Meet Stu - ADI Trainer

A great driving instructor and fantastic driving instructor trainer!

Meet Stu - driving instructor trainer - The Driving Academy

Stu's Quick Q&A

Why did you become a driving instructor?
Became a instructor as I love driving and wanted to pass skills on.

Why did you decide to become a driving instructor trainer?
I began instructor training to diversify my work and bring more variety to my work, I enjoy helping others better themselves just like I did when I took the plunge and decided to train to be a instructor.

Do you currently have any other driving qualifications?
Yes - Grade A ADI, DVSA Fleet Registered, DIA Examiner, DIA Elite Test. I’m Currently awaiting my ORDIT inspection and doing my RoSPA test.

Favourite lesson to teach?
It’s hard to choose, I enjoy awareness and planning lessons, seeing all the previous lessons coming together and seeing pupil become a safe, independent driver.

Your favourite area for teaching in?
Southport, love a seaside town.

Why did you choose an Focus to teach in?
Ford Focus is a great looking car, just the right size, good engine with just the right amount of power, economical and really nice to drive.

Did you pass your driving test first time?
Passed L test third time! When training to become an ADI I passed part 1 & 2 first time and part 3 second time.

If you could tell yourself anything when you were learning to drive, what would it be?
Advice would be take your time, enjoy the process and ask any questions about things I didn’t quite understand.

When you’re not in the car where can we find you?
If I’m not training I’m cleaning my cars and driving up to Blackpool!

Sports fan?
Rugby League, fan of the Wigan Warriors.

Favourite band/music?
Music in my car is rock music, Gaslight Anthem is my go to.

Stu's info

Ford Focus ST Line


Test Centres
All Northwest for ADI training, Southport, St Helens & Wigan for learners

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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.