Meet Rob, Our driving instructor in Southport!

Rob offers Automatic driving lessons around Southport.

Meet Rob, Our Southport based driving instructor - Team TDA

Rob's Quick Q&A

Why did you train to become a driving instructor?
I wanted a career that was rewarding with job satisfaction and loved the idea of being able to teach someone a life skill

Favourite teaching area?
Favourite area - Anywhere around Southport or nearby. Its a nice area to live

Favourite lesson to teach?
Favourite lesson will probably be moving off and stopping. It’ll be great to get someone who hasn’t driven before up and running.

Did you pass first time?
I was 17 and did pass first time

What was your first car and why did you pick it?
I bought a 957cc Mk1 Ford Fiesta in Red. I bought it as it was done up to copy an XR2 with BIG spotlights. It cost me a fortune in repairs as the previous owner must have driven it like a rally car. I was young and naive !

If you could go back and give yourself any advice when you where learning to drive, what would it be?
Take your time, ask lots of questions if your not sure about something and always be aware of everything around you.

Previous jobs?
Recently I’ve been involved in Gas and Electric utilities, installing smart meters. But before that I was a DJ for 25 years, working for 20 of those as the resident DJ in Maloneys bar Southport !

Favourite holiday?
Cyprus is my favourite place. Me and my wife got married there and we love it

Favourite food
Pizza or curry are joint favorites

Favourite Music
Anything 80’s really, although I do like alot of other stuff too.

When you aren’t teaching, where can we find you?
I train in Krav Maga and Ju Jitsu, so spend alot of time at Shogun World Southport when I’m not working.

Rob's info

Car
Vauxhall Corsa Auto


Areas
Southport


Test Centres
Southport

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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.