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Testimonials from some of my past pupils

Anonymous Lady
Refresher Course for Confidence
I left writing to you until after I'd driven to Wales. I managed 8 motorways and miles of country lanes and even managed to park the estate car in parking spaces. 590 miles in all. Many thanks for your help. The refresher lessons were helpful in building my confidence but the motorway lesson was vital. I learned a lot - judging speed and distance was the most important and although I'm obviously still learning I'm beginning to feel less anxious and relaxed. I could hear you telling me to relax my hands on the steering wheel and that helped. My next challenge is driving to and from Stratford upon Avon in June followed by the north west of Scotland. I might even end up enjoying driving!!! Your calm assurance and positive encouragement was really helpful. Also your flexible response to my concerns about the motorway lesson which meant I felt more relaxed and confident about having a go. I would like my comments to be anonymous. Many thanks again and best wishes.

I just wanted to update you on the two journeys I was concerned about. One was to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the other to Scotland. I can't say I enjoyed the motorway drive to Stratford but I did it. I'm just back from my week in Scotland and I achieved 1,209 miles of various roads from motorways to single track Scottish roads including the hairpins of Bealch Na Ba. I'm now quite proud of my achievement. I might not surrender the car keys when the time comes!! Many thanks again for your support in helping me achieve this.

Lyn L.
Refresher Course for Confidence
Being 79 and not driven for a few years, I decided to have a refresher course. My instructor Karen of LDC really helped to give me back my confidence. Thank you Karen.

Roz - HillsboroughRoz - Hillsborough
Refresher Course for Confidence
Karen was a very calm and neutral instructor. She has really helped me overcome my fear of driving after not getting in a car for nearly 2 years. I would highly recommend her for anyone who needs a confidence boost so they can get back on the road. As a young Mum, it’s held me back not being able to drive, so regaining my confidence means I feel ready to take the next step in our own car and take my little boy out for the day.

Zoe Cox - Bramall LaneZoe Cox - Bramall Lane
Passed Second Time
Karen’s approach really helped me to relax and feel comfortable driving after a bad experience with a previous instructor. She really listens to what you’re struggling with, and focuses on “how could it have been done better?” rather than “what you did wrong”. The LDC System with the workbook and DVDs helped me to improve my skills, particularly my manoeuvres, so lessons could then be spent on improving rather than learning from scratch. If you’re at all nervous about learning to drive or getting back behind the wheel, I highly recommend contacting Karen!

Lucy Waga - Sheffield City CentreLucy Waga - Sheffield City Centre
Refresher Course for Confidence
I decided to have some refresher lessons after 4 years since passing my test in Bridlington and having little or no busy road experience. After the first lesson, I felt like I was learning to drive from scratch again, but Karen broke each session down into achievable goals. The following lessons were very useful and insightful, and Karen is very calm and patient. I now feel comfortable to go out onto the roads myself. I couldn’t have done this without her!

Louise Coldwell - Fulwood
Refresher Course for Nervous Driver
After many years of not driving due to nerves, I found myself in a position of having to drive to regain my independence. Karen has been patient and kind and given me back my confidence and more. I am now looking forward to my new found freedom in my new car, enabling me to get to the shops, start a new social life, and in the long term hopefully holidays in this country.

Billy Sims - SharrowvaleBilly Sims - Sharrowvale
Passed first time
When I first thought about learning to drive I was looking for a one week intensive course to just get my test passed and over with. I had already taken and passed my theory test. After looking round and round the internet and many phone calls I found that although you can take a one week driving course, you could not book a practical test in Sheffield for six weeks. That’s where Karen came in. I contacted Karen with no prior knowledge and got a good gut feeling for her over the phone. She visited me at my home and I was very impressed with how calm and organised she was. I duly booked my practical test for six weeks and booked my ten lessons with Karen to end on the day of my test. From the first lesson I knew I had made the right choice of instructor. She took me logically through all aspects of driving, I never felt under pressure and always confident, she knew how to take me one step at a time teaching me and reassuring me as she went. I purchased the book and DVD from Karen and was able to spend time in-between lessons working my way through it. On the day of my test Karen was with me in the car as I took my test, knowing she was there with me helped a great deal. I am pleased to say I passed on my first attempt. I could not recommend Karen highly enough if you’re looking for a driving instructor.

Alex Charlesworth - Norton LeesAlex Charlesworth - Norton Lees
Passed First Time
Congratulations to Alex, who looked stunned when his examiner told him he had passed – and with only 5 driving faults. He was particularly pleased because he was the first of his group of friends to pass, and always seemed to prefer his driving lessons to revising for exams! Well done, and safe driving always, Alex.

