About Les Hopkinson Driver Training


Les Hopkinson

DVSA Approved Driving Instructor

Passing on my knowledge and skills has been a passion of mine for many years. In previous jobs I gained many skills in training, coaching and development.

I also love to drive! Being out on the road and seeing how people can drive, I felt that I had to do something to improved the skill and safety of drivers on UK roads

The best way I felt I could do that was to ensure that learner drivers are better prepared for the road ahead for the rest of their lives, well after passing their driving test. Teaching people to pass a driving test is an outdated method of teaching.

In 2016, I decided to take a huge step and move away from a career of 16 years in the leisure industry to become a driving instructor. Completely changing a career when you have a family is a massive risk, but I felt so passionate about improving road safety and my family supported my decisions.  I've been training people to become safe drivers ever since. 

My Mission is to ensure that every learner driver goes away after passing their driving test with the skills to drive safe for the rest of their lives. I don't go into teaching someone to drive in a way that just makes sure they pass their driving test. The theory and practical tests are just hurdles to overcome along the way. I have a very client centred approach to learning to drive allowing the learner to work with me to identify their goals and needs. This encourages a more interactive and involved learning environment.

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Training courses available

Driving lessons are available to everyone from the age of 17 upwards and to any ability whether you’re a brand new starter, you’ve had lessons before or you wish to improve your driving ability or attitude. Get in touch if you have any questions or to book your lessons. 

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Beginner Lessons


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