Learning to drive is an exciting new step towards greater freedom of movement with an abundance of new opportunities.
However, it can also be daunting and finding a suitable teacher can be tricky.
It’s not cheap, so you want to make sure you’re getting the most for what you’re paying for.
Here are the most patient, calming and supportive instructors with the highest pass rates in the Nottingham area, according to reviews left on Google.
All ratings and scores are accurate as of March 19.
Apple driving school – 5*
Located in Stapleford, Apple Driving School’s five-star rating comes from a total of 47 different reviews, proof not only of the high quality of the school, but also of its consistency.
Customers note how perfect instructor Rob’s friendly approach is for beginners and those who may be nervous about learning to drive for the first time.
One reviewer said: “After struggling to master the ride and thinking it would never be an option for me, Rob was really the force behind boosting my confidence and skills.
“He was extremely patient, understanding and passionate with thoughtful lesson plans that not only get you to a place where you can pass your test, but go above and beyond your skillset to ensure you are a safe driver. “
Secure A Pass Driving School – 5*
Secure A Pass received a total of 26 reviews on Google and not a single one saw reason to give Instructor Mani Khan anything other than five stars.
A satisfied customer said: “I would really recommend Mani, he is a great driving instructor.
“He really helped me gain confidence and the classes were fun.”
The driving school is based in the New Basford area of the city of Nottingham.
Compass Driving School – 5*
Achieving an average of five stars out of four reviews, Instructor Steve clearly made a good impression on his students who all took the time to personally thank him and praise his skills as a teacher.
One wrote: “Steve is an amazing driving instructor! He brings a really calm vibe, super talkative and has some crazy banter ;). Everything you could want in an instructor.
“I highly recommend him to all new drivers. Passed the first time after only a few months of lessons, all thanks to him!!”
Steve is based in Carlton.
Elevate Driving School – 4.9*
Elevate Driving School is incredibly popular and has 424 reviews on Google. This makes its average rating of 4.9 all the more impressive.
The school has a variety of friendly teachers with many reviews focused on thanking a specific instructor.
Located outside the town of Arnold, the driving school seems well worth the trip.
A satisfied driver said: “I just want to say thank you Steven for all your support in helping me pass my driving test in just 11 hours, you made what seemed impossible possible!
“You are an amazing instructor! Very reliable, patient and highly recommended.
“TOP GUY Thanks again!”
Driving course Russ Chaplin – 4.9*
Russ has received rave reviews for making the test “easy” by instilling a whole lot of confidence in his students.
There’s a common thread running through its 88 reviews with many customers happy they got it right the first time.
A review read: “Russ is an amazing driving instructor! He explains things very well so you learn things very quickly.
“He’s also very supportive when you need him, which has made me feel more confident in my driving.
“He never cancels his classes unless necessary and is never late! I would definitely recommend him!
It is based on St. Albans Road, just outside of town.
Accelerated Driving School – 4.9*
Accelerate Driving School is another great company located outside of the city itself in West Bridgford.
Don’t let that put you off, it has an average rating of 4.9 stars out of 190 Google reviews and is clearly worth a look.
A client recently wrote, “The whole experience from start to finish with Nick and this driving school was professional, fun and a very enjoyable experience” and “Prices are competitive and fair for the quality of work and service. ‘expert’.
Notts Driving School – 4.9*
Notts Driving School reviewers have noted the professionalism and reliability of the business, with lessons never canceled or delayed and communication efficient.
Several reviewers also recognized their instructor by name, showing the positive working relationship between instructors and students at this school.
One wrote: “I had driving lessons with Jim. He was very good at learning how to reduce nerves behind the wheel with a relaxed approach.
“I highly recommend Notts Driving School to anyone looking to gain confidence in their driving and pass the test!”
He is based in West Bridgford.
Alevel Driving School – 4.7*
A family-friendly driving school based in Arnold, Alevel has received very positive feedback, averaging 4.7 stars out of 27 reviews.
One client said: “So happy to have had success with Britt today! She was amazing, very helpful and always patient with me! I will seriously miss her lessons, it was always a laugh!”
The school seems to be particularly popular with women due to its availability of female instructors.
1st driving school – 4.5*
This school is ideal for Nottinghamians living in Long Eaton, where it is located.
It has received a large number of reviews which tend to focus on the dedication of the instructors as well as the friendly personal bonds formed.
One person who took the time to leave a detailed review wrote, “Today I passed my second attempt and was trained by the most wonderful instructor, Roger Fleming.
“It was a pleasure to be taught (sic) by him, he makes you feel so relaxed and he will follow a plan of how you feel, but I can guarantee that each lesson will teach you something new or recap the things you’re not sure about turned on, he always asks you what you’re doing when you get in the car.”
The Driving School Nottingham – 4*
Located in the city center, this driving school is ideal for city dwellers who cannot travel long distances to take lessons.
Three words one reviewer used to describe the teachers were “patient, friendly and knowledgeable”, what more could you ask for from a driving instructor?