When I started my lessons I was a bit nervous about being out on the road but Phil he made me feel completely at ease, as he was always so calm and patient, even when I made stupid mistakes. This approach has taught me to stay calm, even when things go wrong and I feel that has made me a better and safer driver. I really enjoyed my lessons and developed a real love of driving.
Just recently I passed my driving test and I would like to thank Phil for helping me achieve this.
He's so friendly and helpful and was extremely patient with me throughout the time I was learning to drive.
I couldn't have asked for a better instructor. He taught my brother to drive too.
I have got my first car now and I am super-super grateful for everything you've helped me with over the last few months.
Not once did he raise his voice or make me feel uncomfortable in any kind of way. His common line was ‘Myah, we are all human and mistakes happen and we all have our bad days’ – which was very comforting and made me feel as though I was not a ‘rubbish’ driver! I am happy to say that I was recommended to Phil by my Dad, as they are both old friends and my Dad made sure that I picked Phil over any other instructor and I definitely have no regrets in making that decision.
Phil provided me with a Workbook and a DVD which informed me of what lessons would consist of and it also prepared me for my theory test which was extremely beneficial, as I managed to pass my theory test first time, and was able to go into driving lessons knowing what was to be expected.
Although driving is something that requires intense concentration and focus, I would always look forward to having my lessons due to the fact that Phil and I would always have a laugh so the lessons never actually got boring. I always felt at ease with Phil and enjoyed his company.
Phil also ALWAYS made sure that being 'safe' was kept as the main priority which is extremely important whilst being on the roads, and I know for a fact that when I get my own car, I will always remember what he has taught me about safety.
I was never a confident driver (even towards the date of my test), yet Phil would always bring out the best in me and praise me which did in fact give me confidence and motivation to carry on with driving lessons, which I am glad that I did, as I passed my driving test FIRST TIME!!
Knowing that I am now legally a driver has still not fully sunk in as I am constantly looking at my pink driving license, but there is only one person to thank for that.
Thank you SO much Phil, I cannot express how much I would recommend you to those who wish to have an enjoyable, memorable driving experience!!
Throughout my time with Phil I never felt uneasy - he was always patient with me and never raised his voice; which can be the case with other instructors. Phil made me realise that mistakes are something to learn from and his positive attitude started to reflect in my driving ability.
Phil's passion for safe driving and enthusiasm for my success has resulted in me passing my driving test and getting out onto the roads feeling confident behind the wheel. If you are looking for a friendly, positive and relaxed instructor who knows what they are doing - then look no further than Phil Russell.
You will be missed mate and hopefully I'll see you soon out on the roads (doing the speed limit!!)
However, I left Phil having passed my driving test first time, a calm & relaxed driver, confident in my own ability to deal with any situation on the road. Phil is a brilliant, patient, friendly instructor.
As you progress through your lessons, Phil not only prepares you to pass the driving test, but also to be a good driver now and in the future. Anytime I made a mistake, it was pointed out to me in a constructive, polite and friendly manner. Any questions I had about driving, no matter how basic, Phil always answered enthusiastically and in just the right amount of detail! I can't recommend Phil enough, he is a fantastic all round instructor who made me feel confident, relaxed and in control in the car and on the road.
This has helped me a great deal and now it is a skill I have for life. I am greatly thankful for all that I was taught by Phil. I had very low confidence when I started to learn to drive but Phil helped me gain confidence behind the wheel each week and develop my skills through his calm approach and helpful instruction.
I highly recommend any new driver wanting to learn to drive to use Phil. He is a polite and friendly instructor.
From the very first time I met him on the home visit, he was so friendly, positive and made me feel so relaxed. Whenever I made mistakes, he never once shouted at me or made me feel stupid, he would just say 'we're all human' and then we'd move on and keep practicing!
He gave me so much more confidence in my driving than I'd ever had before because he praised me on everything I'd done well. He planned my lessons around things that I didn't feel very good at - so eventually, nothing about driving worried me anymore.
I always used to struggle with my manoeuvres, but Phil made them so much easier for me by breaking them down and giving me easy ways to remember things like when to start turning the wheel and how much distance I needed to keep, so now I actually don't mind doing them!
Phil is so easy to talk to and he really does make you feel like you're his priority while you're having lessons with him. For the first time ever, I actually looked forward to my driving lessons!!
Thank you so much Phil for helping me to pass my test with ONLY 2 MINORS!!! You really are the best driving instructor ever and I'll miss driving with you now!!
I really thought that I would struggle with learning to drive at the age of 30, but Phil put me feel at ease and made me feel more confident in myself every week. He has so much patience and he doesn't mind when you make mistakes. He became a friend as well as my driving instructor and I would highly recommend Phil to anyone who is thinking about learning to drive.
