Tom’s Driving School was established in 2013, initially operating under other business names until I joined the LDC franchise in 2019. After graduating from University with a passion for both driving and coaching I decided to combine the two and started to train for this profession. Shortly after passing the learner driving test in 2008 I became a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (now IAM Roadsmart) after completing hours of advanced driver training and subsequently passing their test.
Since joining LDC I have taken up additional training and made sure that I am up to date with what the DVSA’s requirements are. Here we aim to create a non-hierarchical relationship with customers and believe that the most powerful way of learning is for you to take control of your learning at a pace that suits you. I use the unique LD system of tuition where I use a study workbook and videos to aid your learning when in the car. Following this structured method of learning to drive enables you to have more driving time during your lessons and less time is spent at the side of the road discussing driving. When you combine the in car tuition, the home study and any independent practice with a family member or friend you are optimising your chance of passing your driving test. My job as a driving coach is to make you a safe driver for life and not just to pass a driving test.
Every few years we are re-assessed by the DVSA whereby we carry out a lesson with a senior examiner observing. My most recent standards check was in 2021. In order to continue providing excellent tuition to my students I invested into further training to keep my skills up to date. The training that I provide is more client centred rather than fault lead which in my opinion is too negative.
From feedback I have received from my customers, I believe I am patient, caring and professional. I have taken additional training to help anxious learners achieve their goal of passing the test and overcoming any and have attended a course for learner anxiety awareness. Lessons will be conducted at a pace to suit you and I can guarantee that I will not shout at you. I aim to encourage my students and one of the main reasons I love my job is because I get real job satisfaction seeing my pupils overcome their fears, grow in confidence and pass their driving test.
In my spare time I have become passionate about mindfulness practises, hypnosis, acupuncture and health foods. I feel that following these practices have improved my mindset, quality of coaching, running of my business and daily outlook.
Please get in touch if you wish to enquire, preferably via email or text and I can call you back at a mutually convenient time. I can offer a free home visits or if you prefer a meeting at a neutral location, such as a coffee shop to discuss your lessons prior to signing up with me.