Driving Excellence was originally based in Southampton, but at the end of 2018 we relocated to the Derby / Nottingham area. We are pleased to offer intensive driving courses to most DE and NG postcodes. However if you are looking to learn in Southampton, we still have two fantastic instructors working with manual and automatic cars across the city. Our instructors don’t just teach you how to pass your driving test but ensure you are capable of driving safely for life.
Is Driving Excellence the right Driving School for me?
Driving Excellence provide weekly lessons and intensive courses. We can help you whether you wish to learn the traditional way or learn in as little as a week. Our instructors are able to cater to a whole range of driving students because of our years of experience. From people who have just turned 17 focused on passing their driving test to the more mature drivers, looking to build their confidence on the road.
Our weekly packages and intensive courses include your driving lessons and online theory training through our partners www.drivingtheory4all.co.uk. You will also get the practical test included with any of our intensive courses.
Why Choose Driving Excellence as your Driving School?
Driving Excellence has built up an excellent reputation over the past couple of years which has seen the business go from strength to strength. A large percentage of the work has been through referrals and recommendations. We believe in a professional, personable and friendly approach to driving instructing where we understand a little bit of patience can go a long way.
Don’t just take our word for it…
Nice guy and a good instructor! After failing twice with other instructors he taught me to pass in a weeks 15 hour course, would highly recommend
Michael best instructor out of the 3 I have tried! very patience too! explains everything in detail, makes you feel comfortable, he is flexible if you need to change lesson's day. strongly recommend it!
I would highly recommend Micheal to anyone that asked. He was an amazing instructor and got me to pass first time, he is easy to talk to and very patient! Thanks again Harriet Pascoe
Mike is by far the best instructor around. A trustworthy competent instructor who makes you feel comfortable, learning to drive with him was a breeze. He really understands the mind of a learner and builds confidence to drive well like no other
I highly recommend Michael, he is very patient and it is very easy to learn with him.
He made it easy to understand the concept of driving and could suit lessons around me
Amazing teacher, very reliable and easy to get along with. Managed to fit lessons around my busy uni and work routine. Highly recommend!
Thanks to Michael, I have passed my driving test after 12 hours of intensive lessons. He has been brilliant, extremely patient, friendly and calm. I would recommend him to anyone who needs lessons as he's keeping it simple and easy to follow. Definitely worth the time, money and effort !
Loved learning to drive with Michael, recommended him to everyone I know. Laid back and general nice guy. This helped me gain confidence behind the wheel. Passed 1st time with him.
Micheal is an amazing instructor, the best one I've had I would recommend him to anyone going with him and a good lad
Just passed my test first time with Michael. He's an amazing instructor. Very friendly and efficient. Thank you Michael. X
Michael was absolutely brilliant! Gave great advice and was very supportive. I would recommend him to anyone! Cheers Michael!
Calm Clear instructions with a 2015 teaching method
Really lovely and really great lessons! Kept lessons fun and amazing help. Would recommend to anyone, helps keeping you confident. Gutted with the one fault but It’s still great thanks again.
I have spent a lot of time and money and had around 50 lessons with a private instructor and an AA instructor before I discovered driving excelence. But I was still no where near ready for a test. Michael made me realise driving is a lot more simple than it seems with his teaching strategies and most importantly helped me build my driving confidence. He's also one of the most kindest person I have met. I have now passed with only 4 minors!!! And I am so happy to be on the road with my little mini. The only thing I regret is not finding out about driving excellence when I first started leaning! I would recommend to everyone who wants to learn how to drive with the best instructor. 🙂
Having got to 37 without being a driver my family decided it was time to utilise the fact I am the only non drinker in the family and get me on the road!
Michael was fantastic, from start to finish. He put me at ease and no question was too stupid. He's a great instructor and would definitely recommend him. He's calm and explains things well and has a great sense of humour. I was almost gutted when I passed knowing I wouldn't have Michael to chatter away to each day!
Michael is an excellent driving instructor. He was very confident and he I passed and I did very fast. He's such a great guy!
Literally the best driving instructor I've had! Michael was so patient with me when making mistakes and guiding me through so thankful I passed because of him, thank you!! X
Michael was a great driving instructor, and helped me to pass within 6 months of starting to learn. He was really patient, and at the end of each lesson he always made it clear what I had done well and how I could improve. I would definitely recommend him to anyone! Thank you!
Michael is an excellent driving instructor! So patient and calm, no matter how nervous you are when starting to learn to drive. He's always interested in making sure he covers anything you feel you need to practice, and no question or request is too silly! Overall he made the lessons really enjoyable.
Thoroughly recommend him to anyone!