After bad experiences attempting to learn to drive in the past, Phil's friendly and refreshing can-do attitude helped me from the very first lesson. He put me at ease straight away and made sure I was confident in areas before moving onto the next and he remained calm throughout all of our lessons. Phil is passionate about his work and truly takes the time to get to know what type of person you are when instructing you. He is an exceptional teacher!
Phil never put pressure on me or rushed me to take my test, he was very patient with me and I found that although at times I got frustrated with myself, he never lost his patience with me.
I passed my test FIRST TIME and it has given me so much more freedom as I feel completely confident to start driving long distances now for my work. Thank you so so much for putting up with me and helping me pass! You're a star!
Before Phil, I had lessons with a different instructor but never felt like I was progressing and definitely didn't think I'd pass my test with him which made me look elsewhere. My husband recommended Phil to me after passing his test 1st time with him and after reading the outstanding testimonials he had I decided to book with him myself, this was by far one of the best decisions I have made, he is such a nice person and training with Phil you gain a friend as well as a licence!
Phil has a spotless car and is always well prepared and on time for all lessons. I like the fact Phil tells you what you're doing on your next lesson so you can look at the DVD that's lent to you (which is fantastic!) in preparation for it.
In addition to this, Phil also gives you a couple of mock driving tests before the real one which I found very beneficial as it gave me an idea of how the real one would be and I tightened up on some of the things I could have potentially got minor faults for.
Finally, I would just like to say Phil is a fantastic driving instructor and an all round nice guy who I highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn to drive, not to mention the excellent value for money!
I can't thank you enough Phil :) and I look forward to doing pass plus with you in the new year.
I always felt at ease driving with Phil.
When you learn to drive with Phil you gain a friend, not just a teacher. I would recommend Phil to anyone wanting to learn to drive.
From lesson to lesson my confidence grew and that was all down to Phil who was always encouraging even when I made mistakes. When in the car, it just felt like driving with a friend instead of an instructor as we always had great conversations with lots of laughs too - Not only is Phil an amazing driving instructor but I can honestly say he is considered a well-loved friend. If I struggled with a round-about or junction, Phil would make sure to keep going over that part of the road until I understood how to drive around it without any problems. No matter how many times we had to go over a manoeuvre Phil never lost his patience and was always understanding and gave me extra tips on how to judge different distances. At the end of each lesson, Phil would always tell me what we would be doing next lesson and what I had done well that lesson which made me believe in myself a lot more.
Before lessons with Phil, I thought learning to drive would be impossible - especially the turn in the road!! However, I now consider that my favourite manoeuvre and love being able to go out for a drive now after passing my test FIRST TIME - All thanks to Phils' teaching , support and encouragement.
I cannot thank Phil enough for everything he has done to help me and I am now looking forward to beginning motorway driving with him. See you on the road Phil!
Phil is patient, calm and friendly and again this really put me at ease whilst learning to drive. I felt throughout my lessons that I was going at a pace I was comfortable with and I felt that I could ask to spend more time on areas of driving that I wasn't as confident in.
As we approached my test I found Phil's input and experience really useful. He talked me through what to expect on the test and we had a few mock lessons which were similar to the test itself in preparation.
I would highly recommend LDC and Phil as a driving instructor, he was so supportive in building my confidence in driving and never criticised me or made me feel that I was doing anything wrong. I've just bought my first car and lots of the advice Phil gave me about driving comes back to me all the time!
My parents bought me the LDC driving course and Phil was in contact almost straight away. Previous experience had taught me to be a little apprehensive about being behind the wheel, but with Phil it was completely different. He put in the effort to fit me into slots so that I could complete the course before returning to university. As an instructor, Phil was patient and understood perfectly what it was like for someone to begin driving. Within a couple of hours I was having the time of my life and my confidence was through the roof!!
I have no doubt that passing my test was almost completely down to Phil's teaching and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone returning to the driving scene, or even starting fresh.
He was kind, friendly, calm and very understanding. He gave me lots of confidence as he always praised me when I did something right and gave me guidance and help on the things I struggled with. Phil has patience like no other driving instructor I have had before! He worked with me on my weak areas over and over until I felt confident in what I was doing.
I am now on the road thanks to Phil and I feel like driving has opened so many opportunities to me for the future.
Overall Phil is a calm & friendly instructor who truly does have your best interests at heart. Thank you Phil.
He is an excellent driving instructor who is very patient and takes things at your own pace, fitting lessons around your schedule. Rather than following a strict plan, Phil tailors each lesson towards you as an individual ensuring you are confident and comfortable with every aspect of driving; as well as making you feel calm behind the wheel.
