I’ve taught over 800 learner drivers since 2003 and have sat in on over 400 real driving tests. I have helped thousands more people with my 400+ driving lesson videos on YouTube which have had over 9 million views!
There’s only me working at my school because I focus on teaching people how to drive safely. I don’t take on other instructors because I’m not interested in growing my school just to make more money and get rich.
How do you find the best driving school in Birmingham?
If you really want to learn with the best then you need to search for the best instructor, not the best school.
Why would a brilliant instructor work for a school? They don’t need to because they attract work themselves and get recommended by pupils.
A driving school can be just a bunch of random instructors all working under the same name because none of them can get their own work. The school will just send you whoever is available at that time and it’s down to luck whether you get a good one or not.
You can read my page about driving lesson offers such as 10 lessons for £100 and find out some things schools won’t tell you.
The aim of a driving school is to take on more instructors to make money.
The aim of a driving instructor is to make you a better driver.
Why choose me for lessons?
Here is why you should choose me for your driving lessons in Birmingham:
- I’ve taught over 800 learner drivers since 2003. I must be doing something right.
- I have sat in on over 400 driving tests so I know exactly how tests work
- I’m one of the most well known and experienced driving instructors in the UK.
- I help train driving instructors to pass their tests. I teach the teachers.
- Being an instructor isn’t just a job for me; it’s a way of life. Look at all the effort I put into making my videos and the hours I spent making this site.
- Read my story of why I became a driving instructor to find out more about me.
I could go on but really I’d rather you look around this site and make your own mind up.
How many driving lessons do you need to pass?
It takes around 32 to 40 hours of driving lessons to pass a driving test. That doesn’t mean you can drive well, just that you’re ready to pass the test.
It’s different for everyone but by far most people take around 40 hours of lessons.
There are many factors that determine how long it will take such as:
- Your natural ability
- How many lessons a week you take
- How good your instructor is
- Your previous experience
Let’s look at the two most extreme examples from my 15+ years of teaching.
I had a pupil that had been taking lessons with other schools for over 10 years. She’d spent over £10,000 on lessons, killed one instructor, written off several cars and not yet taken a driving test.
Another pupil had four hours of lessons with me from scratch and passed first time with only 1 small fault.
Those are not your average pupils. The one that took a long time and kept crashing simply didn’t listen and thought she knew everything.
The one that learnt very quickly revealed to me after passing that he used to steal cars for a living and had been driving illegally for years.
Asking how long it takes to learn to drive is like asking how long a piece of string is. Yes it’s twice the length from the middle but that’s a formula, not an answer!
Are you ready to take lessons?
Taking driving lessons is a big step in life. It might not be long since you left school and now you’re thinking of learning to control a metal box full of explosive liquid as maniacs in their own metal boxes seem intent on crashing into you at every opportunity.
Like it or not, you need to learn to drive. Many employers won’t even consider you for an interview without a driving licence. Even with all this talk of self-driven cars, you’ll still need a driving licence. Will anybody want those things anyway?
Driving is great fun. Yes it can be stressful but learning to drive is never as bad as you might think it is.
If you don’t learn to drive you really are missing out on one of the greatest experiences of your life. It’s like getting your first home, having kids, getting married. It’s just one of those things you want to do.
Worst of all, if you don’t take lessons you’ll never get to meet me.
I have become one of the UK’s best known driving instructor trainers. I have met dozens of instructors and have had people travel from all over the UK to train with me.
If you want to know how to become a driving instructor or are just curious to know more about what it takes then have a look at my “instructors” menu.
There are pages of free information and hours of videos showing me training other instructors.
Please note that although I train instructors I do not take them on to work at 1stDrive.com. It’s just me here and if you book lessons with me then you’ll get me.
Watch me doing driving lessons in Birmingham
I’ve made many videos that show me giving driving lessons and driving tests in Birmingham. I made these to help people by showing that the driving test really isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be.
You can also watch me taking tests that driving instructors have to do to stay on the register.
Every 2 to 4 years instructors have an examiner from the DVSA sit in on a lesson to see how we’re teaching. Last time I did this I made my standards check diary where you can watch 23 videos showing me going through the process.
Memorable driving lessons from the last 15 years
Things always go to plan. During my time as a driving instructor I have:
- Been in many non-fault car crashes
- Been attacked in a road rage incident
- Driven through floods on a driving lesson
- Had my car stolen
- Been parking when a golf ball hit my car
- Had a brick thrown through the window the day before my ADI part 3
- Had my car break down
That’s just the beginning. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow my adventures.
If you think being a driving instructor is boring then you won’t after following me.
Find out more about me
I have spent years making this website and it’s full of useful information. I’ve listed some pages below that you might find useful, click on the red words to visit them.
- Watch me teaching learners in my driving lesson videos
- Find you more about me and why I became a driving instructor
- Learn about driving school secrets
- Read about driving school scams and how to avoid them
- See me debunk some common myths of the driving test
- Find out more about how to become a driving instructor and see if you could do it
Book driving lessons in Birmingham with 1stDrive
Once you’ve had a browse around my site and like what you see then click here to book your driving lessons with me.
If you want to be super awesome and help me then I’d appreciate you giving my page a like using the button at the top of each page.
If you could share my site with others then that would be great, the more people know about my site the more I can promote safe driving.
Even if we don’t get to meet for lessons then you can still follow my adventures and learn with me through my YouTube channel.