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Driving Lessons

Shift Driving School has a team of experienced local driving instructors in the Bensham area. If you’re looking to learn to drive and need a driving school in Bensham, you’re in the right place!

“A great local Driving School with excellent instructors”

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0333 996 8989

Shift Driving School's Cream Mini Cooper D with Shift Decals.

Experienced Instructors

Our approved driving instructors have years of driving experience.

Pass Rate

When we send a student for test, they are equipped to succeed.


Flexible scheduling options including evenings and weekends.

Excellent Safety Record

Shifts’ safety record is reflected in our learners’ ability to become confident drivers.

Personalise Your Learning

Tell us about your personality and what you like and dislike.

Areas We Cover

  • Deckham
  • Dunston
  • Felling
  • Greenside
  • High Fell
  • Lamesley
  • Lobley Hill
  • Low Fell
  • Pelaw
  • Saltwell
  • Teams
  • Wardley
  • Whickham
  • Windy Nook
  • Winlaton
  • Birtley
  • Bensham
  • Blaydon
  • Chowdene
  • Crawcrook
  • Deckham
  • Dunston
  • Felling
  • Greenside
  • High Fell
  • Lamesley
  • Lobley Hill
  • Low Fell
  • Lemington
  • Pelaw
  • Saltwell
  • Teams
  • Wardley
  • Whickham
  • Windy Nook
  • Winlaton
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Local Test Centre

Gateshead Test Centre

Shift provides comprehensive driver training that covers both fundamental and advanced techniques. Our exceptional first-time pass rate surpasses the national average, reflecting our commitment to excellence. Whether you’re a novice or seeking to enhance your existing skills, our highly experienced instructors will guide you towards becoming a safe and confident driver. The closest test centre is actually in Gateshead, and our instructors have extensive local knowledge of the area. With their understanding of Gateshead and the surrounding areas, you’ll receive the best guidance available. Book your driving lessons in Bensham today with Shift and embark on the path to obtaining your full driver’s license!

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Waterside Drive, Dunston, Gateshead, NE11 9HU

Wheelchair Accessible

Student Reviews

Kirsten ScottPass Plus - September '23

Had a great experience completing my Pass Plus with Shift
Had a great experience completing my Pass Plus with Shift. My instructor was very calm and friendly, making me feel relaxed whilst driving. Would recommend to any learner drivers!

Rosie McLeanLearner Driver - August '23

Amazing driving instructors
Amazing driving instructors, positive and helpful. Would highly recommend

Jordan ChapmanLearner Driver - August '23

Couldn’t praise this driving school more!
Couldn’t praise this driving school more! Incredibly friendly and amazing feedback. Passed first time with absolutely no bother and would absolutely recommend to anyone.

LeoLearner Driver - August '23

First time pass…
Passed on my Test first time thanks to the excellent, top class teaching from Lewis!! Brilliant and professional driving school to learn from… can’t thank them enough!

Abbie RLearner Driver - July '23

Highly Recommended
My Shift driving instructor was fantastic. He was always calm, and gave clear, easy-to-follow instructions which made me feel confident when driving. I passed first time so I would definitely recommend them!

Nathaniel TeggLearner Driver - July '23

Shift helped me pass!
Lewis was a brilliant driving instructor. He was patient, and made me feel comfortable in each lesson. I managed to pass first time because of him. I'd definitely recommend you using Shift if you want to pass.

Thomas DonnellyLearner Driver - July '23

Highly Recommend
Highly recommend. My time with Alex was enjoyable and I was able to get ready for my test with him very quickly and pass first time due to his excellent teaching

Chelsey BellLearner Driver - Jun '23

I have had a couple of Instructors and
I have had a couple of Instructors and was quite put off by them until I found Lewis he’s extremely patient (even when I was dramatic) and they way he taught was so straight forward and efficient which I didn’t have previously he completely put me at ease I couldn’t recommend him enough!!

Georgia PiperLearner Driver - June '23

5 Star Driving School
I had an amazing instructor who was both patient and helpful. I was really nervous and he took the time to help me gain confidence. He was honest and reliable throughout my time at shift and I could not thank him enough. I could also not recommend shift driving school enough they are brilliant.

Steve RLearner Driver - June '23

Alex was very good
Alex was very good. My 17 year old son passed first time with him.

TobyLearner Driver - June '23

Great instructors and a fair amount of flexibility
Could not fault Alex in any way he was amazing instructor who helped me pass, had been driving previously and had taken a break due to COVID restrictions. If I was do my driving exam again I would do my lessons with this company again.

BrettLearner Driver - May '23

Great experience using Shift
Great experience using Shift. Made a very nervous driver very calm. Would highly recommend these guys, especially if you’re a nervous first timer.

NathanLearner Driver - May '23

Super happy with Shift
I’ve been super happy using Shift, Had a poor experience with another instructor when I was 17 which had stopped me picking things up again until now at 32. My nerves were immediately were put at ease on the first lesson and everything after was easy.

Lee RuddickLearner Driver - May '23

Great instructors
Great instructors, very helpful, well trained and informative passed my test easily through this company and would highly recommend to anyone looking for driving lessons.

William CampbellLearner Driver - April '23

Had lessons over a few month period
Had lessons over a few month period and Alex was amazing. Always making sure I understood why I was doing something wrong and very attentive. Easy to talk to as well.

Georgia JohnstoneLearner Driver - April '23

The best of the best!
Instructor was always professional, friendly and always made me feel comfortable. Always looked forward to my lessons. Absolutely recommend!

Pavan NayaniLearner Driver April '23

Great friendly instructor
Great friendly instructor that taught in a concise way that actually made sense and made it easier to learn. Would definitely recommend!

Molly EastonLearner Driver - April '23

Highly Recommend
Instructor was always kind, patient and encouraging. Highly recommend 🙂

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How many lessons will I need?

The number of lessons you’ll need will depend on your individual circumstances and how quickly you learn. On average, it takes around 40-50 hours to pass the test, but some people may need more or less depending on their previous experience, confidence level, and ability to learn. Bear in mind also that your instructor will only take you for test if they deem you to be ready for it, otherwise they will not allow you to use their vehicle for it.

Do you have female instructors?

Yes, we do have female instructors available. When you book your lessons, you can request a female instructor if you would prefer.

Do you teach test routes?

Your instructor will show you some popular test areas, but they won’t necessarily be the exact routes. Our theory is, when you have finished your training with Shift, you should be able to drive on any road in the United Kingdom. This isn’t to say that your instructor won’t show you any complex roundabouts or hazards in the test area though. Its good to know locations of popular landmarks too so you have a good idea of where you are, so you know what to expect.

Is there a long wait for driving lessons in Bensham?

We do our best to accommodate all our students’ needs and offer flexible scheduling. However, availability may vary depending on the location and the time of year. Availability at the moment fluctuates quite a lot, so you are probably best off giving us a call on 0333 996 8989 or you can see our current waiting times if any by clicking here.

What other areas do you cover?

At the moment we provide lessons in Newcastle, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Redcar and their surrounding areas. Additionally, we are actively seeking instructors in all areas. Do you know someone who has what it takes? Click here to visit our become an instructor page.