After moving to Dorset, Al chose YES! Driving School for his Driving Instructor Training and hasn’t looked back since. Al is a friendly and dedicated instructor with a calm, understanding manner and has a patient approach that helps put pupils at ease. He is keen to achieve and maintain the best standards as a driving instructor in Broadstone and the surrounding areas.
What makes the job so interesting for Al is that no two pupils are the same, and neither are their needs. His genuine curiosity for what his pupils are thinking and feeling, helps him to tailor his lessons and teaching styles to suit each pupil, finding the best way for them to learn. Al sees learning to drive as a partnership between pupil and instructor and encourages them to have an involvement in decision making as much as possible. As a driving instructor in Broadstone, he aims to create an atmosphere that allows pupils to achieve solid learning, but at the same time allows them to not worry about being judged when they do make mistakes.
Safe & Respectful Driving
Importantly, Al prides himself on being a safe and respectful driver. Passing these qualities on to his pupils lies at the heart of everything that he teaches. He firmly believes these are qualities that are essential to making a well-rounded, competent and responsible driver for life.
Life before and beyond
Originally from the Midlands, Al lived and worked for several years in London as a Graphic Designer where he enjoyed designing for companies ranging from international brands to local businesses. From this he gained valuable experience of how to work with and adapt to a wide range of people. He moved to Dorset in the mid 2010’s to find somewhere to put down long term roots. Having worked in the design industry for several years he decided he wanted a career that was more fulfilling, and people orientated. Having always been passionate for all things motoring becoming a driving instructor was a perfect fit.
In his free time you can find him foraging deep in the forest or out on a long country walk – or if it’s raining he’s quite happy with one of his cats on his lap with a good film.
Alastair has recently passed his final qualifying test of Instructional Ability and his instructional techniques are really sharp but this is laced with a blend of humour, compassion and a natural curiosity about his pupils. Al has already stated that he still wants to learn more and progress by spending more time with our Director of Training, Pete Wilkinson.
Ruedi is the founder of YES! Driving School. Originally from Austria, he permanently moved to the UK in 2002. He now resides and provides a quality service as an automatic driving instructor in Wimborne, Dorset.
Ruedi is a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) approved Grade A Driving Instructor and registered with the Driving Instructors Association (DIA). He is also a qualified Edexcel Lvl3 Assessor as well as holding a Fleet Training Qualification and NVQ 3 in Driving Instruction.
During his service with the Austrian Army and further work with the UN Military Police in Cyprus and the Middle East, Ruedi has acquired a range of skills and vehicle licences for Motorbike, Car, Articulated Truck & Trailer and Coach, both, with manual and automatic transmissions.
Ruedi loves working with people and passing on his knowledge. He also has experience in teaching windsurfing & dinghy sailing.
Being a patient and thorough tutor, he is happy to repeat his instructions until the manoeuvres are made to perfection. He puts his pupils at ease which is what makes his lessons enjoyable. Ruedi recommends the number of lessons one needs to pass the test and drive safely for life. He has been a driving instructor in Wimborne and the surrounding area for some time now. Ruedi has a comprehensive knowledge of the area and an in-depth knowledge of driving test routes around Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester. Most of Ruedi’s pupils have passed their tests at the first or second attempt.
Pete joined YES! Driving School when he moved to Dorset and chose YES! Driving School from many others. YES! Driving School made it easy for Pete to become a driving instructor in Blandford. In fairly quick time, Pete was invited to become Co-Owner of YES! Driving School with Ruedi
As part of his 22 years in the Army, Pete was an Instructor of various subjects for 21 years of this service. In this time, Pete realised that he had the ability to understand what makes an individual tick. Additionally, he learned how to get the best from each one. He now puts this ability together with the latest coaching techniques. This makes your learning experience an easy, stress free and fun time.
