I was really nervous when i first started learning to drive with Andrew, as i had zero confidence in myself or my ability to drive! But that soon changed thanks to Andrew!
I found him to be friendly, calm, approachable, patient & polite. He was very reliable, always on time, and flexible with pick up and drop off points.  

His teaching techniques were simple and effective, making manoeuvres much less daunting, He would flag up any areas that needed improvement, and ask me what i felt i needed to work on and incorporate both in to my next lesson. 

His communication was always clear and concise so i knew exactly what i needed to do. 
Thanks to Andrew i passed my test first time in April 2012 and I've not looked back!
I would definitely recommend Andrew to any learner. Thanks Andrew for all your help and advice!


Kind regards

Gemma Delaney


Here are a few words that our previous driving instructor trainers had to say about David Higgins:


Simon Clutton - DSA ADI (car)

Simon Clutton

“I found Dave while searching through all the major training companies online. I left messages for call backs but 1st was the only one to respond. I got a call the same day and from that phone call right throughout my training I felt supported and in very safe hands. The course was great value for money and the lessons were well structured. My trainer was very supportive and that resulted in me passing all three parts the first time in a matter of only months. I would recommend 1st instructor training to anyone.”




Mark Lawton - DSA ADI (car)

Mark Lawton

“There was no hard sales pitch, Dave simply explained what 1st could do for me and then the decision was mine. I found the training process fun, there easy going nature really helps; they also gave great support throughout my training and all the way up to the time when I passed the part 3 exam. Another important point with 1st is that all the training they give is in the car, which is essential.”




Kate Jones

Kate Jones - DSA ADI (car)

“My training with Dave was highly structured from beginning to end, the literature issued was informative and each training session was tailored towards my weaknesses. They were extremely professional throughout, and they gave me the feedback and encouragement I needed. I felt like I'd learnt something new at the end of every session and always had input into setting the next objective - the end result was me passing my part 3! I can't thank you enough F1 Instructor Training and would definitely recommend you to anyone considering becoming an ADI”.




Paul Scotney

Paul Scotney - -DSA ADI (car)

“From first picking up the phone to enquire about instructor training to passing my ADI Part 3 Test, I felt really welcomed and supported by 1st. My training was really structured and built around developing the skills, knowledge and competencies required to teach good, safe driving. I really enjoyed my time with Dave who was really supportive, and whose lessons were both constructive and good humoured! I would absolutely recommend 1st Instructor Training, and would again like to thank 1st for all their brilliant support”.





My training at 1st with Dave Higgins has been very professional and I have enjoyed it immensely. The course was well balanced and tailored around my other commitments.

Dave ensured I had all the tools, knowledge and skills to train to become an ADI. Private practise plans have been very useful in assisting me to make progress when not training with Dave but he was just a phone call away if I needed him. The fact that I passed all 3 tests at first attempt reconfirmed this and ‘everything makes sense’ and it’s up to me as the individual to practise, practise and practise! As they say, “it’s a two way learning process and you only get out what you’re willing to put in”.

To be honest, 1st Driving School is the only school I’ve trained with, so I do not have anything to compare but I am glad I found Dave at 1st to help me achieve my goal in becoming an Approved Driving Instructor. Dave is very passionate about his work and in my opinion he’s at the top of his profession. I am glad I had the opportunity to be trained by him and I would not hesitate to recommend 1st Driving School to anyone who wishes to train in becoming an ADI.

Once again, many thanks Dave for your superb guidance/training and in helping me to achieve my goal.




John Blackwell - DSA ADI

"So happy to have passed my part 3 and be a fully qualified ADI. Thanks to Dave Higgins for all his hard work sweat and tears getting me through it. His teaching skills and understanding really helped me get through everything and he was and still is only a phone call away when I need it. Thanks Dave your a star!".





Matthew Durrant - DSA ADI

"I have found 1st Instructor Training to be a very professional, always extremely supportive with either Dave or Claire always on the end of the phone to offer advice and support along the way. Initially I had made a few enquiry's on a few of the more well known companies online to which I had no reply. In comparison, Dave rang me straight back even though he was on holiday at the time. We arranged to meet up, and to me it was a no brainer. What made it even more remarkable was how reasonably priced the course was in comparison to others. Dave is a top graded instructor trainer and it definitely shows, I would recommend him to anyone. He is professional and passionate about what he does. My training took my roughly 12 months as I was balancing it with another job at the time. Thanks to Dave I have managed to pass all three parts of the process, 1st time, I couldn't be happier and am now looking forward to a better future.".


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Meet the trainers


We've currently got 2 very experienced and highly professional trainers that can help you make the next step from a good driver to great driving instructor


Dave HigginsRoger Fleming


I cover the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas and I have been training people for over 27 years.


My qualifications include A D I Grade A Institute of Advanced Motorists Car and Commercial CPC in Road Transport and NVQ Level 3 Instruction. I have also attended a DIA National Standards Training Day


I enjoy training people to become Approved Driving Instructors and I will help you  gain the skills necessary to become an Instructor yourself.


In my free time I enjoy football and photography.


I look forward to meeting you soon


Dan EvansDan Evans


I cover Nottingham and the surrounding areas.


I have been a driving instructor since 2007 and I absolutely love my job! I'm currently a grade A.


Before this career, I was manager in the pub trade and also in retail. I remember being bored / annoyed with senior management / frustrated with customers, and so on....


At first, the thought of becoming self-employed scared me; How do I do self assessment tax?  Can I talk to people on a one to one basis all day? Will I have enough pupils to earn a decent wage?


I haven't looked back. With the right training and great support behind me, I am very happy with my decision.


As a Driving Instructor Trainer, I would really like to pass my knowledge on and share my experience with you.


I will coach and support you with your learning process and with each of your exams using techniques I have developed throughout, not just my instructor career, but my whole working life.


Just one phone call to the 1st Office and I will be in touch to arrange an informal chat to show you the course materials and conduct a quick test drive to assess your current driving skills.


I look forward to hearing from you.


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