Hello… I’m Roy, a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) based near Ashburton.
I set up Roy’s Driving School to teach people from all backgrounds to drive; this is why I became a driving instructor in the first place, I love working with people.
Of course, I treat teaching you very seriously... preparing safe, competent drivers of tomorrow is the clear priority. But I also believe that a bit of humour along the way helps and fosters learning so I like to make my tuition fun and enjoyable, too.
I have myself had many years of safe, happy driving. As well as a car licence, I've held a full licence to drive all buses and coaches for over 35 years. I've driven passengers all over Britain and Europe, and most recently I spent eleven enjoyable seasons driving and guiding people on holiday around Ireland. I also obtained my Heavy Goods Vehicle licence in 1994 and for a while I drove 44-tonne articulated milk tankers to and fro between the West Country and London.
It hasn’t been all driving though. I've had a number of other jobs including managing a paper-recycling co-operative and running my own wholefood business. For three years I was a houseparent (Devon CC Residential Childcare Officer) in the small boarding unit of a Devon comprehensive school, and I was also a Social Services befriender to wayward young boys.
So driving and people have been my focus, a broad range of both, and friends, family and colleagues often said that I’d make a good driving instructor!
Becoming a driving instructor in the UK is no easy task. You are required to pass three demanding exams: a theory exam, an advanced driving test, and finally, perhaps the most difficult, a test of teaching ability. This last exam only has a national pass rate of around 30%. I am, however, proud to say that I passed all of these qualifying tests at the first attempt... and my aim is that you will pass your driving test at the first attempt, too!
So whatever stage you are at, whatever you think of your ability, whether you feel confident or anxious, I'll teach you with the friendly patience for which I am known. Why not have a trial lesson and see...