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Testimonials

The very best recommendation for a driving school is to get good honest comments from their past and present pupils. If you request we can supply you with many more.

Please be wary of trainers or training schools that either cannot or will not give you honest testimonials with "genuine" contact names and numbers.

 

Shabana

Shabana

Preston Driving School Ltd
Mob: 07412180432
Well what can I say and where do i start?
Hey now this is my chance to get my own back!!!
Ok I'll be serious. I was working in a boring office when I decided to call Iain about becoming an instructor. He offered me a free ADI assessment so I took him up on his offer. He said that I'd make an excellent instructor but I thought yeah yeah yeah I bet you say that to all the girls. Anyway we started training and after an awful lot of very hard work from both of us I qualified as an ADI and its been fantastic ever since. I now work as an instructor under Preston Driving School and I'm also a joint owner with Iain of Students Driving School....Ok ok I admit it, I owe him big style, but on the other hand I can honestly say that he wouldn't be able to cope without me now, especially at his age lol...if anyone wants to be an instructor just call Iain

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Peter Whitehead

Peter Whitehead from Kendal

Mob: 07880 776 975
Like brother like brother!!!
Thank you very much Iain for training me to become a driving instructor, just like you did for my brother Andy some years ago. I really enjoyed the part 3 training and I'm now very much looking forward to starting my own driving school in Kendal. If anyone wants to learn to drive in Kendal they can call me on 07880 776 975. I also want to see my photo on your testimonial page, but make sure its above my brothers, just wish I'd worn my West Brom shirt now, thanks again. Pete!

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Andy Whitehead

Andy Whitehead

Carnforth

Trained with Iain and passed every exam 1st time…He now runs a very successful school in Cumbria

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Dave Mason

Dave Mason

Students Driving School
Blackpool
Mob: 07876133052
I want to say a few words about my trainer Iain...He has helped me through all my ADI exams but he has also supported me through a very difficult time. He never lost faith in me and I am so pleased to be able to repay him by being a member of his team of instructors in Blackpool. One of my best friends learnt to be an instructor over 10 years ago with him and it was this friend who told me to call him for training. I'm so pleased I took his advice...Thanks again Iain you've helped me with a new career. If anyone would like to call me for a chat i'll be pleased to give them my advice. Dave Mason

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Trevor Eagle

Trevor Eagle

Eagle Driving School
Blackpool & Preston
Mob: 07502249273
Thanks for training me to become a driving instructor. It must not have been easy.

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Steve Lord

Steve Lord

Expressway
Mob: 07702246878
Thanks Iain for training me to be an instructor, I enjoyed the training especially the role play. I don't know how you can keep your face straight when you're playing Tom the learner!!!

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Geoff Moyle

Geoff Moyle

Expressway
Blackpool
Mob: 07816892739
Just want to say 'This guy changed my life'!!!
I first met Iain when we were both younger and better looking, I was in a dead end job fitting kitchens and always finding myself working under kitchen sinks. Anyway I decided I'd like to be a driving instructor and I called Iain at Preston Driving School, within no time he had me out there training and also fitting his new kitchen units. I found the training very tough but also very enjoyable. I've been with him ever since qualifying working under his school names of Expressway as an Ordit registered instructor trainer, Preston Driving School and now Students Driving School, I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him to anyone who wants to be an instructor, just give me a call, but be very careful he doesn't have you fixing his roof!!!!!

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Joe McClellend
Joe McClellend

Joe McClellend

Automatic Tuition
Students Driving School
Blackpool & Preston
Mob: 07790221721
Hi my name is Joe and I'm the automatic instructor at Students Driving School, I learnt how to be an ADI quite some years back with Iain Smith at Preston Driving Instructor Training Centre. I passed each part of the training and exams first time and went on to work with Iain helping him run Preston Driving School and Expressway. Iain once promised me that I would be the only instructor with an automatic car and he has been as good as his word. If anyone wants any advice about becoming an instructor then please feel free to give me a call.
Joe McClellend

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Tim Harrison

Tim Harrison

Students Driving School
Blackpool
Mob: 07779125544
I'd fancied the idea of being a driving instructor for a long time before finally taking the plunge and after a few initial enquiries I decided to call Preston Driving Instructor Training School. I spoke to Iain who gave me lots of advice and then arranged to give me a free ADI assessment later that week. I passed the assessment and Iain then arranged my training with his trainer Geoff who is a great guy and a fantastic trainer. I went all the way through training with Geoff and passed each of the 3 exams first time. I was then offered a self-employed placement with Students Driving School in the Blackpool area. Iain runs Students with his business partner Shabana, they have been fantastic with me and supplied me with a steady flow of pupils, I love the job especially being able to work my hours around my family life. Tim Harrison

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Fergal McGreevy

Fergal McGreevy

Fastpass Driving School
Wigan
Yet another ex school teacher becomes a driving instructor!!! Fergal passed his part 3 exam in Preston. His examiner gave him a really hard time in the role play situations on his instructional ability test but Fergal coped very well and did everything he had been taught and went on to pass his part 3 very easily.

