Testimonials

Testimonials from some of my past pupils

Freddie GilbertFreddie Gilbert
PASS - 3 MINOR FAULTS
Could not have asked for a better instructor. Detailed, attentive and with a genuine care of what he's doing. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone about to get on the learning path of driving.

Zoe FungZoe Fung
PASS - 5 MINOR FAULTS
Mark is very professional, patient and a very thorough driving instructor. He makes sure you don't pick up any bad habits that could hinder your chance of passing your test, he was very patient with me and did not lose his temper when I made mistakes in the lesson, instead he talked through with where I went wrong and how to improve. He is very flexible with driving lessons, I had a few very early morning driving lessons before work and he had no problems with it. He is very reliable and easily approachable and I would highly recommend Mark as a driving instructor.

Laura FermorLaura Fermor
FIRST TIME PASS - 7 MINOR FAULTS
I would 100% recommend Mark as a driving instructor. He was very flexible to times and locations of pick up and drop off and he is very calm and a brilliant teacher. I passed first time with Mark as my instructor! Thanks again Mark

Chloe IliffeChloe Iliffe
FIRST TIME PASS - 9 MINOR FAULTS
I would just like to say a HUGE!! thank you to Mark for helping me achieve something I never thought I would have the confidence to do. Every lesson my confidence grew with his calm and encouraging approach to teaching. As soon as I got in the car I felt comfortable which I never felt with my other instructors. I will certainly recommend Mark as a driving instructor to anyone because not only does he really know what he's talking about, he's also very easy to get along with.

The LDC system is a great way to help you with preparing for your lessons. It's so easy to go over everything you have learned to boost your knowledge through the workbook.

Thank you again Mark it has been a pleasure to meet you. All the best for the future.

Victoria ParsonsVictoria Parsons
PASS - 4 MINOR FAULTS
I did a semi intensive course with LDC's driving instructor Mark. I can honestly say it is worth every penny! from the workbook to instructional DVD they give you all the tools to help you pass.

Mark is a kind, patient, self confidence building instructor. I'm truly grateful to have had him teach me how to drive. It had been 10 years since my last lesson and I was nervous and rusty. However with Mark's encouragement and skills he got me the pass I needed and worked hard to get.

Hiren VaghelaHiren Vaghela
PASS - 9 MINOR FAULTS
Having previously failed my test in my home city of Leicester and moving to Hasting for work reasons , I was in need of a driving instructor. I came across Mark on the Internet and took lessons with him. Mark is a very friendly, hugely patient and professional instructor. Never once was he late to a lesson and didn't mind the lesson over running. During lessons he always gave constructive feedback and ensured I was thinking at all times which made me prevail in my driving test.

Henry MelbournHenry Melbourn
FIRST TIME PASS - 4 MINOR FAULTS
I had the pleasure of being taught to drive by Mark and the experience surpassed all of my expectations. Mark led by example and taught with enthusiasm, which empowered me to learn correct road behaviour and techniques. Highly knowledgeable in all aspects of road safety and driving procedures, Mark's personable approach put me at ease and allowed me to learn at my own pace. I was extremely satisfied with my first time pass and would highly recommend him to anyone soon to embark on learning to drive.

Charlie WoutersCharlie Wouters
PASS - 4 MINOR FAULTS
Thank you very much for helping me every step of the way, I found your teaching methods excellent. I would definitely recommend you to anyone because I felt my driving improved after every lesson. You approach teaching like a true professional and helped my confidence as a driver improve greatly.

Maksym ChyrkinMaksym Chyrkin
PASS - 2 MINOR FAULTS
I really happy to meet Mark. He is professional. I have previous driving experience in another country but Mark showed me many many small but really helpful things. Many thanks to him.

Joe GilgunnJoe Gilgunn
FIRST TIME PASS - 1 MINOR FAULT
Mark is a fantastic instructor with great knowledge and experience. Made me feel comfortable and confident on the road and made sure I was ready for my test and got me through first time! Always on time and so patient. Very pleased with the service and highly recommended. Thank you Mark!

