Driving Lesson Pupil Reviews

Customer Reviews

Read a selection of reviews from our happy customers!


Thanks to Chris for building my confidence and helping me to pass my test. Would highly recommend Tom


Reece smashed his Driving Test first time with only 3 minor faults.


I successfully pass first time with 0 fauts, I kept calm and concentrated. Many hours and practicing that has paid off, loads of credit to Chris my driving instructor, he helped with everything I needed to do to enable me to get better at driving, very funny, quite strange but professional, would definitely recommend to anyone looking to begin Driving Lessons.


Big thank you to Chris , great driving instructor getting me through my test.


Big thank you to Daniel, great instructor and very helpful, got me through my test 1st time, definitely recommend to anyone who’s looking for a Driving School !


“Wow what can I say, Rob took a 32 year old bloke who was a nervous wreck and made him feel at complete ease from the get go, he teaches you in a way that just sinks in and I couldn’t thank him enough! I never thought I’d see the day I’d pass but with Rob’s help here I am all passed so thank you!”


“Learning with Daniel was fantastic! He knows his stuff to ensure you pass your test but most of all tought me how to keep you safe on the roads”


“My brother, sister and myself all learnt with Daniel. I found the teaching was broken down very well and I was not asked to do anything too difficult in the early stages of driving. Daniel is very flexible with the lesson times and flexible pick up/drop of points. With The Driving School south west I have learnt to become a very safe and responsible driver. I had great fun learning to drive, lots of laughs along the way,  I highly recommend Daniel to anybody who needs to learn to drive in. Luke”


“So happy I passed today I could not have done it without Neil and his never ending patience and good humor. Thank you so much”.


“Alex said, Thank you Rob for all your hard work and for being able to have a laugh along the way. It was a great experience having you as my instructor”


“Max made learning to drive understandable as she was clear and precise.  At first i was very nervous but Max helped me out a lot and helped me understand how to drive safely.  Thank you Max”


“Darren my instructor has been brilliant and very patient with me, after such a long time since I drove last, I wasn’t sure about driving again but Darren gave me all the confidence and skills I needed to pass……..I’m so happy”


“A big thank you to Darren my instructor who was so patient and relaxed when things got tricky, without the great instruction I’d never have done it”


Dan is a great guy. He’s firm but fair! He’s proper down to earth and will definitely get the best out of you. I recommend him to anyone! Thanks a lot mate.


Cassandra said “I have had a few different instructors who I didn’t get on with but with but driving with Daniel I was able to feel relaxed, the instructions he gave were more clear and explained in a way I was able to understand and I actually enjoyed driving. Thank you for getting me through my test.


Hannah said Thanks to Rob I was able to pass my test first time with only 2 minors! Couldn’t have asked for a better instructor! Providing amazing teaching and entertainment, not a dull moment! Thanks Rob


“I had great fun learning to drive with The Driving School South West! I was incredibly nervous when I started, but my driving instructor Daniel was really supportive and quick to build my confidence up. He was always calm and very patient and he taught me how to relax behind the wheel. I am so happy that I can throw away my L plates!”

Testimonial from Samie Widdicombe
Samie Widdicombe

“I learnt to drive with Max, really enjoyed my driving experience and thanks to Max I passed my driving test first time. I would highly recommend The Driving School south west to anybody”

Testimonial from Penny

“Having a shaky start learning to drive 10 years ago I was very reluctant to learn again. I put it off until I had to do it for a new job. I was very nervous but Neil was always calm and endlessly patient. We learnt at a pace, which I was comfortable with and I even came to enjoy driving! I am proud to say that a decade after the first attempt I have passed first time with The Driving School south west”

Testimonial from James

“Due to a bad experience with a previous driving school, I was a bit apprehensive about starting lessons again after six years. I shouldn’t have been! The Driving School South West is excellent, I felt totally comfortable and at ease during my driving lessons and genuinely enjoyed the experience. By the time I did my practical test, I knew I’d pass no problem! It felt great to be so confident. I will always recommend Daniel, his support and feedback made such a difference!”