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Mark Crossland

Mark Crossland

Burnley
Mob: 07855563767
This is Mark Crossland from Burnley. Mark is the nephew of Ken Howarth from Burnley Driving School who qualified here a few years ago and has a separate testimonial on this page. Mark tried very hard on every training session and developed into one of the best instructors around.

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Muzafar Hussain
Muzafar Hussain

Muzafar Hussain

BSM Blackburn
I started training with the BSM in Bolton but found it difficult to pass the final part 3 exam. Eventually I got in touch with Iain in Preston who said he could help me. Iain came all the way to Bolton to train me and I just couldn't believe it when I passed my final exam. After passing I asked him if I could come on board with one of his schools. I eventually started with Students Driving School which he runs with Shabana in Preston. I would just like to publicly thank Iain for helping me qualify and also for Shabana for giving me a start and supporting me with new pupils.
Thanks again. Muzafar (Zaf)

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Dave Roslyn
Dave Roslyn

Dave Roslyn

Preston Driving Instructor
Mob: 07850260969
Hi Iain thought you might appreciate this photo and testimonial.
I was trained to be a driving instructor by Iain back in 1993. Being an ex copper I think I'm pretty good at assessing people usually within 5 minutes of meeting them. With this guy it took me less than a minute to realise he knew this business inside out and also that he's fantastic trainer. When he's in role acting as a learner driver he can be very crafty with his faults and I fell for it a few times. I believe I had the best possible start in this industry and after all these years I'm proud to be still working with him and also call him a good friend. If anyone would like to call me I'll tell you what he's really like!!!!!!

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Trish Holman
Trish Holman

'From this to this in no time'

This is Trish Holman in Blackpool who learnt her trade with Iain at Preston Driving Instructor Training Centre. Now she works as a self-employed driving instructor working under our school in Blackpool..Students Driving School. Trish is a fantastic instructor and can be contacted on 07968443209

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Ken Howarth

Ken Howarth

Burnley Driving School
Burnley, Lancashire
Mobile: 07826375904

Thanks Iain for all your help in getting me through the part 3 examination and becoming a qualified driving instructor.

This has been one of my best years so far, not only becoming an instructor but also my beloved football team Burnley getting into the Premier League, but seriously Iain I am so pleased to be able to put this testimonial onto the website and I can honestly say to anyone and everyone that if they want to be a driving instructor they need to contact you.

As you know I approached another company before you and although I got through my Part 2 with them I did feel that I spent an awful lot of money doing so, I then got a shock as to how much they wanted from me to get me through the part 3, so I ditched them and came to you, I spent only a fraction of the cost with you and very easily passed 1st time getting a high grade on each of the two phases.

I've just started my new school called Burnley Driving School and I now have a steady stream of people calling me for lessons. If anyone rings me for instructor training I will direct them to you via a link from my websites home page.

Thanks again,
Ken Howarth


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Karen Davis

Karen Davis

Wyre Driving School
Lancashire
Mobile: 07738218000

I am pleased to have this opportunity to publicly thank my trainer Iain from Preston Driving Instructor Training Centre. I knew I had made the right choice as soon as I had my free ADI assessment with him. I really enjoyed all of my lessons and in my opinion the ADI training that I received was second to none. I passed all 3 instructor exams 1st time without any problems whatsoever. As an ADI I now run my own driving school called Wyre Driving School and recently I took some extra training with Iain to help me prepare for the dreaded Check Test, don't know what I was worried about I sailed through it getting a high grade from the examiner,

thanks again,

Karen

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Richard Evans

Richard Evans

Evans Driving School
Lytham St Anne's
Lancashire
I am pleased to be able to have this chance to publicly thank all the training staff at Preston ADI Training for guiding me through the qualifying ADI exam structure. Without their help and expertise I might not be now running my own driving school. Also I would like to thank them for the chance they gave me to learn my trade as a driving instructor whilst working for them for over a year. I'm proud to have been trained by them and also to call them my friends. I recommend anyone to learn the skill of driving tuition from them!!!!!

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Mike Westhead

Blackpool School of Motoring
Blackpool
Lancashire
Tel: 01253 693266
"I've done it" Thanks to you I have a new career. It has been the hardest thing I have ever done. Now I can make some money.

