Comments from past Ridgway Driver Training customers

Speech marks Oliver Ridgway a fantastic driving instructor. After driving in America for years, I found the rules of the British roads difficult and confusing. I had only ever driven an automatic and I was determined to learn to drive a manual in this country. Even though I found this to be a challenge, Oliver set my mind at ease in every lesson, despite my nerves! Each lesson built on the previous one, and this approach helped me to gain confidence, even when I made mistakes.

He is very patient, calm and he is a very thorough instructor, making sure you understand anything you might find difficult. When I was ready for my test, Oliver prepared me fully and I passed first time with two minor faults! I highly, highly recommend Oliver Ridgway. I truly believe his excellent teaching techniques cannot be matched! Speech marks

Shayna, Birmingham

Speech marks Oliver has proven himself to be an extremely good instructor during my time as his student, his guidance more than prepared me to pass my driving test. Oliver always has student well-being in mind and is extremely patient allowing me to learn at a pace I was comfortable with. His attention to detail ensured no driving fault of mine went unnoticed or unattended.

My learning experience has helped me build up my confidence not only for driving but also to take on new challenges since passing my test. I have enjoyed my time as a student immensely and Oliver has helped open the door to freedom that being able to drive allows. Oliver is a brilliant instructor and I highly recommend him as a driving tutor, should anyone ever wish to learn. Speech marks

Ben, Birmingham

Speech marks Oliver's number was given to me by a friend who highly recommended him as an instructor. After reading lots of positive reviews on Oliver's website, I decided to pluck up the courage to give him a call. I had previous lessons with an instructor before and had failed my driving test twice.

Oliver was a fantastic instructor, who prepared me for my driving test and gave me the confidence I needed to pass my test. He was reliable, patient and very professional in all of my driving lessons. I am very grateful for all the help Oliver has given me and would strongly recommend him to others that want to learn to drive. Thanks again. Speech marks

Debbie, Birmingham

Speech marks Providing well organised lessons with a calm, relaxed atmosphere, Oliver is a truly exceptional teacher. I really doubted my driving ability before meeting him, but he quickly boosted my confidence and steadily improved my skills at a pace that suited me. He would always end each lesson with a detailed analysis of my strengths and weaknesses, along with clear targets to tackle next time. Not only did he get a nervous driver like me to pass first time, he also made it an enjoyable experience with many positive memories.Speech marks

Peter Raxster, Selly Oak

Speech marks Learning to drive with Oliver was a great experience, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the lessons. He made sure we covered every aspect to make sure I was ready for my test. I'm pleased to say I passed first time with 5 minors. I owe a lot to Oliver for this and I would highly recommend anyone who wants to start driving. Many thanks again!
Thank you Oliver! Speech marks

Scott Edkins, Bournville

Speech marks Oliver is a brilliant driving instructor. He has enabled me to grow in confidence with regards to driving as I was extremely anxious and nervous about the whole experience. He is a thorough instructor which in turn allows you to develop into a first class driver. I passed my test first time with only 5 minors. I feel that I wouldn't have achieved this result without having Oliver as my instructor.”Speech marks

Laura Edwards, Bournville

Speech marks Learning to drive can be a very stressful experience but Oliver’s composed attitude helped me to stay calm, even in the very first few lessons. He made everything very accessible, even those ‘dreaded’ manoeuvres, and his teaching methods encourage his students to not rely on the specifics of the vehicle but their own skill, which meant I could be as assured in any car. Before being put in for a test, Oliver made sure I was thoroughly ready so as to give me the best opportunities to show what I had learnt. His relaxed and supportive attitude will give anyone learning to drive with him the best available chance of passing. I would encourage anyone to take up lessons with Oliver.Speech marks

Katy Proctor, Kings Norton

Speech marks Oliver's patience and calm temperament make him an excellent driving instructor. His teaching style creates a comfortable and stress-free atmosphere ideal for beginners. His advice at the end of lessons is always effective and reassuring. A first class learning experience which I would recommend to anyone.Speech marks

Josh Hull, Selly Oak

Speech marks Oliver is a great driving instructor, I passed first time with only four minors. He employs a brilliant teaching technique that has allowed me to feel calm and confident during driving, even when making mistakes. His consistent feedback at the end of every lesson helped me understand my progress and gave me enough confidence to go into my test. Also, I have a very busy working life and the flexibility of times available for lessons was fantastic. Thank you Oliver!Speech marks

Juan, Kings Norton

Speech marks Learning to drive with Oliver was a great experience; he was supportive and encouraging throughout the entire process and I always felt that my driving was improving every lesson. He helped me overcome my anxiety issues with driving leading me to become pro-active when driving, taking in the information around me to make me a safer and more confident driver. When I took my test I felt confident that my training and hard work had given me the skills that I needed to drive safely as well as pass my test; I passed my driving test first time!Speech marks

