Yes, it's 2019 and will this be the year that you finally get that driving licence that you've talked about for ages?
Well, now you have no more excuses!
I'm giving any new driver their first driving lesson with myself absolutely FREE!
No catches or minimum number of lessons. Simply try before you buy.
Manual or automatic? You choose. I can offer lessons in either type of car.
So what are you waiting for? Give me a call and let's see what you can do!
* Offer only applies to those who have never held a full driving licence.
Do you want to gain your independence by learning to drive? Then perhaps John's Driving School can help you by giving you the skills and confidence required to get your licence.
As a fully qualified and registered driving instructor, in Downpatrick, I tailor your lessons to ensure you learn at the best pace to suit you.
John's Driving School has a First Time Pass Rate of over 90% at the test centre in Downpatrick and I'm confident that I can get you through 1st time.
Do you want to be one of those people who pass the test 1st time?
Well, with John's Driving School in Downpatrick, you can! If you have your Provisional Licence, I normally have a couple of slots available in the coming week.
I give intensive driving lessons in and around the Downpatrick area and can pick up and drop off anywhere in the surrounding area.
It won't even cost you anything to try out a FREE driving lesson!
If you are serious about learning to drive then you've nothing to loose.
Why not give John's Driving School a ring today and get started.
Who's Been a Naughty Boy (or girl) Then?
At this time of the year I always get a few enquiries from those who have to re take the driving test after being banned.
Some words of advice.
Don't assume that you'll only need an hour's lesson because you've been driving for 20-30 years. It's a totally different test, never mind all the bad habits!
Reckon on 5 or 6 hours lessons to get up to speed.
Start those lessons before you do the theory test. Then you can be ready to do the practical test as soon as you pass the theory.
Theory Test First or Not?
Something I'm often asked is, should I get my theory test before I start driving lessons?
While I have had pupils who wait until they've passed the theory test first, I wouldn't recommend it.
I don't recommend ignoring it either!
Start to prepare for the theory test just before you start to take practical driving lessons. That way you'll make the connection between the two as you learn. You have to have an understanding of why you have to do certain things at certain times.
So get that Highway Code, book the theory test (takes a few weeks to get a date) and get a driving lesson booked!
Won't Reply To My Texts.
I often get pupils who have been out with another instructor who tell me that their last instructor just stopped answering their text messages and they don't know why.
The answer is simple!
They have cancelled a few lessons, usually at short notice, without an apology or an offer to pay for the cancelled lesson. You have to remember that even driving instructors are only human and this is costing them money!
If you have a good reason to cancel a driving lesson, give as much notice as possible and it's always a good idea to ring them. You know, talk to them!
Say you're sorry, but you can't make the lesson for whatever reason and offer to pay for the missed lesson. He might take the money, he might not but your chances of keeping him as an instructor will be much higher. If you want his respect, you have to respect him as well.
A problem that has came up recently.
When you leave me a voicemail, please leave me a contact number!
If your call goes straight to my voicemail, it's unlikely that your number will appear on my phone. And if it's 'withheld' or 'unknown' then I've no chance.
I'm good, but even I'm not that good!
Talk to me!
Text messaging is a wonderful thing, but it doesn't replace having a conversation.
I've been receiving a few recently on the lines of 'How much are your lessons?'
Some even expect to actually book a lesson from a few text messages!
I'm a professional driving instructor and to be able to give you the best advice I like to know what driving experience you've had?
Have you done the theory yet?
Automatic or manual lessons? I need to know which car to bring!
Where you live?
I don't have the time to hold long conversations by text, I'm far too busy!
But I would like to have a grown up chat on the phone about what you would like to get from your driving lessons. Give me a call and if I can't answer, leave a voicemail and I promiise I will return your call ASAP.
The last thing the examiner asks before you start your test.
"Would you like your instructor to accompany you on your driving test?"
This is entirely up to you. Some prefer to go 'solo' and some like to have me in the back of the car to help their confidence.
I'm there purely as an observer and am not allowed to say anything.
I would be asked to go on more than half the tests and this is a big benefit to all of my pupils.
Why? Because I know exactly what happens and what to expect on your test.
It's not cheating and it means that there will be no suprises for you.
Think I'm one of the few in the area who does this.....
I belive that this is what gives me such a high first time pass rate.
Downpatrick is THE place to do your driving test.
According to the latest government figures, more people pass in Downpatick than anywhere else in Northern Ireland.
Check out the recent article that BBC NI ran about it.