Doug Drinkwater

A little bit about me:

I have three grown-up children. In my spare time I like to relax with friends. I also have many sporting interests including running for charity, Judo and Karate in which I hold black belts.

I have been a driving instructor for over 30 years and in that time, I’ve taught hundreds of people, from all walks of life, who have gone on to pass their tests successfully. In addition to that, I also train others to become driving instructors, which has resulted in over 30 ADI`s through their exams.

As part of my own training I have passed four advanced driving tests. I recently retook and passed my RoSPA as a Gold.  One of the others is the ‘Cardington Grade A’, which is considered to be the hardest civilian driving test and only open to driving instructors.

My main goal in life is to teach people of all abilities to be safe and confident drivers and create a relaxed calm learning environment. You never get bored of the thrill of hearing another student has passed!


Doug Drinkwater Training Car

I drive a White Hyundai i20 registration number EK 69 UVM  so you know what to look out for.


Doug is a highly experienced, exceptional instructor.
He taught me to drive when I was in my early 20’s, I was scared of getting behind a wheel. Doug is calm and has the patience of a saint. I passed first time.
Later on in my life I decided to become an instructor, Doug also helped me complete my first two stages of being a driving instructor, I could not complete my course due to personal reasons. Doug doesn’t shout at his students which I found by teaching is rare, as I took on students from other instructors and the students told me they got shouted at. When your taught the right way it carry’s through.

Doug is currently teaching two of my children, I couldn’t be more pleased, both are now ready to take their tests. As soon as my eldest two pass, my youngest whom is now ready to start will be under Doug’s for his lessons.     ZonalMindByET0205

Doug was an excellent teacher and I felt very prepared for my final exam. The car is super easy to learn in too, which is a big bonus       Matt Parker

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“I passed today with Gav! Honestly the best driving instructor and couldn’t recommend anyone else, he is absolutely amazing and such a genuine person and I honestly can’t thank you enough! even when I made stupid mistakes you still made me feel like everything was okay, gonna be weird not having you beside me in the car , thankyouuuu!!!”

Jade Newell

“Had an absolutely amazing experience with glen he was so patient with me and gave me so much confidence in my self and my driving. He was so fun but very professional. I will miss our lessons thank you for believing in me.”

Taylor Usher

“I passed my driving test first time with Nigel, he is a great guy who cares about his students, he was early for every single lesson and has a huge amount of driving experience to draw upon.”

Adam Sparrow