My name is Martyn Findley and I have been teaching people to drive, as a full time, fully qualified DSA approved driving instructor, since the dawn of the new millennium. It is no exaggeration to say that during this time I have taught literally hundreds of people to drive.
Not only have I taught new drivers, I have also taught a few people to actually become driving instructors themselves, so as you can see; teaching you to drive will not be the greatest challenge of my life.
I will provide you with as thoroughly a professional a service as is available elsewhere.
Your tuition will be tailored to your individual requirements. In return I expect you to do three things for me:
The remainder is up to me. You are expected to make mistakes, this is a normal part of learning to drive. ou are not a machine after all.
My tuition vehicle of choice is a red Ford Ka Titanium fitted with dual-controls without which I would not do my job.
As well as dual-controls the Ka comes fitted with electronic power assisted steering so that you never need to work hard on the manoeuvres, climate control so that whatever the weather the interior temperature is maintained at a comfortable level, electric mirrors for your convenience, a comfortable leather interior with heated seats (I spend a long time in this car), and more safety features than I would care to list here.
In my view this is an ideal small car to learn to drive in. It seems sensible to me that you should learn to drive in a vehicle of similar size, and power, to the first vehicle that you own yourself.
Occasionally a new pupil will ask me to teach without seeing their provisional licence until the next lesson for whatever reason
The answer is always a polite no thank you.
I have a legal duty to check that you can produce a valid photo card provisional driving licence on your first lesson, Failure to do so will lead to the automatic cancellation of the lesson. Sorry, but if you cannot produce a valid licence then the car is not insured for you to drive.
eyesight will also have to be checked on your first lesson. To do this you will be asked to read a number plate at approximately sixty seven feet.
The paper counterpart licence used to contain important information but it is no longer provided when you apply for your provisional. You will need to go online and print off a copy from the government website.
To access this you will need your Provisional Driving Licence Number, your National Insurance Number, and your Postcode.
Some pupils tell me that this is inconvenient. I agree! However it is much preferable to supplying me with your personal data in the car only to find out that the local mobile mast has an issue and there is no signal today.
I do not need to retain your details I simply need to have seen them. This means that you have two options: you can either follow the process below on your mobile phone and show me the generated document on that, or you can follow the same process on a computer and bring a print off of the generated document with you. I have no preference, the choice is entirely yours!
Click on Access your driving licence details online which will open in a new browser window.
Press the 'Start Now' button.
Enter your details in the boxes provided, tick the box to agree to sharing your data and press the 'View Now' button.
Click on the right hand link 'Share your licence information'
Click on the 'Get a code' button.
A code has now been displayed and underneath it is a link with the option to 'View, print or save your licence information'.
Click on this link and a PDF document will be produced and stored in your 'Downloads' folder.
Please print off this document and bring it with you on your first driving lesson if you chose to use a computer, or show it to me on your phone if you chose that method.
Depending upon our joint availability there could be space for you in my diary. If you would like us to form a team dedicated to reaching your goals then please get in touch by the methods below.Return to the Home Page.