Phil offers outstanding teaching and great value for money, I could not recommend him enough. Thanks, Jack
As Phil was already teaching my girlfriend, I had met him before and I found that he was a very patient, punctual and above all, a really friendly guy. I was able to meet with him before I started my lessons to discuss options and he was also able to help me fill in the application form for my provisional.
Phil also allowed my girlfriend and I to sit in on each other's lessons so we were both able to learn even when we weren't actually driving. I found that Phil went beyond what was required so that I wasn't just ready for my test but prepared for getting in my own car for the first time after passing. One simple example is when he allowed us both to fill up with fuel, which can be a daunting task if you have never done it before. He was always in touch to remind me about lessons or let me know if he had any extra spaces. Even though I didn't pass my test first time, on the day Phil was able to bring me right back up to 100% confidence by putting his trust and belief in me.
We both plan to have top up and motorway lessons to keep up the high standards that Phil set for keeping us safe and making us responsible drivers.
I can speak on behalf of me and my girlfriend (Sophie) when I say that we both miss having our driving lessons with Phil, but we are both able to go out onto the road knowing that we were taught by the best!
After being involved in two car accidents some years ago I was extremely nervous and self doubting. Phil had so much belief in me that I started to believe in myself again too. Each time I would find something challenging during my lessons, which were everything with me! But Phil would break it down and explain it in a way I could understand. He has endless patience and a very calming nature, he always remained professional and always had his wits about him. Phil adapts brilliantly to different people and he will use all of his skills to help you reach your goal.
We always had a bit of a giggle during the lessons which would put me at ease and I would then find my lessons enjoyable and take in more information. Using the LDC workbook and DVD system was great for me as Phil explained how it all worked and by watching the dvd before each lesson and answering questions in my work book we would then spend more time driving than sitting in the car talking about it. Phil used every minute of my lesson to its fullest and so I always felt that I got a lot out of it. I can't thank him enough for what I have achieved because I never thought it was possible for me.
But this journey with Phil has not only had an end result of me passing my test but I have gained so much more besides. He really is one in a million and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to anyone. Thank you Phil, you not only believed in me, but have given me a new lease of life and for that I will always be grateful x
He reassured me and I started driving again. He encouraged me and helped me to believe in myself again. I was amazed at his patience and I looked forward to our lessons. He was friendly, sympathetic with my difficulties and his professional qualities were great. He would arrange our lessons in such a way that so I would work hard at my mistakes, and I soon felt confident.
I have now passed my test at the age of 65! & thanks to Phil, my dream came true! Thank you Phil.
I was always so afraid of the dreaded roundabouts but Phil was very patient with me and gave me a lot of time and help with them and now I have mastered them! The best thing I will always remember about my lessons with Phil is that we always had fun and chatted like we were good friends and I still learned at the same time. I would normally feel embarrassed about doing things or talking in front of people but I didn't with Phil, I always looked forward to my lessons.
Thank you so much Phil, I loved having you as my driving instructor & I will truly miss having my driving lessons every week! : '(
When I didn't understand something Phil broke it down to make it easier for me. He never just said 'OK, today we are doing this and that', he took the time and effort to organise lessons and go through anything I wasn't overly sure about, from moving off & stopping to manoeuvres. I'm so glad I chose Phil to teach me how to drive and the LDC system was great too.
The workbook & DVD were amazing! They take you through everything step-by-step. If anyone asked me to recommend a driving instructor, Phil - it'll be you everytime. Thanks for everything mate!!
He created a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and always reassured me when I wasn't sure about something. I am so grateful to him as now I have the rest of my life to look forward to on the road!
Thank you Phil for everything. I am definitely recommending you to EVERYONE! x
Phil is a very motivating, punctual and reassuring driving instructor and I would reccomend him to anyone taking their lessons. Thanks Phil
Using the DVD and workbook at home I was able to gain an understanding of what I'd be covering in the lessons, giving me more time on the road and increasing value for money. Thank you Phil !
I was very nervous after not driving for around 10 years but with the great teaching of Phil's I have managed to pass my test after only 9 lessons and only got 2 minors!
I can't thank you enough Phil and I will make sure I put everything you have taught me into practice. I will be recommending you to anyone that needs a brilliant instructor.
I think if I were to have been driving with a different instructor I wouldn't be in the same position as I am now because of the quality of his teaching.
The effort that Phil has put into preparing his car for lessons is also of a high standard and the reference points in the car for manoeuvres help a great amount. The advice he gives to help you with your driving is excellent and I would recommend Phil to anyone who wants to pass their test quickly and to be a good, safe driver afterwards. He really does put his heart into his job and takes the nerves away for the first timers. Thanks a lot Phil.
I think the added incentive of driving your Mum's brand new Peugeot RCZ might have helped too!!! Lucky you. Well done Josh.