Leah OkomiLeah Okomi
FIRST TIME PASS - 1 MINOR FAULT
Mark is a great instructor and my driving has come on leaps and bounds since learning with him. I'd had some lessons previously but I needed some help improving various areas and Mark was the man for the job! I was quite a nervous driver when I first started but Mark's pep talks helped me combat nerves. As a result I passed first time with one minor! I can't thank Mark enough for helping me achieve this.

Michael AkinleMichael Akinle
FIRST TIME PASS - 6 MINOR FAULTS
Mark has been an exceptional instructor from the day I started learning until I passed my test. His best qualities as an instructor which will help any learner is the calmness he exudes which helped me to relax. Also very encouraging and gave useful feedback which meant my improvement was quick. Never gives answers straight away, always made me think, which meant I learnt quicker. Will no hesitation recommend Mark as an instructor, no matter what stage you are.

Aditee NaikAditee Naik
PASS - 6 MINOR FAULTS
It has been a pleasure learning to drive with Mark. All lessons and routes are well structured. I found Mark to be especially encouraging before the practical driving test. Thank you for all your help and patience.

Amy ThrowerAmy Thrower
PASS - 1 MINOR FAULT
Thank you so much for all your help and encouragement throughout my lessons. You have been a great instructor and very patient. Both your motivation and driving experience/knowledge has helped me become the driver I am today and passing my test. I would highly recommend yourself to anyone who is looking for an instructor.

Thank you once again.

Rosie FengRosie Feng
FIRST TIME PASS - 4 MINOR FAULTS
Thank you so much for assisting me through this whole process and having the patience to teach me. I really appreciate everything and all your support which has resulted in my succeeding.

Ben ManningBen Manning
PASS - 1 MINOR FAULT
Mark has been a fantastic driving instructor and I would highly recommend him to anyone wishing to learn to drive. You're made to feel like you're the only individual he's teaching as he really invests in your learning. He was thoroughly supportive and encouraging throughout and I found the LD system of learning to drive extremely beneficial. Mark gave me the necessary tools and information to learn both during and outside of lesson times which really accelerated my learning.

Damilola OgunniyiDamilola Ogunniyi
Before I started learning with Mark I had lost confidence in my driving. Mark helped me build my confidence with every lesson. His method of teaching is very effective as he provides constructive detailed feedback throughout the lessons. Mark also gave me the boost I needed when it was time to book my tests as I ordinarily did not have faith in myself that I was good enough for test standard. If you are looking for an honest and thorough driving instructor, then I recommend Mark.

Michael BeesonMichael Beeson
FIRST TIME PASS - 2 MINOR FAULTS
Thank you very much to Mark for guiding me to my driving license and beyond. It has truly been a pleasure to learn to drive with Mark and if you want to learn not only to pass your driving test but how to be a safe and competent driver in a calm environment then Mark will certainly take you there.

Using the LD system has been a really welcome addition to my learning experience as it allowed me to prepare for lessons beforehand but also to be able to reflect on them afterwards. The LD system has certainly had a positive effect on my driving as even after passing, I find that I am able to think about and analyse my driving ultimately allowing me to continue to improve my driving independently.

Many thanks once again.

LisaLisa
PASS - 1 MINOR FAULT
Mark is an extremely encouraging instructor and really spent time building up my confidence and focusing on my weaker areas. With lots of positive and constructive feedback, I would definitely recommend Mark to anyone looking to pass their driving test.

Thank you again for all your help and patience!

Sarah MumbySarah Mumby
FIRST TIME PASS - 3 MINOR FAULTS
I passed 1st time with only 3 minors. Mark made me feel at ease and I really enjoyed my lessons. He is very patient which really helped. Mark is very organised during his lessons and he knows exactly what you need to work on and how to improve it. I particularly liked the fact that even if I felt as though a lesson hadn't gone as well as I'd hoped, he would always mention the good points of the lesson so that I didn't dwell on the bad things. Although Mark was my 4th driving instructor, I felt I learnt more from my lessons with him for 9 weeks than I did with other driving instructors.

Mark is open to any question you may have and answers them the best he can, no question is ever a silly question and I always came away from a lesson feeling and knowing I'd learned something new.

I found the LDC book and DVD very helpful to use between lessons because it refreshed my mind with what I had been taught.

I will definitely be taking a motorway lesson and my pass plus with Mark and will be telling all my friends and family to learn with him.

