Billingshurst Driver Training

  Professional driving tuition in Billingshurst

     and surrounding areas. 

It is always a pleasure to receive such positive feedback from my pupils and their parents & I thank them all for their comments over the years.

Customer Testimonials

Just wanted to thank you yet again for teaching another one of my children and getting him through, he is chuffed to bits and already out in his car !!  Thank you so much, you have been fab and I know both Lucy and Harry loved having you as their driving instructor, one more to go, please don’t go retiring !!!!

E.T. Billingshurst.


Paul is friendly, patient and understanding and I would thoroughly recommend him as a driving instructor. My mother said she was so pleased with how he helped me gain confidence and pass my test without the use of a car to practice in. He is now going to teach my brother to drive as we are both so impressed with him.
I.H. Billingshurst.

Thank you for teaching me and being so patient. Don't think I could have wished for a better instructor. I've been driving around in my Polo all day!

H.B. Wisborough Green.

Paul is a very great and supportive instructor, after only 30 hours’ worth of lessons he was able to prepare me for my driving test which I passed first time with only 2 minors’. I would recommend Paul as an instructor to anyone.

T.B. Rudgwick.


Paul is an amazing instructor, who is very encouraging and calm. He took me through 2 months of lessons and I passed first time with one minor. I would highly recommend Paul as he is very experienced, knowledgeable and professional in his job but also very friendly and approachable. Thank you very much for the lessons :)

E.E. Pulborough.


Thank you Paul for teaching Lucy how to drive, she always looked forward to her lessons and you always made her feel confident behind the wheel, so much so that she passed 1st time and she is absolutely thrilled as are we, you are a fantastic driving instructor and we are looking forward to seeing you again very soon to teach our Son. Thanks again you are a star. :-)
E.T. Billingshurst.

I really enjoyed my lessons with Paul and found him incredibly encouraging and supportive building up to my test, I would highly recommend him. Thanks again.
A.R. Pulborough.

Paul is a great teacher and really understands you and what you need to help learn. Paul is very patient. Got me through the lessons and I passed 1st time. Thanks Paul.
D.P. Barns Green.

I honestly cannot recommend Paul enough, he is a five-star driving instructor! Having never even heard of a clutch before I started driving lessons, Paul instantly put my nerves at ease with his calm, friendly & humorous approach. He is an incredibly patient and professional instructor and was very reassuring at all times, despite driving not being a skill that came naturally or quickly to me! I would highly recommend Billingshurst Driver Training to anybody looking to driving lessons, you won't find anyone better. Thank you so much Paul!
F.P. Billingshurst

Had Paul for a year of lessons and he was great. Great instructor, great lessons with flexible hours. Would highly recommend.
M.W. Billingshurst.

I always looked forward to my lessons with Paul. He conducted his lessons in a very friendly manner which made the driving a lot less scary and stressful. I cannot thank him enough for teaching me to drive; thanks to him I feel extremely comfortable and confident on the roads now. I would highly recommend Paul to anyone thinking of driving, I wouldn't have wanted anyone else.

J.T. Kirdford.

Paul is an amazing driving instructor and I could not thank him enough for teaching me and staying patient. Thank you so much Paul!
C.R. Billingshurst.

Paul is a really good driving instructor, someone who really makes you feel relaxed and comfortable behind the wheel and when you pass first time can't complain about anything. 
C.T. Rudgwick.

My girls all enjoyed their lessons with Paul. He taught them with skill, humour and patience and always encouraging them to think independently. A job well done!
R.W. Alfold

Paul is an excellent driving instructor, was very patient and calmed me down when things went wrong. Very reliable and friendly, highly recommended. Thanks again Paul.
A.W. Wisborough Green

Paul is a brilliant instructor who is very flexible with the time you have available with lessons. I passed first time with about 38 hours on the clock with no other lessons. Paul made a fairly daunting task actually enjoyable and I would recommend him to anyone regardless of confidence or past experience. Oh and thanks for the interesting conversations as well.
S.M. Dial Post


