Obviously you need to take lessons in the same area as your test will be. All areas have their individual 'hotspots' intersections and the like where even experienced drivers might experience difficulty. Becoming familiar with these hotspots on a regular basis will familiarise you with them so that if you encounter them on test it'll be far less stressful. (Instruction videos are on this site)

If you're familiar with Denton, Benwell and Fenham then Elswick should suit you. Pupils from the Dunston, Whickham and Swalwell areas will probably prefer Gateshead. Killingworth, Wideopen and Longbenton learners would likely choose Gosforth. Although not a hard and fast rule, perhaps for instance when lessons are done from work, this is a general guideline.


fast track driving area map

 Fast Track covers the three primary test centres - Newcastle  Elswick, Gateshead Dunston and Newcastle Gosforth (green sector)


Elswick: NE1, 2, 4, 5, 15, 20

Gateshead: NE8, 11, 16, 21, 39, 40, 41, 42

Gosforth: NE3, 6, 7,12, 16, 20

Although some postcodes may cross, being on the boundary between zones, this is a general guide to relevant areas and their test centre. Obviously test areas are negotiable depending on circumstances