When I first met Peter he immediately came across as a warm and cheerful character. He really helped calm my nerves and settle me into driving within the first hour of being in the car. I was in the driving seat in the first lessons and I was put through my paces from the start (this really does help you become more confident). He quickly adapted to the way I learn and and always found ways to help me improve my driving. Every week I saw progress in my ability and my confidence on the road. He always saw my strengths and weaknesses and would push me when he saw I wasn't up to my own standards. He listens to you: if you feel you want practice in a particular area, he won't say no. Because of all of this I was able to pass my test first time with no minors! I would recommend Peter to anyone. He doesn't just make sure you pass your test: he will make you a good, well-rounded and safe driver with his years of experience. I won't forget him or what he's taught me.Syed, Bromley
I just passed my driving test on my FIRST ATTEMPT with NO ERRORS at all. I had driving lessons with Pete which were really constructive and thought-provoking. He trained me in a knowledgeable and friendly way, addressed issues in my driving and gave me useful, exam-focused tips. I was amazed with his teaching style and how enthusiastic he was to get me passed. He always made sure that I was at my maximum ease during lessons and before the start of my test. Whether you are looking to learn or to improve your driving, I suggest you do this with him. You will not be disappointed.Farham, West Wickham
I'm so glad I chose to learn with Atlas: they were fantastic. I had previously had bad experiences with other driving schools and instructors but meeting Peter turned it around for me. I had the best time learning with him. He had lots of driving and teaching experience, was reliable, knew so much, was totally trustworthy and a great communicator. He was also a very nice guy: I enjoyed learning with him and passed my test with ease thanks to him. Highly recommended.Mr A T
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...for pupils in Bromley (BR1), Beckenham (BR3), and West Wickham (BR4) and also nearby Bickley, Bromley Common, Downham, Elmers End, Eden Park, Hayes, Keston, Park Langley, Shortlands and Sundridge.
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Suppose one instructor wants £25/hour and can get you ready to pass in forty hours (the UK average is around 47 hours). You've paid £1000. A cheaper instructor wants £20/hour but you take sixty hours to be ready to pass. You've paid £1200.
What Does 'Per Lesson' Mean Time-Wise?
We would recommend you make sure that the driving school gives lesson prices based on an hourly rate, and that a lesson is at least one hour. And your instructor should not have any other learner drivers in the car during 'your' lesson time: no group tuition.
Are They a Licensed ADI?
Anyone who takes money for driving tuition without being an Approved Driving Instructor is breaking the law. There is a series of stringent exams to become licensed as an ADI, and the qualification must be renewed via a DVSA practical assessment of the ADI's ability to teach to the required standard.
'Dual Control', and Why It's Necessary
This is a safety feature. In addition to those in the driving position, there should also be foot pedals under the glove box for your teacher to use.
Your instructor should show an interest in your Theory Test, so don't be afraid to ask if you need help.
Does Your Driving Instructor Follow a Lesson Plan?
All instructors have their own ways of doing things, but all have a common goal: making sure that pupils satisfy the syllabus for the driving test. To that end they should be able to tell you what steps they are working you through to be ready for your test.
Do You Get A Lesson Every Week?
Unless you are driving for at least one hour a week your progress will likely be slow. Atlas recommend one lesson a week lasting two hours, but if you'd like more this can always be arranged.
Is Time Put Aside for a Lesson Just Before Your Test?
It really should be: this is your last chance to try out all of your 'set pieces' (three point turn, reverse around corner etc), as well as having time to get relaxed and confident in the driver's seat on roads local to the test centre.