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 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!
Mark joined YES! Driving School in April 2017. He considered many other driving schools, then chose YES! as the stand out, professional and friendliest driving school in Dorset.
Mark served for 26 years in the Royal Marines and has served all around the world. During his time in the Royal Marines, Mark held various instructional positions. Aside from his military qualifications, he is an experienced instructor for Skiing, Rugby and Polo. A member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, he has also received driver training in a variety of different driving styles. These include Off-road, rallying, evasive driving and he has successfully completed the Police advanced driving course.
Mark takes a client centred approach to training. He believes that when a student understands the ‘How & Why’ and applies that during learning, progress and success can come quickly. Learning to drive can be daunting and Mark can still remember the first time he went 30mph. Therefore he ensures that all lessons are conducted in a relaxed no nonsense style, working together as a team to ensure lesson goals are achieved.
Mark has lived in Dorset for 26 years so will always find you some appropriate and challenging driving routes. This will advance your skills and develop your driving experience.
Mark is also involved in promoting YES! into the best driving school in Dorset by developing our Trailer Training course along with Steve.
Mark recently furthered his own skills by successfully achieving a Gold standard on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Advanced Driving Test. He is also now on the RoSPA Tutor List.
Our Advanced Instructors will tutor you through to a standard of driving far superior to the standards required to pass the DVSA Learner Test.
“Advanced driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility. This skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective all round observation, anticipation, and planning. This must be co-ordinated with good handling skills. The vehicle will always be at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear.”
– DSA, RoADAR, IAM, 1997
Advanced Drivers have also been proven to be less likely to crash. They also drive in a manner which is far more cost effective, keeping fuel costs to a minimum and reducing the amount of wear and tear on the vehicle.
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So happy i passed first time with only a few minors thanks to Alan, he built up my confidence so much and also my driving skills! Alan’s a great instructor...
Absolutely chuffed to bits!
After failing my test as a teen I never thought I’d be able to get back behind the wheel. I started learning again this year with...
Thank you so much to Pete for helping me pass first time and giving me confidence in my driving abilities. I have had an amazing driving experience full of laughs!...
I passed first time! Andy is a great driving instructor – very calm and patient as well as super easy to get along with. I offer my thanks to Andy...
I’m so happy
I passed my test on 15/04/19
I had the most amazing instructor
Thank you Sue for all your support and patience over the past...
A great guy who takes things seious when they need to be. Really easy to undertand and get along with.
Many thanks to Pete Wilkinson for his tuition and guidance preparing me for the Standards Check Test.
Thank you to Ruedi for helping me pass my test today and giving me the confidence to go for it. Its gonna make such a difference to my life...
From my first lesson I knew Nigel was an outstanding instructor, who had the patience to help me pass as a new driver. Admittedly I had a few instructors before...
For the patience and encouragement!!!
Alan is a good instructor and very professional.
Definitely recommend him to anyone!
Nigel is a very patient and very knowledgeable instructor. I was a very nervous driver and didn’t want to be pushed. He was good at finding new approaches to aspects...
Thank you so much Nigel! Such an amazing driving instructor. He was very patient and improved my confidence massively. I would highly recommended!!
Pete is everything you could want in a driving instructor and more. He’s able to have a good laugh and has a great sense of humour, which helps a lot...
Alan has been a fantastic instructor. I was extremely nervous about learning to drive but Alan was very patient, friendly and calming. I really enjoyed my lessons and I am...
Cannot recommend this driving school enough!
I was extremely anxious about driving and thought I would never be able to do it but Alan was great. So experienced and knowledgeable...