I am 43 and was very nervous about taking lessons and looked at several driving schools. From the first call to Andy I knew I'd found the right teacher for me. I had taken quite a few lessons about 15 years ago but I just couldn't get it all to make sense.
I selected Andy's driving school after reading the testimonials. I was a more mature "Learner Driver" so was feeling apprehensive about finding the right driving instructor. As soon as I contacted Andy by telephone, I knew he would be the right man for the job, Andy is very honest and down to earth and puts you at ease immediately. He has the ability to pass on his knowledge in a relaxed and humourous way. I passed first time and would highly recommend Andy, he is a first-class driving instructor and I am looking forward to doing my pass-plus with him.
Message: My sister and I were both nervous about driving, and had tried to learn to drive before with an instructor from a well known driving school. Unfortunately he seemed to have the biggest mood swings over minor things, and was extremely sarcastic, this only made us both even more nervous about learning to drive. Andy was recommended to me by my sister after her first lesson with him. She always came back from her lessons smiling, whereas with our previous instructor she had always been close to tears, So I decided to learn with Andy too. I think it was one of the best decisions I've ever made! Andy is always really friendly and good tempered. He is also extremely patient, and never lets you feel stupid for making a mistake. I had always found driving so stressful, I almost couldn't believe how fun Andy made the lessons! Thanks to Andy I passed my test first time and I'm so grateful to him for helping me and my sister so much. I would gladly recommend him to anyone learning to drive, and I'll miss having lessons with him. I won't miss his jokes though, since I can see them on facebook :) Thanks for everything Andy!! October 2012
Message: When I found Andys Driving School it was my third attempt at learning to drive (I've been trying since I was 17, I'm 37 now). From my first lesson I knew I had found the right driving instructor. Andy made me feel relaxed and finally able to put the nerves aside and build my confidence to achieve what I haven't been able to do before, which was to stick with my lessons and get to my driving test. Andy's lessons were always fun, I felt he kept me progressing without pushing and taught me to drive in a "real world" way of driving. My lessons often had sound tracks, anything from gangsta rap to disco, and the jokes were non-stop. I passed my test first time and this is in no small way thanks to Andy's patience and teaching skills. I'll miss my lessons and I would recommend Andy to anyone and everyone wanting to learn to drive, he's the best!
"Andy was recommended to me by a friend and he did not disappoint! I have had THE BEST time learning to drive! He tells seriously cheesy jokes and has a hilarious sense of humour...this helped me relax if i was freaking out about something! I will miss receiving kitkats when I did something well and how we'd listen to his cheesy old pop music CD! He is very patient and I will really miss my driving lessons with him! Thank you for everything Andy!
"If you are looking for a fantastic instructor, then look no further. You absolutely will not find a better one than Andy. After having lessons 20 years ago (and failing a test!) I thought i would probably never try again but after being convinced by my other half to give it another go, I searched for a local instructor and based on the testmonials gave Andy a ring....I am so glad I did! From day 1, Andy made me feel totally relaxed, His sense of humour and calm patient nature make him a perfect instructor, by the time i had completed a few lessons i felt like Andy was a friend who i had known forever, I could not recommend him highly enough and I will really miss my lessons (i will even miss the terrible jokes! - Sorry Andy but they were!) I also really appreciated how flexible Andy was with lesson days/times - being a busy mum of 2 and working full time, lessons were not always that easy to shoe horn in but Andy was always really accomodating. Thank you so much for making my lessons so enjoyable and obviously for getting me through my test on the first attempt (with you!) x"
What a funny guy, and he can teach you to drive too! I loved the random texts, mirror, signal and manoevre! There was no way I was going to forget doing that. He is the best driving instructor I could have had with his patience, humour (?), thorough instruction and peculiar rhyming play on words and which paid off as I passed my test with No faults!! I would recommend him to all my friends as he is WICKED! Looking forward to doing pass plus - I'm telling the jokes though!"
"Andy's Driving School is the best. He doesn't just teach you how to pass your test, but actually how to drive afterwards! I will really miss laughing at his seriously cheesy jokes and getting the free kitkats when I did well. You spend all of the lesson driving and if you feel confident about a manoeuvre, Andy won't make you do it a thousand more times! Hope to see you soon Andy for motorway lessons or pass plus! :)"
"Just passed my test with only 4 minor faults thanks to Andy!
He's taught me so much in the past 14 weeks! and I'm so grateful! I couldn't have found a better instructor if I tried.
