I had had lessons many years ago whilst living in Winchester Hampshire and had failed on 3 occasions at which point life took over and driving went to the back of mind. Fast forward 12 years and it became a priority. I wanted to learn to drive for the freedom and convenience it would give me.
I was given David's number through a family member, he had taught her and she passed first time and as she was a nervous driver I thought he'd be the best instructor for me. I was extremely nervous the first lesson but David put my mind and my nervous at rest and by the end of the lesson I wanted to drive some more. Throughout my lessons, my nervous and self doubt kept rearing their ugly heads; I've always had a problem with my self confidence or lack thereof, however David consistently helped me through my nerves and made me see that I am a good driver and that there was no reason for me not to pass my test. He helped me find my confidence for my theory test which I passed so I should have known then that he wouldnt steer me wrong for my practical. Thought my lessons David had this way of getting me to look at my own driving to assess my own skills to learn from mistakes so that I had the ability to make good judgements when out driving in my own, rather than relying on someone else to tell me what I needed to improve on. I feel that this method of teaching has given me the foundation to build upon as I continue to learn to drive through the my life. You can never stop learning. My skills will improve because I have the ability to reflect on my driving with every journey I take.
When it came to my actual driving test, I was a wreck before I got in the car. The traffic was horrible, thought we'd be late, the weather was terrible (wind, heavy rain and some roads that were more water than road) but once in the car, David helped me calm down so that by the time I came to take my test I was just about ok. It's the quickest 40 mins ever. I got to the end thinking I'd failed because of some stupid mistake, but I was told "congratulations you have passed"! I was emotional and David was there beaming because he knew I could do it. Throughout the whole process he always made me feel like I could do it, he never once made me feel like I couldn't and on those days where my doubt was there, he talked to me and helped me get passed it. I would recommend David as an instructor because he knows how to teach someone to drive, not to just pass their test. He sets you up to drive safely for the rest of your driving days and he helps you when you feel self doubt or your confidence is low. I only passed last week but I know I can drive and I love it. It was the best decision I made and David was the best instructor for me. So David, thank you for all of your time, patience and understanding. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be the confident driver I am now.
I'm a driving instructor in Glasgow South, East Renfrewshire, East Kilbride and surrounding areas