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Your guide to:

  • Getting Started

  • What happens on your first driving lesson
  • Code of Conduct
  • Myths and facts about driving instructors

About Us:

All our driver training is conducted by Ian Whitehouse, a former DSA driving examiner at Inverness test centre.

Free pick up & return to your home or workplace.

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As a Professional Driving School, we strictly adhere to the DSA Code of Conduct.

All our Driving Lessons will last for at least the length of time quoted.
All lessons conducted by Ian Whitehouse (Approved Driving Instructor, former DSA Examiner)

On your first driving lesson you will:

** Be asked to read a number plate at a distance of at least 20.5 metres
** Be told exactly what to expect and what will happen on your training.
** Be shown all the controls of the car and how to operate them.
** You will get to drive the car on the road.

All your Driving Lessons are specifically tailored to meet your individual needs, using our very latest advanced coaching and development techniques, unlike so many driving schools who operate a 'keep trying until after weeks you eventually get it right' system, these techniques are specifically aimed at giving you a complete understanding of exactly what to do, and how to easily overcome any problem areas. 

We also specialise in teaching Learner drivers who may have tried to drive before, and given up because maybe they struggled to master the challenges of learning to drive. We firmly believe its probably not the learner driver's fault if they struggled, its most likely they haven't been taught in a way they could understand.

Our coaching system is based around:

** Teaching you how to assess situations.
** Understanding precisely what to do in any given situation
** Understanding exactly why things may have gone wrong in the past 
** Helping you put issues right consistently and permanently

We offer Free Driving Test Psychology training to help you prepare mentally for the driving test.
It is important to approach the test with the correct attitude to avoid those sudden unexpected disasters on test. Our Preparation includes Driving Psychology and Overcoming Test Nerves, All Free to our customers.

 

                                                            Contact us on   0741 123 0945

 

True or False ? - Myths and facts about Driving Instructors 

'All Driving Instructors teach the same way and to the same standard'  - False 

Absolutely NOT. The standard of driving instructors nationally varies dramatically. There are some very good instructors out there but there are also some awful ones.
A good indication of your instructor's ability is whether you're progressing well in your lessons. Different people learn at a different pace, but if you feel you're not progressing over several lessons it's probably an indication that your instructor isn't able to adapt his instruction to suit your needs. That could be time to change your instructor.

'You're not allowed to change instructors'  - False

I've heard several people have been told this. It's obviously in the instructor's best interest to lead you to think this to prevent you going elsewhere. However you can change instructors whenever you want.
Obviously it's not a good idea to keep changing instructors as you will want some consistency when you're learning. Be guided by whether you're making progress over a number of lessons as we said earlier.

'The most expensive instructors are the best'  - False

Not necessarily the case and remember lesson prices do vary significantly dependant on the area, however be aware if an instructor is very cheap or offering extreme bargain basement prices on block bookings (such as £10-15 per hour) there is a reason why he/she's so cheap, it's probably the only way they can get any customers.

'I was told by my last instructor to give up and not bother'

I've heard this from several people recently, who have gone on to learn and pass the test successfully. If a driving instructor says 'give up, you're not capable of passing' what the instructor is actually saying is "I'm not capable of teaching you," which obviously doesn't necessarily mean another instructor wouldn't be capable of teaching you to drive safely. 

'I'm worried about making mistakes on my driving lessons'  

Some learner drivers worry about getting it wrong on driving lessons. Remember making mistakes is part of the learning process, you actually learn by getting it wrong in a controlled situation. 
It concerns me when learner drivers say they never get it wrong on driving lessons, it could be they're a fantastic natural driver, or is it because the instructor is telling them what to do all the time ?
Your driving instructor should help you out when necessary and keep it safe and under control at all times, but it's extremely important the learner driver should be allowed to work things out and think through situations without interference from the instructor when it's safe to do so. 

Ensure your instructor understands what time span you're looking at.

Discuss with your instructor your goals for learning, if you need to pass very quickly it's obviously no good choosing an instructor who's so busy he can only fit you in every two weeks. Ensure you both understand what each of you are aiming to achieve.

Ensure your instructor checks your eyesight and provisional licence on your first lesson.

This is important because if you haven't got a valid provisional licence or you can't meet the eyesight requirements you shouldn't be driving on the road.
I've had several instances where learner drivers have come to me for training, following lessons with other driving schools ,and their eyesight is significantly short of the minimum required standard of reading a car number plate at 20.5 metres. This puts yourself and other road users in danger and makes it more difficult for you to drive properly. Remember also if you can't read the number plate you can't take the practical test and it is recorded as a fail by the examiner.

Is One Lesson a week enough ? 

This will depend on the individual person and whether you're getting any private practice (in your own car) 
With private practice one lesson a week with your instructor can work well;  however if one hour a week is all you're driving it will take ages to learn and you may well fall into a monotonous routine and eventually give up.  It's preferable  to either decide to learn properly and quickly, or just not bother until you're more motivated.

We also conduct intensive courses, here's some advise about booking them

If booking an intensive course be careful to find out as much as possible about your instructor before paying out large sums of money up front, there are some 'cowboys' out there who will take your money and disappear !!!
Remember also intensive courses are a very specialised area. Your driving instructor will need to be able to resolve any issues very quickly. You haven't got the option of being able to take lessons for months until 'problems' sort themselves out, your instructor will need to resolve issues almost immediately. Therefore we strongly advise choosing a very experienced instructor for intensive courses.

Lots of national websites are now offering intensive courses where you pay them and they 'find' an instructor for you, remember they may never have met this instructor and may have no idea how trustworthy, skilled or professional he/she is. Before paying ensure you get a name and contact details for this instructor and details of courses they have previously done on behalf of this national company.

Who decides when to book your test ?

This should be an agreement between you and your instructor. Discuss with the instructor what stage you are at, if you feel you are ready for test but your instructor doesn't, discuss with the instructor what you need to do to achieve test standard. Similarly if the instructor advises you to book a test but you don't feel ready, discuss your fears or uncertainties with him/her.
Book your test for the correct reasons. You should book the test because you are at test standard, not because you've had 15 lessons and your friend claims he passed in 15 lessons, or because you want to drive on holiday in 2 weeks time.



Serious Stuff

Unwanted Physical Contact

Your driving instructor is in a position of trust and there should be no unwanted physical contact by your instructor. It is vital that any inappropriate contact is reported  to DVSA. This not only applies to sexual contact, the days where an instructor could slap you across the knuckles with a ruler are long gone. 

In any event of Unwanted Physical Contact, speak to an examiner or contact DVSA in writing either using the address displayed in your local driving test centre waiting room or DVSA headquarters -

                                          The Axis Building
                                          112 Upper Parliament Street
                                          Nottingham
                                          NG1 6LP