I would totally recommend Driving Excellence. michael is a really friendly instructor, who is able to give you all the support you need in becoming a safe& able driver. So to whoever's thinking of having driving lessons,Driving Excellence is the company to use! Thank you for all you have done x
Plane and simple A***** sending others your way thanks again mate
Very patient and excellent instructor, I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Just passed first time after a intensive driving course! Excellent instructor! Would highly recommend!
Michael managed to get me and my girlfriend passed 1st attempt in no time at all. A very logical and thorough driving instructor. Thanks Buddy!
Just had a crash course with Michael and passed he is a excellent instructor and explained everything so I could understand clearly I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn to drive
This was the second driving school I tried lessons with and was fantastic. Michael is an awesome teacher, very relaxed and non-judgemental. Lessons were really enjoyable and not at all pressured, taking things at whatever pace you need. Thank you!
Michael is a brilliant instructor. He explained everything very well, was patient and helped me pass first time! Thank you so much definitely recommend to anyone.
Micheal was a very good teacher all week couldnt praise him enough coming through from Saturday and passing today he has been patient understanding and explains everything simply so it's easy to understand. Overall I'm very happy
I was very happy with the intensive course I did with Micheal. He was very thorough and helped me to get to a decent level within just four days.Thanks to him I passed first time and feel confident on the road. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an instructor.
Michael is a very good instructor he was very patient with me and after failing the first time but second time he got me through definitely recommend Michael to everyone out there looking to start driving! Big thanks to you Michael!
Honestly the best instructor ever!!! I was nervous as i had a bad experience with my previous instructor, but Mike was amazing and we did it step by step (Especially clutch control) Thank You so much would definitely recommend!!!!
Michael is a brilliant driving instructor he was patient and friendly. After failing twice he was not judgmental and just made sure that we covered everything that went wrong in the test in the following lessons leading to the next test. I fully recommend Michael to anyone looking to start driving!
After being really nervous to learn how to drive for the first time, I passed my driving test yesterday first time with 4 minors all thanks to Mike!! He is such a nice, friendly guy who made me feel at ease throughout every lesson whilst teaching me so much. I'd always feel comfortable to ask any questions I had, and Mike would make sure I understood everything he answered especially if I still seemed unsure. He was always willing to try and work around my work schedule to make sure he could do the hours that suited me best, and I'm so happy with my decision to learn with Mike. Enjoyed every lesson, would definitely recommend!!
I booked a 30 hour intensive course with Michael and I cannot recommend him highly enough. He is a brilliant driving instructor- calm, patient and genuinely helpful! I was so nervous about driving again (I'd done a few lesson in Oxfordshire 2 years ago and didn't enjoy it), but Michael was a total star and was great at tailoring the lessons around my needs, giving me the confidence I needed, resulting in me passing first time at the end of August (which I'm still over the moon about!). I think the course was excellent value for money, and Michael was great with fitting in the hours on the days that I needed them, as I had to pass before a certain date. I wasn't initially sure if an intensive course was for me, but I'm so glad I chose this one 🙂 most definitely 5 stars, 10/10. Thanks again, Michael.
Michael is amazing - super helpful and patient. I didn't book directly with him initially but I'm glad he accepted my first course! I've had a great time learning with him, it definitely helps that he is so laid back and you're able to have a good chat!
Really happy to have passed my driving test after 25hrs intensive tuition with Michael. Michael is an excellent instructor with a fantastic calm and informative approach with his instruction. I cannot recommend Michael more highly!!!
Having lessons from Michael made learning to drive fun and enjoyable. He puts you at ease and reassures you. Down to earth, fantastic instructor.
Michael has been a fantastic teacher! After little success with two other instructors I turned for his help and the 16 hour intensive course. After the first four hour day I was very comfortable, feeling confident as Michael helped me tidy up my bad habits. I was really nervous to begin with, but with Michaels easy to understand and rational of road safety – the nerves quickly went away! He set out our lessons to make sure I was constantly improving and working on areas I needed to address. This was incredibly valuable when you have a short amount of time!!!! With his help, I managed to pass first time and I am incredibly grateful for his teaching! Thank you Michael and I will send everyone your way, because you are great! 10/10!
After not driving for a little while and being a bit anxious Micheal was fantastic at keeping me calm and boosting my confidence! .. an intensive course and a couple hours yesterday morning I passed my test with 3 minors ��. He was very good at being flexible to fit my hours in to! Happy all round
The quality of teaching received during my intensive course was probably the highest out of any I'd previously received in standard driving lessons - Michael is extremely knowledgeable in driving techniques and theory and his teaching style is second to none. The lessons were always smooth & enjoyable, and there's lots of explanations of everything which Michael always followed up with "Do you understand? Is there anything you would like to go over?". He's also a great guy with good conversation.
