Meet Peter, Peter founded The Driving Academy back in 2003, with a great reputation amongst other driving instructors, the company quickly grew to over 10 cars within it’s first 2 years. Peter qualified as a driving instructor in 1988 and has worked all over the north west and also 5 years in Dundee.
To this day Peter still “get’s his hands dirty teaching on the frontline”, He has a real passion for his job and has expanded to also training new driving instructors, with a high number of our driving instructors qualifying after training with Peter – His own son Stu even qualified with him!
When not in the car teaching driving lessons you can normally finding him playing golf or trying to wind somebody up, if he has no luck he’ll be in the garden or looking after his fish!
Nothing says how good a driving instructor is like photographic proof, so here are Peter’s latest passes:
A Quick Q&A with Peter...
Why did you become a driving instructor?
I am my own boss, meeting different people, teaching different subjects at different places every hour or two
Whats the best part of your job?
The look on the pupils face when they realise that they can do something which they thought that they couldn’t do
Whats the worst part of your job?
The drive home if the pupil has failed the test
Favourite lesson to teach
Controls lesson, that is the basis for every other subject
Favourite area for teaching in
Kirkby industrial estate, perfect for a novice
What did you do before you became an ADI
I was a welder, really enjoyed it
Diesel or petrol?
No preference, slightly different explanation, that’s all
Why did you choose a Mercedes A Class to teach in?
Possibly the nicest car I have ever sat in, really comfortable and loaded with technology I don’t understand, plus it looks great!
You have space for 5 cars in your dream garage, what would they be?
Chitty chatty bang bang, rolls corniche, Bentley, Jenson interceptor, and a Cadillac Seville
How old where you when you passed your driving test?
What would you say to the learning to drive version of yourself now?
Do things slowly and you will learn quickly
When your not in the car where can we find you?
At home, dusting, polishing, cooking. Just doing whatever my wife tells me to do. HONEST
The Beatles of course
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
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!
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
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.
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
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
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.
Gabrielle Lucy Gabrielle Lucy
I genuinely loved my driving lessons and was over the moon with how they went. Peter is a brilliant instructor. He is extremely clear and thorough and always gets the most out of every lesson – his teaching is great value for money!
I felt very comfortable around him, a little giggle every lesson put me at ease. He is an approachable guy and I feel he’s made me a very safe driver who understands how to drive properly. He kept things moving at a good pace and introduced positive challenges along the way, always improving my awareness and observation, covering lots of different scenarios.
Any concerns or questions I had, he answered and gave me an explanation, ensuring I was completely satisfied. I felt totally prepared with The Driving Academy going into my test and it paid off as I passed first time! Just want to say a big heartfelt thank you to Peter, wouldn’t have done it any other way. Couldn’t recommend The Driving Academy more highly. Best wishes,
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.
Show Me Tell Me - Peter's A Class
Learning to drive with Peter? 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 Peter’s Mercedes A Class here.