ADI Testimonials

The very best recommendations for a driving instructor training in Preston are good honest testimonials from their past and present pupils. 

Please be very wary of ADI trainers or driving instructor training schools in Preston who either cannot or will not give you honest testimonials with "genuine" contact names and numbers.




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'd known Iain for many years when I decided to call him to start training to become a driving instructor. After a lot of very hard work I qualified as an ADI and I've enjoyed a fantastic career ever since conducting both manual and automatic driving lessons at Preston Driving School Ltd.
Some years after I qualified we had a chat one day about expanding Preston Driving School into other areas throughout Lancashire. We decided to form a branch to the school and call it Students Driving School of which I am now a joint owner of the school with Iain.
If you are considering being an ADI then just call him and he will help you.


Kate Johnston
Driving Examiner
Preston Driving Test Centre

Hi I'm Kate Johnston and I was trained by Iain to become a driving instructor quite a few years ago. My cousin Dave Hodgson was also trained by Iain and also works for him now. I would just like to say that Iain has always helped me throughout my career and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him. Although I very much enjoyed being an ADI I actually decided to train to become a Driving Examiner and now work as a driving examiner at Preston Driving Test Centre.


Dave Roslyn

Preston Driving Instructor
Mob: 07850260969

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!!!!!!


Howard Knight from Preston
Mob: 07565 359202

I'm really pleased to have this opportunity to thank Iain for training me to become a driving instructor. Iain supported me all the way through my training which was also a lot of laughs when he acted as 'Tom the Dodgy Learner'
I would definitely recommend him to anyone thinking of becoming an instructor.


Graydon Jacob from Preston
Mob: 07725 470905

Just want to say a massive thank you to Iain at Preston Driving School for turning me into an ADI driving instructor.

His training was first class and he never stopped believing in me. I really enjoyed the training and what a relief it was when the examiner said I had passed and became an ADI

Just call me and I'll explain all about my experience with Iain and how he helped me 




Neil Wood from Warton
Mob: 07795 185311

Thanks for training me Iain :)

Neil Wood Driving School


Asma from Blackburn
Mob: 07894 658259

Hey Iain thank you so much for training me to become an approved driving instructor, it must not have been easy :)
Also like to thank you in giving me the opportunity in working with you and Shabana at Students Driving School in Blackburn 


Stephen Nagy from Preston
Mob: 07525 941447

Thanks Iain, you gave me a new career and I couldn't have done it without you.

Automatic instructor at Students Driving School in Preston



Mark Sutcliff
DriveRight Driving School

I can't thank Iain enough for all the help he has given me. The training I received was fantastic, Iain identified my weakness and redirected my thinking to enable me to understand the new style Part 3 exam. I don't think I would have passed without his expertise and experience. he's a top bloke (dodgy choice of footy team though) very professional and friendly, easy to get on with. I can't praise his work enough
Mark Sutcliff ADI  07751833817



Peter Whitehead who now runs Kendal Driving School

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!


Andy Whitehead
(brother of Pete shown above)

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




Dave Mason

Students Driving School
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 Michael Holroyd 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. 


Steve Lord
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!!!



Hi my name is Russell Chamberlain and I trained with Iain and became a driving instructor back in 2000. I'm really pleased I chose Iain to train me and I know that if I ever need any help all I need to do is call him. If anyone would like to call me personally they can do so and I'll explain my experience.Thanks for all your help Iain. 

Russell Chamberlain     Mob: 07714 594 337
Link Driving School  (Preston)


Hi I'm Mike and being an Evertonian I was quite concerned about training with Iain when I suddenly found out he's a life long Liverpool supporter, and believe me he never let me forget it!!!  but seriously he was fantastic and guided me through all the exams. Thanks again Iain
Mike Lyth 07939 131504


Hey Iain thank you very much for not only teaching me to become a driving instructor but also for giving me a new career with Students Driving School in Preston. I was in a bit of a dead end job before I met Iain but now I look forward to going to work, people have even mentioned that I seem to have a permanent smile on my face :)
If anybody want any advice they are welcome to give me a call.
Dave Hodgson   07833 655028 


Paul Wilson
PLG Driver Training  07972 875913 

Hi everyone I'm Paul Wilson and I run PLG Driver Training at Walton Le Dale. I thoroughly researched loads of instructor trainers before choosing Iain at Preston Driving School Ltd. Iain was brilliant with me, his training was well structured and thorough which is exactly what I was looking for. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him to anyone wishing to train to be an instructor. If I can help anyone they can find me on Facebook at PLG Driver Training.
Thanks again Iain.