I found Andy's style of teaching very easy to follow and his sense of humour helped a lot too, he's a great man and a great instructor! I'd recommend him to anyone!
Thanks again Andy and I'll be seeing you soon for pass plus! :D "
"I decided that I wanted Andy as my driving instructor as I had already met him previously and felt totally comfortable with him, and I certainly made the right choice. He has a great personality, the lessons were very reasonable and I looked forward to every single one as he made driving lessons a very enjoyable experience. If you are looking for a driving instructor, please give Andy a try, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone, young or old. P.S. I passed my test on Friday 13th April, first time with two minors. "
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Message: Where to begin? Well from my very first lesson with Andy I have had the most amazing time learning to drive with him! Any first time nerves I had suddenly disappeared when Andy told his first HILARIOUS joke, which I then learnt was to be one of many! I absolutely loved his company and his enthusiastic and bubbly personality! Even at 9 am on a Saturday morning he would be ready for a dance and a joke, to help wake me up! He was very flexible with lesson times and also very reasonable! I learnt so much from him and I am so happy to have passed my test and love my freedom although I am sad to know that I have no more Saturday morning lessons and will miss his company greatly! Andy is THE best driving instructor and I will recommend him to everyone I know! Thankyou so much!! See you for pass plus! :) x
Andy is the best around. With only about 15 lessons, and no other practice or experience, he took me from complete learner to fully licensed driver. I recently passed the practical first try, with only 2 minor faults overall. His teaching style, attitude to getting the most out of each lesson by driving (not just reading books), and ability/knowledge, make him a superb instructor who I would recommend to anyone.
The car he currently has is also easy to drive, has excellent visibilty, and is very comfortable.
Don't be fooled by other driving instructors offering cheap as chips lessons - you get everything you could want from driving lessons if you go with Andy. They are worth every penny." Alex
"Andy was an excellent teacher for me, he made me feel comfortable and relaxed, and I enjoyed every lesson with him.Without his help I wouldn't have passed my test first time, and my brother definitely wouldn't have either! "
Here's what Daniel Sheppard said:
"I was reccommended to Andy via Louie at the best of Lichfield. I am very grateful as Andy made my driving lessons fun and we also found interesting conversation particulary about football. I passed my test on Friday first time and with less than four months of lessons with Andy. He is very truthful and helpful and is only interested in getting you through your test he will even tell you if you don't need anymore lessons. I would fully recommend Andy to both young and old as I really believe he is the best instructor in Lichfield. I look forward to seeing you again for my pass plus Andy. Thanks once again.
Here's what Sarah d said:
"I hadn't had a driving lesson for 8 years as gave it up as a bad job but after much prompting from the hubby i decided to give it another go.Ii came on here and read the testimonials of Andy and rang him then and there. so glad I did as he is a lovely person with much patience and encouragement. andy really boosted my confidence and made me feel like I could actually pass and be a confident driver. he also had a very good sense of humour and we got along great so learning to drive wasn't a chore this time.
Passed on the 10th jan thanks to andy and now there's no stopping me.
I recommend Andy to anyone. young or old.
Andy is my second instructor and after reading his testimonials I knew that he was going to be a great instructor unlike my last one, Andy has taught me more in 2 lessons than my last instructor did in 26! He explains things so clearly and makes everything that I used to find difficult seem really easy.
His calm attitude and his humour are just the icing on the cake! my only regret is that I didn't change to Andy sooner!
Thank you for what you've done so far.
I was recommended to Andy (by Louie via the best of ..) for my daughter and he didn't disappoint.
She had put in for her driving test and hadn't had an instructor for a long time so we needed someone to help her get up to the required standard .... and he only had 1 week to do so!!!
Andy made himself available and taught her more in a week than her previous instructor had in 20 or so lessons!! AND he made it a fun experience for her. She passed her test this morning and I am so grateful to Andy and his helpfulness and generosity and Andy I just want to say thank you so much for your time and your humour.
If you hadn't put my daughter at ease I reckon she would have failed her test.
I shall recommend you to anybody who wants to learn to drive as I think you actually ARE the best driving instructor in the Lichfield area.
My driving lessons with Andy have been amazing, every lesson it has been great fun and a great laugh! Andy doesn't teach for the money, he teaches for the fun and for the pupils. I will really miss my driving lessons and the great jokes we had as well.
Andy is the best man to teach driving to anyone, he is always truthful and helpful and always finds a way to teach as an individual.
