Testimonials

Testimonials from some of my past pupils

Joanne R - BurradonJoanne R - Burradon
"Phil Charleton is an excellent driving instructor and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone thinking of learning to drive. He was always calm and professional and provided encouragement which helped to build my confidence. He believed in me even when I had doubts about my abilities. He was right of course as I passed my test first time. Although I do have to take some of the credit myself, I could not have done it without Phil's help, guidance and endless patience. Thank you!"

Emily S - Whitley BayEmily S - Whitley Bay
"Phil is friendly to be in the car with, which puts you at your ease and he manages to remain calm no matter how many times you attempt to write off his car. He gives clear and precise instructions and considers the needs of each individual pupil. After I passed my test I went on to do Pass Plus with him which I really enjoyed and it improved my driving and confidence enormously. I recommend Phil as a driving instructor who is not only trying to teach you to pass your test (he got me through at my first attempt), but will make sure you establish safe driving practices for life."

Chris G - West Allotment
"I would thoroughly recommend Phil Charlton from LDC to anyone wanting to learn to drive. His calm and friendly approach allowed me to become a competent and confident driver. Thanks to Phil I was able to pass my test first time with only two minors, great instructor and an all round top bloke."

Kathryn W - Tynemouth
"Phil was an incredibly patient and helpful instructor. I am an experienced driver from abroad and so he tailored the lessons to meet my personal needs and to match my progress. His thoroughness and constructive feedback gave me great confidence in my ability to learn the fundamentals of UK driving, a challenge for an expat used to driving on the opposite side of the road! I definitely would recommend Phil and already have to all of those I meet who are looking for a quality driving instructor, whether experienced or a new to the road driver."

Mark L - Monkseaton
"Excellent driving instructor, very patient, and great tuition, I could not fault the tuition that I got from you and because of you I passed my test 3rd time instead of later."

Fotis K - Heaton
"Phil had followed the LD tuition system which I found to be very methodical and effective, he covered all topics from this workbook including the emergency stop procedure and the mechanical checks which none of my previous instructors had mentioned until then in my lessons. Phil had been calm ALL of the times and that gave me more self confidence and I was feeling comfortable since he never made me feel negative. Additionally he was able to answer straight away my question of how many more lessons we needed in order to pass my test something which NONE of my previous instructors was able to inform me making me feel that we are heading somewhere. Phil Charleton saved me money, time and prepare me to the highest standards for my test, I definitely recommend him."

Heather S - North Shields
"I started an intensive course with Phil Charlton in May 2008. Previous to this I had taken 5 tests with 3 different driving instructors over the period of 14 years! I found Phil to be professional, organised and helpful. Each manouevre was explained carefully and patiently. I passed my test on the 20th June and I have recommended Phil to friends and family."

Tom L - Tynemouth.
"Well mannered, calm, patient and effective tutor, helped me pass my theory and practical first time."

Luke R - Whitley Bay
"Phil Charleton gave helped me acquire the driving skills to pass first time, with confidence. I am now an assured, keen driver thanks to his teaching. Phil has a method of teaching that constitutes to fast learning, he gives key information of theory before progressing to undertake these procedures on the road. His teaching of manoeuvres is brilliant, offering a range of easy steps to allow the manoeuvre to be completed to perfection. Phil is a strong teacher in all areas of driving."

Nick R - North Shields
"Phil made sure I had a firm grasp of each of the skills needed before progressing on to more difficult ones, meaning that by the end of the course not only had I learned how to pass the test but how to drive. He's friendly and patient, and actually cares about educating you to being a good driver. I would recommend him to anyone."

Jason S - Whitley Bay
"Phil is a calm, professional instructor who allows you to learn and progress at your own pace with the aid of the LD System. He offers encouragement as well as constructive advice which helps build confidence. I would recommend Phil to anyone wanting to learn to drive."

Scott A, ChopwellScott A, Chopwell
Before starting a 20-hour course with me, Scott completed an off-road driving course to teach him the basics about driving. This, with his experience of go-kart racing, gave him a very good start and he was very pleased to pass first time. Scott is a pupil at the Royal Grammar School in Jesmond, which is where I would pick him up for lessons.

Tommi E, Whitley BayTommi E, Whitley Bay
"Tommi learnt with me from the start and was very happy to pass on the third attempt. He plays in a band and can now transport his guitars and equipment to and from gigs."

Sam C, MonkseatonSam C, Monkseaton
"Tommi's friend Sam also learnt with me from the beginning and was overjoyed to pass first time."

Sarah F, MonkseatonSarah F, Monkseaton
"Sarah got the result she was looking for on her second attempt, and is very proud to be able to own and drive her first car."

Anouska M, MonkseatonAnouska M, Monkseaton
"Anouska was very nervous to begin with, so she was overjoyed to pass on her second attempt as she can now take Joe and his brother and sister out in the car."

Becks R, Tynemouth
"Becks took a while to gain confidence but did extremely well to pass first time, and now she is looking forward to buying her own car and driving to her hockey matches."

Anna L, HeatonAnna L, Heaton
"Anna L is studying to become an educational psychologist, & desperately needed to be able to drive so that she could get to her work placement. She was very nervous to begin with but was very pleased to pass on her fourth attempt."

Kathryn W., Tynemouth.
"Phil was an incredibly patient and helpful instructor. I am an experienced driver from abroad and so he tailored the lessons to meet my personal needs and to match my progress. His thoroughness and constructive feedback gave me great confidence in my ability to learn the fundamentals of UK driving, a challenge for an expat used to driving on the opposite side of the road! I definitely would recommend Phil and already have to all of those I meet who are looking for a quality driving instructor, whether experienced or a new to the road driver."

Mark L., Monkseaton.
"Excellent driving instructor, very patient, and great tuition, I could not fault the tuition that I got from you and because of you I passed my test 3rd time instead of later."

Fotis K., Heaton.
"Phil had followed the LD tuition system which I found to be very methodical and effective, he covered all topics from this workbook including the emergency stop procedure and the mechanical checks which none of my previous instructors had mentioned until then in my lessons. Phil had been calm ALL of the times and that gave me more self confidence and I was feeling comfortable since he never made me feel negative. Additionally he was able to answer straight away my question of how many more lessons we needed in order to pass my test something which NONE of my previous instructors was able to inform me making me feel that we are heading somewhere. Phil Charleton save me money, time and prepare me to the highest standards for my test, I definitely recommend him."

Nick R., North Shields.
"Phil made sure I had a firm grasp of each of the skills needed before progressing on to more difficult ones, meaning that by the end of the course not only had I learned how to pass the test but how to drive. He's friendly and patient, and actually cares about educating you to being a good driver. I would recommend him to anyone."

Heather S., North Shields.
"I started an intensive course with Phil Charleton in May 2008. Previous to this I had taken 5 tests with 3 different driving instructors over the period of 14 years! I found Phil to be professional, organised and helpful. Each manouevre was explained carefully and patiently. I passed my test on the 20th June and I have recommended Phil to friends and family."

Tom L., Tynemouth.
"Well mannered, calm, patient and effective tutor, helped me pass my theory and practical first time."

Luke R., Whitley Bay.
"Phil Charleton gave helped me acquire the driving skills to pass first time, with confidence. I am now an assured, keen driver thanks to his teaching. Phil has a method of teaching that constitutes to fast learning, he gives key information of theory before progressing to undertake these procedures on the road. His teaching of manoeuvres is brilliant, offering a range of easy steps to allow the manoeuvre to be completed to perfection. Phil is a strong teacher in all areas of driving."