Hi, My name is David, I am your local 'AA' franchised driving instructor.
I cover Basingstoke and it's surrounding areas.
I have over 18 years experience in Driving Instruction, and Driving Instructor Training , both for the A.D.I Part 2 & Part 3 Exams.
I am also registered to conduct the 'Hampshire County Council Pass Plus' scheme, and the 'National Drivers Awareness Course', (on road section), in conjunction with Hampshire Constabulary.
I use a new up to date Ford Focus Mark 3 as my teaching vehicle. (not as the photo shows).
By looking at my web site you are probably thinking about learning to drive, to develop your existing skills further, or just to practice your theory test study.
I offer a wide range of driving sessions to suit everybody's needs.
I teach Driving as a skill for life, not just to pass a test.
If you are lucky enough to have access to a family car, or your own car, for private practice, when you feel confident (as well as your structured sessions with me), then there is a special agreement with Collingwood Insurance for very reduced quotes.
With a little pre-planning from yourself, and with my guidance, we will make a good team, and as a result you can rapidly improve your progress.
Just remember that as with everything that you set out to achieve, learning to drive is no different. If you 'fail to prepare' , then you must also 'prepare to fail' !!!
The more time that you allow for all of your driving theory study, the easier you may find the practical side.
The new structure of the theory test does not give you prior viewing of all of the new questions, and therefore the more quality time spent on the road, the better.
There is now a far more added importance to the understanding of the topic, rather than just remembering facts.
By combining the practical and the theory of driving at the same time, will help you to develop your skills sooner.
I will structure your learning in a very logical and methodical way, that will give you a solid foundation to build upon. The theory test also breaks things down in to easy to understand sections. Help can be given to you on the day of your theory test if needed. To find out more please go to http://www.dsa.gov.uk
Everybody learns new skills at a different pace. Some may take a short while , and others a bit longer. This does not reflect badly on you in any way if you happen to take a little longer to master a skill. The final result and the confidence to deliver that result comes from the quality of your learning time, and not the quantity.
It may require anything from 10 to 40+ hours of professional guidance to be ready to present yourself for the practical test. There is no exact science to decide how much time any individual may need, as no two people learn or develop at the same rate.
The first thing that you will require is a Provisional Licence. This can be applied for anytime after your 16th birthday. About 4 months before you want to start to drive is an ideal time, although you can not start to drive on the roads until you are 17.
For those of you that need a provisional licence, I can supply the application form (D1), either by post, or by dropping one into you if you are local.
I will also gladly book your theory or practical tests on your behalf if you wish, when the time comes, to take the hassel out of it for you, as it can be a bit time consuming. There is a small administration fee for this, however you can do the bookings yourself. Go to www.dsa.gov.uk for more information.
If you book your first Driving Session with me to take place on your 17th birthday, you will receive a Free 1 hour lesson on your test day as a bonus.
Before you do book any Driving Lessons I would recommend that you consider having an eye sight test, if you have not had one recently, as you will be asked to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 meters for the old style, and 20 meters for the new style, (about 5 car lengths), or maybe 7 for a Smart Car !.
All my driving sessions are conducted on a 'One to One' basis, and can start and finish at a convienient location for you. I will put you at ease from the start, as most people do have some nerves prior to their first driving lesson.
It is my job to prepare you for your test in the shortest time that suits your learning ability. I will not present you for a practical test untill we both feel that you are as best prepared as possible.
I will spend time with you to assist with any theory test study that you may need,( go to my Theory Test Study Page) , and to clear up any questions that you may have regarding the theory test questions or the hazard perception part of the test. You may have some basic understanding of the Highway Code already.
We will also cover the element of eco-friendly/eco-safe driving.
You will develop a good understanding for good fuel consumption.
You will also develop a natural skill for 'effective' observations.
To test yourself why not try my Quick Quiz page , you could be pleasantly surprised with the result.(if the result is not so good, don't worry, we will work on that together).
The tales of examiners having an off day, being grumpy, or that they can only pass a certain amount of candidates is totaly false. A good, safe drive on the day will result in a pass. I will spend as much time as you need to explain fully how the marking structure for the practical test works.
I frequently conduct both Motorway sessions and refresher sessions, to improve the confidence of qualified drivers.
The AA have a Drive confident Course that is available to many candidates for additional training. This course is funded by the AA. To see if you qualify for the course go to http://www.theaa.com/drive-confident
You can also see that I run a driving in winter session for those of you that are naturally apprehensive of these conditions.
Dealing with emergency vehicles on the road, in a safe and responsible manner is vitaly important.The role of these highly trained drivers is a necessity to all of our safety.
Risk awareness sessions are available for the 'high mileage' driver.
I offer a discount to full motorcycle licence holders that would like to add a car licence to their wallet, as I have a full bike licence myself, and over 25yrs experience on two wheels.
If you have passed a theory test for your motorcycle licence prior to Feb 2001, then you may not need to take another. Check with the DSA to confirm.
All sessions are at an affordable prices and tailored to the individual.
You will have full access to the AA's web site and online theory training, via a passcode that will be issued once you start your lessons, or look at my 'Theory Test Study ' page and register, for FREE, now, before you start your driving lessons, plus the assurance that I have the backup and resources provided by the countrys biggest driving school.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
You can also come and see me at my next event day. Please see my blog for dates.
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