Thanks Andy and i will see you for my pass plus
Name: Fay G
Message: Andy is such a great instructor and person. He has got such a great personality and always made my lessons so enjoyable and relaxing. If I messed up or couldn't do anything he would always help me through it until I felt comfortable and was able to do it properly,he was always polite and easy going. I totally recommend Andy to everyone he is the one! I miss my lessons I always use to look forward to them everytime. He wasn't just a drving instructor,he was also a good friend. He always made me laugh and gave me so much confidence that I could do it and I actually did. I passed 1st time with Andy. I would just like to say thankyou so much for all the support I am so grateful :) And also thankyou for the kit kats and also when I left my watch in your car haha And there was me saying OOhh no I shan't forget it (but i did). Don't forget me,shall always keep in touch :) Thankyou for getting me through it!!!If you want a fun,easy going,caring,awesome,knoledgable driving instructor Andy is the one!!! Thanks again,I will never forget the laughs and jokes we shared,you used to make me cry with laughter!! And messed up my make-up!!Aha I could write so much but i've got to leave some room for others. Speak soon, Little miss Faybelline XX (chunks ) xxxxx
Name: Francesca Glew
Message: Where to start! Andy is a great driving instructor, I turned 17 in August, started lessons with Andy straight away after a recommendation from a friend and can now proudly say that I have passed my test with only 2 minors after just under 5 months of driving! Andy made the lessons fun and enjoyable and not once did I find them boring! He is a joker, so if you were born without a sense of humour then Andy is not the guy for you! However, if like most people, you are a bit nervous at the thought of learning to drive then Andy really is your man. He always makes you feel relaxed and the lessons are always fun, and somehow I never got annoyed when I couldn't do something, we would just move on and come back to it next lesson! He must also be the most patient man I've ever met. I really can't think of anything else to say, except I can't possibly fault Andy in any way! It was pleasure to learn to drive with him and i look forward to our pass plus lessons!
"Well were do i start... some years ago i took driving lessons and took a test and failed, i new then i was not ready for it, but my instructor said i was and guess what i failed, it really put me of learning to drive again, and never thought i would, as im a nervous and not so confident person.But now at the tender age of 39 and moving to a new area i decided the time was to start again, after looking at most of the driving schools around i came across Andy and after ready is testimons i thought he sounded the right person to learn me, From day 1 he put me at ease help me feel i can do this, he gave me confidence, support, and best of all is relaxed but professional lessons, what ever i felt i didnt feel comfortable with we went over and over again until i did it at ease, he never pressured me on anything his main thing is I felt comfortable and was he happy to do what i wanted to do. He has worked so hard with me over this last couple of weeks supporting me when i thought i cant do this. And today i have passed my test !! The main thing i wanna say is i think it is hard to find a right instructor, there are so many about, but i can asure anyone Andy is the best by far !! i shall miss my lessons with him so much, It was a joy each time, the only thing i have bad to say is.. is jokes they are that bad they made me laugh lol (only joking Andy lol). Last thing is Andy thankyou soooooo much for your time and support, on getting me through today and i see you soon for my pass plus." Jane R
Name: Julie Walker
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Message: Andy is an excellent teacher who makes the pupil feel comfortable and at ease. Andy is always reliable, punctual and very accomodating. He charges a fair price too! Andy has taught both our sons and both passed first time - the elder with just four minors and the younger with a clean sheet! Thanks for everything Andy.
Message: If your looking for a great driving instructor then this is the one to go for, Not only is andy an awesome instructor, he is also someone you can have a laugh with and he makes the lessons fun too. Hes a lovely guy and tbh if you go with anyone else you're all fools :D Andy has now begun to become our family driving instructor simply because hes too cool :), thanks again andy see you around !!!
