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NOW an independent driving school!

Independent driving school

First Class Driver Training is NOW an independent driving school! After having trained with the AA and a successful franchise of the AA, I have made the brave leap to go independent!

Who am I?

DIAMy name is Paul Noble and I am a fully qualified approved driving instructor with an A grade rating. If you are looking for a reliable, patient and knowledgable instructor – then look no further. Give me a call on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page and I will get back to you!

I am a DIA (Driving Instructor Association) member.

Don’t take my word for it!

Don’t just take my word for it though: if you want to read what others are saying about my FIRST CLASS training then click here

2016 results

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Prices £££

My prices are straight-forward and upfront – no clever deals!

£50 for 2 hr lesson.
£147 for 6.0 hrs block booking.
£240 for 10.0 hrs block booking.

If you want FIRST CLASS tuition not second rate instruction – choose me!

CALL or Text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

How to stop stalling!

Great results!

Learning to drive

Suffering from anxiety

Highly recommend

Learnt more in two hours

Read Danielle’s testimonial

Jack’s FIRST time pass!

For more testimonials and information

I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA


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How to stop stalling!


Many pupils learning to drive for the first time, dread stalling the car! Maybe that’s why some pupils opt to learn on an automatic. There are some simple techniques though, which will help you avoid stalling.

What is stalling?

stallingFirstly, what do we mean by stalling? Simply put, this is when the engine stops running requiring a restart. That’s all very well, but most pupils want to know why and how can they stop it!

To understand why a car stalls though, we need to understand the role of the clutch in all this.

What does the clutch do?

Simply put, the clutch connects and disconnects the engine. Therefore, early on in the first driving-lessons, the pupil soon discovers ‘stalling’: when they forget to de-clutch or depress the clutch when braking to a halt. The stall happens because as the engine is still connected to the now stationary wheels via the clutch plates, the engine always loses the tug or war between them!

Hill starts

stallingAnother situation where a stall is more likely for the novice driver: is the hill start. This is because, a car moving up and away on a hill, requires more power and a good biting point (the point at which the clutch plates connect and the engine begins to be connected to the wheels). Therefore, if the pupil forgets to get a good biting point and put on the necessary extra gas and power, then the car is likely to roll backwards or stall!

Often though, pupils are caught out by the car simply stalling on a very slight incline. Many modern tuition vehicles with small petrol engines are very sensitive; if the pupil forgets to put a bit of gas on before releasing the clutch or brings the clutch up too fast with no gas at all – then the engine just can’t cope and stalls.

Don’t panic!

nervesAgain, stalling may simply take place because the pupil is  worried that they are going to stall! In other words, because they are nervous or apprehensive, they rush and bring the clutch up too fast – and of course they stall! (A bit of a negative feedback loop!)

Another effect, is what I call ‘kangarooing!’ This is when the car nearly stalls: jerking violently backwards and forwards. This effect happens because the pupil’s foot is moving up and down on the clutch pedal in response to the jerking motion.  The answer is to just de-clutch.

How to avoid stalling

To be honest though, one reason most pupils stall is that they don’t use the handbrake enough and ‘move off on the fly’ ( bringing the  clutch up slowly until the car begins to move).

If instead, you use the handbrake to find the biting point accurately, all you need to do to move off,  is release the handbrake and keep your clutch foot still until you are in motion. This is especially useful if you want to move off rapidly say at a busy roundabout because its more reliable and less prone to stalling.

What do I do when I stall?

Lastly though what do you do when you do stall? Firstly, its not the end of the world so don’t panic. Of course, make sure that the car has actually stalled: to do this look at the rev-counter. Is it on zero revs and is the red oil lamp on the dash board on? If so, then you have definitely stalled!

Secondly, make the car safe. In other words, engage the handbrake to stop rolling and restart the engine to restore power.

In conclusion then, to avoid stalling: plan and think about every move off by setting the appropriate gas and biting point and decide whether you are going to move off using the handbrake or on the fly.

Testimonial

Amber

Amber passed FIRST time 5 minors 16/06/16

Amber ( a trainee hairdresser) recently passed her driving test with me after around 50 hrs of tuition.

