required to sit theory test training in advance of starting lessons. We do recommend that you start preparing for your theory as soon as you can, if you think you might struggle getting ready for the theory test please speak to someone in the team as you might want to sit our theory test training course

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