Thank you very much for helping me achieve a first time pass from no previous driving experience. You provided me with sound advice and were a reassuring presence throughout the process. I would highly recommend you to other new drivers. Thanks again.
M.W. Billingshurst

Paul is an incredible driving instructor, he made me feel confident on the roads and on the test, leading to a first time pass which I had not thought as possible due to my lack of driving knowledge at the beginning. I would strongly recommend Paul to anyone and I'm extremely grateful for everything he's taught me, thanks Paul!
H.V. Billingshurst

Thank you so much for teaching Jake to drive. He has thoroughly enjoyed all of his lessons. We thank you for your patience, encouragement, guidance and humour, all of which gradually built his confidence and skills to pass his test. You truly deserve your reputation as the ‘best’.
S.P. Billingshurst

From not knowing anything about cars, I passed first time and could not thank Paul enough. He gave me confidence in lessons and also gave me valuable tips and guidance closer to the test, many of which I am finding useful driving on my own now. Paul was also very flexible with fitting lessons around school and other commitments, and I would definitely recommend him to others. Thank you Paul!

K.K. Rudgwick


I had not driven at all before my first lesson with Paul, however he was an excellent instructor and gave me confidence from day 1 as well as the necessary skills for a first time pass and I would definitely recommend him to anyone. Thank you.

B.R. Billingshurst


Learning to drive can be incredibly daunting but Paul makes it so much easier. He is funny and totally calm and so experienced that he knows everything there is to know about driving! Paul is flexible with lessons and is the great at preparing you for test day. I would recommend him to anyone, especially if you are a nervous driver like I was. Thank you Paul, I couldn’t have passed without you.

H.F. Pulborough

Paul was a fantastic driving instructor, really nice guy and helped me pass first time and really improved my driving skills in not too long in the car with him. I would strongly recommend him to anyone.

M.D. Billingshurst

Paul was the most amazing driving instructor for me, which resulted in me passing first time, overcoming 2 major operations and he kept me strong all through the process. 9 long months spent learning to drive, I wouldn't change it! My pass was very well deserved and I could not have done it without Paul! Thank you again! X
H.C. Billingshurst

Paul was a great driving instructor as I've never been a natural driver but I soon became more confident as he helped prepare me thoroughly for my test. He was flexible with lessons and planned them around college times, which was very convenient for me. His lessons were enjoyable as he had a good sense of humour and always remained calm. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is nervous or new to driving as he made learning to drive fun and reassuring.

G.M. Pulborough

Paul was a fantastic driving instructor who always was patient and always friendly and chatty which helped the initial nerves a lot. Was flexible to book lessons around college time and was very understanding of schedules and other commitments. I would strongly recommend Paul as he was a great guy to learn from. Cheers Paul.
R.C. West Chiltington

Paul was amazing. Not only was he an outstanding teacher he was also an incredibly friendly person. He always remained calm and patient when I was learning to drive and that made a huge difference! Because of Paul I will look back fondly on the time I learnt to drive, each lesson was enjoyable and hugely informative. If you live in and around the Billingshurst area and want to take driving lessons, look no further than Paul, he is fantastic.
D.H. Billingshurst

Paul is an amazing driving instructor, he has so much patience. I would definitely recommend him to anyone as he really prepared me for my test and driving as well. I could not have asked for a better instructor as I passed first time round. Thank you very much Paul.
O.T. Pulborough

Paul is a brilliant driving instructor, amazingly patient and truly knows everything about driving! Very calming during stressful situations and will definitely make sure you are prepared for your test! Couldn't thank him enough for all the help and would definitely recommend to absolutely anyone. 

J.B. Ifold

So I passed my test first time today, all down to in my opinion the best instructor you could have! I learnt a lot in roughly 20 hours! Absolutely faultless! Highly recommended! Thanks:)

L.C. Billingshurst

I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU Paul for helping Lauren with her driving and your patience with the cancelled test. She is so pleased to be driving and all your efforts have been very much appreciated. Best Wishes.