Spencer Swain - GreystonesSpencer Swain - Greystones
Passed First Time
When I first started driving, I found the task arduous and stressful. I realised that I was in need of a teacher who would understand the complexities of how my mind and way of doing things work. Karen represented that person. Her teaching techniques allowed me to flourish and her calm, reassuring nature allowed me to discover a new side to driving. This manifested itself in a way that got me to understand driving as an interpretive task, rather than a rigid science.

Liz S. - Totley
Refresher Course for Confidence
I researched a number of driving schools on line and was attracted to Karen's due to the mixture of coaching and therapy skills she offered. I had not driven for several years as I did not feel I had the confidence to go out and about. However, since having a baby, I realised that not driving would limit the things I would be able to do. Therefore I decided to take refresher lessons to gain more confidence on the road. Since taking the lessons, I feel a lot better about driving in general, and feel I can cope with situations by being more prepared. Karen is a friendly, calm and patient instructor who has really helped me develop my driving skills and build up my self-esteem.

Cat. W - Millhouses
Refresher Course for Confidence
It was very useful to be able to get back into a car after a long time of not driving since passing my test with Karen there for guidance. Now I can start looking for a car of my own!

Becky Saunders
Refresher Course for Confidence
After passing my driving test 7 years ago, I had very little experience of driving and felt I needed some refresher driving lessons to build my confidence, gain experience and develop skills in driving in built-up areas. I contacted Karen via her website and she called me within a day to arrange a time to discuss my needs and driving goals. This was an extremely useful chance to get to know each other and to outline what I wanted to achieve from my lessons. Karen made me feel very at ease, and helped me outline clear goals and objectives. During my lessons, we focused on what I wanted to work on, and I always felt safe and like I was making progress.

Karen always gave clear and direct instruction, and there was always time for a reflective conversation once a skill had been practiced, or if a mistake was made. My experience of learning to drive again with Karen was extremely positive. She is calm, kind and encouraging. I was anxious about driving again, but my lessons have given me the skills and knowledge I needed to go on and gain experience in my own car. Thank you, Karen!

Tor CoxTor Cox
Passed first time
I have found the whole experience of learning to drive with Karen and LDC to be amazing. I was a complete novice, but succeeded with the help of all the LDC materials (both the workbook and the dvds) that work hand in hand to help with the overall driving to give you an idea of what to expect on a lesson. Towards the test day I also found a lot of LDC on Youtube, and the LDC website showed a lot more about the actual final test and what to expect which I found useful. But my BIGGEST thanks go out to Karen who is so patient and encouraging and I wouldn't have passed today without her at all so.... thank you Karen for everything .

Cathy Pawling
Refresher Course for Nervous Driver
I wanted to undertake a course of "refresher" lessons to get back into driving after a break of 8 years. I was very nervous about getting back behind the wheel again after such a long break from driving, but Karen has been great at making the whole experience seem achievable and less daunting than I feared! She has been very calm, patient and reassuring. She tailors each lesson to ensure that you learn at the right pace and at the level you need. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is considering learning to drive (or "re-learning" again after a break like me!) I now feel much more confident again behind the wheel, and feel that I am gaining back a lot of independence.

Trevor Clark - HillsboroughTrevor Clark - Hillsborough
Passed first time
Being taught to drive by Karen has been for me a life changing experience. She has encouraged me every step of the way. Before contacting Karen in November 2013 I had never considered taking lessons before, but after pushing a lot of self doubt to one side i took the plunge . The LDC method for training drivers was I feel a huge factor in me passing first time. Karen has shown me the correct way to drive and I would encourage anyone if they are considering taking driving lessons to take them with Karen, her guidance has been an inspiration. Many thanks Karen, we did it, what a great team.

Kate Lynn - HillsboroughKate Lynn - Hillsborough
Passed 2nd Time
I would recommend Karen as an instructor to anyone, but especially if you're at all nervous about learning to drive. She is endlessly patient and reassuring. Without a doubt, her soothing attitude is the reason that I have passed my test today! She has become my Guardian Angel of driving! I look forward to the independence that being able to drive will give me. I could not have done it without Karen's help. Thank you, Karen!

Hilary F - EcclesallHilary F - Ecclesall
Refresher Lessons
I'm very happy to recommend Karen's LDC Driving School in Sheffield to new and returning motorists alike. Having learnt in an Austin Metro, passed my test in a Ford Fiesta and then practised in big cities and built-up areas, driving had been hard work, difficult and fraught with dangers.

Karen really knows the best way to help motorists at every stage of life learn or re-learn to drive. Thanks to her clear and common sense explanations combined with a patient and supportive approach, driving becomes easy, little effort and a lot less complicated. Whether you've been in a car for 5 minutes or 5 years, there's always new and unforeseen situations that can make motoring a challenge on our busy roads. By training with Karen, you'll be more than well-prepared.

