Driving Lesson Reviews

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Here’s what others have said about learning to drive with Brighton Driving Lessons.co.uk:


  1. Cloud White

    Thank you Darren for being the best driving instructor I could have asked for. You’re a driving teacher with a fantastic understanding of psychology and people’s character traits and have applied this in your teaching. Patient, encouraging and bloody talented at what you do. I will miss our sessions, I never knew i could have this much fun learning!!!

  2. Archie

    Helped me pass first time 6 months of lessons. Lessons are informative and easy to follow. Would recommend to anyone asking.

  3. Ellie T

    I just passed my driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons and could not have asked for a better instructor than Darren.

    He is incredibly patient, calm, considerate and always made lessons fun! Darren goes above and beyond to prepare students for the test. Thank you so much 🙂

  4. Dan

    Highly recommend! Very good, friendly instructor. Easy 5 stars 🌟

  5. Josh Pears

    My experience with Brighton Driving Lessons was absolutely fantastic.
    Darren was excellent and I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. He was super friendly, calm and makes you feel at ease from the very beginning.
    His guidance and instructions are very clear and easy to understand. He will also often provide supporting information where relevant to help you understand why you do certain things.

    Darren is quickly able to gauge your abilities and knows when to push you to take on more challenging content. But is also aware for when to slow things down if he see’s you need more time on something or are having an ‘off day’.

    If there were every any ‘moments’ on the road, he would calmly but quickly handle/advise in the situation and if required, take you to a quieter road to calm you down and then discuss/reflect/explain the situation. Ensuring you understood what needed to be done next time (which he would definitely repeat/revisit until you were comfortable in those situations).

    I would highly recommend them to anyone.
    Thanks again Darren! a true legend.

  6. Joselyn Ryan

    I really enjoyed learning to drive with Darren, he is an amazing instructor. He supports his student in anyway he can and goes above and beyond to make sure you are ready for your test. Thank you so much!

  7. Esme

    Darren is an amazing instructor, always making sure you fully understand what’s going on to stay safe on the road, whilst also keeping the lessons light hearted and stress-free! I passed first time and wouldn’t have been able to do it without Darren’s expertise to aid my confidence!!

  8. Lee

    Couldn’t be more appreciative of Darren’s expert guidance and support during our lessons. His patience and calm nature completely put my anxiety at ease and actually turned the whole leaning process into one I enjoyed. Passed my test first time. Would recommend 100%. Thanks Darren!

  9. Ella

    Thank you Darren for teaching me how to drive and helping me to pass first time. Such a friendly and encouraging driving instructor who made driving enjoyable again!

  10. faith t

    darren is such a lovely and patient driving instructor. i passed first time with 1 minor all thanks to him! helped and supported me throughout the whole way, he genuinely cared about his students too which is lovely. thankyou again darren!

  11. Grace

    Darren was a wonderful teacher, patient and really enthusiastic! He always took things at my pace and gave me the freedom to practice whatever I was struggling with however many times I needed. He was great at spotting every mistake but was always kind and supportive with the feedback 🙂 Overall, I would definitely recommend Darren and Brighton Driving Lessons!

  12. Julia A

    Passed my test 1st time with only 1 minor and it all thanks to Darren! He’s been really supportive throughout and took things at my pace. He also encouraged and supported me to get out of my comfort zone! He has been brilliant, kind, and very patient. Couldn’t have asked for a better driving instructor. Initially I was anxious about the car and the controls but by the end I was really enjoying driving and honestly its been such a blast driving around with Darren – he has great stories! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!!

  13. Leon

    Darren was an extremely knowledgeable and calm instructor that helped me pass first time. Highly recommended.

  14. Anna Kay

    I was very anxious about learning to drive but Darren was patient, so friendly (I’m actually going to miss our chats every week haha!) and explained everything clearly. He never made me feel bad about any mistakes and was concious of the areas I needed to improve on. His guidance and encouragement really helped me to build my confidence and I felt prepared for my test which I just passed today with only 2 minor faults! 🙂 I can 100% reccomend Brighton Driving Lessons!

