DERRY DRIVING LESSONS
DERRY DRIVING LESSONS

What our customers say about us

Sean Carmichael  

"Many thanks to Raymond and 1st Gear Driver Academy for teaching me  how to drive, I can honestly say it really has changed my life. I had  twice previously tried and failed with other driving schools to even get close to going for the test, and did not think I would ever be able to pass. However Raymond's teaching methods made it so much easier and I could see my improvements each week. He was always flexible to my own time slots, and made the process as easy as possible. Most of all though, he always made sure to fill me with the confidence and belief that I could pass, something I feel I had always lacked. A top guy also, really friendly and approachable, and always up for a laugh during lessons. Would recommend him to anyone!"

 

Cash Boyle

"Thankyou so much for everything Raymond! You did a great job with me, you were patient and I felt as though you genuinely cared about my progress. You fast-tracked me within two months, which is no mean feat given how rusty I was when I started. I would happily recommend you to anyone, given that 3 weeks after passing my test, I was driving successfully through central London!"

 

Shauna Gormley        

"I don't know how to ever thank you so much Ray Polley for getting me through my test 1st go! always looked forward to my lessons and the craic that we had on the road.. never made me feel uncomfortable nor unhappy! no better man for the job!! thanks a million" 

 

Tiernagh Canning

"Thanks Raymond for helping me pass my test 1st time! Couldn’t recommend him enough to anyone. He is so patient and helpful. I really enjoyed all my lessons."
 
Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Quality, Value

"Absolute legend. Never felt under any pressure when driving with Raymond, he always explained everything clearly and made driving far easier. Great craic and would 100% recommend to anyone learning to drive."

 

"Couldn’t recommend Raymond highly enough got me through the test first time thanks to his constant feedback each lesson that helped build confidence and ability."
 
Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Quality, Value

"Great craic and driving instructor!! Highly recommend, passed first time!"

 

Positive: Communication, Professionalism, Quality, Value

"Would highly recommend!!! Enjoyed all lessons, very easy to chat to, good craic and fantastic driving instructor!!! :))))

 

"Raymond is an excellent driving instructor, he is also a lovely person who deserves all the credit. I had an excellent time taking lessons, not only did he help me become a good driver, he believed in me when I didn’t. I will miss the craic"
 
"Literally the best driving instructor about. Raymond always made sure to calm my nerves and explain everything to me well. I enjoyed every single lesson and couldn’t recommend him more."
 
"Best driving instructor about! Makes every lesson enjoyable, while being very understanding and patient as you're learning. Highly recommend to anyone!"
 
"Raymond is a fantastic driving instructor. He knows how to make you feel comfortable at the wheel whilst making every lesson enjoyable. Highly recommended. Best driving instructor about."
 
"The best driving instructor about! So much patience and care for the pupil. Really helped me grow my confidence and overcome fears of driving. Highly recommend Raymond! He is the best about!!"
 
"Can’t recommend Raymond enough! He is the most patient and funny person ever, best of craic, can’t thank him enough!"
 
"Without a doubt the best driving instructor about. Made the whole learning experience so easy and enjoyable, would defiantly recommend Raymond"
 
"Great instructor, especially if your a nervous driver! Always put me at ease as well as pushing you to learn as much as you can in each lesson and we always had a good laugh"
 
"Great instructor and made it very enjoyable learning to drive."
 
"Raymond is an absolutely amazing driving instructor. When I started driving I never believed that I would ever be allowed to drive a car by myself or I would ever have the confidence to do so either. I was always such a nervous driver but …Raymond is an absolutely amazing driving instructor. When I started driving I never believed that I would ever be allowed to drive a car by myself or I would ever have the confidence to do so either. I was always such a nervous driver but Raymond really helped me and constantly reassured me that I was a good driver because I would always just focus on the negative. He made me believe I am a good driver and I have been driving ever since. I have had previous instructors in the past but no one was able to make me feel confident about driving like Raymond did. I would highly recommend him to anyone especially nervous drivers because he will make you feel so relaxed and you'll have your license in no time."
 
Laura hodgett
"Just the best best best best driving instructor ever.. I passed first time and he really gave me the confidence I needed. .Brilliant"
 
"Provided so much help and support! Has the patience of a saint. Highly recommended"
 
"Raymond is a brilliant driving instructor, especially for people who were initially nervous about learning to drive. He offered pleanty of additional help for the theory exam and the practical test which was reassuring during those times. …Raymond is a brilliant driving instructor, especially for people who were initially nervous about learning to drive. He offered pleanty of additional help for the theory exam and the practical test which was reassuring during those times. His personality and methods of teaching were perfect for making me very comfortable in every lesson. I would definitely highly recommend Raymond!"
 
"fantastic driving instructor and a great confidence giver. Would highly recommend to anyone"
 
"Best driving instructor about, couldn’t recommend him enough, really enjoyed my time out with him"
 
"The most patient and helpful driving instructor who really helped in calming nerves and improving confidence while driving. Can’t recommend highly enough!"
 
"Top class driving instructor and great guy. Knows the craic and can get you sorted. Highly recommended."
 
"Would highly recommend Raymond - amazing instructor, made every lesson extremely enjoyable."
 
"Raymond is an excellent driving instructor. He made me feel confident and in control behind the wheel. I passed my test and theory first time with the help from Raymond and I would highly recommend his theory classes."
 
"Raymond was a brilliant instructor & really put me at ease- especially as I was such a nervous driver at first. He was clear when giving instructions and very patient. He was always accommodating with planning lessons and times etc also. Would highly recommend! Thanks again Raymond :)
"Raymond was an excellent instructor and always give very clear instructions in every part of my lessons. I was very nervous on my first couple lessons and Raymond made me feel very relaxed and in control. Would highly recommend him as I had …Raymond was an excellent instructor and always give very clear instructions in every part of my lessons. I was very nervous on my first couple lessons and Raymond made me feel very relaxed and in control. Would highly recommend him as I had a great driving experience with him. Nothing was too much trouble for him and was always at the end of the phone for any questions or worries that I might have had outside lessons. He offered one on one tutoring on my theory as I was finding that part slightly more difficult and I manage to pass my driving test first time. Best thing I have ever done. Thanks again Ray"
 
"Raymond is a brilliant driving instructor. He helped my 2 sister, my brother and myself all pass our tests! I would highly recommend him to anyone."
 
"So thankful for Raymond and his patience. I started my lessons not knowing how to even turn the car on and within a few months I had my theory and practical driving test passed. Now i’d argue I’m the best driver in my family. Couldn’t imagine life without my licence now. Thankyou so much Raymond ??‍♀️?"
 
"Raymand was an amazing driving instructor. He always made me feel confident behind the wheel, gave me all the support and guidance i needed. Every lesson was different he was constantly advancing me onto the next stage in driving and knocked out my bad habits. Would highly recommened him."
 
"could not have asked for a better driving instructer than Raymand! He always made me feel confident behind the wheel, gave me all the support and guidance i ever needed .. he's one of a kind ??"

*** LESSON PLANS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR NEW DRIVERS, NERVOUS DRIVERS, DRIVERS NEEDING RETRAINING, DRIVERS WANTING TO BOOST THEIR DRIVING SKILLS ***

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Instructor, Ray Polley, is fully qualified, DOE registered and a member of the DIA (Driving Instructor Association)

 

1ST GEAR DRIVER ACADEMY FOR DRIVING LESSONS IN THE DERRY AREA 

 

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