J.B. Billingshurst

Paul is an amazing driving instructor, who has so much patience. I would thoroughly recommend him, as he prepares you huge amounts for your test. I could not have asked for a better instructor. Thank you.

L.B. Billingshurst

I would very much recommend Paul! He is very patient and makes learning to drive fun. Paul is very flexible in timings of lessons which is great as I had to fit in lessons around my college timetable. After 3 months of lessons I passed first time and I can't thank him enough. He has given me confidence to become an independent driver. Thank you!

Y.B. Billingshurst

Paul is a brilliant driving instructor with a great car to learn in. He gives a fun and relaxed environment and is very patient. Passed first time with one minor, couldn't have asked for a better teacher! I definitely recommend.
L.S. Billingshurst

I would strongly recommend Paul to anyone learning to drive, but I would especially recommend him to anyone that is anxious about driving. He is extremely patient and reassuring and has a great sense of humour, all of which contribute into making learning to drive an awful lot less daunting. I can't thank him enough for how much he has increased my confidence on the road! Thank you Paul!

E.D. Loxwood

Paul is a fantastic instructor! He has been so patient and helpful whilst I have been learning and I cannot thank him any more, even if I made silly noises 24/7. Even with last minute changes I managed to pass my test first time and this was all down to Paul for helping me become confident behind the wheel and stay calm during all sorts of surprises. I definitely recommend Paul. Thank you so much!!

E.O. Kirdford

Paul has become the go to instructor for anyone in the Billingshurst area and surrounding villages. Although I had driven a bit before starting lessons with Paul, he has spent the last six months working with me to achieve the best outcome in my driving test. I can't thank Paul enough for not only putting up with me but for teaching me the fundamentals of driving. He's patient, cooperative and pretty much everything you would want in an instructor. For those looking to start driving and are in need of an instructor... Look no further!!

M.WG Billingshurst

I passed my driving test today despite my wobbly start. Paul is very patient and understanding and has helped me to build my confidence as a driver. Definitely recommend. Thank you Paul!

C.S. Billingshurst

Passed my test today with Paul! Having gone from never even heard of a clutch to passing first time was an amazing achievement and most of the credit should go to Paul for his amazing hard work and patience (including when I forgot my left and rights)! Couldn't be more happy with Paul as a driving instructor and would definitely recommend him! Thank you so much!

O.H. Ifold

I have just passed my driving test today and I honestly don't think I would have been able to do it without Paul's help and support the whole time. He was always very patient and understanding and never made me feel nervous or under pressure. He was recommended to me by a friend and I would definitely recommend him to any of my friends or family. Thank you so much for everything Paul.

D.A. Kirdford

Just passed my test with Paul and I must say he was a fantastic instructor. Patient, informative and kept me motivated and positive even at some points I was struggling with certain parts of driving. Just an all-round great instructor. My sister recommended him and I will happily recommend him to my younger brother, thanks for everything Paul :)

A.B. Barns Green

Paul got recommended to me after I had started to have lessons with a different instructor which I wasn't getting very far with. Paul is a reliable, friendly and definitely a patient driving instructor; who also gave me huge help to pass first time! Thank you Paul!

D.B. Billingshurst


Huge thanks to Paul for helping me past first time! Brilliant instructor, gave me a lot of confidence with my driving. Overall a brilliant instructor, patient, friendly and easy to get along with. If you're looking for an instructor, Paul's your man, would highly recommend!

A.S. Billingshurst

Massive thanks to Paul. After learning in my teens with a questionable instructor, failed tests and knocked confidence, a few years on I have finally passed. I would definitely recommend Paul; patient, friendly and reliable, top guy!! 

K.A. Billingshurst


Seriously guys, why look elsewhere? This man is the man to learn to drive with. Always reliable, friendly but most of all an amazing driving instructor. He is passionate about teaching people to drive unlike others I’ve had in the past. I certainly would recommend Paul. Thanks Paul for helping me achieve my dream. 10/10

S.G. Billingshurst.

