Meet James - Whiston Driving Instructor

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James' Quick Q&A

Why did you become a driving instructor?
I became a driving instructor because I get a lot of satisfaction helping people to gain a very valuable life skill which opens many doors once they qualify.

What’s your favourite part of the job?
The best part of the job has to be the look on a students face once they get that all important pass on their practical driving test…priceless.

Worst part?
The worst part of the job has to be the lack of empathy from other road users.

Favourite teaching areas
My favourite teaching area has to be Moss Bank/Clinkham Wood. It has a bit of everything and the roads are quite quiet.

Most memorable driving lesson?
My most memorable lesson has to be a young student who suffers from chrohn’s disease. At the start of the lesson the student was very nervous and also in tears. I put the student at ease and at the end of the lesson she was laughing and felt totally at ease. The feedback from the students mum brought a tear to my eye.

How old where you when you passed your driving test?
I did pass first time when I was 17 years old. All 6'2" of me in an Austin Metro (younger readers might have to Google that car). I still don’t know how I managed to fit in the car.

What advice would you give yourself when you where learning to drive?
The one bit of advice I would give myself is to slow everything down. It just makes things a lot easier.

Why did you pick your Jaguar E Pace to teach in?
I teach in a Jaguar E Pace because I’m not allowed to teach in a Porsche 🤣.

What music is in your glovebox?
I listen to all types of music from Eminem to Andrea Bocelli but you will always find Steve Winwood in my glovebox.

Favourite food?
My favourite is Spaghetti Bolognese.

Favourite sports team?
My favourite sports team has to be Saints Rugby League team. Non stop action, proper man’s game.

When you aren’t teaching where can we find you?
When I’m not teaching you can find me on the roads cycling, in the local social club having a few drinks and a game of snooker. I’ve also managed to obtain a PS5 which I love playing strategy/adventure games. I’m currently playing The Village which scares the hell out of me. Most of all I love spending time with my daughter who I see every weekend. She’s the love of my life.

James' info

Jaguar E-pace

St Helens & Whiston

Test Centres
St Helens

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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.