  15. Sam Morgan

    Can’t recommend Darren enough. Despite the stop-start nature of our lessons due to Covid and lockdowns I passed my test this week with only 1 minor. I couldn’t have done it without Darren’s tuition which was calm, patient and understanding and most importantly fun! Darren’s enthusiasm for driving is clear and it inspires you to jump in and really start enjoying driving and at a very reasonable price.

  16. David

    Darren is a fabulous driving instructor that helped me pass my test on my first attempt in 7 years. After a prolonged break from learning and also going through a challenging personal matter at the time, Darren was incredibly supportive and accommodating of all my needs. Any time I was stressed or anxious he knew how to put me at ease and get me through the lesson. I wouldn’t have passed without such a great instructor! Thank you Darren!

  17. Pat Lemos

    I have just passed with 3 minors after a couple months tutoring and could not say one bad thing about Darren and his Fiesta ST.

    The pair give you thorough driving confidence and would 100% recommend to anyone!

  18. Harrison taylor

    Darren was a great instructor. Very easy to get along with and was very motivating. A great person who helped me through my driving experience.

  19. Ellus

    Darren was awesome. He got me to pass first time! Really easy to get along with and had a really easy experience with my lessons due to how well he explained things. Would highly recommend!!

  20. Jessi Steadman

    Darren was a wonderful instructor, I have pretty bad anxiety when it comes to driving and especially being put under pressure in test situations but he was extremely patient and reassuring to make me feel at ease and prepared for the day . Cannot recommend him enough!

    Jessi passes test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  21. Alexander Sparrowhawk

    The instructor was clearly well experienced in teaching and I always felt safe on the road with him. He had a relaxed demeanour with me, even in student caused errors. The lessons also really improved my driving ability from a near menace on the road to someone who had passed first attempt. This all happened during the COVID lockdowns but he was very helpful to provide me the support as needed to pass with confidence.

    Alex passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  22. Sam Perkins

    The best driving instructor you could ever hope for. Darren was brilliant at calming any nerves and explained procedures and processes in a great way. I’ve recommended him to countless friends and each one has thoroughly enjoyed learning with Brighton Driving Lessons.

    Sam passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  23. Mohammad

    Darren is a professional driving instructor. In the first session, you can easily feel that he is really enjoying his job and he does his best to make sure that you learn the skills and gain confidence for your practical tests. He pays attention to details and has a great approach for teaching. He is punctual and with discipline, alongside with positive energy and sense of humour. I used to drive in another country and on the other side of the road with different rules for driving! Naturally, I had wrong habits while I was driving and Darren helped me to modify my habits and adopt the right techniques. I had a very positive experience and I successfully passed my practical test. If you are thinking to choose a professional driving instructor, Darren is the right choice with no doubt.

    Mohammad passes driving test with Brighton driving Lessons

  24. Billy Braiden

    Darren delivers informative and precise lessons on how to drive, in a very much appreciated relaxed and natural environment. It feels like you’re learning how to drive from a friend more so than an ordinary instructor! I was amazed at how well equipped I was when it came to test day, and I was easily able to pass on my first try! Thanks to Darren’s tips and ability to make me feel confident and at ease behind the wheel. Another bonus was that the test pretty much followed the roads I had already driven on plenty of times during my lessons with Darren.
    I would recommend Darren’s lessons to anyone! And truly thank him for his hard work and patience which allowed me to pass first time!

    Billy passes driving test with Brighton driving Lessons

  25. Charlotte Rolf

    I attempted driving lessons when I was 17 and had a rubbish experience so much so that I put it off for a further 8 years. I had multiple friends recommend Darren to me and when I finally felt like it was time I messaged Darren to see if I could start my lessons with him. I was really nervous about driving but I couldn’t have been put more at ease with Darren. I couldn’t recommend him enough if I tried. He is professional, patient, friendly and a great teacher. He made my lessons enjoyable and something to look forward to, he never criticised my mistakes and helped me understand the car, the road and other road users. I progressed and learnt something new every lesson, my time never felt wasted. I passed both my theory and practical first time and that’s definitely down to Darren so thanks for teaching me one of life’s greatest skills!

