Here at SDL, we pride ourselves on offering the best driving tuition possible. We aim to ensure each of our students feels confident and comfortable while driving and do all we can to make sure they feel suitably prepared for their first test.
You don’t have to only take our word for it either – over the years, we have received an abundance of glowing testimonials from previous students. A snapshot of these is listed below – take a look and discover what our previous students thought about our services:
Thank you Paul for being an amazing driving instructor. You have made me a safer and better driver. Only been with you 2 months, but past first time. Thank you again!!!!!
I don’t think I ever got the chance to thank you properly for teaching Emily to drive so well. She is such a confident driver and I feel relaxed when I am in the car with her (well apart from the headache from the volume of her music!!).
Not only has she gained her independence but I have also gained some quality time for myself now that I am not having to provide her with a taxi service.
I am sure word is getting around Shrewsbury about what a fantastic driving instructor you are but you can never have enough good words on your website when parents like myself are looking for an instructor.
Nicki – Emily’s Mum ★★★★★
I really enjoyed learning to drive with Simply Driving Lessons. Paul always turned up on time. The car he taught me to drive in was really comfortable, clean and easy to drive. Paul explained all maneuvers and rules of the road clearly. He was a great instructor who gave me confidence and encouragement. Once Paul felt I was a good driver he told me to book my driving test. I was so happy when I passed first time.
After passing my test I booked a motorway lesson with Paul. This was really useful and added to my confidence – now I am happy to drive anywhere!
I couldn’t have wished for a better instructor – and would recommend Simply Driving Lessons to anyone wanting to learn.
PS Paul you have quality bant!!
I would like to say a big THANK YOU to my instructor, I had absolutely fantastic experience with Paul. He was very patient and helped me overcome my nerves. Also helped me develop a good understanding of driving rather than just teaching me to pass the test. Highly recommend Timea ★★★★★
Having Paul as my driving instructor didn’t only make me feel comfortable that I would pass my test, but it made me feel safe as a driver, which is the most important aspect of learning to drive. Paul is very easy to get on with and very professional, he would turn up exactly on time, every time, and the car would be immaculate. For driving lessons that are affordable, reliable, flexible and productive, Paul would be the only person I’d recommend! Jack ★★★★★
At the age of 34 I was a little ashamed that it had taken me so long to get my lessons organised. With little/no driving experience Paul’s manner and teaching abilities really helped me to quickly get my standard of driving to a very high and safe level. He very quickly identified my weaker skills and with (a lot) of focus and attention worked with me so I understood what I was doing wrong and why. Really help me to learn at a quick pace. I now feel not only can I drive but I am a confident and safe driver which is the result needed knowing my new addition to the family was arriving soon. I can do nothing more but recommend Paul to all people at all ages and stages of life. You will not be disappointed. Iain Cooper ★★★★★
When you first start driving with Paul, he makes you go over everything until you get it perfect. Paul fully explains the manoeuvres and positions. He is calm to drive with and takes your views on board. Thomas Boardman ★★★★★
excellent training, Paul made me feel much more confident than my previous instructor and I passed my test and it’s made my year Martin ★★★★★
I decided to take an intensive course because I wanted to pass my driving test as soon as possible. Paul was a brilliant teacher and helped me learn everything in a way that was good for me. I did 10 hours of lessons leading up to a week where I did a 30 hour intensive course. I really enjoyed learning to drive and Paul is really friendly and puts you at ease straight away. I would recommend him to anyone that wanted to learn to drive. I was really happy when I passed my driving test first time, thank you Paul! Megan Birdseye ★★★★★
Perfecting my driving skills with Paul has been an enjoyable and effective experience. I remember how the driving lesson felt at times like a yoga session ; reminding the ability to move in harmony, to respond, to be prepared, to flow safely. This was my second time to take the practical test, the first time had been nine years prior, so this round, I had come with a few « bad habits » Learning at SDL has given me the tools and the space to become a simply good driver.Thank you very much Paul. Helene ★★★★★
Paul is a great instructor, he takes the time to teach you how to drive not just pass your test, even if like me you are not a “natural". His standards are high because it makes you a better driver. He explains things clearly and helps you along at your own pace, if your having difficulty with a certain aspect he will approach it in a way that best suits your style of learning. Paul has a way of installing confidence in your own ability without letting you get ahead of yourself, and his relaxed demeanor really helps in stressful situations. I always found it helps if you get along with your teachers and Paul is a easy going genuine bloke (even if he is a Arsenal fan) a real pleasure to drive with, all in all a top banana. Cheers Ant ★★★★★
Paul says: I meet Ant as he weaved down the road on his bike, at the time I had never seen him before, I shouted at him about re-booking lessons thinking it was some one else ! opps…. however after meeting Ant and teaching him to drive he has now become a life long friend. You learn many different things from all the people you meet, spending time with Ant taught me a lot about Flying and how the aviation repair industry works, me thinks now I probably wouldn’t fly in a small plane !!…lol. He passed first time.
