Learning to Drive | What About my Test | Advanced Driving | The Area | Booking

If you are one of those people who never got round to learning to drive and now need to do so, you may find it difficult to incorporate weekly driving lessons into your busy life schedule. You may find city roads just too stressful for a beginner. Or perhaps you want to brush up on your driving skills and learn about advanced driving techniques. 
Why not “get away from it all” for a few days to concentrate on your driving in the beautiful Llangynog area of mid Wales? During the day you can focus on learning to drive, and in the evenings you will find plenty of opportunity to relax and/or brush up on what you have learned.

Learning to Drive

You will benefit from intensive lessons with David Layland A.D.I. - an experienced and accomplished driving instructor who specialises in this kind of tuition. Courses will be tailored to suit you, so you can go out for a morning, an afternoon, or a whole day - with suitable breaks of course!

Lessons can take place in the quiet of the countryside, progressing on to the challenge of market towns such as Oswestry, Bala or Welshpool.
The vehicle is the new and acclaimed Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 (with dual controls).


 After the demands of the day you can relax ... perhaps with a walk in the stunning countryside, a meal and sociable evening in one of Llangynog's friendly pubs, or some time spent reading up in connection with your driving. I have a range of driving materials and videos to help you.

All of which should refresh you for the challenge of the next day's learning, free from the usual worries and pressures of everyday life.

What about my driving test?

For full details, click here to see the DSA website.

Theory test

You must pass the theory test before you can take your driving test. Don't worry if you haven't taken your theory test yet; I will be happy to help during the course.

Driving test

To apply for this you must already have passed the theory test, but more significantly you must be up to the standard to be in with a realistic chance of passing. It is my job to help you reach this standard. Some pupils like to have a test to aim for – say at the end of the week. This can be arranged, but bear in mind it is an additional pressure and there is no guarantee of reaching test standard. In most cases I would advise taking the test after you have returned home, probably after further practice.

Either way, the choice is yours but the objective remains to learn to drive in a friendly, relaxed and unpressured setting - in this beautiful corner of Wales.

Please note - I am unable to book tests on behalf of pupils and/or make advance block bookings. It is therefore up to you to make your own enquiries and book your own test after discussing my availability with me (the DSA test line is 0870 010 1372; the test centres I use are Oswestry and Bala). There is usually a waiting list of several weeks for tests.


Advanced driving

You do not have to be a beginner to benefit from my courses. You may have learned to drive some time ago and now be lacking in confidence, or you may wish to learn advanced driving skills as promoted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Did you know that improving your driving skills not only makes you a much safer driver, but can also dramatically reduce your petrol consumption and help you save on insurance costs. Ask me for further details.


The area

Llangynog is a small, friendly village in beautiful countryside in north Powys, the ideal place to provide a relaxing environment for you to learn to drive – and unwind afterwards. The local roads are quiet to enable you to build up your confidence, but the market towns of Oswestry, Bala and Welshpool are within easy reach, so you can gain plenty of experience of traffic and town driving. Click here to view a map of the area .
There is a choice of accommodation locally, such as the 17th Century New Inn, homely bed and breakfast accommodation or self-catering cottages. Meals are available in the New Inn and the Tanat Hotel, both in the centre of the village. I can advise you on where to stay and facilities in the area.
Getting here? ... No problem, as I can collect you from railway stations near Oswestry (Gobowen) or in Welshpool and return you there at the end of your stay. It couldn't be easier.



To give you a rough idea of the cost, a full day's lesson involving 5 hours' tuition and 1½ hours’ breaks is £80. A half day session with 3 hours’ tuition and a ½-hour break would be £50. I am prepared to be flexible with the hours and the number of days!

For full details or an informal chat to discuss your requirements, phone 01691 860457, or contact drivingambition@rhiwarth.co.uk 


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