Even on my first lesson when I was nervous and not sure what to do, he stayed calm and explained what I was doing wrong. This helped me improve my weaknesses each week and I progressed at a good pace.
Using the DVD and Workbook every week helps give you a better understanding and knowledge of what to expect on each lesson with the basics of how to do it. Watching the DVD and using the Workbook helped cut out the amount of time wasted from being told what to do each lesson.
Overall, I would strongly recommend learning to drive to Phil, not only because of the excellent value for money but for the time and effort he spends in helping you progress towards passing your driving test.
No matter how busy he is, he always finds the time to fit you in. Also the car itself is a good car to learn in which is kept clean and tidy.
Phil was a very reassuring & calm instructor whose approach to teaching very quickly got me up to speed & ready for my driving test. The weaknesses in my driving were soon identified & developed to a passing standard.
I felt immediately equipped for 'real life' driving because of the range and depth of Phil's teaching.
I would highly recommend Phil whether you are a brand new driver or returning to the wheel after some time out!
I remember my first lesson and how nervous I was just to drive in first gear!
Phil understood that everyone gets nervous when they first sit behind the wheel & he was very patient as I progressed in each lesson. I can safely say that learning with Phil was more of a fun experience than a lesson every week, even though I learnt all that I needed to know and more.
He was always willing to put in extra time to help me fit in lessons around college.
The workbook and DVD were also more than helpful when it came to being prepared for the start of each lesson.
On the day of my test I had the smallest amount of confidence that I was going to pass, but Phil managed to boost that tremendously before I took it, and it definitely paid off!
Now I have reached the end of my time learning with Phil, I'm glad that I can call him a friend rather than a teacher.
I still think back & remember when you first drove the car & jumped a mile when you pressed the gas pedal - but just look at you now...... What an amazing result & proof that hard work & self belief will always pay off. The look of sheer shock on your face when you passed was a picture!!! I really hope you enjoy your new found freedom Becky. Well done again.
Although I had driven before, I found the LDC teaching system very useful to get me back up to speed again. I was given a book and a DVD which were so helpful in preparation for each lesson.
I passed my driving test with only 1 minor fault which is testament to Phil's teaching ability and his passion for driving.
I highly recommend learning to drive with Phil and LDC!
As soon as Phil came to my home he was very punctual & professional. He showed me around his car & let me have a drive too. During my home visit Phil also gave to me & explained the Workbook & DVDs, which I found very helpful.
Every lesson I took with Phil he was very friendly & funny. Not a lesson went by where I wasn't laughing with Phil but at the same time he remained professional. After a while Phil seemed more of a friend to me than a driving instructor which made me feel a lot more at ease and very confident with my driving.
Phil is very dedicated to his job & a very good driving instructor. I would highly recommend Phil to anyone (which I have). I passed first time thanks to Phil.
Sometimes I wish I hadn't passed first time as I really enjoyed my lessons & I find it weird to be driving alone now!
Phil is a fantastic instructor - patient, encouraging & totally unflappable! I felt really at ease from my first lesson and enjoyed learning to drive.
The LDC Workbook & DVD system is great - the lessons are broken down for you so you know exactly what to expect on your lesson. The more time you spend on them the quicker you progress!
I highly recommend Phil & LDC.
This was apparent as soon as I met Phil. He was so calm and always punctual. He instantly put me at ease from the first time I drove the car!
The weekly lessons I took helped me around my other studies along with the DVD and Workbook which I completed before each lesson which in turn helped me gain confidence in driving before my actual lesson which results in the whole hour of driving!
Phil is very dedicated to driving which shows and he helped me to understand how the road works and the car!
I would highly recommend Phil to teach you how to drive!
I respect him with how much patience he had whilst giving me, what I felt was top quality training. I couldn't knock the service Phil provided as he was always on time and the car was spotless every time which made it a pleasure to drive.
The car is very easy and enjoyable to drive and all the controls are very simple and easy to get to grips with.
What made it easier for me was the DVD and Workbook system as it cut the time wasted on explaining what to do. Having watched the DVDs and used the book every week I began to grow understanding and great knowledge of what to expect in each lesson and all at my own pace.
To me Phil is an ideal driving instructor and I would recommend him to anyone learning to drive.
It was brilliant to share in your success - a thoroughly deserved pass!
Phil really helped me to improve my attitude towards driving. He is a great instructor, extremely punctual and dedicated to teaching. This is apparent as he patient and understanding in areas which may be difficult for you to grasp at first.
He instantly put me at ease as he is friendly but also remains focused on you gaining as much knowledge and experience as you can from every lesson. I would highly recommend him.
The Semi-intensive course I took was extremely beneficial to me as driving became part of my everyday routine which allowed me to learn in a more relaxed manner."