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 a 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.
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 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
Your YES! Driving School standard rate lessons start from as little as £30/hour! 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
Amazing instructor, couldn’t have had anyone better to teach me how to drive!
Al was amazing, he helped me so much with gaining my confidence and he taught me in a way that made me feel i could really take my time learning...
Better late than never, I passed my Driving Test at the end of 2021. Jeff was an excellent instructor who helped me feel comfortable behind the wheel. I used to...
I passed my practical test today with the help of very professional, talented, experienced and polite instructor Sue. She is so calm , patient and friendly, I was a nervous...
I can’t really put into words how much I valued and gained from having lessons with Pete. He not only provided me with expert driving knowledge but also gave me...
So pleased to say I passed my test and it was all down to Al who was patient, supportive with me and made driving something I enjoyed this time around...
Alan Gascoyne, overall, was an amazing instructor for every aspect of driving. He was incredibly patient with me and helped me continue to increase my confidence on the roads each...
Jeff is a supportive driving instructor who keep things lighthearted. He allowed me to become confident and calm in my driving after being very nervous. Would recommend to anyone looking...
Despite having many lessons before with other instructors I found it very difficult to overcome my nerves when driving. Shelley- Anne helped me to build my confidence in driving, with...
Al was an amazing instructor for me, who had previous failures and was super nervous! He was always so encouraging and really patient. Would recommend him to anyone. Was so...
Al has been an excellent instructor, he has been patient and clear with instructions throughout our lessons and thanks to him I was able to pass on my first test...
I was a nervous first time driver. Sue helped me build my confidence in my driving.
Sue was very patient with me. She firmly but softly pointed out my mistakes.
with Susan Jones
We just wanted to say a massive thank you Alan for all he did to help Jasmine learn to drive. When Jasmine started with Alan she really was very hesitant...
I’d highly recommend this driving instructor, she’s very helpful and very understanding. Was so friendly and makes you feel comfortable in the car.
I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming...
Al always made me feel very relaxed and calm. He’s such a nice guy and wanted the best for me always which really helped me along the way. He worked...