Live and Let Drive
"Debbie gave me confidence with driving, and all of my lessons were easy going. Before Debbie, I would get nervous behind the wheel and would panic if I were to make a mistake. But Debbie changed that as she understood and she made me feel calm while driving. Debbie fitted around my schedule for my lessons and she took me on different driving routes, which gave me even more driving experience. “This definitely made me more confident as we didn't just focus on one area the whole time I was learning. Deb is a great instructor, as she is funny, laid back, and a brilliant teacher! I would definitely recommend Debbie as an instructor as she got me passed quickly and she always made me feel at ease while driving!"
"Debbie took me on at very short notice to get me through my test, after I failed my first. After only three or four lessons, I passed with no minors and this is definitely due to her input. She is very easy to get on with, and won't put up with any nonsense which is why her average student passes with only three or less minors. I would definitely recommend Debbie to anybody who is suffering a bit with their driving confidence as she never criticises, only critiques. “I have Debbie to thank for the improvement on my driving as it took a very short space of time to get from failing my test with eight minors, up to test standard. Thank you, Debbie, for everything. This is a lovely lady you would be missing out with if you chose any other instructor."
“With my first driving instructor I didn’t feel I was progressing and I felt as though they were only interested in my money. When I changed lessons over to Debbie, I had no confidence and absolutely hated my driving lessons. I remember my first lesson very well, Debs’ instantly made me feel relaxed and all the awkwardness I had experienced with my previous instructor was nowhere to be seen. “On that first lesson, she asked me to drive for the whole time. This was the first time I had done that as my previous driving instructor’s lessons involved driving around the same streets and constantly stopping. I drove all the way to Canterbury, stalled a few times and I remember sitting at a roundabout for ages because I didn’t have the confidence to take the gap. Despite this, I really enjoyed the lesson and had a smile on my face the whole time. “At the end of the lesson, Debbie was really encouraging and made me feel good about myself. From there I began to enjoy my lessons more and more. She massively improved my confidence and lessons became something I really looked forward to. She is a person who is incredibly friendly, easy to talk to, and incredibly funny. We used to laugh and joke during lessons which really relaxed me and helped me to learn much quicker. I remember the moment both me and Debbie found out I had passed and it’s difficult to say who was more delighted! “She is a brilliant instructor who cares about her pupils rather than the money. She has amazing patience and is a great teacher. More than just teaching me to pass my test though, she prepared me for driving. She gave me experience on all sorts of roads and so when I got a car, I was thoroughly prepared to face the roads without her by my side, although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss her lessons!”
“Debbie, Debbie, Debbie.. What can I say about you? You are the saviour. I thought I would spend all of eternity grasping the wheel in sheer terror as I raced around houses at 30mph, dreaming of claiming 5th gear as my own, with a 'by the book' instructor who lacked your wit, enthusiasm, and love of jolly sailor songs. “After spending 5 x 2hr lessons with an instructor who was more interested in discussing the perfect way of holding the gear stick (to this day, I will disagree), rather than actually driving the car (it's called a driving lesson after all), you came along and stole my heart, and my 60mph virginity. A little bemused after the first instructor, and seeking a ready replacement willing to start from scratch, from the moment you picked me up, I knew I would pass. “The very fact that you had the confidence (plus a smidge of braveness) to let me drive from the off meant that I had no doubt that I would be a good driver, or at least, be sat next to one. Some of my friends have spoken about how awkward it was to sit in a car with a driving instructor for a long period of time, attempting to make light conversation such as ‘…what lovely weather it is today…’ or ‘…do you…like stuff…’ I think we can both agree, dull moments were absent from our minds as we explored the sights and sounds of Kent, with my rapidly improving ability to drive and your rapidly improving ability to sing as loud as possible. “Clearly, the aim of learning to drive is to ultimately pass your test. People tell you to do it for yourself as it is something that you will always have. However, after I was successful, the most exciting thing was to see your face light up. You make the lessons so individual, personal, and effective, that people want to learn to both equip themselves, and to do it for you. That is a rare skill, and it is one you should be both proud of, and continue to excel at. Completing my pass plus with you was just an excuse to see you again. Guilty as charged. Right, now I've finished writing, it’s time we go for a drink. I’m buying, you’re driving.”
I found Tara via a recommendation on a local website for my 17 year old son, Oscar, who was really unhappy with his male instructor. Over the course of his lessons, Tara worked her magic turning my son from a would be boy racer, to a safe and confident driver who passed his test first time! Thank you so much Tara for your professionalism, perseverance and patience in making Oscar a good driver.
Tara has been such a great teacher to me, she has believed in my ability from the beginning and has instilled such confidence in me that I now know that I can be on the road on my own. I am so glad that I chose to learn with Tara and Debbie, and would recommend them to anyone wanting to learn to drive!