Dave Gubbins - WalkleyDave Gubbins - Walkley
Passed second time
A huge thank you Karen for your commitment and patience. As an older driver with family commitments, it was important to me to be flexible. Karen's coaching style really worked for me. Although at times this stretched me, it made the learning experience my own. I now feel confident to drive in all scenarios. I am at the start of my driving journey now, and I feel equipped to deal with this, not just passing my test.

Deborah (Debs) Sinclair - DronfieldDeborah (Debs) Sinclair - Dronfield
Passed First Time
After some previous driving experience left my confidence low, Karen and the LDC System built me back up so I was able to pass first time. Karen's calm, patient, yet no-nonsense approach enabled me to focus and overcome my fears. Having the workbook, DVDs and written notes after each lesson was very effective in helping me cement what I'd learnt, and are useful reference tools which I'm sure I will still go back to now I've passed. Thank you for helping me feel confident and safe on the road. I am now very much looking forward to the freedom driving brings and a life free of buses!

Georgina Rogers - Ecclesall
I was recommended to use Karen as an instructor by my sister and can gladly say she is a fantastic instructor. When I was learning with Karen, she had a very positive, caring attitude. I used the LDC workbook and DVDs which were extremely helpful. It helped me personally because I could watch someone else demonstrate how to carry out the activity. It also helped me while I was doing private practice in my own car. Although I did not pass the first time, Karen kept my attitudes and skills high and went over what went wrong on the test. Karen's car is very easy and a pleasure to drive. One last thing I would like to say is thank you so much for teaching me!

Lucie Lines - DronfieldLucie Lines - Dronfield
After learning to drive for over 10 years and failing 9 tests with other instructors, I chose Karen. I felt she was very supportive throughout my entire learning process, and was understanding to my past events. She gave me encouragement and belief in myself that I can drive. I thought the methods and techniques that Karen used enabled me to understand what was expected of me during each lesson. I would definitely recommend Karen to my family and friends due to her way of working and lovely personality. My success will enable me to have my own independence, and allow me to search for employment further afield."

Abbey Rogers - EcclesallAbbey Rogers - Ecclesall

Josh Green - HillsboroughJosh Green - Hillsborough
Semi Intensive Course - Passed First Time
"I passed first time on an LDC semi-intensive course. The calm environment created in the car was very helpful when learning and this made the whole process much easier and more enjoyable. Everything was explained clearly and in detail; Karen's endless patience is amazing!

The LDC workbook goes through everything in great detail, and will probably be useful to me for years to come. The DVD was incredibly useful to show you exactly what to do, and is immensely helpful with the timing. Manoeuvres have never been more fun, set up as a challenge to conquer them one by one."

Kai Green - FulwoodKai Green - Fulwood
Midway Pass Course - Passed First Time
"Driving with Karen was an utter delight. She was patient and encouraging throughout. She guided me through the LDC System carefully and enthusiastically, and the training materials and structured approach were perfect in explaining what to tackle and when. Karen's feedback at the end of each lesson was always clear and useful, and made the 'intensive' element of the Course hugely less 'intense!' I would definitely recommend LDC and the Midway Pass Course."

Kate Wilkins - EcclesallKate Wilkins - Ecclesall
Passed Second Time

Gregg Creaser - AbbeydaleGregg Creaser - Abbeydale
Passed first time
"Throughout my learning experience, I was put at ease and felt comfortable working with Karen. During my lessons, I felt that the learning/teaching pace was ideally suited to how I learn, and found Karen's calm and patient approach helped me progress through the key learning areas, both practical and theoretical.

Overall I have enjoyed learning to drive with Karen, and now I have passed on my first try, look forward to put my learning into practice."

Janna Doherty - HillsboroughJanna Doherty - Hillsborough
LDC Semi Intensive Course - Passed first time
"I had done a fair amount of driving some years ago but never took a test. To be honest, I never imagined actually being a fully-fledged driver. But now I have a young child, I really need to be driving. I liked the look of the LDC Semi Intensive Course with the workbook and DVDs. I also liked the sound of Karen after speaking to her on the phone. I found the course hard, but had a lot of private practice to bring me "up to speed"!

Karen has been a great instructor, very perceptive and offering many more skills besides basic driving instruction, enabling me to overcome my driving anxieties. And despite my bus being in a collision on my way to the test, I passed first time! I am over the moon!! Thank you Karen!"

Lauren Owen - Woodseats
Passed second time
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and lessons over the last 22 months. Many thanks."

Stephen Bramall - WalkleyStephen Bramall - Walkley
LDC One Week Pass Course - Passed third time
Well done, Stephen! All those hills in Sheffield were no problem to you (much easier than Worksop)!