Pete believes that the Pupil should have a major say in their learning experience and any decisions made about the pace and direction of training should be a team effort. As a Trainer at heart, Pete is passionate about training. He takes great pleasure from seeing people progress in life and relishes in the excitement of Test Day. He has a great ability in putting his pupils at ease and giving a great sense of self-belief. This helps on Test Day and also in preparation for solo driving once the Pupil becomes a Full Licence Holder.
A strong knowledge of all test areas in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Salisbury ensures easy learning.
Always looking for self-improvement, Pete took the Advanced Driving Test assessed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and achieved a Gold Award, the highest standard awarded. He has since retested several times with the same result and also went on to successfully complete the RoSPA Tutors Assessment. Pete aims to provide more than the basic levels as a Driving Instructor in Blandford and surrounding areas.
Pete, as Director of Training, also provides a structured programme of Instructor Training. If you’re interested in becoming a Driving Instructor, click here.
More recently, Pete completed his Standards Check with the DVSA and was Graded ‘A’, scoring the maximum score possible with 51/51. Top Result!
You can learn to drive in Blandford and Iwerne Minster with YES! Driving School! Our reliable, patient and friendly instructors cover all areas of Blandford and Iwerne Minster. With YES! you can have your driving lessons in Blandford or Iwerne Minster with peace of mind knowing you are with a fully qualified, DVSA approved & DIA registered driving instructor. We welcome anxious and nervous pupils and our experienced instructors will transform you overtime into a safe and confident driver!
Book your lessons any time, 7days / week – you won’t be disappointed!
To book your driving course, please contact us by using the contact form to email us, or give us a call to talk to one of our friendly Blandford Driving Instructors on 0330 330 7717 or send us a text: 079 4940 1395
You can visit the Prices page to get more information on pricing, depending on the type of driving lesson you require. Our instructors will be happy to pick you up from home, school, work or any other place convenient for you.
Blandford Forum is a market town on the River Stour in Dorset. Blandford has a population of approximately 9000 and is the headquarters of the North Dorset District Council. It is also the home of Blandford Camp, a military base sited on the hills to the east, and Badger Brewery which supply to pubs and restaurants across the region.
Iwerne Minster is part of the Cranbourne chase and is home to Clayesmore School, a fee-paying boarding and day school which caters for all ages.
Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
I have suffered with anxitey most of my life and never thought I’d be able to do a driving lesson let alone a test.
I started with Pete and instantly...
It was the best.
When driving in situations i didn’t know i’d get myself so worked up, with pete by my side he was able to calm my nerves and helped me be prepared...
Shelley-Anne is a great instructor! She is very supportive and works with you to ensure you progress and feel safe on the road. I couldn’t be happier!
Very good guidance from my instructor!
He made sure I drove safely not just for the test but in the future. I couldn’t have done this without him
After learning with Alan from my first drive years ago I had a very long break from driving lessons and I was over the moon when I was able to...
I never thought I’d ever pass my test! I was about ready to give up when Ruedi worked his magic. Really amazing instructor, super calm person which made me, a...
Thank you so much Rob,
You were brilliant with me and really helped me get used to driving again and helped me to feel more confident ☺️
I would of happily...
Al has been an amazing instructor. So considerate and patient, making sure you are fully confident in every aspect of driving. Couldn’t have chosen a better instructor. Thank you!
Donna is an incredible instructor. She has a fantastic ability to teach you how to safely and confidently drive. When I started having lessons with her I didn’t feel secure...
After years of putting off driving lessons due to major anxiety and illnesses, Rob made me feel so at ease and confident with driving. I’ve now passed first time and...
Amazing instructor, very good at explaining how to drive in a correct and safe manner without over complicating it, also made the whole experience fun whilst also keeping it engaging...
Rob is a wonderful, patient and very good instructor and has helped my son immensely with his confidence and driving ability. We got a first time pass and are over...
Alan is a top bloke! Couldn’t have asked for a better instructor, very patient and understanding. Really nice person to chat to as well. Just passed my test couple hours...
Rob is a fantastic instructor, he was patient and took the time to help me understand and overcome any faults in my driving. He helped build my confidence as a...