Choosing Your Driving Instructor is an important step…

Three Shires instructors are fully qualified and known as Approved Driving Instructors. ADI’s are approved by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to teach learner drivers for payment.

An ADI must: have held a full driving licence for at least four years, pass a strict Theory test a strict driving test and pass a test of instructional ability which is also of a very high standard and maintain a high level of instruction. They must also be registered with the DVSA and display a GREEN ADI identification licence on the windscreen of the tuition vehicle.

The GREEN BADGE is therefore your guarantee of receiving a high quality of tuition.

If you wish to contact a Three Shires instructor then please contact the relevant trainer below, please look for your location and type of training required.

Fleet Training – Minibus Training and Trailer Training

Neville Stamford – 01933 626455 – Minibus Training – Bedford, Northampton, Peterborough – MiDAS

George Ritchie – 01933 626455  Car and Trailer and Minibus and Trailer Peterborough – Fleet UK – MiDAS Train the Trainer

Peter Fenyvesi – 07704 450 028 (peter@threeshires.co.uk) – Car and Trailer – Northampton

Jenny Thompson MiDAS minibus training only 01933 626455

James Hinkins – 07506 161 801 (james@threeshires.co.uk) Luton, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Barton le Clay, Flitwick, Maulden, Ampthill, Hitchin, Letchworth and Bedford, Car and Trailer training.

Instructor Training

Contact Neville or George on 01933 626455 or threeshires@threeshires.co.uk for information.

James Hinkins – 07506 161 801 (james@threeshires.co.uk) for your training

Automatic 

Chris Jones – 07906 141 083 – (chris@threeshires.co.uk) Biggleswade and Bedford

Peter Fenyvesi –  07704 450 028 (peter@threeshires.co.uk) – Northampton, Kettering, Finedon, Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough, Clapham and Bedford

Manual Tuition – Bedford and Luton areas.

Shaz Islam  –   07534 098 603      (shaz@threeshires.co.uk) Bedford and surrounding area

James Hinkins – 07506 161 801 (james@threeshires.co.uk) Luton, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Barton le Clay, Flitwick, Maulden, Ampthill, Hitchin, Letchworth and Bedford

Northampton, Daventry,  Kettering, Wellingborough, Rushden and Raunds.

Nick Clews – Manual – 01327 342406 or 07724 599 061 Northampton, Daventry, Rugby and surrounding villages.

Bev Stanley – Manual – 01604 709 049 Northampton

Peter Fenyvesi – 07704 450 028 (peter@threeshires.co.uk) – Automatic and Manual in Northampton, Kettering Raunds Wellingborough Rushden and Higham Ferrars.

They will: Use modern teaching methods Give you a full 2 hours (or 1 hour) tuition Use an up to date car Provide structured lessons and teach to your individual ability so you do not end up having more lessons than is necessary Help you with the “show me, tell me” questions covering basic maintenance Help you with the Theory test. Provide guidance on the Hazard Perception Test Issue a progress book so that you have a record of what you’ve achieved and what needs to be done. Make themselves available for contact out of hours

They won’t: Smoke, eat or drink during your lesson Stop at shops to pick up shopping Pick up the next pupil before your lesson is finished so you drive to their house saving them time!  Shout!

You should exercise care when choosing an instructor. Take into account the comments above; ask friends and relatives; choose an instructor who has a good reputation; is reliable and punctual; whose car suits you, and above all, that the instructor suits you.

At Three Shires, we believe that we hold these qualities and can deliver what you need to help you pass your driving test.

Many other driving schools have instructors ‘training on the job’. These instructors display a pink badge on their windscreen. The potential drawbacks from using a trainee instructor are: They have only a six month licence so they could stop teaching you part way through your lessons They may have done significantly less training than a fully qualified instructor They have not passed the instructional ability exam. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency say: “It is unlikely that anyone except an approved driving instructor (ADI) would have the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly”. We have both male and female instructors, who are patient and friendly, we hope this makes choosing your driving instructor easy.

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