She had not had any previous lessons and passed first time with only 5 minors. This is what she had to say about my lessons:

“I did my lessons with Paul, would highly recommend. Doesn’t just stay local which gives a really good experience to driving different areas”

CALL or text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

2016 results

Learning to drive

Suffering from anxiety

Highly recommend

Learnt more in two hours

Read Danielle’s testimonial

Jack’s FIRST time pass!

For more testimonials and information

I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

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Great results

Great results!

The summer months are busy ones for the driving instructor and June is proving both busy and productive with 4 passes so far! 

Laurence

Laurence had a few lessons a while back with the AA but came to me after excepting a job requiring a driving license. Laurence passed FIRST time with 9 minors after 28 hrs of lessons with me.

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Laurence FIRST time 9 minors 13/06/16

“I would 100% recommend Paul Noble as a driving instructor. I had to get a first time pass and quickly as I had to start work promptly, which I was able to achieve.

Paul is easy to get along with, patient, calm and a likeable person. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him.”

Laurence

Trudy

Trudy started with me after having lessons for a while in a different area of the country. Unfortunately, she failed her driving test and stopped for a while. As she moved into my area, her friend at work – one of my pupils – recommended me and after completing 12 hours of lessons to prepare for test – passed with only 5 minors!

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Trudie 5 minors 8/6/16

“I would like to say a huge than you to my driving instructor Paul all his help and guidance made me feel more confident on the road and he was great in helping me ease my test day nerves, allowing me to pass. than you Paul would highly recommend to go with him.”

Trudie

CALL or text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

Highly recommend

Learnt more in two hours

Read Danielle’s testimonial

Jack’s FIRST time pass!

For more testimonials and information

I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

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Learning to drive?

Learning to drive – how long does it take?

The first question most people ask when thinking of learning to drive is: how long does it take? This of course largely governs how much its going to cost!

40 hours of tuition

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Dean Hooper 5 minors 3/06/2016

The short answer is: learning to drive is a life-time learning process. However, in terms of reaching a sufficient standard to pass a driving test, it’s around 40 hours of lessons with a professional instructor.

Indeed, I find that the breakthrough point is usually around thirty hours. Any less than this, and a pupil, no matter how talented, will lack the experience necessary to handle the pressure of the driving test and additionally, not have the experience necessary to drive safely on Britain’s roads.

My parents passed in 10 hrs!

Of course, this figure is often challenged by the pupil’s parents, as they remember (creatively perhaps) that a few decades ago it only took them 10 hrs  of tuition to pass a driving test. So why can’t my Johnny do the same! In fact, as far as I remember – it was a long time ago – I think I only had seven driving lessons before passing first time! The major difference though, was, that  even though cars were allot harder to drive – without mod-cons such as power steering and such like  – the driving test was far easier to pass because roads were simpler and there was far less traffic on the roads. The majority of drivers on the roads today probably wouldn’t pass a driving test!

Theory test

Now pupils have to pass a comprehensive multi-choice theory test with a syllabus of 1600 questions. In addition, they have to successfully complete a hazard perception test which involves watching short clips of video and clicking a computer mouse in response to viewed hazards. Those who don’t revise for this exam normally fail. Both parts of the exam have to be successfully  passed before a practical driving test can be booked.

Going back to the question!

Going back to the question though, it’s best to plan for forty hours of tuition: which is a time-scale of about 5 months – if you have a 2 hr lesson every week. Of course, if you can afford it, you can speed up the process by doing an intensive course 

Testimonial

Trudy started with me after having lessons for a while in a different area of the country. Unfortunately, she failed her driving test and stopped for a while. As she moved into my area, her friend at work – one of my pupils – recommended me and after completing 12 hours of lessons to prepare for test – passed with only 5 minors!

learning to drive

Trudie 5 minors 8/6/16

“I would like to say a huge than you to my driving instructor Paul all his help and guidance made me feel more confident on the road and he was great in helping me ease my test day nerves, allowing me to pass. than you Paul would highly recommend to go with him.”

Trudie

CALL or text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

Highly recommend

Learnt more in two hours

Read Danielle’s testimonial

Jack’s FIRST time pass!

For more testimonials and information

I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

 

 

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