Guy SawtellGuy Sawtell
Thanks to Mark and the LDC training method, I have just passed my driving test.

It really is possible to teach an old dog new tricks - 32 years since I last had a lesson (or sat behind the wheel), and I have passed at the first attempt this time around with only 4 minor faults.

Mark was a very methodical, patient and calm teacher and I have enjoyed the whole process. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone who is either starting out, or, like me, had decided many years ago that driving was just something that other people did.

The LDC method of workbook, instructional DVDs and note keeping, meant that I approached each lesson prepared and ready - and that every moment I was with Mark in the car was used to the fullest. This whole experience has given me a entirely new set of skills and a great confidence boost. Thanks for all your help. Guy

Dean StreetsDean Streets
I just want to say thanks for teaching me to drive. it's been a well worthwhile experience and you've been very helpful & encouraging throughout my lessons. Many thanks.

Jay WinterJay Winter
FIRST TIME PASS - 3 MINOR FAULTS
I would recommend Mark to anyone who wants to pass. Just getting behind the wheel and driving down the road was an achievement for me, let alone passing my test first time. Mark has a very patient view and helps you to learn from your mistakes. I recommend to everyone to use the workbook in-between lessons as this really does speed up your learning and gives you more time on the road. I cannot thank Mark enough for all that he has done for me and if you want to pass and enjoy your lessons get in touch with Mark!

Lucy RobbinsLucy Robbins
FIRST TIME PASS - 0 (ZERO) MINOR FAULTS
I was very nervous at the thought of learning to drive, but with Mark's patient teaching it all fell into place. The experience has been thoroughly enjoyable and with the skills I've picked up along the way I feel very confident to drive on my own. Choosing LDC was a wise move and I'd like to thank Mark for making the experience one to remember.

Melissa StevensMelissa Stevens
FIRST TIME PASS - 2 MINOR FAULTS
If you're looking for a excellent driving instructor, choose Mark!

I passed 1st time with only 2 minors. I was very nervous about learning to drive but soon as I met Mark he made me feel at ease and I really enjoyed my lessons. He is very patient which is very important when learning to drive, and doesn't make you do anything that you aren't comfortable with. Mark is very organised during his lessons and he knows exactly what you need to work on and how to improve it. His teaching methods are very good and you learn very quickly when learning to drive with Mark.

Mark is open to any question you may have and answers them the best he can. On the morning of my test I was nervous and soon as I got in the car my nerves disappeared so I went into my test feeling confident and prepared.

I found the LDC book and DVD's very useful as it helped me to prepare for my lessons which meant I learnt quicker.

Thank you Mark!

Hugh FaircloughHugh Fairclough
I would highly recommend Mark to anyone thinking of taking lessons. He was a patient and encouraging teacher and was able to break down the many skills and techniques required in driving in way that was easily understandable. The constant guidance and repetition of the key facets of driving in my lessons meant that these came automatically at my test and were invaluable in helping me achieve a pass.

The additional learning materials included in the LDC workbook, DVD and CD Rom were also very helpful in preparing for lessons and both the theory and the practical tests.

Mark was also very accommodating about fitting my lessons around the demands of work and family life. I would encourage anyone thinking of taking lessons to give it a go and to use Mark as your instructor. I'm very glad that I did.

Frankie BryantFrankie Bryant
From previously learning with two other driving instructors, learning to drive with Mark was clearly the best decision I made. His approach to teaching me was straight to the point which is a plus for anyone learning. He went at a pace that was right for me as my lessons progressed. The LDC book also helped me keep my brain fresh with the driving skills I needed to pass my test. I enjoyed learning to drive with Mark. 10 out of 10. Thanks again for teaching me and eventually getting my license.

Katherina MarkovaKatherina Markova
FIRST TIME PASS - 2 minor faults
Mark is possibly the best instructor you could have when it comes to learning how to drive. He lets you learn at your own pace but knows exactly when you need that boost of confidence to do something new. He has the patience of a saint and is the loveliest person ever. I looked forward to my driving lessons with him. I cannot wait to do my motorway driving lesson with him.

