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I learned to drive sooner than than I expected”

Before the first lesson I was apprehensive, scared and nervous but also excited.

On my first lesson  I just expected to sit in the car and be told about the car controls and maybe drive in a quiet area.

 I achieved a lot more by driving on small roads in the first lesson doing left and right turns.

 I learned to drive and pass my driving test sooner than I expected.

 

Rebecca Hall  Heald Green

I drove on small roads in the first lesson  “

Before the first lesson I was apprehensive but excited.

On my first lesson  I just expected to sit in the car and be told the theory of how to drive, but not do much else.

But I did more than I thought I would.

I drove the car and did left and right turns on small roads in the first lesson!

The instruction was very good and  I progressed a lot quicker than I had expected to.

Katie Orr  Wilmslow 

I learned to drive a lot quicker than I expected”

Before the first lesson I was scared but excited.

On my first lesson  I just expected to sit in the car and be told the theory of how to drive, but not do much else.

However I achieved a lot more by driving on small roads in the first lesson!

My driving skills improved a lot faster than I expected.

Overall I progressed a lot quicker than I had expected to, and have passed my driving test FIRST TIME, with a very reasonable amount of lessons

Tom Harrop  Gatley 

 

My overall driving skills improved a lot faster than I expected”

I was quite optimistic before the first lesson as I know it would be a big improvement on my previous instructor.

On my first lesson  it was getting used to driving a different car and having an assessment of my previous driving experience,  what I had learnt and knew, and where there were bad habits or gaps in my knowledge.

The first lesson went well and I made a lot of progress in a short space of time.

My overall driving skills improved a lot faster than I expected.

The instruction was very suitable for me and it is based purely on how you are getting on.

You progress at a pace to suit your individual needs.

Eva Seymour  Gatley 

 

I was apprehensive and unsure as to what to expect for the first lesson, but afterwards I felt much better. 

I relatively relaxed and particularly eager to begin learning to drive.

My first driving lesson went smoothly, learning about the pedals and gears, as well as navigating through simple nursery roads.

The instructions were extremely detailed, allowing me to visualise the scenario before it was performed.

I felt that I picked up the different aspects of driving fairly quickly, although not as flawlessly as I wanted.

My driving experience and instruction was relatively laidback and enjoyable. This enabled me to learn in an efficient manner but not too overwhelming.

I have definitely seen vast improvements in my ability to drive and gained more confidence on the road.

 

Clement Chen    Heald Green

 

“I was surprised by how much you actually got to drive on the first lessons.

 

I was apprehensive and unsure as to what to expect for the first lesson, but afterwards I felt much better. 

I really enjoyed this first lesson with Bernie. He is really nice, and will gently correct you if you do things wrong. 

I would definitely recommend him.

Emel Docherty    Heald Green

 

“There was much more practical experience than I had expected”

 

I was nervous and unsure as to what to expect for the first lesson.  

I just expected the first lesson would be about learning about the car, and maybe just trying first gear. 

What we actually achieved was far more than that. 

Apart from being told about the general controls of the car and how to use them, I was shown how to move the car off safely from a stationary position and then how to safely stop the car.  

Then I learnt about how to approach a junction safely, how to undertake a left turn, and then after a few circuits of the estate mastering the technique for left turns, we moved on to emerging left from a minor junction into a major road. 

Bernie then thought that I was sufficient competent to proceed to the next topic, which was performing right turns and right emerges. 

By the end of the lesson I was capable of performing both left and right turns and emerges on this nursery housing estate. 

Thanks to Bernie I felt more confident behind the wheel and had achieved much more than I had expected to. 

Elliot Lewis   Handforth

 

 

After the first lesson I felt good. I was amazed I could actually do it.”

Before the first lesson I was very scared.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first lesson in terms of how much I would actually physically drive the car.  I thought surely nobody would trust me !!

After the first lesson I felt good. I was amazed I could actually do it.

