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Meet Peter - ADI

Peter qualified as a driving instructor in 1988 and has worked all over the North West and also 5 years in Dundee.

Meet Peter - Our founder & ADI based in Kirkbky & Maghull

Peter's Quick Q&A

To this day Peter still “gets his hands dirty teaching on the frontline”, He has a real passion for his job and has trained some of the instructors who work for us today – His own son Stu even qualified with him! Today Stu & Mike cover the driving instructor training whilst Peter has taken a step back to offering regular driving lessons.

Peter uses a Nissan Juke for his driving school car, fully spec’d with x4 parking cameras, glass roof, air conditioning and heated leather seats.

Why did you become a driving instructor?
Meeting different people, no foolish management to work for and the job satisfaction is incredible

Best part of your job?
Got to be seeing the pupil pass, in many cases it can alter their life

Worst part of your job?
Seeing really good pupils fail through nerves, My heart goes out to them, I didn’t pass first time because the examiners were quite abrupt, not really helpful but it has changed now but I do understand how they feel

Most memorable driving lesson?
A lady from India, couldn’t speak a word of English, her husband sat in the back for her lessons to translate. I actually learnt how to give some direction in her language. I felt a real sense of achievement when she passed

When did you qualify?

Previous Jobs?
Research and development, welder, cook in a factory, bus conductor, machine operator

Why did you choose the Nissan Juke to teach in?
Excellent vehicle for the pupil and all the mod cons for me!

Favourite area to teach in? Southport

How old where you when you passed your driving test?

Did you pass first time?
4th 😭😭😭😭(I didn’t have any lessons!)

If you could go back and give yourself some advice, what would it be?
Have lessons, I didn’t know what the examiner wanted from me, I was just driving like a boy wonder. No understanding of the potential dangers

What CD’s are in your car?
Eclectic, soul, Michael bible, even 1 classical cd

Claim to fame?
My family, I am genuinely so proud.

Tell us something nobody knows about you
I regret not going to universitiy

When you aren’t teaching, where can we find you?
At home

Peter’s Driving test passes

Peter's info

Nissan Juke 1.5dci

Kirkby, Maghull, North Liverpool

Test Centres
Norris Green & Southport

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Driving Lesson Reviews

Some of our reviews we have received after people have learnt to drive with us in

Passed my test today on my first try with only 2 minors! My instructor Peter has been absolutely brilliant throughout all my lessons and cant help but be a little gutted that I no longer get to have anymore lessons with him! 10/10 would recommend The Driving Academy to anyone looking to do their lessons! Thanks for everything Peter!


I passed my driving test with Peter. an absolutely amazing driving instructor who makes driving with him a fun experience and who taught me to drive from scratch. would fully recommend driving academy to anyone looking for lessons that are packed with great tips and tricks to become a great driver. thankyou Peter!


Driving Lesson FAQ's

Have a question? Want a quick answer? The most common driivng lesson FAQ's can be found below!

How do I book my first driving lesson in

If you have your provisional driving license then just give us a call or fill your details in on our callback form. A member of our team will answer any questions you have and pass your details over to one of our instructors.

What car will I learn to drive in?

We have a good variety of cars from super-mini’s to large SUV’s. Typically expect your lessons to happen in a Ford Fiesta / Vauxhall Corsa sized car. If you have any special requirements then feel free to ask us!

How many driving lessons will I need?

The UK average is 47 driving lessons and 22 hours of private practice before your driving test, but everyone is different. We’ve saw people pass in as little as 10 hours and others take longer. After your first few driving lessons your driving instructor will be able to give you an idea roughly how many lessons you will need.

What test do I need to take?

There are 3 tests you need to take to gain your full driving license. The first 2 tests are taken together, these are the theory test and the hazard perception test. You have to pass them both together. The final test is your practical driving test and this must be passed within 2 years of passing your first 2 tests.

How long does it take to learn to drive?

This is down to you. We see two types of learners, those committed to learning and taking regular weekly lessons, and those who aren’t too bothered and will cancel a lesson and then re-arrange for 2-3 weeks time. You can pass as quickly as you want, but if you don’t have the dedication or motivation to pass you can spend months trying to get your driving license.

How long are your driving lessons?

Our driving lessons all last 1 hour, but you can take them in 60/90/120/180 minute sessions if you prefer - speak to your driving instructor about your options if you want to do longer lessons. Note - some cheaper driving school only offer 50 minute driving lessons.

What is a provisional license?

You need to apply for a provisional driving license before you can start driving lessons. Without a provisional license you are not insured for driving on the road - we will ask to see your provisional on your first lesson.

Can’t I just learn with my Mum / Dad / Friend / Sister / Uncle??

Yes you can, however the person teaching you must meet certain criteria (Over 21, Have had a full license for over 3 years are the basic requirements) you must then also make sure the car is roadworthy, fully insured for a leaner driver and displaying the legal L plates. The most important thing is the person teaching / supervising you needs to know what is expected for your driving test and teach you correctly. If you want to speak to your driving instructor and ask for some advice.