Testimonial from Paul

“Max is a fantastic instructor, she made me feel comfortable and I passed first time with 1 minor fault due to the fantastic teaching of Max”

Testimonial from Steve

“I had 2 weeks of lessons, on my sixth lesson i passed my test first time. I Felt relaxed and comfortable on my lessons and i would highly recommend The Driving School south west to anybody who wants to learn to drive. Thanks a lot Max”

Testimonial from Oliver Neil
Oliver Neil

“An excellent experience learning to drive. It made the driving test seem easy, I passed my test 1st time with only 2 minors and I am going to miss my instructor Neil. Thank you very much for your patience”

Testimonial from Abi

“Neil helped me conquer my fears of other drivers and become confident in myself, within a short space of time, which meant I passed my test in a short space of time with just 3 minors”

Testimonial from Yasmin Hughes
Yasmin Hughes

“I passed first time with The Driving School south west. My instructor had a lovely calm and patient approach to allow you to gain confidence. Good tutoring and enjoyable lessons. Thanks Neil”

Testimonial from Liam Townshend
Liam Townshend

“Excellent teaching, clear instructions, i would highly recommend The Driving School south west…. Also i had great fun on my lessons. Thanks Max”

Testimonial from Byrony Quick
Byrony Quick

“I would highly recommend Neil as a driving instructor. He is patient, calm and knows how to put people at ease even in stressful situations, which learning to drive can be. I was a very nervous driver and Neil was incredibly understanding. I learnt to drive at a pace that suited me and I passed first time. I am now a confident driver and it’s thanks to Neil’s teaching”

Testimonial from Louise Emmerson
Louise Emmerson

“I am extremely pleased with my lessons. Max is a very good teacher; she made all the manoeuvres easy and corrected me on all my faults. I would highly recommend her to everyone. Thanks Max”

Testimonial from David

“I really enjoyed my time learning to drive thanks to Kirsten who made the whole experience pleasant and easy, due to her good teaching and listening skills. She helped me meet my goals on-time and gave clear instruction that helped me to progress quickly and get up and running in no time. Good company too! I highly recommend both Kirsten and Driving School SW to anyone learning to drive, they will get you in the right direction immediately”

Testimonial from Danielle Champney
Danielle Champney

“Kirsten is a fab instructor; she is so easy to talk to and I always enjoyed our weekly chats! Right from the very first lesson she put me at ease despite my frequent nerves and quickly built up my confidence through constant reassurance and encouragement. Now that I’ve passed my test there’s no better feeling than being able to jump in my car and go anywhere I want. Thanks so much Kirsten!! ☺

Testimonial from Paul Lowndes
Paul Lowndes

“After having 4 unsuccessful tests with another company and having a four-year break i decided to try The driving school SW. My Instructor Kirsten was Lovely and I felt fully relaxed with her ? after Just two months I Passed my test first time with her as my instructor. Thank you so much Kirsten and The driving School SW for helping me pass my test”


Passed first time with Chris, kept me very calm and the best instructor I’ve had by a mile!!


I’ve had an excellent experience learning with the Driving School South West; clear, friendly instructions from start to finish!Gavin, my instructor, was brilliant!I passed my practical this morning with only one minor. I largely attribute the excellent pass to Gavin’s experience in understanding what I needed to know to past the test. In addition to this, his hour-long warmup beforehand helped to settle my nerves and get me focused ready to be examined.Thanks, Gavin, I appreciate your efforts. 


Would like to give Rob a massive thank you for helping me pass my test 1st time with only 4 minors!!. Always having a good laugh during the lessons which I am going to miss. Would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great instructor!


Massive thanks to Chris for getting me through my driving test. He’s a great instructor who is very patient and friendly who you can also have a laugh with. Would highly recommend!


Big thank you to Gavin , great driving instructor getting me through my driving test with only 1 minor yesterday , can’t thank enough , definitely recommend him to anyone , extremely calm and patient , too service all round ! ????????


Absolutely amazing instructor, very patient, friendly and has a sense of humour, passed first time 1 minor.  Would recommend a hundred times over!

Daisy King

“I started off driving lessons confidently with the help and guidance of Aaron Grant, my instructor. Despite the reassurance from him leading up to my driving test, I began to feel very anxious and doubted my driving ability. I booked in for three Solution Focused Hypnotherapy sessions with The Pebble Ridge Practice, which helped me regain my confidence and reduce the anxiety. I went into my test believing in myself, feeling much more confident and I passed first time with flying colours, thanks to The Driving School South West and The Pebble Ridge Practice.”


“Max was extremely helpful & patient teaching me and I would highly recommend her to future pupils”


“I have been driving just less than a year and I was a nervous driver, but Daniel brought me out of myself and told me I can do if I believe in myself. The first time I took my test I past so I am very pleased and want to say thank you for everything. Christie.

Driving Lessons Paignton

“I joined The Driving School South West after having difficulty at another school. Daniel was a brilliant instructor and I felt like I was actually making progress in each lesson and valued all feedback I received. Leading up to my test Daniel went the extra mile pushing me with parts of driving I still didn’t like but never put me out of my comfort zone. All in all I cannot praise Daniel enough! Many thanks Siobhain”.