Emma Grey GelderEmma Grey Gelder
I would like to thank Mark for his patient manner and confidence in me which I sometimes lacked in my own ability. Mark was always on time and never missed a lesson. He was also very accommodating if I had to move a lesson or cancel due to my baby boy being unwell.

I would highly recommend Mark and I am thrilled that I have now passed my test. All the best for the future Mark.

Luke TaylorLuke Taylor
FIRST TIME PASS - 3 minor faults
Having lessons with mark was never any trouble as he was flexible with hours, also his teaching was effective and worked very well for me. Number one rule is Mark knows best, trust me.

Ashana GuptaAshana Gupta
It's been a pleasure learning with LDC and yourself. I always felt the advice I received was beneficial and helped me develop all the necessary skills to pass. Lessons would be well planned with the use of log books documenting progress and targets. I found the DVD really helpful as well for manoeuvre practice in particular. Definitely great value for money.

I would definitely recommend LDC and Mark to anybody looking for an instructor. thanks again for all your help throughout my lessons!!!! Ashana.

Joe FreaneyJoe Freaney
I would just like to say a big thank you to Mark for teaching me to drive. Its been a long hard road and I wanted to say thank you for your professionalism and your never ending supply of encouragement. As we went along I think your teaching evolved into something really rather special and helped me immensely, what a good system you have in place! Above all I really enjoyed learning with you so thank you once again.

Andrew ChandlerAndrew Chandler
Mark is a patient and encouraging instructor who allows you to develop as a driver at your own pace. He teaches in such a way that all of the skills necessary to pass your test become habits so that they come naturally to you whilst driving without having to think about them. He also does more than just making sure you are ready to pass your test, by ensuring at all times that you learn to be a safe driver long after you have earned your licence.

Elizabeth Da CruzElizabeth Da Cruz
FIRST TIME PASS - 8 minor faults
I thoroughly enjoyed having Mark as my instructor. Mark was very encouraging and has a very calm approach as an instructor which I really appreciated and feel contributed greatly in helping me develop the necessary skills to pass the practical driving test. I would most certainly recommend Mark to anyone who wishes to attain good driving skills.

Margaret OmotoyoMargaret Omotoyo
After failing 3 driving tests elsewhere, I lost confidence in my driving. I was determined to pass my driving test, and while looking at testimonials on the LDC website I contacted Mark. I have to say that it was the best decision I had made. Mark was absolutely amazing. He made me comfortable and less anxious when driving. His technique of teaching with the book and the LDC DVD helped me to grasp the fundamentals of driving. Mark's calm approach led to me passing my driving test with 4 minors, and now I am a safe driver. I would recommend Mark , if you're looking for a reliable, knowledgeable and patient driving instructor.

Sian SemereySian Semerey
FIRST TIME PASS - 4 minor faults
Mark was extremely patient, reliable, and made learning to drive a really enjoyable experience. Thank you so much Mark.

Sean DaCostaSean DaCosta
FIRST TIME PASS - 1 minor fault
Thank you Mark for helping me get my full drivers license. it was all down to how great a driving instructor Mark is and how each lesson he plans is straight forward and easy to comprehend. I have recommended Mark to friends and I would do so again as he is an excellent teacher. Thank you.

David EastonDavid Easton
Mark is a great instructor to have as a teacher. He encourages you to target for only the best and if you want someone to teach you professionally and well this is the man you need. Not only is he an excellent driving instructor, he is very patient but firm which is always good as you need someone who will push you and motivate you to learn quickly and effectively.

As a 26 year old I had had lessons before and tests but failed twice before. Mark helped me very quickly to get on my driving shoes again and I am very glad that I have now passed my driving test. I highly recommend Mark as a Driving Instructor whether you are a beginner for the first time or whether you just need a refresher.

Anna - SydenhamAnna - Sydenham
I am very pleased that I chose Mark as my driving instructor. Mark made the lessons fun as well as helping me to overcome my fears about driving. He was always calm and supportive and was very good at motivating me to take the next step to make me a better driver. I also really enjoyed using the LDC system since I felt prepared for each lesson and there was no need to spend too much time talking about theory whilst in the lessons. I was thrilled to pass my driving test and I would not hesitate to recommend Mark as a teacher.