After many recommendations I am so happy I decided to choose Paul. Paul is very patient and is very easy to get along with, and fits all your lessons to suit you. Each lesson he explains what you will be doing and how to do in way which you will understand and I never felt awkward or uncomfortable asking any questions. Now I am driving on my own Paul has made me feel confident on any decision making I may need to take and now I love driving thanks to Paul! I would fully recommend Paul to anyone that wants to learn to drive as he's a brilliant instructor. A massive huge thank you to Paul again for helping me pass first time, you hero!

H.J. Pulborough.


Big thanks to Paul for all his time and patience with me; he was a big help and always turned up on time. Would definitely recommend him! And once again thanks Paul!

D.W. Billingshurst


After failing 4 tests with a previous instructor my confidence was very low and I never thought I would eventually pass!! But after choosing Paul I passed 5th time!!! He is very patient and explains things without making you feel stupid and has a brilliant sense of humour! Would definitely recommend... thanks Paul!!

E.V. Billingshurst

Massive thank you to Paul for his patience and perseverance, I passed! Paul is an excellent teacher, and was very accommodating with his lessons to fit around my full-time hours. It was very appreciated. I would recommend Paul to any family and friends looking for a reliable instructor with a good sense of humour! Thanks again Paul.

R.L. Pulborough

Thank you so much to Paul for getting me through my driving test! He is so patience and knows exactly what he is talking about. He's got lots of good advice and makes learning to drive so easy to fit in around full time work and will try his hardest to fit around you. I am so thankful to all my friends that recommend him to me!

E.M. Horsham

Really enjoyed the experience of learning to drive with Paul. Such a good teacher, and has really given me confidence in making decisions on the road. Would totally recommend to anyone who is wanting to learn to drive. Thank you very much Paul!

Z.D. Barns Green

I have really enjoyed learning to drive. Paul has given me confidence in my decisions and invaluable advice on how to keep my driving safe. I too will recommend Paul to anyone looking for a patient and reliable instructor. Thank you very much Paul!

E.R. Billingshurst

What can I say? If you need a solid driving instructor with plenty of patience, skill, and teaching technique, he is certainly the driving instructor you need! He has helped me learn over 2 whole years as I worked full time (shift work) and was always helpful in trying to get me a session despite not having one for a few weeks between. Friendly and just a barrel of laughs, but in no way takes away from his professionalism and attention to detail. Top man! Thanks again Paul. Highly Recommend.

J.W. Billingshurst

So happy that I chose Paul as my driving instructor and I am definitely going to be recommending him to all my friends who plan to learn to drive. He is an excellent teacher as well as a friend with a lot of patience and helped me gain more confidence in my driving and didn't let me give up. Thank you for all of your help and support Paul and I am going to miss having driving lessons with you!

M.F. Southwater

I would definitely recommend using Paul when learning to drive. His lessons where relaxed and he is very patient. He has help me gain my confidence as a driver and helped develop my technique which allowed me to pass my driving test first time with no minors. Thank you for your help Paul. :)

E.W. Alfold


Thank you very much for all of your help! The lessons we're really beneficial, relaxed and a lot of fun! Would not have been able to pass without your help. Awesome driving instructor and recommend to everyone!

S.G. Billingshurst

I am so happy with my decision to choose Paul as my driving instructor after many recommendations! Paul is so patient and happy to help and explain things over and over when I was still unable to get my reverse around a corner correct and when I had a few weeks when I seemed unable to do roundabouts after I had done them many times before! I now love driving about thanks to Paul who gave me the confidence to get out onto the roads. I have reccomended him to everyone- which is why he has the joys of teaching most of my friends! Thank you so much Paul!:)

E.T. Pulborough

I wouldn't say driving was a skill that came naturally to me but Paul was really patient and understanding every time I messed up. As well as being great company, he always told me the information I needed to know for the situations we came across so I could grow in confidence and be prepared for driving alone. I'm so grateful for all his help and will genuinely miss my driving lessons!

