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2017 has been a great 1st year

What a great 1st year its been for Driving with Ellis. All the amazing people shown here and a few more shy ones have been helped by me to pass their test. Here is looking forward to a great many more of you in 2018.

Its all below the surface

Ever had a minor bump and then thought "ahh thats fine. Just a few scratches is all" ? well look beneath the surface and you might be surprised. Had a pupil slide out today in the ice and hit the kerb at about 10mph. When I took over from the pupil I noticed the steering wheel was off centre by about 2cm. All looked ok on the outside despite the alloy taking some damage but underneath was a desperate picture. Track rod end bent, lower steering rack support arm bent. That's a big chunk of metal to bend and at just 10mph. Now most cars are designed to take a hit front and back and even the wheels and suspension can take a knock or two head on, with a pot hole for example, but side ways they ju

Star in a reasonably priced car

Well done Gary Barwick for a great drive this week. Gary is consistently good with his driving but doesn't think he is as good as he is. Gary....your ready for your test, shame yoy haven't done your theory yet LOL

Merry Christmas

I would like to take this time to wish you all a very merry Christmas. Pupils of the past, pupils of the present and new pupils yet to come (see what what a did there). May you have all you desire and look forward to helping those of you yet to reach your dreams of a full driving licence in the new year.

Well done Joseph

Joseph has made a massive improvement over the weeks and I just thought now would be a great time to mention it not least of all because he had a great drive this week. Well done mate.

Congratulations Lubomir Careja

Another great pass in Middlesbrough today. Well done Lubomir (Lubos) Careja. Lubos was very nervous about driving a geared car and wanted to learn in an automatic but after just 1 lesson he realised this gear changing stuff wasn't as difficult as everyone made out. And to put the icing on the cake he can now choose either a geared car OR an automatic. Well done Lubos on passing your test with just 4 minors. If your reading this and you want to learn to drive then call all us now: 07867 382768

Driving in bad weather

If You’re Driving on Snowy or Icy Roads: Having just had to rescue my own daughter who 'spun out' in the snow on Golden Flatts roundabout in Hartlepool, I thought I would add a few words of wisdom. Slow down. Even if you have all-wheel drive, reduce your speed about 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. If it still feels iffy, cut back another five miles per hour until you're comfortable. Beware of black ice. It’s nearly impossible to see this crystal-clear glaze, but you can spot it when your headlights reflect off the road at night. It tends to form on bridges, which trap the cold; in the shadows of tall buildings, where the sun can't hit it; and at intersections, due to drains. That's

Congratulations Stuart Mcevoy

Well done on passing your test today in Hartlepool with just 6 minors. Stuart came to me after being let down by his former instructor, a long story and 1 very disgruntled pupil. Luckily Stuart's driving skills just needed a few tweaks and some changes to thought processes to make a success of this challenge. Well done Stuart for keeping going in such adverse conditions. Now go and enjoy your hard earned drivers licence.

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