Testimonials

Stuart is a top driving instructor

Stuart is a top driving instructor, I would recommend him to anyone. He's patient, friendly, has a great sense of humour and made me feel at ease at the wheel providing me with a relaxing and enjoyable experience of learning to drive.

By Joe Robinson, Feb 2019.

Stuart is an amazing driving instructor

Stuart is an amazing driving instructor, so calm and reassuring. I definitely would not have been able to pass my test without him, wouldn't recommend anyone else. He is so flexible with lessons, and so reassuring throughout all lessons you have with him. So easy to get along with, so it makes it so much easier to learn while relaxed. Would not and could not ask for a better driving instructor. Absolutely amazing, 110% recommend.

By Stephanie, Feb 2019.

Stuart is very friendly and patient

Stuart's manner allows you to feel confident and relaxed while in lessons. Also I felt very reassured that I could ask him any questions I had if I didn't understand something. Stuart allowed me to feel more confident about my driving and the skills I needed to be able to pass my test. 

By Leah, May 2018

Stuart was very supportive and helpful

Stuart was very supportive and helpful when highlighting improvements I could make on my driving.Learning from scratch he started slowly and allowed me enough time to get comfortable with the car, but had a clear lesson by lesson plan on different aspects of learning how to drive. Knowing what I was doing the next week was always useful. I always felt comfortable when driving with him and I have passed feeling very comfortable with driving by myself. Thanks again Stuart 

By Tim Schaanning, Dec 2016

Stuart soon put my mind at rest as I was very nervous

"I decided to bite the bullet and learn to drive back in January. After looking for an instructor for several days my husband rang Roads Ahead Driving School. Stuart soon put my mind at rest as I was very nervous. From my first lesson right through to my test he has kept me grounded and calm. Stuart is patient, nothing is too much trouble, if you have questions or think you're struggling he will take the time to put your mind at rest. I'm so glad I went with Roads Ahead because as a nervous and not very confident driver I've now passed my test and feel confident in being a taxi for my kids. Thank you again Stuart your bad jokes kept me going even when I thought I couldn't do it." 

By Christina Witts, Nov

Stuart is approachable and friendly

Stuart is approachable and friendly, who is very patient and makes the lessons enjoyable by his humour making you comfortable and relaxed while driving. I was very pleased with my progress throughout my lessons and having now passed feel very confident driving independently. 

By Emma Schaanning, Sept 2016

I passed my driving test on the first try after learning to drive with Stuart

I passed my driving test on the first try after learning to drive with Stuart. He was very patient even when I made mistakes and his descriptiveness meant that there were no miscommunications. He provided support and was calm in all situations. Stuart’s friendliness meant that I always felt safe and his car was easy to control, meaning my confidence in driving improved quickly. I would recommend him to all learner drivers. 

By Emily Dods, Aug 2016

Stuart explains things clearly and is patient and friendly

Stuart is a friendly and approachable driving instructor who explains things clearly and is patient when teaching new skills.He creates a pressure free environment for lessons. I felt confident on all the skills required to pass the driving test and to be a good driver enabling me to pass first time. I felt extremeley confident on what was expected of me going into the test. 

By Rachel Schaanning, July 2016

I would recommend Stuart to anyone who is looking to learn to drive

"I found my time with Stuart thoroughly enjoyable. He was always supportive, positive and encouraging. I felt that with each lesson I became a more competent and confident driver, due to this I was able to pass my test first time. I would recommend Stuart to anyone who is looking to learn to drive." 

By Alex Brown, May 2015

I passed first time with flying colours

"Highly recommend driving instructor.Stuart doesn't just help you to pass your test, but also teaches you to feel safe in any situation whilst driving. I passed first time with flying colours." 
 
By Beth Kershaw, May

Stuart was always prompt, polite and has instilled a confidence in my daughter's driving

"My eldest daughter passed with just one minor which for the Chesterfield test route is extremely good. Stuart was always prompt, polite and has instilled a confidence in my daughter's driving that belies the actual time she has spent behind the wheel. She is very comfortable driving and being sat next to her in the car is like being sat next to someone who has been driving substantially longer than she has. Highly recommended, and would definitely consider to teach my youngest daughter when she learns to drive." 

By Andrew Greaves father of Kate Greaves, Apr 2015

I'll miss my lessons with Stuart very much

"I always felt extremely at ease during my lessons with Stuart. His calm approach was effective and helped me to feel relaxed whilst learning to drive. He often asked which areas I would like to work on in my lessons and we would always keep a record of progress to look back on. I highly recommend Roads Ahead if you want to pass your test in a safe and friendly environment, I'll miss my lessons with Stuart very much". 

By Jessica Sharratt, Feb

Stuart has been a fantastic instructor

"Stuart has been a fantastic instructor. He combines knowledge and professionalism with an ability to keep you calm and informed of many varying situations. I recommend him highly." 

By Matthew Barfoot, Jan 2015

I thought that I would never get my licence

I passed my driving test in October of this year (2014) with Roads Ahead Driving School. I am 39years old. For me, I thought that I would never get my licence. My work colleagues call it “The Modern Miracle” I am severely dsypraxic and have difficulty with hand to eye co-ordination. This made PE for me difficult as a child and I did not learn to ride a bike until I was eight. Why am I telling you this – believe me if Stuart can get me through my test and I think he will agree I was his biggest challenge to date – he can get YOU through your test also.