P.S. Rudgwick

So after an awful experience to say the least with a previous driving school which left me feeling rubbish, unexcited and glum about learning to drive, Paul took me on and made me actually LOVE driving!! After my very first lesson I felt an improvement and happy after. I couldn't thank Paul enough for getting me through my tests. Paul wasn't just a fab instructor he listened, understood, supported and gave me the push I needed to believe in myself and get more confident on the roads, and for that I will be forever greatful. I will always recommend him to anyone I know learning to drive because Paul worked miracles with me;  I wouldn't have been able to do it without him! Thanks Paul for all your help :)

J.H. Billingshurst

As a parent I would highly recommend Paul Berry. He brought out my daughters confidence after a bad experience with a different driving school. He was patient kind and caring and above all a fantastic teacher. Thanks Paul, you done a brilliant job!

W.H. Billingshurst

My daughter was rather nervous at the prospect of learning to drive, but Paul put her at ease during the lessons and built up her confidence resulting in a pass first time. Thank you so much Paul for your hard work and patience.

J.B. Ifold


Paul is a brilliant teacher and i would highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn to drive. He has loads of experience and is very professional. Its been a pleasure to learn with Paul and he will make anyone feel comfortable. Thank you for everything and thank you so much for getting me through my test!!!

K.H. Loxwood


Paul's a really great instructor, he's friendly and informative, and patient with any mistakes. Learning to drive with him has been a great experience. Thanks for all the help

B.D. Wisborough Green


Thank you so much! You've given me so much confidence and been so understanding through this whole process, thank you again! I couldn't of done this without your help."  :) thanks so much Paul! X

S.O. Pulborough


After starting my driving lessons with Paul, he helped me build my confidence driving. I would definitely recommend Paul as his lessons were relaxed and I am now comfortable driving alone after passing first time!

M.W. Alfold


What can I say. Fantastic. Paul is a skilled trainer that both helped me and my sister pass! Fully recommended to all!

L.R. Ifold


I looked forward to my driving lessons every time. You made me laugh and are a fantastic driving instructor. Thank you so much for getting me through my test!

K.H. Billingshurst


Thank you for teaching my son to drive, he's not the most natural driver but Paul put him at ease & gave him confidence. He fitted his lessons round college & he's just passed his test first time.

G.F. Billingshurst


Learning to drive with Paul has been a great experience and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to start driving. He helped me to overcome problems that I struggled with allowing me to gain and build on my confidence in driving. I found it great having an instructor who I could genuinely get along with and feel comfortable whilst driving as I believe this is very important.

Thank you for teaching me to drive :)  x

J.W. Pulborough


"I would recommend Paul to any learner looking for lessons as he is patient and teaches you at a pace that suits you which is very comforting and helps to give you confidence. It is because of Paul that I was able to pass my test first time. I am very grateful so thank you Paul!!!"

D.G. Storrington


"I know a few people who learnt to drive with Paul all of which passed first time, including me! He was really easy to get along with right from the start & always made me feel calm & at ease in the car. He always managed to fit lessons in at a time that suited me & really goes the extra mile to help you not just pass your test but be a good driver in general. Id highly recommend him to anyone I know as I don't have a bad word to say about him! Thank you Paul :)"

N.S. Pulborough


"As our sister passed with Paul a few years ago, it was only natural for us to learn with him. Both being nervous drivers at first, Paul put us at ease and helped us gain confidence whilst learning the rules of the road. We were both able to fit driving lessons into our college timetable as Paul scheduled our lessons when we were free. Both passed first time and have Paul to thank for that!!"

K&E P. Barns Green


"Thank you so much for helping me pass first time Paul! All the lessons were really enjoyable and Paul made me feel relaxed and at ease at all times. Paul's clear instructions, support and great teaching helped me increase my confidence greatly - thank you again!"

H.T. Kirdford


"Paul was a huge help with my driving! He would always turn up on time, he remained calm even if I had made a mistake and never raised his voice. The car is also a great one to learn in and is really easy to practice the different parking techniques in. I can't recommend Paul enough. If your aim is to pass first time and to be fully prepared for the road Paul is the instructor you want".