    Charlotte passes her driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  26. Nina

    I’ve had a few different driving instructors and Darren is by far the best instructor I’ve had. Professional but also easy to get along with, so made me feel at ease. Very helpful with my struggle to learn manoeuvres. Will also miss driving his car! Would definitely recommend, wouldn’t have passed without him!

    Nina passes her driving test

  27. Monika

    Darren is a great teacher; understanding, professional and has a great approach. Besides learning the skills and gaining confidence on the road, I had a great time and passed my practical test on the first attempt! Driving and learning with Darren was a very positive experience, and it equipped me with everything I need in my solo driving.

    Monika passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  28. Jason Danzelman

    I recently passed my test after learning with Brighton Driving Lessons! Darren made me feel totally relaxed and comfortable on every lesson. Friendly, professional, and a top laugh too. I fully recommend to anyone wanting to learn!

    Jason passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  29. Matt

    Darren is a great and friendly instructor. Explains everything clearly and logically. A pleasure to learn from and 100% recommend him!

    Matt passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  30. Farah

    I have had a great experience learning to drive with Darren! He is very patient, friendly and understanding which is key to make good progress. He prepared me well for the driving test so I knew what to expect and how to handle difficult situations. But he also gave me great tips to be an overall safe and confident road user. I would undoubtedly recommend Darren as your driving instructor if you are looking for a good learning experience.

    Farah passes driving test with Brighton Lessons

  31. Aidan Bishop

    Darren is a great teacher; relaxed, knowledgable and such a great guy I was almost disappointed when I passed my test, I would and have recommended him to anyone about to start driving.

    Aiden passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  32. Robin Deen

    I was lucky enough to have Darren as my instructor even though it was for a short time. what a legend so easy to talk to and so chilled even if you make a mistake. I would 100% recommend him to anyone for lessons.

    Robin passes test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  33. Patrick McColgan

    Zoe has been a great teacher. After having a negative experience with my last instructor, Zoe really helped to improve my driving and I passed the first time round with her. She’s a great teacher- informative and refreshingly professional which I found wasn’t the case with other instructors and made me feel increasingly confident with my driving. She’s also very easy to get along with. I would really recommend her.

  34. Solomon Knipe

    Darren has been a brilliant instructor for me. I felt the lessons progressed really well and he made me feel very confident with my driving. The lessons were definitely worth it and helped me pass first time after only a few months. Would definitely recommend Darren to anyone.

    Solomon passes his test with Brighton driving Lessons

  35. Laura Atkins

    Darren has been a brilliant teacher. He made me Feel So Comfortable And made me believe I could do it. 8 months later I passed first time and with only 6 minors!!!! Thank you so much for all the support and the great friendship 🙂 x

    Laura passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  36. Jamie

    I would 100% recommend Darren. He’s a top man friendly, funny and patient very easy guy to get on with and very effective teacher never had any issues. Can’t recommend enough!!

    Jamie passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  37. Max Benkel

    I would just like to say massive big thank you to Darren Hearn. I couldn’t possibly have picked a better instructor who would has taught me how to drive in only 4 months and achieving a pass first time. He is very relaxed and confident in what I did in my lessons. I would recommend Darren to any one who is very eager to drive and for anyone who is not confident. If I did anything wrong he was very calm and collected and would redirect with ease. Just an amazing experience learning how to drive and I can’t believe how quick it’s taken. Just like to thank Darren once again for everything he has done to turn me around as a driver.

    – Max Benkel

    Max passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  38. Daniel

    I was fortunate enough to have Darren as my driving instructor. What an amazing guy and fantastic instructor, every lesson was well paced, informative and a lot of fun. If you are looking around for driving lessons in Brighton, do not hesitate to given Darren a call. He’s even got a brand new shiny yellow car, which is just a dream to drive and the yellowness of it gives joy to school kids who are adamant players of the yellow car game. For me, passing my test was a bittersweet moment, one I got to pass my driving test and had full legal run of the road, but my 2 hours driving a week and chatting with Darren had to come to an end. I cannot praise or thank him enough for where has gotten me to, cheers buddy.

