“Initially, I wasn’t too interested in driving. I knew it was a skill that could prove beneficial depending on where I was living but I didn’t give it too much thought. It was really on the insistence of my parents that I even started looking at getting a driver's license back in 2017-2018. I passed the theory test later in 2021, which set a hard deadline to complete the practical portion by 2023. However I had little driving experience, the only time was when my grandmother thought she could teach me how to drive. She believed it would be a good idea, as a first lesson, to do a hill start, before even teaching me how to properly start the car. That was a brief summary of first, and thankfully last, lesson I had with her.
When looking through the list of driving instructors that were recommended by the DVSA this course came up as one of the first. Additionally, it was, and still is to my knowledge, highly rated. I therefore didn’t take too much time in deciding on which course I would take to learn how to drive. Admittedly, I was a little nervous at being behind the wheel again, especially considering what the last time entailed. However, Nigel was very patient and understanding and went through each of the lessons with a great amount of clarity. What made them especially helpful was the amount of time afforded to practice each lesson. This meant that each concept was relatively simple to understand and mastering them was just a matter of practice. A point that might not get mentioned a lot was that the lessons would typically be done on roads that are much more difficult than those of the practical exam. So after 30 to 40 hours of practice you should be ready to go onto almost any road. Finally, whenever a mistake happens, and trust me it will, the only thing that happens is a small discussion about what the mistake was and how to avoid it. It is incredibly calming that even after doing something wrong all that happens is that you are given a few words of advice on how to improve. Also, prior to getting any advice, you often get the chance to find out what you did wrong all by yourself. This is much better than simply being told what went wrong, as you will remember the fault and also how to avoid repeating it, or if it does happen again how to deal with it.
To summarise, I found the lessons to be very informative, the practice to be extremely helpful and Nigel was very patient and offered a great deal of advice on how to be a better driver. Overall I would recommend this course to anyone looking to get into driving.”