I am from Middlesbrough originally and I started my driving career when I was 17, my instructor at the time was horrible and just shouted at me – despite paying for lessons up front I decided to let him keep the money and stopped driving altogether. When I qualified as a teacher in 2000, I was 25 at the time and thought it was about time I started to learn to drive again, I went with BSM and was ready for my test –even passed my theory first time too but then I moved to Sheffield and I was scared about hill starts that I started again with BSM but had two lessons and then packed it in. 

So my husband took me to work faithfully every morning and brought me home faithfully, even when I had our first child in 2005, I vowed I would take up driving again but it didn’t happen and for nine years my husband took me to work and brought me back again this time with our son in the back. In 2009, I was 34 and I thought I better bite the bullet and get back in a car. I did my theory tests again (I passed again first time) but I made a mistake and went with another instructor. It was a disaster he did not teach me any manoeuvres and just let me drive his car. He persuaded me to go for my driving test several times and I ended up having four and failing all on manoeuvres. I was not ready, I was not confident and ultimately I was not safe. I felt totally humiliated and had wasted a lot of money. This guy then began making jokes about my driving and it made my confidence even worse. I was a nervous wreck and after everyone had taken the mick for me failing my fourth test I vowed not to get in a car again as a driver. My husband continued to take me to work every morning and brought me home every evening this time we had two children in the back of the car. 

However, in 2012, I decided I had to try again and this time I was looking for the best instructor around. My dad who is a bit of a petrol head said that I had to look for an ex traffic cop to teach me to drive. My dad figured this person would get me through my test no matter what. I did some research and came across Stuart’s website. I looked at his picture and thought he looked friendly and the fact that he is an ex traffic cop with years of experience as well as an advanced motorcyclist who has escorted Lady Di round. I told my dad and my dad said I had to go with him. My dad is a good judge of character and I trust his judgement. I am so glad I did because Stuart is the best instructor ever (I have had 5 in total) 

On our first lesson, Stuart put me at ease he has the patience of a saint. I was all fingers and thumbs and he told me that I would get there. Even when I made mistakes, he was kind and most of all he did not patronise or make me feel stupid. You feel quite vulnerable when you are learning and Stuart lets you set the pace and if you don’t feel like doing “Whit Moor” roundabout he will not take you there until you are ready. Even when I first started doing Whit Moor and I stalled and I was sat in the middle of it on rush hour, Stuart was very calm and made a joke about it afterwards. As I am a teacher, my head teacher has said that Stuart should have been paid danger money to let me drive his car. Stuart understood that I am dsypraxic so come up with new techniques to help me to reverse round a corner – showing me photos of where the car should be and visual clues to help me, he gave me access to a bank of resources to help re sit my lapsed theory test and sent me updates about roundabout and driver theory to help me to understand how to drive. Stu can also train you in Level 2 Driver training and this is worth a GCSE pass. 

I would consider Stuart and his family friends for life now- even his missus Sally looked after me on cold winter nights when she would invite me into her home and make me a cuppa and chat about the world and everything. These two are lovely sincere people. It was so refreshing to be known that people had faith in my driving ability and they both told me that I would eventually pass my driving test. I would poodle around with Stuart and not even realise I was learning because it was so relaxing – I would tell him all of my woes and he would regal me with bawdy jokes and words of wisdom about life. He gets the best out of all of his students by getting to know them and makes the time to understand if you are having a bad day and therefore do not want to do hornsbridge roundabout in the dark. Most of all he never gave up on me and believed in me every second of the way. To be honest I am sort of gutted that I have passed my test on one level because I will miss our weekly chats where we put the world to rights but I feel that he has not escaped from me just yet and as soon as I can I will be booking his services for a pass plus. Even if it’s just to see whether his jokes have got any better!! 

By Gaynor Black Dsypraxic, October 2014

Stuart really helped me, hes a great instructor, makes you feel confident and in your driving

I started learning with Stuart after having had lessons before and failing my test twice! I had a year or so off and tried again after hearing of Stuart teaching some friends. The lessons were actually fun, after a while my confidence grew and I found I liked driving!! and that's a huge thing. After a few months of lessons I passed my test 'first time'. Stuart really helped me, hes a great instructor, makes you feel confident in yourself and in your driving. 

By Rebecca Dixon, April 2016

This allowed me to excel in learning how to drive and enabled me to pass my test on my first attempt

Stuart is a phenomenal driving instructor who gives clear instructions and explains important things in a simple manner.This allowed me to excel in learning how to drive and enabled me to pass my test on my first attempt. 

By Matt Harwood, June 2016

I'd recommend Stuart as a reliable driving instructor for anyone who would like amazing results in the outcome of their test

I'd recommend Stuart as a reliable driving instructor for anyone who would like amazing results in the outcome of their test. I felt extremely confident having Stuart at the side of me teaching me how to achieve and gain the experience for the goals set for the lessons we had. the amount of care and attention you receive in your lessons opens up the (roads ahead) for a more friendlier environment to learn in. The things Stuart has taught me will stick with me for life. He has a way to be able to imprint these easy techniques into your head which made learning enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Stuart to anyone if you are looking for an instructor who has patience, who is reliable, who is friendly and who has an unbeatable record of experience. 

By Matthew Houlden, June 2016

I really enjoyed my lessons with Stuart

I really enjoyed my lessons with Stuart, I never found them stressful in any way, as there was never any pressure to do things I wasn't comfortable doing. When you go wrong he never gets angry or shouts at you, he is very calm. The car is very nice to drive and good to learn in. I would recommend him to anyone as he is very reliable and is a good teacher. 

By Becky Kennion, Jan 2017.

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