After putting off learning to drive for many years due to being severely deaf (knowing my learning experience would be a bit more challenging than the average person) - my partner(who also passed his test with Phil) had me meet up with Phil to discuss the possibility of me learning to drive with him, what a fantastic decision that turned out to be.
Together we sat down and discussed my hearing equipment and worked out how we were going to make the driving lessons as accessible as possible for me. Phil rather than seeing a problem with my deafness saw a challenge, however he was very respectful, I never once felt like a charity case or project with Phil. Phil also did his upmost best to work with the test centre to make
sure they were aware of my equipment and communication needs and make it so the only
nerves I had on test day were about driving not my disability.
In regards to lessons, every week Phil would send handouts. These contained information on the controls of the car, rules of the road, junctions, roundabouts, manoeuvres and other
practical driving skills. Passing the theory test was a piece of cake; as Phil gives you access to a practice app where he can track your progress and offer support where needed. Phil encourages you to get theory test done and dusted as soon as possible. Practical driving skills are made easier to improve upon, as after every lesson Phil sends a detailed email on
what went well in the lesson and what you need to do to improve. In fact, everything was going swimmingly, until I got pregnant! Ah, Phil bless him, was so patient and humorous through my pregnancy which with the nausea, tiredness and horrendous baby brain that came with it had me muddled and confused. Being a person with low self-esteem and nervous about driving a car anyway, Phil spent a lot of time working with me not just ondriving but on raising my confidence and sense of self-belief, the thing is he genuinely cares
about his learners. I honestly believe th
added 20th Oct 18