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Hello, my name is Mike
Owner and Instructor at number8driving

About Me

 I am a fully qualified Government Approved Driving Instructor. 


I use my 35+ years of driving, customer centred business experience, plus my official UK Government DVSA Approved Driving Instructor & Counselling qualifications, alongside my calm, relaxed nature, and high quality proven coaching style, to give you the very best start in your journey towards a lifetime of safe driving.

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 I am also qualified to offer therapeutic lessons. 

"My multiple diversity, mental health and counselling qualifications can help anyone, especially those who experience anxiety, to overcome worries and safely gain the independence that driving will bring you - I have helped numerous students who have experienced and struggled with anxiety, along with other issues, to pass their driving test - check out my reviews."




by a Fully Qualified Government Approved Driving Instructor

07543 888008

About me, Mike the Driving Instructor.

I am a chilled out, professional and friendly driving instructor, and am proud to be the owner of number8driving. I have a relaxed attitude, with a wicked eye for detail, order, and a passion for the rules of the road. As an more mature instructor (yep, I'm over 50 years old) I have had many life experiences, been through my own anxieties and other issues that I have now embraced to make me a more compassionate, calm and ethical teacher.

My students can testify that I often go above and beyond what is expected of your instructor, I am reliable, keep my promises, and pride myself on always being punctual, and provide excellent customer service alongside constructive summary feedback of each and every lesson we have together - identifying your achievements and goals for your continued development. I am not just your instructor for 2 hours a lesson, and am always happy to answer any queries that pop up during the week, such as helping with your theory test, or advice on tricky situations you come across during your independent practice. I will also work with you to resolve issues that affect your driving, or when life means you can't take your normal lesson slots - with notice we can plan breaks or even increase tuition to resolve certain issues. 


I offer calm, confident and reassuring instruction working together with you, to achieve your goals. My students tell me am extremely patient and considerate, and I particularly enjoy working with my students to overcome any learning blocks or anxieties to enable them to become safe and confident drivers. I always aim to give lessons that are full of positivity, and I'll focus on you and celebrate your successes. I love teaching all ages of students, but as a parent since 2001, I especially understand how to support and nurture young adults, treating them as equals, as well as providing firm positive guidance, when required. 


"For your safety and reassurance, I am fully Enhanced DBS checked and an official Approved Driving Instructor by the UK Government's Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. I also have extra qualification to help all my students with a 'TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity' plus a 'TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health', and a 'TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (RQF)' - these are in addition to my 35+ years of driving and experience running a customer service focussed business."

Choosing your instructor can be a difficult task, but I know it's a very important one. That's why I have this website giving me the chance to tell you about what I do, how and why. Find out more about me on this website, including my teaching philosophy, have a look at what lessons I offer, and introduce yourself to our very popular easy to drive car (not forgetting my cuddly teaching aid friend, Otto). If you like what you see, get in touch as early as possible to find out availability of lessons.

Make the decision today,

and let's get you on the road!

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My Reviews

We know its tough to find a decent driving instructor, (look no further you have found us now!) you will have heard of horror stories of students paying upfront for 10 lessons, and then the instructor becomes too busy, lessons cancelled last minute, or even no progress after a number of lessons with no effort by the instructor to help, plus many more stories that we are very disappointed to hear. We are a Gold Standard driving school offering the very best customer service, instruction and support. 


We don't ask for bulk payments upfront, we always answer messages, we always look after our customers as we would want to be treated. We always ask for feedback, positive or not - Many students choose to leave reviews - and not just when they pass. Many regularly recommend us to their friends, and some, very kindly, leave an honest review on trustpilot, Google or facebook - see them for yourself here :




"So, now you know about me, my lessons, my ethos, my car and what my students think....

what are you waiting for?....


It's in your control, take the next step towards the freedom and independence that driving will give you. All you need to do now, is get in touch today... go on, you can do it, no more excuses... LET'S GO!"

Simply text or message - 07543 888008 - facebook Message or WhatsApp us now!

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