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 mini to teach in?
Ideal teaching car, comfortable and looks good
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 u 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
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.
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!
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,
Show Me Tell Me - Peter's Mini
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 1.6 Mini Cooper here.