If you're after an intensive driving course and want it done and sorted in one fell swoop, Michael's your guy.
Michael was an amazing instructor! After failing my test many times with another instructor I thought I should change to the one week driving to see if this helped me at all. With Michael I passed first time with him in Southampton. He has a great way of explaining things that I wasn't very confident on and trying to find an alternative way for me to do things that may be easier for me. I would definitely recommend to anyone that is in the same situation as I was or if you are looking for a first time instructor. Michael is lovely and very easy to chat to, makes you feel comfortable and makes the lessons enjoyable! Thank you so much Michael for helping me pass my test finally!
Michael is a fantastic instructor! I was a fairly nervous driver when I first started to learn, finding it tricky to get an instructor that seemed to work well for me. After trying lessons with two different instructors, Michael was my third one and I'm so happy I found him.
Michael has this great way of providing constructive criticism to help you learn, but also lets you know the positives of your driving, this is the perfect balance so you don't focus too much on the negatives! His style really made me feel at ease, whilst continually building my confidence. He was also super patient with me, having failed 2 tests and passing third time, he made sure my confidence didn't get knocked. I'm ever so grateful for the support he provided and would definitely recommend him to anyone learning to drive.
Mike has been a fantastic driving instructor and support throughout my 28 hour intense driving course. I found him extremely helpful because of the focus and structure of my lessons, they were completely tailored to my weaknesses and areas of improvement and I couldn't have passed without somebody who could quickly identify them and structure lessons around developing my driving skills in order for me to pass. Would 100% recommend this course to anybody looking to pass their test with not only knowledge but also confidence.
Michael was an amazing driving instructor. I passed my driving test just over two years ago thanks to him! I started driving with another instructor where I used to be shouted at and felt really uncomfortable. Michael is the complete opposite, he made me feel comfortable, good at teaching and also good at reassuring me that I could do it! I struggle terribly with nerves and took me three times to pass my driving test. I am still recommending Michael to my friends and family - I couldn't of had a better instructor!
So yesterday I passed my driving test first time after a 20 hour intensive course and this was down to having a absolutley fantastic Instructor in michael. Michael is a very patient and a understanding instructor, he explains everything clearly and makes it very easy to understand, he will quickly assess the weaknesses in your driving and come up with set plans for the day to iron these issues out.
I can not thank him enough for his time, effort and teaching me this past week.
Highly Recommend Michael.
I did an intensive course with Michael a few months ago & passed first time with 2 minors! Couldn't have asked for a better instructor, he was patient, helpful and knowledgeable. He helped me improve all of my weak points, and knew the test routes extremely well. I would 100% recommend anyone to do an intensive course with Michael whether your new to driving or not. Thanks again Michael!!
I would highly recommend driving excellence Southampton to anyone looking to start driving. Friendly and reliable instructor, easy to get along with and great attitude towards first time drivers. Very competitive rates and flexible lesson times. Micheal was very patient and explained things in a way i could understand. After each lesson, he explained how i was doing and what needed work, found this great for getting a sense of progress. Was a enjoyable experience learning to drive with driving excellence Southampton. Thanks to Micheal for getting me through!
Amazing Instructor thank you, very reliable, great customer care, calm and great to get feedback, highly recommend Micheal, pass rates speak for themselves, very reasonable too!
Had a great experience doing an 8 hour intensive before re-taking my driving test. Michael helped me feel way more confident in the road and I passed with only a few minors!! Had a brilliant time driving around and would totally reccomend him if you're starting to drive or if you're looking for a bit more confidence and some tips.
Michael was a wonderful instructor and made driving so enjoyable for me! He was always really good at explaining things and so patient. I always looked forward to driving lessons. Michael is really nice and so easy to get along with- I always enjoyed chatting in lessons! I'd highly recommend him to anyone- he's the best instructor around!!
Passed first time would really recommend!!
I used two instructors whilst learning to driving and Mike was by far the better out of the two, friend and easy to get along with and of course good at driving, helped me pass within 15 hours
Never would of thought I'd pass first time but all thanks to Michael I managed it within 20 hours. would most definitely recommend!
Mike is a fantastic instructor who I would highly recommend to anyone! For me a 28 hour intensive course worked perfectly, I passed my test at the first attempt with no driver faults. This result is purely down to Mikes excellent instruction and commitment. Thanks again Mike
Thank you for everything I couldn't of done it with out you.
Your teaching methods are really easy to pick up and stick well too.
I will see you on the road buddy
Had a great time with Michael, he's a truly brilliant instructor. Really relaxed vibe in the car but felt like the lessons were well structured and that I learned loads each time out.
After a couple of test fails with another instructor, I signed up with Michael and was blown away by the difference in quality of teaching.
I would highly recommend Driving Excellence to anyone.