“I’m glad I had Rob for my driving lessons. He is polite, patient and is a nice person and easy to feel relaxed with.  So happy I passed first time …. thank you Rob ?


“Never thought I’d go from where I started to being able to drive myself. Very strict and safe lessons all helped massively. Dan took me through each step and we had a laugh at the same time”


“Thank you, and once again thank you for all your help!! Urm ok “My whole experience with the driving school was fab from beginning to the end. Coming from another instructor I was worried they were all the same, but you were given the opportunity of preference over your instructor and offered an affordable plan. Maxine was amazing, she supported me throughout the whole process, offering flexibility and managed to sort my confidence on the road. Friendly but professional I felt comfortable in the car and comfortable to be myself throughout the lesson – something I hadn’t felt previously. Great driving school, amazing instructor, thank you”


“I am very happy I found The Driving School south west on-line, good prices, great communication. Neil was amazing; he explained driving methods in a way that was very easy to understand”

Testimonial from Claire

“I found Max to be a friendly instructor that put me at ease from the first lesson. When I felt nervous about the manoeuvres she would always explain them to me in detail so that I could understand them better. Without Max as my instructor I don’t believe I would have passed first time. Thanks a lot Max”

Testimonial from Allan hegarly
Allan hegarly

“Daniel will make sure you are ready before sending you for your test. His ability to spot your strengths and weaknesses are first class. If I had to describe Daniel it would be calm, professional, contentious and will work hard on your behalf. Be prepared and book with the best”

Testimonial from Louise Kinnair
Louise Kinnair

“I am not very good at stuff like this but kirsten is a brill teacher. I was so nervous and she made me overcome it by boosting my confidence and making me believe in myself. I am so glad she taught me. Kirsten is a very calm person and made my lesson enjoyable. thank you for teaching me. love you xx”

Testimonial from Camilla

“I had a fantastic experience learning to drive with The Driving School South West! I was very nervous the first time I sat behind the wheel, but Max is a great instructor and immediately put me at ease. Thanks for a brilliant experience, I’m so grateful to have passed first time!”

Testimonial from Jaye Williams
Jaye Williams

“I found that Neil was a very good instructor. He is calm, laid back and made me feel relaxed before my test. I passed first time…. Thank you Neil”

Testimonial from Adam

“Daniel is a superb driving instructor. He’s fun to learn with and has a great sense of humour! Hilarious analogies are to be expected, along with quick progression during lessons and an overall feeling of confidence and competence. If anyone can steer you on the road to success, he can! Thanks mate!”

Testimonial from Jamie Wicks
Jamie Wicks

“I found Neil to be a very professional driving instructor with a great technique of teaching. I enjoyed my lessons and learnt how to drive safely and confidently. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn to drive in the area”

Testimonial from Tom

“I was struggling and lacking confidence with my driving lessons and a friend recommended I changed driving schools and tried Daniel at The Driving School south west. Daniel is a very calm, professional and friendly instructor, he was very good pointing out my strengths and weaknesses, which built my confidence. I used to dread my driving lessons but once I moved instructors to Daniel I looked forward to and enjoyed my lessons. Thanks a million Daniel”

Lee Vallance

“I was really nervous when I first started learning to drive, but Kirsten really made me feel relaxed and at ease behind the wheel. She was excellent at making me feel confident about my driving, and understanding when I did make errors, offering me advice to correct them going forward. I would recommend the Driving School to anyone, they offer a first rate service. Thanks Kirsten”

Testimonial from Josh Townsend
Josh Townsend

“Neil is good company and a great instructor. I passed first time! Highly recommended”

Testimonial from Sally

“I had great fun learning to drive, I was such a nervous driver, but my instructor (Neil) helped me through that, he was calm and very patient and taught me how to relax behind the wheel. I am so happy that i can now throw away my ‘L’ plates”

Testimonial from Katie

“I love you Max! You were so patient with me, even when I was stressed and stroppy! You explained things in a way that I could understand, thank you so much for giving me the confidence to pass my driving test and get my license!”

Testimonial from Tony Grout
Tony Grout

“Neil was a fantastic instructor; I passed with far less hours under by belt than I could of ever imagined. Professional service, punctual with a great sense of humor. I would highly recommend The Driving School south west”

Daniel Honeyball

“Neil gave me the confidence and knowledge to feel comfortable during my lessons. I would highly recommend him to others who would like to learn to drive”

Naomi Brooks

“Neil is a Excellent Instructor!! He takes his time to practice the manoeuvres with patience and efficiency”