Instructor: Simon 'Yogi' Cullen
- LOCATIONS: Lincoln
- WHO AM I: Driving Instructor
- CAR USED: Volvo V40
- LOCAL TEL NUMBER: 01522 246005
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learner: Cait Harris
Pass Date: June 2017
AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Simon got me through my test in only 6 weeks! If you are looking for a driving instructor and are a bit nervous ( like I was) about driving I 100% recommend him. The skills and tips he gives you are not only the best to pass the test, but help you with feeling comfortable and confident in a car afterwards. At an extremely good rate he really goes above and beyond to not only motivate you to pass your test and get driving, but to feel at ease whilst doing it. He has a bubbly, up-beat personality and no one could do the job better :)
posted on: 04 July 2017
Pass Date: April 2017
"When it comes to driving lessons, there's a lot of options, but Simon is the best of the lot. He recognised where I was with my ability to drive and pushed me to be the safest and best driver I could be. Simon engages you with respect, patience and keeps things very simple which inspires confidence on the road. Thank you for the lessons Simon; I truly recommend you to anyone who is wanting to learn the craft of driving!"
posted on: 11 April 2017
Pass Date: March 2017
There's only one person who I would recommend for anyone who wants to start driving and that's Simon! I started to learn to drive at the end of December and it's safe to say I was a nervous wreck on my first lesson. Simon instantly made me feel chilled out and at ease. Each lesson I enjoyed and definitely learnt something new! Simon knew exactly when I was ready for my test and pushed me to achieve my best. He's a great instructor and I wouldn't of been able to pass my test first time without him!
posted on: 04 April 2017
Pass Date: March 2017
"I could not have gotten through learning to drive and past my test without Simon! Such a great guy, patient, friendly (and sometimes even funny). As a stress head he kept my calm and level headed throughout my learning with clear directions, terrible singing and even worse dancing! I couldn't recommend him enough for anyone who wants to learn to drive and enjoy it while they're doing it. Simon is definitely the man!"
posted on: 14 March 2017
Learner: Ryan Watkins
Pass Date: February 17Left by Ryan's dad. . "Simon, just wanted to pass a massive thank-you to you for getting Ry through his test. We came to you after a very poor instructor left Ryan stranded only a few days before his test. A concentrated session with you however built his confidence and ability and today he passed. Thanks again Simon !!!!!"
posted on: 01 March 2017
Pass Date: February 17
I started having driving lessons again after almost 2 and a half years of no driving in December and whilst I could drive, there was still a lot to brush up on. After 5 or 6 lessons with Simon, I was good to go and ended up passing my test in February. He keeps things simple and enjoyable and when you're test ready, he won't hold you back. Top instructor with a great personality. I'd 100% recommend! Thanks Simon!
posted on: 16 February 2017
Learner: Corie Morgan
Pass Date: January 2017
If there's anyone to teach you to drive it has to be Simon! Great driving instructor with a great personality making the lessons both successful and enjoyable! Having started driving lessons in December and passing today, it is obvious that he isn't interested in holding people back! 100% recommend him to anyone and everyone! Thanks Simon!
posted on: 18 January 2017
Learner: Caitlin Puzey
Pass Date: January 2017
I started learning to drive with Simon in the first week of December 2016 and passed my test on the 10th January 2017. It's safe to say my driving skills weren't exactly good before we started lessons, however he was always patient with me and made our lessons fun, and more importantly kept my spirits up and wouldn't let me give up (even when i wanted to) - getting me passed in just over a month is something I thought was pretty much impossible! I will definitely miss our lessons, we were always having a laugh and I would 100% recommend him as a driving instructor!!
posted on: 12 January 2017
Assuming you can all read, you will know my names Simon!
I use the latest teaching methods which are fully interactive, utilising iPads, smartphones and even dash cam replays on the iPad!
How did you come about training to be a driving instructor?
After several years of jumping between jobs and getting bored, I decided to amalgamate my love for teaching with my love for driving (and singing fantastically...) to work in one of the best industries. I completed my training with Jane Clarke, a former examiner who now works as an experienced independent instructor trainer.
What are your teaching methods like?
I'm very laid back and patient but will get you to work for your own success. We will have a laugh when one of us has cocked up (remember, the instructor is never wrong) and I will always adapt to your training needs.
What's your favourite chocolate?
Ooo, I do like Lindt chocolate but you canít beat a good bar of Cadburyís Wholenut...other chocolate bars are available.
What are your hobbies?
Iíve been in the Sea Cadets 17 years. Starting as a Junior Cadet all the way to becoming staff when I was 18 and baby faced. I am specialised as a Drill Instructor, that means I get to shout at people, which comes in handy as a stress reliever!
I love all types of music...literally all, from The Cheeky Girls (ish) to Fall Out Boy and everything in between.
Iím also a Wedding Photographer which is pretty cool as you get a lot of cake...
ONE BIG RULE...you're not allowed to say sorry! Mistakes are common, you're learning!
So thatís me! I hope that we get to work together and I look forward to teaching you very soon!
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?