cheltenham driving instructor

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MAY 2022
Fully booked &
waiting list closed 
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Hi, my name is Bob Allen and I am a fully qualified Government Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

I became a driving instructor because I wanted a job with real satisfaction that would enable me to contribute towards training the safe drivers of the future. My aim is to work with my pupils in order to not just prepare them for passing their driving test, but for a lifetime of safe motoring.

I was fortunate to be trained in the latest adult coaching and training techniques so you can be assured the training I give will be of the highest standard. Training is undertaken at a rate that suits you with my aim to make every lesson productive and suitably challenging. Lessons are always conducted in a calm, friendly and relaxed manner as I firmly believe in making pupils feel at ease during lessons.

  • 1 hour - £35.00

  • 90 mins - £52.00

  • Block bookings of 6hrs + - £33.00 p/h.

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The length of lesson can be a personal preference and will be catered to the individual pupil. Lessons follow the DSA syllabus, however input from learners is encouraged to determine what is understood and what areas we may need to pay more attention to. It is a fully interactive process to enable the learner to get the best out of the lesson.


I cover most of the Cheltenham area and lessons can start from home, college, school, work etc, finishing at an agreed location. Any changes to starting/finishing locations must be agreed prior to commencement of the lesson.

For further information please see Terms and Conditions.

COVID - 19 

With the current rules on social distancing relating to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, no other person will be in the car when your lesson is conducted unless by prior arrangement.


From November 2021, the updated Government guidance for England states that face coverings are required during a professionally delivered driving lesson and practical driving tests. This is clear and concise and as a result all pupils and myself are required to wear a face covering during lessons unless medically exempt, until further notice. 

In terms of how we can jointly try to keep your lessons safe, please wash your hands and use sanitiser before lessons. I will sanitise the car before each lesson and ventilation will be retained throughout.

Have I left it too late?

Some people don’t want to drive when they turn 17. They leave it a few years and then feel that learning to drive may open up more job opportunities or help more with taxiing their children around or just simply to be completely independent. It is never too late to learn and it doesn’t matter at what speed you learn. If you want to do something enough, it is possible.

All learners are individuals, not everyone takes the same amount of hours, has the same dedication or determination as others and obviously money can become an issue. Everyone is taught individually and not compared to others, so I would encourage you not to judge yourself by others but by how much progress you feel you are making during these lessons.

Experienced driver? You may have been driving for a number of years but would benefit from a refresher course. This could be to just build confidence, to iron out any bad habits or to learn new road systems.

Return to driving? Those who have not driven for a while and feel a refresher course will give them a confidence boost to get behind the wheel. Also ideal for those who have passed their driving test and not driven since or those who have lost their confidence following a road traffic accident and need to get back out on the roads again.

Refresher lessons
The Car

I am currently using a 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Titanium as my teaching vehicle. Specification includes:

Power Assisted Steering

Air Conditioning

Anti-lock Braking System

Dual Controls

Electric Front Windows and Wing Mirrors

Adjustable Seat and Steering Wheel

Dual Air Bags

Easy to Read Dash Board

Automatic lights and windscreen wiper settings

Show Me Tell Me Questions

During your practical driving test, after you have successfully completed your eyesight test, your examiner will ask you two 'Show Me Tell Me' questions, which comprise vehicle safety check questions about the car you are taking the test in. The below link provides a list of the possible questions you may be asked on test day -

Show Me Tell Me


'Learning to drive at 33 is a big decision, I knew I needed a patient driving instructor.

Bob gave me all the guidance and tools I needed to pass my test and feel confident on the road. Highly recommend!'

- Kate Babbage


Thanks for submitting!

MAY 2022 - Due to unprecedented levels of demand created by the suspension of both driving lessons and tests during the COVID-19 lockdowns, unfortunately I do not have any capacity to take on new pupils for a number of months at present. My waiting list is also currently full whilst the backlog continues to clear. I will update my availability accordingly at the appropriate time.