In the first lesson I achieved more that I expected.

I was surprised when Bernie asked me to sit in the drivers seat. But actually, after being given a demonstration and asking all the questions I needed to, it wasn’t hard.

The instruction was very suitable for me and I progressed quicker than I expected.

Steph Hughes    Cheadle Hulme

 

In a very short space of time I am now driving on real roads !!! “

 

Before my first driving lesson I was very apprehensive. 

However when I met my driving instructor Bernie, I felt at ease, because he was friendly yet informative. 

My nerves quickly vanished as Bernie gave information on the basics of the car using helpful diagrams and IPAD animations. 

I was expecting my first lesson to just be in a car park learning very basic stuff, however I was so excited to actually be driving on a very quiet housing estate. 

I feel that with Bernies help I achieved so much on that first lessons, and that I have continuously achieved so much more since my first lesson. 

I would really recommend Bernie to first-time drivers because he makes you feel comfortable behind the wheel. 

Juanaya Lloyd-Sempress    Sharston 

 

“I was amazed at how quickly Bernie taught me to do things, without me feeling rushed or scared”

 

Personal Summary

At the age of 28 I have avoided learning to drive over the past 10 years due in part to fear, and in part due to lack of necessity. I have always lived in cities where the public transport is adequate.

However the instigator for me to learn to drive was a personal tragedy, which would have been easier to deal with, if I could drive. Also, I am soon to be moving to America and driving there is a necessity. So learning to drive will give me freedom, peace of mind and less nagging from my friends and family.

Instructor Choice

I chose to learn with Bernie Price after finding his website via a Google search. The website had a very friendly feel and was full of feedback provided by previous students (many who had passed first time). The lessons prices seemed extremely reasonable, although I firmly believe that you can’t put a price on learning to drive safely, and thus cost wasn’t a big factor to me. When I called Bernie to arrange some lessons, he was professional, friendly and informative.

Lesson Experience

I was unsure what to expect for the first lesson. My general thoughts were that I would be taken to a quiet industrial estate or large car parking area, and talked through how the car works. After this I expected to start the car and just moving a little bit. 

Bernie took me to a quiet housing estate with generous road space, some parked vehicles, pedestrians and other learner drivers. Upon arrival, we swapped seats. Bernie spend 15-30mins telling me how the car worked, with many points punctuated by useful pictures and interactive videos on his IPAD. And then we were off ! 

Bernie calmly talked me through starting the car, doing the right things with my hands and feet, moving the car off and then stopping the car safely. Once it was clear that I was comfortable with the basics, we moved onto left turns and emerges which were practiced until the movements became muscle memory. At that point we moved onto right turns and emerges, practicing those until the lesson time was over. 

My second lesson immediately began with me taking off where lesson 1 had finished. After it was clear that I had left and right turns and emerges mastered, we moved to a busier estate that had much more traffic, parked cars and some small hills. This facilitated learning more vital skills (such as clutch balancing and hill starts) quickly and safely. I drove for around 90% of the lesson time. 

Instructor Characteristics

What struck me most about learning with Bernie is how quickly he taught me to do things, without me feeling rushed or scared. At one point during my second lesson, I was driving on a real road with real traffic, and wasn’t in total panic mode. For me this was a minor miracle! 

I know I made the right choice with Bernie for the following reasons: 

1) Professional but friendly

2) Extremely patient

3) No panic when students do something dangerous (just calm help and guidance)

4) Excellent understanding of a persons comfort zone and how much to push them.

5) Diving straight into driving (after the critical theory bits are taught and explained)

6) An easy manner of chatting that allows students to let muscle memory kick in while driving,

       but not distracting

7) Great choice of roads to learn on

8) Total respect for the learner and their judgement.

       At one point, he directed me to take a turn but I didn’t believe I had enough clearance before

       the oncoming car. He totally respected my decision and applauded me for using my judgement.

 Katherine Houghton, Didsbury

 

 

 

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