Hi Iain I'm only too pleased to be able to write this testimonial. As you know I came to you from another local company who I wasn't 100% happy with, however you took over and got me through my exams. I would really like to say a very big thank you for not only helping me to qualify but also allowing me to work under 'Students' I couldn't be more happier, thanks again. Trish
Trish Holman (Blackpool)  07968 443209



Geoff Moyle

Students Driving School
Mob: 07816 892739

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!!!!!

Philip Joe McClellend

Automatic Tuition
Students Driving School
Chorley & Preston
Mob: 07708022626

Hi my name is Phil 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.  If anyone wants any advice about becoming an instructor then please feel free to give me a call.
Philip Joe McClellend


Ken Howarth

Burnley Driving School
Burnley, Lancashire
Mobile: 07826 375904 

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


Karen Davis

Wyre Driving School
Mobile: 07738 218000

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 Standards Check, don't know what I was worried about I sailed through it getting a high grade from the examiner,

thanks again,




Sharon Marley DVSA ADI from Freckleton
Mob: 07842 694625

I felt so proud the day I qualified as an ADI and it was all down to my trainer Iain Smith at Preston Driving School
What a fantastic trainer.. and I was quite good too


Bilal from Preston

Thank you Iain in helping me to become a driving instructor, I appreciate it


Alan Buckley from Blackpool

Trained with Iain at Preston Driving School. 



Mohammad Al-Omari DVSA ADI
from Bolton

To pass the ADI Part 3 is something special, however to pass the ADI Part 3 without ever being a trainee or any previous experience in just one month!!

A massive big THANK YOU to Iain, it wouldn't have happened without the greatest Ordit trainer in Preston, that is you Iain.

We will remember you for ever Iain, from Mohammed at Bolton

Posted by Mohammed Al-omari from Bolton in May 2018



Peter Alty 
Steadypass School of Motoring
Skelmersdale    Mob: 07828 720836 

I would just like to thank you Iain for the training you gave me. I called you an expert quite a few times and I believe you are.
It's very hard work training to be an instructor but Iain will get you there if you take your time to study and train hard.
I passed with a Grade 'A' on my FIRST ATTEMPT and I've now started my own driving school in Skelmersdale and the future is looking good.
Training with Iain was a great experience and I highly recommend him as a trainer..
And I do actually miss going to my lessons with him :)
Thanks again.
Peter Alty    Mob: 07828 720836 


Abdullah from Chorley

Thanks Iain I enjoyed all my training with you and learnt such a lot about this job, take care.


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'll always recommend you.




Tony Aspinwall

Ex DVSA Driving Examiner
Preston Driving Test Centre

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.





Here's just a few more smiley

Steven Hargreaves. DVSA ADI in Morecambe  07515 483467
Chris Singleton, driving instructor in Fulwood 07957 784331
Riz Zinga, auto instructor in Preston, 07999555809
Andrew Heller, Andrews Driving School, 07989 963078
John Bryant, instructor Preston, 
Liz Simpkin, female instructor in Preston
Abdul from Blackburn, PassFast Driving School
Pippa Nelson, driving instructor Blackpool
Helen Steele, Helens Driving School
Bilal, Bilals Driving School, 07522775888
Tahir, Black/Gold Driving School in Preston
Adrian Smith, City Driving School
Andrew Riding, Retired 07900 190588
Dave Bateman, Blackpool Driving Instructor, 07960 493633
John Faloon, Students Driving School, 07703 458251
Ken Bargh, Lea in Preston,  retired
Nick Lawrence, Yellow Box Driving School, Blackpool 07590567505
Paul Higson, Driving Passion, Preston, 07792 944568
Pete Lakeland, Penwortham Driving School, 07974 116091
Steve Sadd, Preston Driving School, Retired
Michael Lee, Michael Lee School of Motoring, Kirkham (retired)
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 07773 074058
Paul Audsley, Go-4-It Driving School, Blackpool
Paul Wilson, Paul Wilson S.O.M. 01772 493200 or 07967 029838
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 07980 892279
Neil Tiffin (Preston)
Neil Brittleton  (Chorley)
Ann Gray 07703 182845
Paul Wilson. Lytham St Annes
Tony Elsdon. Leyland
Andy Simmons Approved Driving School 01257 471044 or 07900 255820
Keith Davidson, Keiths Driving School
Michael Chester City Driving School 07952 976329
Stephen Vaughan
Steve Sherrington, Driven-Man Driving School, Blackpool
Tony Rawlinson, City Driving School 07962 227004
Sarah Gaskell 

The following Ex ORDIT trainers were also 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 Beswick, Lancashire ADI (2002)
Geoff Moyle, Students Driving School (2002) 

The following DVSA Driving Examiners from our local test centres
were also originally trained by Iain

Kate Johnston, DVSA Driving Examiner, Preston Driving Test Centre
Tony Aspinwall, ex 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, ex DVSA Driving Examiner, Preston Driving Test Centre