Manual
Driving Lessons

We have 11 experienced instructors specialised in teaching Manual lessons!

Driving Instructor in Blandford

Pete Wilkinson

Advanced • Manual • Refresher • UK Driving •

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.

Instructor Training

Pete also provides a structured programme of Instructor Training.  If you’re interested in becoming a Driving Instructor, click here.

standards check success

More recently, Pete completed his Standards Check with the DVSA and was Graded ‘A’, scoring the maximum score possible with 51/51. Top Result!

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Keep Calm

Wes Evans

Manual • Refresher • UK Driving •

As a relaxed driver and a sociable person who enjoys teaching and transferring skills in a beautiful location, it seemed natural that Wes’s career should be as a driving instructor in Weymouth and the surrounding areas.
The challenge of adapting lesson plans to suit each individual pupils strengths and weaknesses is one aspect of the job which Wes really enjoys. The whole process of a pupil  turning the ignition key for the first ever time, through to the day they get that pass certificate is very rewarding.

Attention to detail

His tutoring style is relaxed with attention to detail.  Wes believes that a solid  foundation is needed to build your skill-base and lessons reflect this with ‘baby steps’ first lessons that pay  attention to detail.  This can include refinement of clutch control, steering technique, braking and knowledge of how the car works overall. You will feel more confident when road driving and in turn will learn with a confidence that will stay with you for life. Alternatively, if you already have those skills, then you’re already in a good place.
Driving for life is what we aim to achieve, not just enough skills to pass your test.

Wes is a family man and spends most of his time (when not teaching) running around after the kids.  However when he gets the opportunity, he enjoys playing guitar, weightlifting, and football.

Wes is always up to date with  professional development and stays in touch with new methods of teaching and digital software. With YES! Driving School, the ability to see yourself driving via our dashcam technology is a really useful tool in analysing the lesson.

If you are looking for a relaxed yet effective approach to driving lessons in Weymouth and the surrounding areas, and want to learn how to drive well for life then Wes has to be your Number 1 choice.

 

His profile picture will be published as soon as he finds one that he likes. 🙂

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female driving instructor

Malgorzata Kubik (Margaret)

Manual • UK Driving •

Malgorzata (Margaret) originally comes from Poland. In 2004 she came with her friend to Bournemouth for a short holiday. She fell in love with Dorset and decided to stay for little longer. 15 years later she’s still here and after 2 years of working as a female driving instructor in Bournemouth with a different company, she found the way to join the YES! Driving School family. After meeting with Ruedi and Pete, she believes that YES! Driving School is professional and very friendly.

Margaret qualified as a driving instructor in 2017.  After working for many years in hotel industry where she was leading people at work and dealing with lots of issues, Margaret built a great understanding of how different and unique individuals are.

Becoming a female driving instructor in Bournemouth and helping people achieving goals has quickly become a passion for Margaret. She believes that by working together as a team with her pupils, they can build confidence, rationalise fears, and create an understanding of road safety.  Margaret enjoys teaching life skills and making the lessons as much enjoyable as possible.

Patience is the key

Margaret believes that patience is the key. Pupils need to manage their expectations and not put too much pressure on themselves. She achieves this by putting a sprinkling of fun into every lesson.

Teaching has become Margaret’s new passion in life and the only reason stopping her spending 7 days a week on the road is her two beautiful children. She loves to spend time playing with them, cycling, swimming and exploring new places. However, as a good mother she also makes sure that homework is done before the fun time.

This pleasure of teaching, like nothing before, brings joy and satisfaction to Margaret’s life; she doesn’t think that she will ever get bored. She has developed a hunger to get some more experience in different areas of driving.

Margaret loves to drive around looking for new challenges on the road so will always find you some new driving routes appropriate to you level of experience and ability.

Margaret is a professional, compassionate and diligent individual, so if you are looking for a hard working, funny and efficient instructor ask for Margaret.

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driving instructor in Bearwood

Alan Gascoyne

Manual • Refresher • UK Driving •

Alan joined YES! Driving School in November 2010, following a period of several years as an independent driving instructor.  He had worked with two other driving schools in recent years. Alan moved from Banbury in 2005 and now lives in Bearwood with his wife and son.  He now enjoys his passion as a driving instructor in Bearwood and surrounding areas.

Adult training has been a large part of Alans working life. He worked for many years for British Telecom as an installations engineer. Training and assisting adult trainee technicians accounted for much of Alan’s time with BT. Before leaving BT, Alan passed a selection board for the post of Training Officer at the BT training school at Bletchley Park, but the school was closed down before he could take up his post.

Moving into financial services as an insurance agent for a large British insurance company, Alan quickly moved up the rankings to Financial Consultant /Sales Manager. Training new trainee Financial Advisors to competent advisor status was a substantial part of Alan’s role.

A calming nature

Following a final career move into driver training, it is clear that Alan has become a popular and successful instructor.  He enjoys a consistently high pass rate and many testimonials left on our web site. Alan also receives a constant flow of recommendations. Alan has a style of teaching which is relaxed and calm, and he specialises in very nervous pupils. He has a great sense of humour, which will help your learning experience to be as stress free as possible.

You will love your driving lessons with Alan.

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Driving School in Dorset

Mark Robson

Advanced • Manual • Refresher • Trailer • UK Driving •

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.

It’s all about the pupil

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.

As part of YES! Driving School’s mission to promote ‘Better Driving Starts Here’, Mark has reviewed and updated our trailer training course to better meet your flexible training needs.

Safety first

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.  He uses these advanced skills to make YES! Driving School the most up to date driving school in Dorset.

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Get your nerves under control in any traffic situation.  Gain confidence while learning to drive a manual car and pass the test! Most of all, start to enjoy driving!

It is important to remember that if you have a manual licence, you can drive either automatic or manual cars once you have passed your test.

Preparing for your future

At YES! Driving School we will encourage you to become a forward-thinking, confident and safe driver. You will be capable of making the right decision in any and all traffic situations.  It is important to remember that the DVSA Test standard is the minimum standard you must achieve for you to drive solo.  At YES! Driving School, we will encourage you to aim well beyond the minimum standard required and therefore be safe for the rest of your driving life.

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Learn to drive in Bournemouth

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Learn to drive in Poole

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Poole, United Kingdom

Learn to drive in Dorchester

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Dorchester, United Kingdom

Learn to drive in Weymouth

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Weymouth Way, Weymouth DT4, UK

Learn to drive in Wimborne

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom

Learn to drive in Blandford

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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

Learn to drive in Wareham

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Wareham, United Kingdom

Learn to drive in Ferndown

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Ferndown Town, Ferndown, United Kingdom

Learn to drive in Ringwood

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Ringwood, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Learn to drive in Christchurch

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Christchurch, UK

Learn to drive in New Milton

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New Milton, UK

Learn to drive in Southampton

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Bradbury Centre, 300 Aldermoor Rd, Southampton, Southampton SO16 5NA, UK

Learn to drive in Newhaven

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Newhaven, United Kingdom