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Steve Hill

Steve Hill


My name is Steve Hill, I started my ADI training with Geoff at Preston ADI training in March 2006 following an initial assessment with Iain Smith who assessed my driving skills and associated knowledge. Iain arranged for me to learn with his trainer Geoff who I met on Saturday mornings for tuition. Geoff instructed me in all the skills required for Part 2 and Part 3 of the DVSA - ADI tests. Geoff's approach was professional throughout and he fully demonstrated his skills, knowledge and experience enabling me to pursue my overall aims, passing my Part 1 in May, Part 2 in July and Part 3 in November all on the first attempt. Without hesitation I would recommend Geoff to anyone pursuing their goal to become an ADI. Thank you.
Steve Hill

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Tim Draper

Tim Draper

Mob: 07973851810
I am happy to give this testimonial to Iain in Preston. Meeting Iain was the best decision I made when choosing who should train me to become an ADI. I honestly believe that I may not have become one if I hadn't trained with him, I am very grateful for all his help and anybody can ring me to enquire about his standards. I recently contacted Iain for some help with my check test, he didn't let me down and I ended up getting a good grade. Thanks again from Tim.

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Karina Howlett~

Karina

Karina's Driving School
My name is Karina and I run my own school. I paid a lot of money to another training group and I didn't feel I was receiving good training. I rung Iain and he gave me a free assessment and said I lacked a lot of the skills and knowledge necessary to qualify at the part 3 stage, but he could help me. I started training with him the next week and I was amazed at how quickly he got me to the required standard to pass the part 3 exam. I passed 1st time and worked for his sons school City Driving School Ltd before starting up on my own. I still have contact with Iain and on numerous occasions have received help and advice from him. I would advise everybody who wants to be an ADI to contact him because some of the others out there cannot do what they say in their adverts.

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Andrew Heyworth DVSA ADI

Chorley
Lancashire
When I learnt with Iain his school was called Preston Driving School. I passed with him in the early days when it seemed life was a lot slower. I have recently returned back into driving tuition after a break and I have had some extra training from Iain for my forthcoming check test. I feel more confident about it now, and I am looking forward to doing the job again. Many thanks for your help.

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Clare Proctor

Clare Proctor

Farington School of Motoring
Hi my name is Clare Proctor and I run Farington School of Motoring I learnt my trade with Iain Smith and I made the right choice. I went for ADI interviews and assessments to every ADI training centre there was and I found Preston Driving School to be the best in the business. I thoroughly enjoyed all the training and the 3 years I worked for Iain, thanks again for your continuing support.

Please feel free to contact me as a testimonial.


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Helen Frooms

Helen Frooms

Charnock Richard
I passed every exam 1st time to become an ADI. Thanks to Iain in Preston I now have a new career to look forward to. I very much appreciate your offer of a job anytime I want. Kind regards Helen.

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Linda Shaw

Linda Shaw

Linda's School of Motoring
Adlington
Chorley
Tel: 01257 474905
Thanks for all your help !!!!!

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Mary Robbins

Mary Robbins

Bay School of Motoring
Morecambe
Tel: 01524 752313
I was a trainee driving instructor with a local school in my area and after failing my part 3 ADI exam for the second time I asked the Supervising Examiner if he could recommend somebody to help me. He said the DVSA would not allow him to recommend a particular trainer but he gave me a massive hint as to who to ring. The one I rung was Iain Smith in Preston and I arranged a few training sessions. My trainer there said I had been taught quite well by my previous Instructor but there was a number of out of date techniques that I was using. I'm pleased to say that I passed my next exam and became an ADI. I now run a successful driving school in sunny Morecambe!!!!

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Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson

Jackson Driver Training
Tel: 01524 824548
Mob: 07977244818
I took your advice regarding standing out in the crowd and trimmed up my car. I now have lots of work, the phone never stops ringing. I also do HGV tuition and trailer towing. Thanks Iain I am so glad that I chose you to train me. I will always recommend people to you. I will see you soon for some more training prior to my 1st Check Test.

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Bryan Holcroft DVSA ADI

Hollins School of Motoring
Wigan
Tel: 01942 254402
Many thanks Iain for all your help in the training of me to become a driving instructor. Even though it seems a long time ago back in the early 90s I still smile when I remember how much fun you made the training. Are you still called Tom and Joe when you are in role as a learner driver? (Those two have been learning for many years).
Thanks again.

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Danial Hardie

Danial Hardie

Dan's Driving School
Morecambe
Tel: 01524 383405
Mob: 07815191138
Cheers, Cheers, Cheers and more Cheers.

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Tony Aspinwall

Tony Aspinwall

DVSA Driving Examiner
(Preston)
Thank you Iain for giving me the support and training to firstly become an ADI and then to qualify as a Driving Examiner. I know you always had faith in me (not always that easy) Unfortunately when I rung you for help I had already parted with a substantial amount of money to a training group that taught me very little (a fact that you never let me forget) but with the extra coaching you gave me I came through in the end. I am very proud to have known you and to call you a friend, kind regards Tony.

