Instructor: Mark Garside
- LOCATIONS: Lincoln
- WHO AM I: Driving instructor
- CAR USED: Renault Clio
- LOCAL TEL NUMBER: 01522 246005
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learner: Dayna Starr
Pass Date: October 17
I got the pleasure of being Mark’s pupil for just over a year. He is an excellent instructor, was always very patient with me and made me feel at ease. When teaching he was always very thorough and let me re-word things or make up patterns in my head to allow me to learn the content the best way for me. Lovely guy overall and never had any issues, he pushed me to believe in myself and that helped me get my test passed. Allowed me to go over what I was weakest in and regularly ensured I wasn’t leaving other areas too long, always had all knowledge fresh and up-to-date.
posted on: 19 October 2017
Learner: Alicia Waddington
Pass Date: October 17
Over the past 6 months I have taken driving lessons with Mark Garside, he was a brilliant instructor that provided myself with great knowledge and experience to make me a safe driver. I passed my test first time with only 4 minors which I would not of thought would have been possible 6 months ago as I had no experience on the roads! I was worried to start my driving lessons as I knew I wasn’t a natural driver but Mark helped with my nerves, worked with me and had a lot of patience which made me feel more comfortable. I have recommend Mark to many friends and family that now have Mark for lessons, he is not only a great instructor but he is also friendly, easy to talk and get along with. I would recommend him to anyone, couldn’t thank him enough for his patience and all he’s done for me.
posted on: 17 October 2017
Learner: Joseph Beckett
Pass Date: July 2017
Mark is a great instructor, helps you with everything and makes you feel at ease about driving. Helped me pass and couldn't have done it without him, recommend to everyone.
posted on: 26 July 2017
Learner: Vicki Lamming
Pass Date: June 2017Mark is an excellent driving instructor, with a great attitude and patience. Mark goes the extra mile and more, to help with understanding and execution of different maneuvers, driving situations and skills needed to pass your test. Mark is friendly, chatty and easy to get on with. I struggled alot with nerves and driving on the duel carriageway. Mark did everything possible to put those worries to rest, in order for me to become a confident driver. Thank you again Mark!
posted on: 20 June 2017
Learner: Shannon Harrison
Pass Date: June 2017I was a student of Mark's for over a year. Throughout this time period, he has supported my with my driving tremendously. His style of tutoring is excellent. Mark always ensures that I am well aware of what's going to take place in my lessons with him, and I always feel like I can ask him questions, if I am unsure of what to do. Mark is very knowledgeable about driving, and I often found myself asking for his expertise in things 'driving-related.' I personally sought out Mark. I wanted him to be my instructor, due to a review from a friend, and so I would definitely tell others that Mark Garside is a very reliable and a fantastic driving instructor. Thank you, Mark, for all of the help you've given me, and thank you UDrive for your extra help. I am very proud to say, that Mark helped me to pass first time. Thanks again,
posted on: 13 June 2017
Learner: Nicky Sherwood
Pass Date: July 2015
Would like to say a massive thank u to Mark Garside I passed my test today he has been great putting up with my moods and been very patient with me lol thanks again mark would definitely recommend
posted on: 16 July 2015
Pass Date: December 2013
Mark is a fantastic driving instructor! Incredibly patient, calm and supportive. As a latecomer to driving I never thought i'd learn to drive and was totally terrified at the thought of being behind the wheel but Mark was amazing and got me through. Because of him i enjoyed my driving lessons and passed my test, he's a brilliant teacher and i would highly recommend him. Huge thanks Mark!
posted on: 06 December 2013
Learner: matthew wilson
Pass Date: May 2013
Mark,thankyou for my lessons,we had some great chats,already missing them,top bloke,very calm and takes you through every manoeuvre step by step,miss our laughs,wish i could have more lessons with you,If you want a calm bloke then pick mark garside,passed with 3 minors, matthew wilson passed 19th MAY 2013
posted on: 15 May 2013
Learner: Panni Nicola
Pass Date: Jan 13
Thank you so much to Mark Garside for being the best instructor! Passed first time this morning and wouldn't of been able to do it without mark! He's so patient and really easy to get a long with! I recommend him to anyone:) thanks again :)!!
posted on: 04 February 2013
Learner: Daniel Perry
Pass Date: November 2012
Had my test yesterday with Mark, 5 minors and would like to give a huge thank you to him. Couldn't recommend him more. Very quick to crack on with learning, always felt comfortable and can always have a great laugh when the time's right. take care, and as always "better safe than fail". cheers and see you around bud :)
posted on: 09 November 2012
I have been working for U Drive MSM since March 2008; I decided to join U Drive as Glyn was an inspiration to me having a young fresh, dedicated approach compared to other schools I had approached in Lincoln. I also graduated from University of Lincoln with a Marketing Degree and quickly obtained the position as Assistant Store Manager at Toys R Us in Lincoln after graduating. After a while I felt I needed a new challenge with, more money, as we all do!! So I became an ADI instructor and joined U Drive. I find the job very rewarding, meeting lots of new people and making new friends. U Drive has the professional approach of putting the needs of the driving students first which is a refreshing attitude compared to other Driving Schools that just want to take the money.
I have recently taken up indoor climbing and will be looking at doing my first outdoor free climb later in the year.
The examiner will ask you one:
· ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
· ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving
1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.
4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.
Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.
10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.
Show me questions:
1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?