Matty is a fully qualified ADI (approved driving instructor) Based in Norris Green covering Norris Green, Walton, Croxteth and West Derby. Matty uses the latest techniques and software to help people pass their driving test as quickly as possible, whilst teaching them to the highest, safest standards.
Matty Joined us in mid 2015 and is a huge martial arts nut – currently a brown belt in kuk sool won! He’s also into Hiking, Cycling & Snowboarding (you might see him going down the East Lancashire road for 12 mile or so on his bike!)
Matty teaches in a 2015 Ford Fiesta Zetec-s TDCi, a great small city car perfect for learning to drive in.
A Quick Q&A with Matty
How long have you been a driving instructor and why did you choose to become one?
I’ve been an instructor since 2011, and I decided to give it a go after a friend said I’d make a good instructor as I am always calm and relaxed.
What did you do before becoming an ADI?
Before becoming an instructor I have done various jobs including taxi driver, plumbing and heating and general building maintenance, fast food delivery and worked in a call centre.
So what would you say is the best part of your job?
The best part about the job is seeing the development of pupils from lesson 1 to passing their driving test.
Tell people something they may not know about you?
People may not know that in a group im quite shy.
Be honest, are you a blue or a red?
I support Liverpool, but like to see Everton do well too except in a derby game.
You went from your Zafira to the Picanto, how are pupils finding it?
Switching cars some struggled at first with going from a diesel to a petrol. Everyone loves the new car now though.
If I could teach in any car it would be a porsche
Porsche 911 turbo s
Whats your take on petrol vs diesel, what’s your preference?
After having both a diesel and a petrol, I’d say I prefer the petrol as they don’t have a dpf or a turbo so less problems can arise.
Would you ever consider an EV (electric vehicle)
An electric vehicle I find at the moment pointless, if they can invent a self sufficient electric car then maybe.
What’s your favorite place in Liverpool, and why?
I haven’t got a favourite place in Liverpool as the city as whole is fantastic, the architecture and history definitely appeals to me.
When you finally get a day off, where will we find you?
On the odd occasion that a day off happens ill either be jogging, cycling or hiking.
If you could say one thing to somebody considering learning to drive, what would it be?
Don’t put it off until tomorrow, what you can learn today as tomorrow may never come.
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
I had some bad experience with other driving schools but Mike and the driving academy are amazing. Mike was extremely accommodating to my work schedule to fit in lessons. I had failed previous tests and had lost confidence and enjoyment in driving but Mike was great at talking through any issues I was struggling with and asking me what I wanted to focus on each lesson.
I also had a mock test with Stu a week before my actual test which helped me calm my nerves and pick up on any problems I had before my actual test …..which I aced!
Thanks to Mike and the driving academy for all their support and my making driving lesson fun.
I passed with Mike and he couldn’t have been a better instructor if he tried!
Kept me calm in moments of panic, reassured me when I was doubting myself & he’s great to talk too. I’ve gained a friend from my experience!
I have just passed my test with Mike!
I was initially a nervous wreck and Mike’s patience and positive attitude completely turned that around!
Mike is super upbeat so even when I wasn’t confident in my driving he was confident enough for the both of us!
He was flexible with lesson times so I could fit it around work which was great
Couldn’t recommend mike enough
I have just passed with Mike! What a brilliant fella he is, I was so nervous to start with and Mikes brilliant teaching style and fab sense of humour made me relax straight away.
He went out of his way to give me extra support and worked around my working hours. Not only did I learn how to drive I had a good laugh doing it!
Thank you Mike!!!
Chloe Carty Passed with Liam
I passed first time today with only 5 minors after being taught by Liam I passed first time He’s such a nice person and helped me to stay calm.
He explains everything in detail and gives you feedback throughout lesson so you can learn as your going. I was so nervous on way to test but he helped me stay calm An told me I could do it!
Thank you Liam!
Taylor Greenwood Passed with Liam
Well what can i say i feel amazing changing driving instructors and going to Liam was the best decision ever felt so comfortable doing my lessons and past first time with driving academy highly recommend them to anybody they are awesome especially my instructor Liam he is superb thanks again for all your hard work and patience cant believe I’ve past with you after only 10 lessons
Beth Thompson Passed with Liam
I passed first time with only 4 minors yesterday after being taught by Liam. I couldn’t recommend him enough! He’s a really nice person and helps you to stay calm and understands when you make mistakes or forget things and simply helps you understand how to better next time.
His teaching technique is brilliant, explaining everything in detail before you attempt it e.g. Manoeuvres, roundabouts, one way systems etc. He gave me a talk before my test to keep me as calm as possible and told me to have faith in myself and look what happened!
Genuinely couldn’t thank him more for the time and effort he put into teaching me to drive and helping me have confidence in myself. Thank you Liam!
Would like to thank Matty for helping me get through all my driving lessons & passing my driving test first time!
Would definitely recommend Matty as a driving instructor!
Siobhan Griffiths Siobhan Griffiths
So happy I passed my driving test first time I started my lessons when I was about 6 months pregnant and passed a week before my due date all thanks to Matty thanks for putting up with me best driving school by far.
Learning to drive with Matty? 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 Matty’s Ford Fiesta here.