Jacquelyn EshoJacquelyn Esho
FIRST TIME PASS - 7 minor faults
Passing my driving test was an amazing accomplishment and a very useful life skill. I was able to successfully pass 1st time thanks to my fantastic driving instructor Mark, from LDC's driving school. Mark is a great instructor - he always explained everything really clearly and put me at ease. The combination of a friendly face and a relaxed environment gave me the courage to develop my skills quickly. I found the LDC workbook and DVD system helpful as it allowed me to get the most out of each lesson and Mark was always happy to answer any questions I had. I would recommend him to anyone who is serious and ready to work hard and meet the target of passing.

Joanna ChandlerJoanna Chandler
FIRST TIME PASS - 5 minor faults
I'd like to thank Mark for all his help! I was quite a nervous pupil but he was always calm and was very patient when I got agitated. He seemed to understand my strengths by tailoring a method that was ideal for me to fight my weaknesses and make me the best driver I could be. In the run up to my test Mark's style of correcting my faults and constructive advice was extremely helpful. I would never have passed first time if it wasn't for him. I highly recommend Mark to anyone looking for a friendly and approachable instructor.

The LDC system is a great way to help you with preparing for your lessons as well as both your theory and practical tests. It's so easy to go over everything you have learned to boost your knowledge through the workbook and the DVD's.

Thank you Mark for everything! All the best.

Robert WardRobert Ward
FIRST TIME PASS - 3 minor faults
I feel very fortunate to have had Mark as my instructor. He is calm and reassuring and takes a realistic perspective, giving constructive advice. This meant that I could go into my test knowing that I was prepared. He is very approachable which was invaluable when I wasn't feeling confident or found any topics confusing. I will certainly recommend Mark as a driving instructor to anyone because not only does he really know what he's talking about, he's also very easy to get along with.

The LDC method is great, particularly at the start when everything is a lot harder to grasp. I think I benefited from the fact that I was familiar with the topics going into each lesson. By getting a lot of the theory done at home, I was able to get a lot more driving done in lessons which was more productive and more enjoyable.

Thank you for all your help Mark, you've been a great instructor!

Alice MessoloAlice Messolo
Mark is a highly professional and very dedicated instructor. I found driving with Mark a very pleasant experience. The fact that I was using the Driving Skills Workbook and DVD while undertaking my lessons boosted my confidence and made the lessons easier. Thank you Mark for your patience and perseverance.

Andrew Bishop-PerkinsAndrew Bishop-Perkins
FIRST TIME PASS - 3 minor faults
Mark is a great instructor. He is a great teacher and very patient with beginners! He corrects your weaknesses and focuses on your strengths so well. The use of the LDC system only adds to an already very good way of learning with Mark and I would recommend him to all potential learners. Thanks Mark!

Kay BrearleyKay Brearley
I found Mark to be a very professional, calm and friendly instructor. After years of thinking that I would never be a driver, I'm so glad I've finally passed my test, and Mark provided the tutoring and encouragement I needed. I was quite a nervous learner but Mark was very realistic about what could be achieved; he was also very patient and always offered sound advice.

The LDC system was great for me because the workbook allowed me to read and prepare for each topic before the actual lesson, and I found the whole process far less daunting to know what I was doing in my head before attempting it in the car.

All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mark and the LDC system.

James PondJames Pond
FIRST TIME PASS - 7 minor faults
Mark is a professional and astute teacher. Thanks to him and the LDC training regime I not only got my confidence for the way of the road but also value and honesty. He is also an extremely patient teacher who has helped me greatly. Thank you Mark!

Janet M - Beckenham
Mark is an excellent driving instructor who tailored the lessons using various teaching strategies to help me overcome my nervousness and my inability to grasp especially the reverse manoeuvres.

He encouraged and supported me when I thought driving was not for me! On many occasions he gave extra time, often beyond the paid allotted time.

The LDC approach appealed to me to me because of its structure which helped me to review the materials prior to attending the lessons. I will definitely recommend Mark and the LDC system to my friends.

