I was given David's number through a family member, he had taught her and she passed first time and as she was a nervous driver I thought he'd be the best instructor for me. I was extremely nervous the first lesson but David put my mind and my nervous at rest and by the end of the lesson I wanted to drive some more. Throughout my lessons, my nervous and self doubt kept rearing their ugly heads; I've always had a problem with my self confidence or lack thereof, however David consistently helped me through my nerves and made me see that I am a good driver and that there was no reason for me not to pass my test. He helped me find my confidence for my theory test which I passed so I should have known then that he wouldnt steer me wrong for my practical. Thought my lessons David had this way of getting me to look at my own driving to assess my own skills to learn from mistakes so that I had the ability to make good judgements when out driving in my own, rather than relying on someone else to tell me what I needed to improve on. I feel that this method of teaching has given me the foundation to build upon as I continue to learn to drive through the my life. You can never stop learning. My skills will improve because I have the ability to reflect on my driving with every journey I take.
When it came to my actual driving test, I was a wreck before I got in the car. The traffic was horrible, thought we'd be late, the weather was terrible (wind, heavy rain and some roads that were more water than road) but once in the car, David helped me calm down so that by the time I came to take my test I was just about ok. It's the quickest 40 mins ever. I got to the end thinking I'd failed because of some stupid mistake, but I was told "congratulations you have passed"! I was emotional and David was there beaming because he knew I could do it. Throughout the whole process he always made me feel like I could do it, he never once made me feel like I couldn't and on those days where my doubt was there, he talked to me and helped me get passed it. I would recommend David as an instructor because he knows how to teach someone to drive, not to just pass their test. He sets you up to drive safely for the rest of your driving days and he helps you when you feel self doubt or your confidence is low. I only passed last week but I know I can drive and I love it. It was the best decision I made and David was the best instructor for me. So David, thank you for all of your time, patience and understanding. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be the confident driver I am now.
Something that I loved about my lessons was that from the beginning he makes it clear that he is teaching you to be a driver, not to pass a test. I chose to sit my test in Bishopbriggs, but I live in the Southside of Glasgow so I had very little practice in the area before sitting my test. I felt a bit anxious about this but then I had a lesson when I drove around an area that was completely new to me, and drove better than I ever had before. This was when I realised I wasn’t really a learner anymore, I was a driver and I decided there and then that I was going to pass my test. So I did.
The LDC client-centred method coupled with David’s patience and genuine passion for what he does, has taught me to be a safe, calm, confident driver - something I never thought I’d be! I would recommend everyone to learn to drive with David. He is professional, reliable, friendly, knowledgable, and he keeps his car in excellent condition (in spite of learners like me crunching gears!).
Huge thanks to David and LDC!
If you want to pass your driving test you need to affiliate yourself with someone like David, that is trustworthy, professional, relaxed, understanding and patient. David provided me with the tools/ formula to navigate complex situations for my driving style to solve the problems that I faced instead of a cookie cutter style that dictates this is the only way to do it. This was very beneficial during the test as I encountered scenarios that you just cannot practice.
David provided a learning environment that was supportive and specifically tailored to my needs. David focuses 100% on the solution to help you achieve your goal instead of lecturing you on your mistakes. His explanations and communication are simple concise and easy to understand.
The LDC system focuses on ability to control the car first so that it’s as easy as tying your shoe, freeing up your mind to focus on hazard perception, awareness and planning. During the course of the week we covered: all the manoeuvres, turning left/right, hazard perception drill (MSM), junctions, roundabouts, crossroads, traffic signals/crossings, busy roads, dual carriageways etc. We also had discussions on nerves/fear, how it was natural, how to acknowledge and harness that energy.
David always showed up on time with the car immaculate. I’ve got long legs at 6’2” and felt like the car was made for me, with all the adjustments on the seat etc. This really helped my control of the pedals. The electronic handbrake also made roundabouts/junctions so much easier. I’d imagine this would be beneficial for someone without a lot of upper body strength. The automatic restart also makes stalling less stressful, just depress the clutch and the car restarts. Because the lights/windscreen wipers are automatic I didn’t have to faff around with them on my test. You will also have a good view within the car with lots of reference points for manoeuvres/road position. I got the Parallel park as well as the bay park in my test-aced both using David’s advice.
I was Nervous before my test but all that vanished and my training took over. When the examiner told me the independent driving route I would be taking, I had to stop from giggling. David had a feeling that I would be taken on that route and we had practiced it the night before.
I don’t know if it was possible but David’s smile seemed bigger than mine when I was told I had passed. He seemed genuinely happy for me.
Thank you, David, !!!!