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The aims of this book are to:

  • Help you learn to drive to test standard without paying a driving instructor
  • Provide an easy-to-follow programme that takes you through each stage of driving a car
  • Help people who wish to teach someone to drive and to provide them with tips on how to do so
  • Help anyone reading this book become a better driver
  • Complement anyone having driving lessons with a driving instructor

I gathered all the information for this book over a ten-year period. I now publish all the driving problems and techniques I have used during this time. You will be able to get much more information from this book than any other driving instructor will tell you. This book will also complement driving lessons with a driving instructor because it should give you another side to any problem you might have. This book provides a structured format and follows a syllabus, where the learner and perhaps the helper, will reach a very high standard of driving proficiency. I use advanced driving techniques that are suitable for a learner to pass the driving test at the first attempt. These techniques will also make it easy for you to progress onto the 'Advanced Driving' level.

Before becoming a driving instructor, I was a police officer for 17 years. This opened my eyes to drivers who have made mistakes whilst driving and have either killed themselves or been badly injured because of their or someone else's mistake. From these experiences, I feel I can give any driver an insight into safer driving. The police trained and disciplined me into driving correctly. I feel I can give this experience to new drivers or anyone who wants to improve their own driving.

I was a driving instructor for 17 years. An instructor cannot teach you to drive too well. The lessons encompass many advanced driving techniques. Everything I ask you to do in this book is possible to do, even though you might think it is not. Practising what I have told you, will get you to an extremely good standard.

You will not find everything an advanced driver does in this book. Many people assume that learners cannot drive to this standard but I believe you can get close, if you work hard.

Not all driving instructors are Advanced Drivers! I am a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and was a member of the Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents Advanced Driving Association. RoSPA awarded me a Grade 1, Gold Standard. This grade enabled me to take the RoSPA Diploma in Teaching Advanced Driving which I passed. I believe these qualifications and teaching experiences give me excellent grounding for writing this book.

Advanced driving is the best sort of driving anyone can do. I would say that after you have completed the lessons in this book and have taken the lessons seriously, the learner or their helper would only need a few lessons with an advanced driver, to proceed to the advanced drivers' standard themselves.

Many learners come to me from other driving schools and tell me they have never gone through a syllabus with their previous driving instructor. They have just been told to drive and been told where they are going wrong. In my experience, the learners' knowledge of how to drive was appalling because a lot of driving instructors tell but do not teach. All driving instructors should have a set syllabus to cover and go through it one-step at a time.

On average, less than 50% of pupils taught by a qualified driving instructor in the UK, pass the driving test. If that is the average, there must be some very poor driving instructors in this country. You do not know who they are because no one will publish their details. You could be paying perhaps £2,000 for a driving instructor to get you through the driving test and perhaps less than 1 in 2 pass.

Buying this book and following my syllabus will give you a higher chance of passing your practical driving test. You can also use the book later as a handy point of reference whenever you need to check something.

If you want to drive well, take your time learning. Learn over a six or nine month period. There is no rush to compete any exercise. The longer you take to learn, the better driver you will become. Learning this way will also help you relax with your helper.

Try not to change your driving after passing the driving test. If anything, try to become an even better driver, if not for yourself, then for the passengers in your car and the other people on the roads.

You can buy this book for £27.42.