Ellie Allum-Marshall, Bournville

Speech marks I had a really great time learning to drive with Oliver – not only did I pass first time, but all of the lessons were calm, stress free and enjoyable. Even when I wasn’t confident about what I was doing Oliver was patient, and helped me to deal with all my concerns. Always wanting me to do my best, Oliver made sure I was very secure before entering me into my test, and I’m grateful he pushed me to work hard because it means I’m now a more confident new-driver. Thank you Oliver! Speech marks

Rachel Proctor, Kings Norton

Speech marks The first thing to mention is that I passed first time which is obviously a good thing. I had a great time learning with Oliver who is very calm and helpful, gradually building up your confidence and ability until you’re ready to do the test. One of my friends is already learning to drive with him and I would definitely recommend Oliver to others.Speech marks

Will Thomas, Bournville

Speech marks Oliver has been a fantastic instructor! He was always very helpful and precise with his instructions and he would use visual aids to help explain the instruction. Oliver was always very positive and reassuring. The lessons were always very enjoyable and varied. I am happy to say that I passed my driving test first time with just one minor and I am now a very confident driver. Thanks again Oliver. Speech marks

Jaqueline Boraston, Northfield

Speech marks Before I took a first lesson from Oliver I had not had any experience of driving a car and only very basic knowledge about using a road in general (mostly from a cyclist point of view, which is very limited knowledge!). In a situation like that it is hard to overestimate your instructor’s patience, goodwill and, above all, overall competence. I was happy to find all these qualities implemented in Oliver’s teaching. Since the very first lesson taken from Oliver my confidence in my ability to drive a car safely and legally was growing and I could trace a progress made every single hour. Nothing is more encouraging to any learner than strong evidence of progress!

Since English is not my mother tongue, I particularly appreciated the way Oliver communicated with me using Plain English: because of clarity and brevity of his instruction a language barrier almost did not exist. Detailed, yet concise analysis of all aspects of driving accompanied my driving all the time. Last but not least: it is hard to imagine a better car to learn to drive in than Oliver’s Fabia! Speech marks

Jacek Drożdż, Selly Park

Speech marks I have found Oliver Ridgway of Ridgway Driving School to be an excellent instructor. Most importantly for me is Oliver’s emphasis on being a proactive driver and therefore maintaining safety as well as the attention to detail required to reach test standard and beyond. Oliver is a very personable instructor and I have enjoyed learning to drive with him.

On the 18th February 2010 I passed my driving test with just 4 minors.Speech marks

Owen Dunham, Kings Heath

Speech marks Oliver is a very patient instructor and always takes time to explain things if you have any problems or questions. He’s always punctual so you never lose any of your lesson time. His prices are also very reasonable and you get value for money. I passed my driving test in March 2010 with just 4 minors. Speech marks

Andy Lynch, Hall Green

Speech marks Oliver is always patient, reassuring and thorough with his teaching methods and works with you to your level, building your confidence in the driving environment. I find the lessons very informative and enjoyable. He is an excellent instructor and I would recommend him to anyone wishing to take driving lessons. Speech marks

Georgina Mayhew, Selly Oak

Speech marks Oliver's approach to teaching is extraordinary, his friendly, calm and easily approachable attitude make the learning experience seem somewhat enjoyable. Learning from Oliver was excellent as he provided a teaching style which kept me calm and confident at all times. He also works well with helping you improve at your weaknesses and compliments your strengths in the end of lesson review which helps you understand your progress. I have been with a large driving school previously to learning with Oliver and I can honestly say I cannot fault anything with the service he provided. He is a very polite person and cares about the progress you make, helping you achieve your best, in the correct amount of time for you, at your own pace. 10 out of 10. Speech marks

Tom, Northfield

Speech marks From start to finish, the lessons were well organised and relaxed, when I had difficulty learning certain things, Oliver was relaxed and helped me through the process, ensuring that every criteria was met. Very methodical teaching style, however the lessons felt very personal, so I felt like I was learning from a friend rather than just an instructor. Speech marks

Nick Clarke, Northfield

Speech marks Oliver is a great driving instructor who not only taught me the fundamentals of driving but also gave me the confidence I needed. He always provided constructive feedback and helped to develop my strengths and improve my weaknesses - ultimately making me a better, safer driver. I really enjoyed my lessons with Oliver and would highly recommend him to anyone wishing to learn to drive in the future. A* Speech marks

Oliver Boulton, Birmingham

Speech marks I contacted Oliver after reading only good reviews from his previous students... now I can say none of them were lying! He always made sure I understood the 'theory' before getting on the road and his tips were very useful when practising roundabouts and manoeuvres. Speech marks

Georgina, Bournville

Speech marks Oliver is an excellent driving instructor as he tailors his approach to your personal needs and ensures not only that you can pass the test but that you become a good driver for life. In particular he is very calm and relaxed, removing any pressure you may feel. He lets you learn at your own pace, never complaining when you make a mistake but letting you figure out where you went wrong. Overall, a first class driving instructor who boosts your confidence. Speech marks

Vikas, Edgbaston

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