Paul has been spot on the whole way through my experience of learning to drive, right up to the point where I left the test center to take my test. He was always patient if I could not do something or if I did not understand something, he guided me through the whole process of driving step by step until he was 100% sure I had taken it in. I feel this was a big help in me achieving only 1 minor fault on my test. His style of teaching for me, worked very well indeed as I’d been with previous teachers who’s style of teaching I couldn’t seem to gel with. I would highly recommend learning to drive with Paul, it was a enjoyable but highly educational experience & now I have a driving licence! Thank you. Chris R ★★★★★
Paul says: Chris Rattclife took an intensive course with me over one week, this was 30 hours, Chris had driven before so to be able to complete his task was not too bad for him. You always worry when you have to spend many hours each day with one person, this was not the case with Chris, a very enjoyable time was had, by both sides. Chris will remain a good friend, as many people do. He passed the first time with me.
Yeah!! Thank you for helping me to pass my driver’s test first time! I could not have done it without you. Your insights were priceless and really prepared me very well. Thank you for teaching me how to drive in the UK. You were very professional and always courteous. I wish you all the best. Dude H. ★★★★★
Paul says: “Dude" Henagan became my second adventure into the USA licence area. Dude being much older found making the changes much harder, also he was not able to practice as his time was up on his USA licence. Having said that Dude worked very very hard with me, and was a pleasure to teach, myself learning new things from around the world. Dude passed the first time with Simply Driving Lessons.
Paul did a great job preparing me for the UK practical driving test. I have driven abroad for 17 years, Paul helped me use my existing skills, knowledge and experience to better understand and adapt to the UK driving standards. Without his patience and professionalism I am certain I would not have passed the practical exam the first time. Allen H. ★★★★★ (Dude’s boss who also took lessons with us!)
Paul says: Allen Hawkins was the first pupil from Johnson House, in fact, he is the manager there, Allen had a USA licence and needed to get to grips with the English roads and regulations, he picked it up quickly and practised hard, very receptive to tuition, this enabled a first-time pass for Allen.
Learning to drive with Paul and SDL was great! Paul teaches in a relaxed and friendly way, giving you advice when you are hindering and praising your achievements. Paul is a “with it" guy and is easy to talk to, making the learning experience much more comfortable! I am glad I choose to learn with SDL and am even happier now I have passed! Cheers Paul. Josh Leigh ★★★★★
Paul says: Josh Leigh started from the beginning and had two lessons each week until he was confident to then go out with his parents, this speeded his learning up to no end as he practised each week what we covered in his lessons. Josh was fun to teach and very vibrant. He passed the second time with us.
Having turned 17 in July and wanting to learn quickly, I contacted the Driving school and left them a message and was contacted back the same night. I was able to book 2 lessons a week and this helped me learn very quickly. Paul teaches to a very high standard and explains everything step by step so you are able to pick it up quickly. After 4 months of lessons I passed 1st time which made me very happy and grateful to Paul for teaching me. Scott Pearce ★★★★★
I needed a driving instructor who wouldn’t judge me on my past driving experience; I had a few bad driving habits and I needed to be taught the correct way to get my license. Paul was very understanding and patient he explained every thing in detail over and over again until I understood. Near when it was time for my actual test I had a mock driving test to show and explain what to expect on the day of my test. I passed first time with only two minor faults which I was well pleased about, I have and would recommend Paul to anyone. Martin H. ★★★★★
I am a 38 year old single mother of one boy who has repeatedly in my life attempted to pass my test. When I moved to Redhill/Reigate in October I was recommended to use SDL. I did not hold much hope but with the public transport I had to do something fast. I truly found it daunting to grasp the concepts of driving, I wanted to drive so badly but was as Paul told me “not a natural driver" I stuck with it (and he’s a tough cookie don’t expect Mr Nice Guy cause you won’t find him here). The great thing about Paul is when you need help they will go over and over and over and over your problem parts until you GET IT ! I passed on my second test in February and believe me I have no parking tickets no accidents and no scratches. I took extra motorway lessons with Paul … you won’t find a better teacher, he’s over qualified. Michelle Scotland ★★★★★