Message: First of all I’d like to say a big thank you to Andy, for his support with my driving lessons. After being with a previous instructor, I ended up wasting a lot of time and money on lessons that I did not need. However after a mate of mine recommended Andy to me I booked my test within a matter of weeks and passed first time with only two minor faults. This comes down to Andy as he is a brilliant instructor, when learning to drive with Andy, there is no messing around and the quality of tuition is very high. I'd like to recommend anyone who is looking for a new Driving Instructor, (whether it be, to touch up on your skills or to learn from scratch) to learn from and use the expertise of Andy, who is anything but your typical Driving Instructor. In my opinion he has a very mature, responsible, yet has a laid back approach to teaching. He is a genuinely nice guy with a reputation of being very, very reliable. This is someone who will literally bend over backwards to accommodate your needs. Thanks again Andy :) Rav Khaira
Where do I start? ... Andy's Driving School was nothing but absolutely fantastic from my first ever lesson right up until the day of my practical test when I passed first time. I would not of got where I am today without Andy. He is so professional, bubbly, energetic, lively, smart, friendly, polite, wise, reliable, funny, and caring and just a lovely instructor and it was a privilege to be taught by Andy. The costs were very reasonable and now I have passed, I would like to thank Andy very much for getting me to where i needed to be in able to pass. I do not have a bad word to say about Andy or his business but what I will say is that if you want to be taught by the best, go with Andy. In my eyes, no one can compare to be honest. I could not have asked for more. He is exquisite at what he does in his profession. Getting me ready to pass my test took away a few dark clouds and replaced it with a huge sunshine throughout my day. Thank you so much again Andy! Molly Mary Simmons, xxx
Sorry it's took so long to get on and do it but after the new found freedom i've had driving i haven't found chance. I'd held a provisional license for about 7years and had a terrible first driving instructor who didnt know that he had to leave the pedals to me, then i had another few with a 'nameless' national driving school who weren't interested in teaching only in taking money. Then i found Andy and as soon as i got in his car i relaxed and found it easier to concentrate on driving than with previous instructors, after a few lessons it was like i had been driving for ages and i liked the laid back approach to his teaching (although sorry Andy you need a new joke book) and after a couple of months tuition i took my test and passed first time so seriously having tried the rest i passed with the best, try it yourselves and find out. Cheers Andy for turning me into my fiance's personal chauffeur. Kevin A
Andy is actually the best, and i'm gonna miss him and his questionable quality jokes (hehe) when I go out on my own. He never got angry and always made me feel safe and at ease. I passed first time (the 8th out of 8 this year to pass) with only 3 minors. He never makes you feel stupid, no matter how silly the mistake is that youre making, he always reassures you and he really cares about you. He is a brilliant instructor and a brilliant guy too, never a dull moment. I would reccomend him to everyone. Youll never dread a lesson with him, itll never seem like a chore, and you always feel like youve improved one heck of a lot after every lesson. So thank you Andy for everything! Sarah N
Andy's lessons were fun. He always has a joke... or 10 to tell, and will put you at ease when your in the car, i was nervous before my first lesson, but he took away the nerves straight away. He doesnt get angry when you make stupid mistakes, but uses them to make you a more compitant driver, he doesnt only teach you how to get through your test.. but teaches you to DRIVE. I passed my test first time, and he is now a good friend of mine, i miss having my driving lessons every week. I recommended andy to all of my friends, and would recommend him to anyone, his calm teaching style and sometimes poor jokes make him a superb teacher, and if i had to choose again, it would be andy everytime. Thanks andy.Adam C
I really miss having my driving lessons. I hate to admit it but I even miss your cheesy jokes Andy! Just want to say thank you for helping me gain confidence and for making driving so enjoyable, and for the chocolate biscuits!! I really would recommend Andy to everyone. Such an honest and lovely man, who genuinely wants his pupils to pass. Thanks for everything Andy!! Sarah C
Driving lessons with Andy were a lot of fun. He never once got angry over my mistakes and was always patient. If I was nervous, he'd tell particularly bad jokes to help me relax and keep helping me out until I finally got it. Andy always lets you judge your driving rather than being condescending like other instructors. For example he will ask you if you want to do that situation again now or try later and try something else in the meantime. I could not be happier with the driving experience I received with Andy, his car is easy to drive and you always get your full time (sometimes more if needed) and a friendly calm atmosphere. If you want to learn the easiest way to get the best results with as little stress as possible, Andy is your man.Dave N
Andy's Driving School does what it says on the tin! He passes you quickly and with confidence, and without dragging extra lessons out of you (he passed me first time after only 10 lessons. I enjoyed my lessons with him that much that I often didn't realise we went overtime "just to perfect that manouvre". It's things like that that make you realise he really does care about you passing, you're not just another statistic to him. Andy is a good laugh and an even better driving instructor! He came highly recommended and I am recommending him also. Thanks for everything Andy!Alex P