Jeffrey AlhassanJeffrey Alhassan
I highly recommend Mark's Driving School for LDC. Working with him has been more than pleasant, his instructing and teaching is 5 stars in my books, from his methods to even being organised as an instructor, what else could you ask for? Having university and a part time job is hectic but Mark works around busy lifestyles and surely is value for money. He really gave me support and encouragement and made me aware that making mistakes is a part of learning. I will definitely take those words with me on the road to success. Thanks Mark.

Charlotte RobertsCharlotte Roberts
I'd recommend Mark to anyone as a driving instructor without hesitation - as I did for two friends and my own sister! When I started driving, I can't say I was very motivated, but Mark was the perfect teacher, since he never pushed me further than I could cope happily and I really trusted him to keep me safe. Mark really has been wonderful, and I enjoyed learning from him and wouldn't have chosen another driving instructor given the chance to do this all again.

LDC is really fantastic since they do their best to give you all the tools to pass both your theory and practical driving test. The DVDs really did save me from feeling like I didn't know what to do - especially at the beginning - and the disk for the theory test is perfect, since it's exactly what's on the real test and you can make sure you're fully prepared.

I'm thrilled to have passed my driving test, and plan to continue to be a good and safe driver. I also, once again, recommend Mark to anyone - he'll do everything he can to teach you to be a good driver and pass your test with flying colours.

Luke AbidophLuke Abidoph
FIRST TIME PASS - 3 minor faults
In my lessons I think Mark taught me the best that I can do - his teaching really paid off. He is great and his teaching methods are successful. Thanks for all the help!

Lemessa WodajoLemessa Wodajo
FIRST TIME PASS - 7 minor faults
I would like to say a big thank you to Mark for his consistent help during my driving lessons. It wouldn't have been possible without Mark to pass my driving test. I do recommend Mark for anyone who wants to pass quickly!

Hannah KirkpatrickHannah Kirkpatrick
FIRST TIME PASS - 3 minor faults
I passed first time with just 3 minors! I really enjoyed learning with the LDC System and i highly recommend Mark as an instructor. He was able to understand my strengths and weaknesses as a driver and I felt the training was tailored to my specific needs. The lessons were professional, yet relaxed and enjoyable and Mark instantly put me at ease (despite me being very nervous!) with his positive and extremely patient attitude. Thanks Mark, you were brilliant!!

Tayler EmblenTayler Emblen
FIRST TIME PASS - 6 minor faults
I am so pleased I passed first time. All in all Marks LDC method is a good way to learn how to drive. Mark was very approachable and answered any question I had. Mark is a good instructor that made me calm behind the wheel from the start..

The LDC DVD and Workbook were a great help - they take you through the lessons part by part.

I'm very pleased with my choice and would recommend Mark to anyone.

Talia Comez YanezTalia Comez Yanez
Mark is a great teacher and his approach with the LDC system of DVDs meant that I got the most out of my lessons. It really works well, you learn in the car and can improve through the rest of the week with the DVDs and book.

Mark is a very calm and encouraging instructor, always focusing on what's good and helping you move on from any mistakes. He can always see something positive in what you do but also knows when to push you to improve your driving. When learning to drive in London his calming attitude made a huge difference. Thank you Mark!

Kirsty WrightKirsty Wright
FIRST TIME PASS - 6 minor faults
If you're searching for a good driving instructor, then look no further, Mark Hammond is first class!

I was quite nervous about learning to drive & didn't think I'd enjoy it, even though it was something I really wanted to do. But from my very first lesson with Mark, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Mark is a great teacher & very fair, he loves what he does which really makes a difference! He welcomes & encourages questions, which I believe to be so important, no question is silly & there's no need to feel stupid about asking. You achieve & get something out of every hour, even if you feel like you've had a bad lesson, Mark will point out & remind you of the positives.

In my opinion, the LDC system is brilliant. You get given a driving skills workbook which really helps you to understand what is involved in the driving skills you are about to learn. The book is split up into lessons, so it's very easy to follow and helps you to prepare mentally before you practice. The preparation before each lesson did help me feel less anxious. The DVDs are also very helpful, for both the theory test & driving. I would definitely recommend this way of learning. I think it would have taken me a lot longer had I not had these useful tools to refer to.

I am of course delighted I passed, and very grateful to Mark for all his help & encouragement.

Jason TuckerJason Tucker
FIRST TIME PASS
1 minor fault

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