H.P. Billingshurst


"Paul was a great teacher and managed to make everything clear about how to drive well and safely. He also has a good sense of humour which made the lessons more enjoyable than I initially expected. He always seemed to keep his faith in me even when I made mistakes and I passed with very few minors because of his positive influence. Thanks Paul! :)"

F.S. Wisborough Green



“I felt Paul was an excellent driving instructor for an array of reasons. Firstly he was always on time and would always ensure the lesson finished when required. Secondly lessons were always relaxed and moved at a steady/manageable pace. Lastly Paul always went into detail about certain aspects of driving, which meant my skills progressed a lot faster”.
M.S. - Billingshurst    


“I started taking lessons for Paul after swapping for a previous driving instructor. I needed about 5 lessons to scratch up to perfection and then I was ready to take me driving test. Paul is a very very good teacher, he must have been as with him I passed my driving test first time with only TWO minors.”
Thank you Paul for everything! :)

J.J. Wisborough Green  


“I never thought I would ever pass my test. I feel so happy now, driving around in my new car!! Thank you so much for all your help and patience”.
S.A. Loxwood


“I think you are a very approachable, friendly and definitely the best driving instructor I ever received teaching from. Paul was very understanding and booked my lessons when it was convenient for me and had a schedule for every lesson in advance. I can't recommend Paul enough as a driving instructor, he adds a personal touch to his teaching which made me remember things even better. I wouldn't have any doubts about going with Paul and he especially made me feel at ease on my driving test - which I passed first time.
Thanks for being such a great driving instructor”.

J.R. Billingshurst


“Up until I took lessons from Paul Berry I’d found driving a daunting experience, but Paul’s clear instructions, positive attitude and kind sense of humour took the edge off it all. Now that I’ve passed, I’m so pleased! All my friends recommended Paul to me. I’m so glad they did, I’ll certainly be doing the same!” 

L.D. Billingshurst


“Paul’s a great teacher. I learnt a lot from his lessons, which he always made fun and interesting. I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher”.

S.C. Fittleworth.


Paul is a fantastic driving instructor and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to learn to drive. Paul is very patient and teaches you at your own pace, which I was thankful for. He is friendly and also makes you feel at ease! Thank you for all your help!
A.B. Partridge Green


Paul was a brilliant driving teacher. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn to drive. He always explained and/or demonstrated the aspects of driving before getting me to do it - increasing my understanding and confidence in driving. Thank you!

H.O. Billingshurst


I couldn't have been happier with my driving lessons. I felt relaxed and at ease at all times due to the friendly atmosphere of the lessons, which I found helped me to become a more confident driver. I was ecstatic when I passed my driving test first time, which just goes to show learning with Paul was a good move! Lessons revolve around the pupil and times and days are flexible which helped me when it came to fitting in my college work.   Just want to say thank you very much Paul for all your help!!

G.S. Billingshurst


Paul is an affable, pleasant and talented teacher who helped me to pass my test first time. His style of teaching meant i gained the ability to be a calm confident driver on the roads and I never felt stressed or overstretched when in his lessons as he always patient. Paul was my only instructor, and luckily for me the only one i needed. Thanks again.  

O.D. Pulborough


I began learning to drive with Billingshurst Driver Training after many of my friends had learnt with Paul and highly recommended him. I had spent a couple of months learning with another driving school a few years previously, but grew disheartened with them and stopped. I’ll admit that driving was not something that came naturally to me, and I didn’t have a huge amount of confidence within myself when it came to getting in a car! But with Paul’s incredible patience, motivation and skill, learning to drive became something I enjoyed and appreciated as an important skill to have. Paul was able to offer me regular lessons, and was very competitively priced. Having only passed my test a few weeks ago, I now feel very calm and confidant being on the road by myself! Thanks so much once again, Paul!
S.C. Billingshurst


Thank You for getting my son through his driving test so quickly. It is thanks to your encouragement, support and good teaching that he managed to pass it first time. I think he’s a good driver, but I do tell him to slow down a tad at times!!!

