We often get asked why it’s best to choose an independent driving school like us, over one of the cheaper large chains.
In our nearly 20 years of being an independent driving school, we’ve lost count of the number of pupils that have chosen to learn with us after trying one of the chains.
They are usually attracted by the low hourly rate, thinking that it will cost less to learn to drive. However, the reality is that the high turnover of instructors with larger chains means that pupils often find themselves with several different instructors during their course.
This greatly increases the number of lessons required overall, as many lessons are spent getting used to a new car and a new instructor’s style of teaching. They also have to redo aspects of driving already learned as the new instructor learns about their ability.
So rather than costing less, it can actually work out to be far more expensive, and far more frustrating.
By choosing Buckle-Up Bolton as your driving school, you are guaranteed consistency throughout the process of learning to drive. We get to know you and your learning style, meaning that we can tailor each lesson with the aim of getting you ready for your test quickly and safely.
Our hourly rate is fair, meaning we would never need to stall your learning in order to recoup any money lost from a cheap hourly rate; so you can always be sure that you’re getting the best possible value from your driving lessons.
Steve is a brilliant driving instructor. He is a really calm and encouraging and picks up on any manoeuvres you dread and coaches you through them. I remember stalling using clutch control at an uphill junction and got myself really stressed, so we kept going back around the same junction until I nailed it the same lesson. He makes sure you keep up with the pace of traffic so you’re never one of those learners causing problems for other drivers and you feel more confident being around busy traffic. I always recommend Steve to everyone and I used him for my Pass Plus course as well.
The best instructor out there. Honestly never would’ve had a chance of passing if it wasn’t for Steve. Thank you. Highly recommended.
Steve was a very patient, calm and confident teacher. He was very clear with his explanations and he made driving very easy. I was able to pass first time with no minors as a result of his excellent teaching style.
I had my driving lessons with Steve just before I was about to finish college so I would be ready to drive at university. I had 30 lessons with Steve, starting incredibly nervous like most first time drivers. However, with Steve’s calm and relaxed teaching style, those nerves soon went away. Despite some erratic driving on my part, Steve kept calm and helped me learn from my early mistakes.
From then on, Steve’s goal is to help you reach your driving peak for the day of your test; which is why his first time pass rate is so high as he makes you really confident for the test.
Steve got me and my husband through our driving test. He is very professional and very patient. We both highly recommend him.
Steve is amazing! Got me to pass when I thought I’d never learn to drive. He’s calm and patient and goes at your pace. Probably the best driving instructor Bolton has!
Steve is a very calm, patient and reassuring driving instructor. He makes you feel comfortable and relaxed during each lesson. He also helps to build your confidence. I would recommend him to everyone.
“I love being a driving instructor; and I love driving. In fact, my whole working life has involved driving, whether a car, a van, or an articulated lorry. But teaching people to drive is the best job I’ve had. You just can’t beat the feeling of seeing someone that you’ve come to know over weeks of driving lessons, finally holding their pass certificate. It fills me with pride every single time!”
Steve Eckersley, ADI for Buckle Up Bolton