When i reached the age of 38 i'd given up the hope of ever learning to drive. I'd had two attempts earlier in life but never felt in control so i gave up. Then someone brought me a block of lessons as a gift. It took me six months to pluck up the courage to contact the driving school as i was so nervous about it. I remember my first lesson well. I was so nervous and scared but Andy was wonderful and put me at ease after about 30 minutes. He even made me laugh with some really terrible jokes. Over the next few weeks i was still really nervous but slowly, slowly i beagn to actually DRIVE!!! Andy was kind and patient and really listened to my concerns. He never made me feel stupid and always kept a calm level head even when i did something mega stupid (and that was quite often in the early days). I'm not a natural driver and found lots of the manoeuvres hard but Andy had loads of different ways to show or explain things to me and nothing was ever to much trouble. He encouraged me all the way and in January this year i passed my test (first time). I don't think i could of done this without Andy and i will always be grateful to him for his understanding and patience. Thanks Andy your a star x
I was quite nervous about driving for the first time, but Andy's relaxed yet organised manner made me feel completely at ease from the first lesson. The terrible jokes got even worse as the lessons progressed but they definitely took away the nerves when it came to my test! Andy's been a great instructor and I'm very thankful to him for making me a confident and competent driver. Thanks! Ali x
I had alot of fun learning to drive with Andy. It was laid back and entertaining (if you can call the jokes entertaining), and i always looked forward to the next lesson. It was great that i could have so much fun whilst learning how to drive as some friends found their driving instructors strict and boring but you have a laugh as well as learning to drive properly at the same time. Andy's a great teacher and i highly reccomend him to anyone, as i have done to many of my friends already. Thanks Andy, Simon. (he did not even give me free lessons to say this).
I passed first time thanks to Andy. At first I was extremely nervous and wasn't at all confident behind the wheel, but Andy helped me to enjoy driving and my confidence grew. He always knew when I was ready for the next step even before I thought I was, but looking back he was right every time. At the end of each lesson I felt my driving had really improved. I was always able to have a good laugh with Andy even if most of his jokes weren't great! Andy was a lovely instructor (not in a gay way) and i couldnt have asked for anyone better. Many thanks, Chris
It was my 17th birthday on 26th January08..and i was desperate to drive! The option of a 1 week intensive course seemed a bit daunting, as i wanted to learn safely and be able to feel in control and confident whilst driving, so i decided to learn with weekly lessons. With Andy i was able to have 2 sometimes 3 hours a week of driving lessons, and they were so fun and enjoyable i was just as excited for every lesson as i was for the first( wich was in my actual birthday). Andys a real laugh, and you get every minutes worth of your lesson. I never felt like i was being cheated and taught anything i already knew, but every new hurdle was taught so that that i was confident and knew exactly what i was doing. Andys always really relaxed and understanding, aswell as thinking himself as a good joke teller( hmmm :S) His patience is unbelievable, and hes really honest in telling how well your doing. I was sooo happy when i passed my test! First time i might say, and with only 1 minor! :D and i am very thankful to everything Andy did to help me because i dont think i could have learnt everything so thoroughly and in such a short space of time( 2 months and 19 days) and still love driving as much as i do now. So thankyou sooo much! I would honestly recomend Andy to anybody, whether you want to learn super quickly, or feel nervous about driving, because Andys calm temprement is perfect for a driving instructor!
In regards to learning to drive, I would personally say that you can't go wrong with Andy. Not only are his methods easy to pick up, he makes you fell at ease and you honestly do have fun; which is always important! Without doubt, I would totally recommend him. Finally (and I'm not just saying this!), he is a genuinely nice guy who will do his best to ensure you are a competent driver. Many thanks Andy for your teaching and enabling me to pass my test!
Alex Parkes 06/11/08
Andy's Driving School does what it says on the tin! He passes you quickly, with confidence, and without dragging extra lessons out of you! (He passed me first time in only ten weeks!).
I enjoyed my lessons with him that much, that I often didn't realise when we went overtime "just to perfect that manoevre" its things like that that make you realise Andy really does care about you passing, your not just another statistic to him! Andy is a great laugh, and an even better driving instructor! He came highly recommended, and I'm recommending him also! Thanks for everything Andy!
Hannah Sweetnam 25/11/08
Its been great fun having Andy as a driving instructor, I couldn't of wished for a more understanding person to help me learn to drive. I was doing well fairly quickly and I felt that Andy's teaching style suited me perfectly, with the occasional... well, fairly often, bad jokes to keep me smiling. Although my confidence caused a few problems preventing me from passing straight away, I don't think I could have tried again without Andy's help. He's a fantastic instructor and now I have done my Pass Plus its strange to not to have lessons each week and I will definitely miss those bad jokes. Thanks for everything Andy, you've been great!