D.A. Billingshurst


Thank you so much for getting me through my driving test! I really enjoyed my lessons and always looked forward to them and all the stories you told me about my dad :-)

J.H. Billingshurst





Yvonne's Story.....


When my husband and I came to England from New Zealand in 2007, he kept on at me to exchange my driving licence from a NZ one (gained in 1964) to an English one. Mistakenly thinking I had five years to do so, I blithely continued to drive here and there transporting kids to school and going shopping.  Finally I gave in to his nagging. In November 2009 I sat down to do the business and fill in forms and pay the money.


To my horror I found that my NZ licence had expired. If it had only been a year I could have renewed it and then exchanged it. But it was eighteen months! Naturally I had to stop driving having been doing so illegally for a while. There was no way round it; if I wanted to drive (and I seriously had to, believe me) I had to go for my English licence. 


December 2009:  Studied for Theory Test and passed with flying colours (piece of cake I thought) Next a driving lesson with my son-in-law  (G) who had been a driving instructor. Reached the end of the driveway to be told I wasn’t steering properly and I had made a dangerous turn into the A272. Backing was also a disaster, as well as roundabouts. Some miserable lessons and practices later I thought maybe I could squeak through. G didn’t think so but I went anyway – I am a bit stubborn.  At least I now could steer in the approved manner. 


January 2010: First Practical driving test.  Used the Clio (manual) – not one of the approved home cars! Didn’t warm to examiner when he nearly wouldn’t take me out but he relented. It was at Crawley- Home of the Roundabouts.   Didn’t  pass.  No worries try again.


March 2010:  By now decided to go to a driving school so I could use their car (manual).  Fortunately Paul Berry was available. Went out with him (quite) a few times. Learned backing mostly, learned roundabouts –sort of, learned to do all the looking bits – sort of. £62 later another test at Crawley; I am a bit stubborn. Used Paul’s car again.  Guess what – out walks the same examiner! Bravely I went forth. This time HE stepped on his brake at a roundabout. Didn’t pass. Some worries, try again


April 2010: Able to pay extra and get another test date. We holiday in Worthing and I knew area better so I decided to go there.  By now I was doing better. Encouraged by Paul’s good advice and relaxed manner, we thought we might be there. Backing will never be my strength but I was doing okay. Roundabouts still a little tricky and observations nearly there.  The examiner at Worthing was lovely. He put me at my ease and I thought we’d done brilliantly until we reached a roundabout and I did it again – I didn’t give way soon enough and had to give way in the middle of the turn. Didn’t pass. Serious worries.


May 2010: Getting desperate. Thinking about which gear to use and when was distracting me from paying close attention to traffic. Decided that since I mostly drive an automatic that I would use the Scenic for this next test. Oops can’t use a car with out a middle of the car handbrake. Double oops, not insured for the Vitara (automatic). Scrabble to get insured in time.  At last ready again; fourth time lucky?

Back to Worthing. Same examiner again! Sigh of relief. Out we go. Great concentration at all intersection and roundabouts. Head waving back and forth like at a tennis match observing and observing. I thought I did okay

AND I HAD!!!!!    PASSED!!!!


There were two things I hated not being able to drive for all that time.


  1. We take our freedom to just hop into the car and go when we feel like in most cases. Being dependent on having another person and arranging my life around other people’s was really awful. The freedom I experienced when I got my licence was incredible.

2.   When you are a probationary driver everybody who is your co-driver seems to think it their right to make suggestions and critique your driving.

Now in retrospect I know that I was not a safe driver, even though I had been driving for a very long time and I suspect that many other people driving today aren’t either. Road rules change, we develop bad habits, and we get complacent about our observations. Much as I hated having to do the tests so many times, it sharpened up what I did know and made me learn the right way to do things.  It also made be very aware of how important it is to drive well and how seriously the DSA takes driving safely.


To achieve the test, I believe it is very important to have a driving instructor who is able to encourage you and correct you without making you feel like an idiot, who can show you what you are doing wrong and how to do it right, who is there every step of the way. I was blessed. I had Paul Berry.  Thank you Paul.