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Kim Rolls

Kim Rolls

A Class Pass School of Motoring.
Blackpool
Mob: 07896678543
Kim passed all three ADI exams very easily and became an excellent instructor.

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Sarah Gaskell

Sarah Gaskell

'Passed all three ADI exams with ease'

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Neil Wood

Neil Wood

Neil Wood School of Motoring
Freckleton
Mob: 07795185311
Hey thanks Iain for training me to become a driving instructor, I really enjoyed training with you….keep up the good work!!!!

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Nigel Hardman

Nigel Hardman

Nigel did training with a national driving school but couldn't get through the part 3 exam, he then had some training with Iain at Preston Driving School and went on to pass the part 3 exam quite easily.

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Ann Gray

Ann Gray

Students Driving School
Preston
Mobile: 07703182845

Being an ex school teacher I can spot a good teacher a mile away, and that's exactly what I did when I chose Iain to train me to become a driving instructor. I can definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to be a driving instructor, thanks again Iain.

Ann


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The following ADI's and Proprietors were also trained by us !

Chris Singleton, driving instructor in Fulwood 07957784331
Mike Lyth, driving instructor in Preston, 07939131504
Riz Zinga, auto instructor in Preston, 07754920045
Andrew Heller, Preston Driving School, 07989963078
Stephen Nagi, automatic instructor Preston, 07525941447
John Bryant, instructor Preston, 07967812643
Liz Simpkin, female instructor in Preston
Dave Hodgson, Students Driving School, 07833655028
Abdul from Blackburn, Students Driving School
Pippa Nelson, driving instructor Blackpool, 07960716189
Helen Steele, 5th Gear Driving School
Bilal, Preston Driving School, 07522775888
Tahir, Preston Driving School, 07927799330
Adrian Smith, City Driving School, 07877136538
Andrew Riding, ‘Retired’ 07900190588
Dave Bateman, Blackpool Driving Instructor, 07960493633
John Faloon, Students Driving School, 07703458251
Ken Bargh, Lea in Preston,  ‘retired’
Nick Lawrence, Yellow Box Driving School, Blackpool
Paul Higson, Driving Passion, Preston, 07792944568
Pete Lakeland, Penwortham Driving School, 07974116091
Steve Sadd, Preston Driving School, ‘Retired’ 
Michael Lee, Michael Lee School of Motoring, Kirkham
Jon Turnbull, Jon's School of Motoring, Lancaster
David Garner, Dave's Driving School, Ingleton
Geoff Haddon, Arena School of Motoring
Andrew Pye, Pye School of Motoring, Preesal 01253 811196
Joanna Dobie, Highway School of Motoring, Penwortham
Robert Norbury, Southport
Andy Lakeland, Lostock Hall 07773074058
Paul Audsley, Go-4-It Driving School, Blackpool
Paul Wilson, Paul Wilson S.O.M. 01772 493200 or 07967029838
Andy Kirkham, DriveTime School of Motoring
John Wight, WWW School of Motoring
Helen Russell, Imperial School of Motoring, Blackpool
John Black, Blacks S.O.M., Kendal
Phil Shannon, City Driving School 07980892279
Neil Tiffin
Neil Brittleton
Ann Gray 01772 713364 or 07703182845
Paul Wilson 01253 732117 or 07813014089
Tony Elsdon
Andy Simmons Approved Driving School 01257 471044 or 07900255820
Keith Davidson, Keiths Driving School, Preston 07920556529
Michael Chester City Driving School 01772 717056 or 07952976329
Stephen Vaughan
Steve Sherrington, Driven-Man Driving School, Blackpool
Tony Rawlinson, City Driving School 07962227004
Sarah Gaskell

The following Ex ORDIT trainers were originally trained by Iain Smith at Preston Driving School Ltd

Austin Finley, Greenlight Driving School (1997)
Stewart Foster, North Western Driver Training (1999)
Adrian Smith, City Driving School (2003)
Kevin Scott-Beswick, Lancashire ADI (2002)
Geoff Moyle, Students Driving School (2002)

The following instructors who were trained by Iain went on to become DVSA Driving Examiners at our local driving test centres

Kate Johnston, DVSA Driving Examiner, Preston Driving Test Centre
Tony Aspinwall, DVSA Driving Examiner, Preston Driving Test Centre
Christine Heald, DVSA Driving Examiner, Blackburn Driving Test Centre
Matt Cserba, DVSA Driving Examiner, Blackpool Driving Test Centre
Ian Cummins, DVSA Driving Examiner, Preston Driving Test Centre