Carl Joined us back in 2016 and has truly proven his skills with a truckload of passes!
Carl is a highly skilled driver, an ex lorry driver and a keen biker (currently riding an R6), Carl’s vast experience really shows through his teaching with his pass rate – have a look at his pass photo’s below!
Carl currently teach’s in a BMW Mini Cooper 1.6 Diesel and offers driving lessons in Crosby, Waterloo, Thornton and Litherland.
Quick Q&A with Carl
Why Did you become a driving instructor?
I became a driving instructor because I love driving so it didn’t feel like work and I could spend more time with my kids
What did you do before you where an ADI?
Before I was an ADI. I was a long distance lorry driver. Sleeping in my wagon Monday to Friday driving around the country carrying dangerous chemicals.
Whats the best part for being a driving instructor?
The best part of the job is when you teach somebody who has never driven before and they’re really nervous, then a few lessons later they’re confident in driving and proud of themselves, they never thought they would be able to do it.
Did you pass your test first time?
I didn’t pass my test first time as I didn’t know what to expect I was way to nervous. I passed second time. I have been driving since I was very young haha 12/13 I used to drive my brothers cars (Private land).
What advice would you give to yourself when you where learning to drive?
Be patient, driving is a life skill that can’t be learnt quickly and takes time. It’s like anything new, the more practice you get the better you become. The more relaxed you are the better you drive.
Where can we find you in your spare time?
In my spare time I love doing Brazilian ju-jitsu, wrestling and going the gym. We are big MMA fans in our house and if my lad isn’t trying to armbarr me or something every time I sit down there is something wrong hahaha!
Favourite test centre?
Norris green. All the examiners are nice and tend to relax the pupils a bit more than other test centres.
Finally, Tell us something not many people know about you.
I’ve got metal plates in my jaw after a bad motorbike crash when I was 19, half of my face is permanently numb just like in the dentist haha.
Steve Hughes Steve H
I started my ADI training with The Driving Academy a few months ago. The training school was recommended to me by another instructor and I understood the task ahead was not an easy one. Having just passed my part 2 of 3 phases to become fully qualified instructor I can not praise the team of the school enough.
I knew from the moment I met the guys I was in good hands and they have delivered, helping me pass what for me was a pity intense part of the process. Being a driver for 35 years I found it particularly difficult but to come away with a pass today is testament to their commitment and expertise.
Anyone considering a driving school as a new learner or like me, I step towards becoming an ADI, I would highly recommend choosing The Driver Academy. Once again, huge thanks to Stuart, Mike, Scott and Peter.
Thank you to my fantastic driving instructor Carl James for helping me pass my test I couldn’t even start a car 9 months ago and now I have passed I would highly recommend you to anyone wanting to have driving lessons you make people feel Calm and relaxed whist driving and it helps and your quite funny too lol I really can’t thank you enough for everything.
Nothing but praise for Carl James! Amazing driving instructor I know Ive had a few!! Tried driving when I was younger then a few years back but never really had the confidence or tbh enjoyed the lessons. Carl made me feel at ease had a few laughs and jokes on the way and put the confidence in me to pass today.
I would highly recommend him perfect combination of laid back, informative and encouraging!
Carl Laura Ferguson
Can’t thank Carl enough, it’s been a complete turn around for me, he definitely pushes you out of your comfort zone but it’s what’s needed. I thought it’d be well into next year before i passed, I’m amazed thanks for such a confidence boost
Learning to drive with Mike? An important part of your practical driving test is to understand basic car maintenance, such as checking oil levels and testing your brake lights. Learn all about Mike’s Mini here