Learn to DriveWith Maidstone's favourite Driving School
Driving Lessons are suspended until further notice.
The safety of my learner drivers is of paramount importance to me. In line with Government Guidance on the current Covid-19 Pandemic, I have temporarily suspended driving lessons, with approximate restart 4th December 2020 pending Government updates.
A message from Pete:
"After taking the very difficult decision to stop driving lessons during the first lockdown, I sadly have to do the same again due to recent restriction updates. I will contact all current students (and those who enquired over the last few months) directly once a plan is in place to resume lessons."
Learn to Drive:
Learning to Drive is often one of the most important milestones in your life, giving you the freedom and independence you need to travel for business and pleasure. Maidstone Driving Academy is an independent, family-run driving school, with DVSA Class A Certification, who understand the importance of mobility to family life.
The ethos of Maidstone Driving Academy is “learn to drive, not just to pass” – Although we will give you all the skills you need to pass your test, we will focus on teaching you how to drive on today’s roads, not JUST how to “tick boxes” to pass.
Driving lessons include:
• Tuition from a fully qualified driving instructor (ADI, DVSA Grade A).
• Driving from your 1st lesson, NO lessons just sitting around talking.
• Support through Theory and Hazard Perception training.
• A fully insured, clean, new and dual-controlled tuition vehicle for you to drive.
• ONE to ONE driving tuition, NO car sharing.
• Digital Driver Progress Log emailed to you after each lesson.
• We can collect you from home, work, college etc (within reason!)
We always recommend, where possible, that you do 1.5 or 2 hour driving lessons and don’t take big breaks in between lessons. This is because you spend longer in the driving seat and have more time to perfect the skills that you are studying. In the long run you will need fewer lessons and will be ready for your driving test quicker than those people doing only 1 hour driving lessons! If you take big breaks in lessons, you may forget what you’ve previously learned and have to spend more time and money re-learning previously learned skills!
Meet Pete, Owner and DVSA Grade A Instructor at Maidstone Driving Academy.
Pete has been driving for over 35 years, and has a wealth of urban and rural driving experience, having lived and driven in London and Kent.
Pete is a personable, friendly instructor, who will make you relaxed from Lesson 1 until you pass.
I offer a personalised, tailored approach to each student’s lessons, whether you’re a new driver or a more experienced learner, I will make each lesson count…Peter Stanhope
We’re very fortunate to have helped coach a range of pupils into becoming genuinely roadworthy drivers. See some of their fantastic feedback below.
First class driving instructor, very calm & patient teaching style massive help with a nervous learner, I cannot recommend Pete enough he was the best!!
September 4, 2019
best driving instructor I could ask for, patient yet firm and honest. I also really enjoyed his email reports after the lessons as I could look back and focus what I needed to improve. would highly recommend
July 27, 2019
I couldn’t recommend Pete enough!! He is an amazing driving instructor, so patient and helps you through anything. Passed 1st time with his help! Definitely recommend!! 🚗
April 25, 2019
Pete is very friendly and patient, makes you feel at ease straight away. I didn’t start from scratch but he was very observant at picking up the bad habits I needed to get out of to get my license back!
November 13, 2018
pete is a fantastic driving instructor he is very patient and understanding and is a lovely guy
October 1, 2018
All around amazing!
June 6, 2018
Peter is the best instructor I had very patient talks me through everything makes me understand everything kept me calm helped with my nerves he is the best instructor in Maidstone I had thank you for your help would recommend Peter to anyone who is learning to drive�
May 17, 2018
I couldn't thank Pete enough for what he has done he went above and beyond and did everything he could.
September 22, 2017
Absolutely outstanding!! He is the white Morgan Freeman. So calming and so supportive thank you for everything �
August 25, 2017
I honestly can't recommend Pete enough. He's so patient, friendly and funny too; I've gone through a few instructors now and Pete is undoubtedly the best out of them! �
July 19, 2017
Cannot recommend Pete enough. Absolutely sound driving instructor.
July 13, 2017
Highly recommend Pete, had so much patience and makes you feel at ease, I never thought my nerves would go and I passed first time all thanks to him! 👍🏻
June 16, 2017
Pete is amazing, kind and calm. He talks you through absolutely everything and makes you feel totally at ease. He is a fantastic driving instructor and I'd highly recommend him to anyone thinking of learning to drive.
May 8, 2017
I cannot recommend Peter enough! His patient manner and understanding of each individual is beyond commendable, and the manner in which he instills confidence in yourself and helps you to push through any nerves you may have! I now have the freedom I so desperately wanted, and a new experience to enjoy, and for that I cannot thank him enough.
April 29, 2017
Pete is an outstanding driving instructor, extremely patient and great with nervous drivers. We can highly recommend him. Thank you pete from chris
May 9, 2016