Emma Griffiths - HandsworthEmma Griffiths - Handsworth
Passed first time
"Karen has a confident, calming influence which made the lessons with the LDC workbook and DVDs structured and easy to understand. Karen also provided me with some hypnotherapy before my test which made me feel less anxious. The result gave me a pass first time!!"

Helen Fauset - GreystonesHelen Fauset - Greystones
Passed second time
"When I started having driving lessons I was quite a nervous learner and didn't believe I'd ever get there. I then had to take time out from learning for a while when life got in the way, and when I got back behind the wheel my confidence was at an all-time low. But Karen's patient, empathetic approach combined with the LDC support materials soon had me making progress again, and with great delight I passed my test in November 2008. Now that I'm on the road I'm really looking forward to building on what I've learned and enjoying the freedom of being able to drive safely with confidence.

Karen's patience, determination and support have in no small way contributed to my recent success! Thanks for everything - see you soon for Pass Plus!"

Helen Luckman - CrookesHelen Luckman - Crookes
LDC Semi Intensive Course - Passed first time
"Thank you so much, for helping me pass my driving test first time following my LDC Semi-intensive course. Your patience and encouragement these last couple of months have been great, so thanks again and best wishes."

Anna Hawkins - AbbeydaleAnna Hawkins - Abbeydale
Passed second time
Although Anna's nerves got the better of her on her first test, she used the LDC workbook to focus more on her actual driving ability. Her second test involved driving through snow and ice on the way to the test centre, only to be told it had been cancelled. Never mind, great experience to drive in adverse weather conditions! 3 weeks later, she overcame the nerves and passed, giving her more flexibility with family trips and improved career prospects. Congratulations, Anna!

Ruth Taylor - EcclesallRuth Taylor - Ecclesall
LDC Midway Pass Course - Passed first time
Ruth had not driven for two years after failing two previous tests with other instructors. She returned home to Sheffield between University studies and enjoyed the challenge of preparing for her driving test during the summer. Well done, Ruth!

Joan Sutcliffe - BradwayJoan Sutcliffe - Bradway
Passed first time
"Two years ago I was persuaded to learn to drive because of the many advantages it would bring. After spending some time finding a really good school learn with I booked some lessons and with some trepidation attended the first of many. The first few lessons were getting to grips with the 'basics' which included getting the car to move forward. This I did - at speeds ranging from 5 - 7 mph (terrifying speed for a beginner!) Week by week, month by month, my skills increased and improved along with confidence. The learning process was enjoyable, challenging, frustrating at times, and rewarding. I eventually took the theory test and later the practical test, passing both equally well and of course was delighted with these achievements. All the effort and work paid off, not just from my side of the process, but also that of my instructor Karen, whose total commitment and patience is unsurpassed. The experience has been one of life's very best and that is because I have been taught to drive, not just to 'pass a test', and I can confidently say that I know and understand the difference. Being at the age of 51-53, learning to drive takes a bit longer than at the age of 21-23 but time taken to learn properly, whatever the age, is a far greater gain than just a few lessons to 'get through a test'. Experience is gained with time spent learning, and I would not have wanted to learn any other way. What I have learned is not just the 'mechanics' and what to 'do', but to have just enough confidence (not being over confident) and at the same time an awareness that every time I am 'out on the road' I will continue to learn. This is what only the very best driving instruction and instructor can achieve. I got the best.

HALL OF FAME
Congratulations to the following successful drivers:
Abbey Rogers - Ecclesall
Lucy Anderson - Ecclesall
Tim Swift - Ridgeway
David Brooks - Crookes
Andreas Udlebacher - Switzerland
Ben Warren - Norton Lees
Emily West - Ecclesall
Jenny Hardy - Walkley
Ben Rayner - Greystones
Isabel Frost - Fulwood
Hwan Cui - University
Dan Brennan - Barlborough
Alket Hoxha - Manor
Laura Bennett - Crookes
Gavin Bradwell - Ecclesall
Graham Bonner - Walkley
Rene Dorset - Meersbrook
Sue Skelley - Dore
Rob Lockett - Ecclesall
Natalie Turner - Sharrow
Caroline Absalom - Nether Edge
Ruth Block - Dore
Dita Sardjono - Nether Edge
Sarah Gray - Totley
Brian Marsden - Intake
Rob Lockett - Ecclesall
Natalie Wells - Base Green
Natalie Wagstaffe - Base Green
Adam Stannard - Norfolk Park
Ian Kershaw - Dronfield
David Hurst - Dronfield
Phil Button - Stocksbridge
Louise Paddock - Beauchief
Chris "Kit" Barker - Broomhall
Deborah Rigby - Ecclesall
Alison Fyldes - Ecclesall
Caroline Willgoose - Sothall
Maddie Bland - Millhouses
Mandy Hector - Beighton
Lindsay Gore - Ecclesall
Simon Rees - University
Sophie Liljendahl - Ecclesall

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