    Daniel passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  39. Nick B

    Having not driven for over a decade and never passed a test I was apprehensive about starting driving lessons again. Zoe immediately put me at ease and made me begin to actually enjoy driving, something I never thought I’d do. As an instructor she was excellent at noticing not just what I was doing wrong but why I was doing it wrong and how I could correct it. She prepared me perfectly for my test (which I passed!) and was a constant reassuring and calming presence during all of my lessons. I honestly couldn’t fault her and would encourage anyone looking to learn to give Zoe a call…will be the best decision you make!

  40. Anya

    I had some refresher lessons with Zoe as I haven’t driven for 15 years. Within an hour she had my confidence boosted and I was driving happily under my own esteem. I would highly recommend Zoe as she is very calm to be with and has some great tips

  41. Jo

    I learnt to drive with Zoe and she was great fun to learn with. She was patient, and always reassured me when I doubted my own abilities! Passed with 2 minors!

  42. Jaden Byron Carter

    Well what can I say. I’d had a few lessons with another driving school. I moved from them to come to learn with Darren. He was absolutely fantastic taking me on showing me the skills that I needed for the test and constantly boosting my confidence. Darren was a fantastic instructor and a great friend. He made you feel comfortable right from the beginning. Learning with him was effortless – it really made it easy and comfortable. I thank him so much for helping me through it all improving my confidence behind the wheel. Passing made me feel brilliant and it was a huge sigh of relief once I had finished. Thank you for all of your help.

    Jaden passes test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  43. Rachel Truelove

    I passed my test with Darren this week and he has been a fantastic instructor. I was incredibly nervous to drive and he was always very patient and understanding. I really enjoyed learning to drive with him, he was always very chatty and created a relaxed environment, I would recommend him to anyone!
    Thank you again Darren!

    Rachel passes driving test with BrightonDriving Lessons

  44. Steven Collis

    I’d like to say a massive thank you to Darren Hearn for having trained me up for a super fast pass. Went over every problem until perfection. His understanding for the road and years of experiences really show. May thanks again Darren

    Steve passes test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  45. Po

    Hi Darren,

    How have you been? Sorry I have been very late to do the testimonial to you, because I came back to Taiwan for Lunar’s New Year, now I have come back the U.K again.

    I have to appreciate you to help me get the licence before last Christmas, it was my Christmas present, you were so passionate to me then, you did’t do me impatient even if my English speaking and listening is awful.

    You taught me how to get my full driving licence in the U.K step by step, do me encourage all of time, you are a professional tutor who is focus on defensive driving and drive polite, for me, you are the best, you are the champion.

    Say hello for me to your nice cute girl and your wife, wishing you are all the best and have a prosperous New Year.


    Po passes test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  46. Jago Menadue

    Darren was more of a mate than a teacher. So easy to talk to and great to drive with. He is a very patient man who doesn’t get angry when you make a mistake. I enjoyed every minute of learning with him. I wish him all the best in the future and have recommended him to my friends. Thanks Darren

    Jago passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  47. Vern

    ‘Zoe is a fantastic instructor. She’s got an excellent teaching style combined with a friendly personality that puts you at ease. She’s been very flexible with arranging lessons too, which has proved very handy. I’d definitely recommend Zoe to anyone looking for lessons’.

  48. Eder Paiva

    Fantastic experience!!!

    I contacted Darren and he was very polite and friendly, I had a tight schedule but he managed to work around my availability. I passed my test first time and I believe this was down to Darren’s excellent teaching skills. Darren was very patient, understanding and motivational. He never lost patience when I made mistakes and he was always very calm.
    He picked me up from work and droped me back at home at the end of the lessons.
    He was very sincere and told me that I was ready instead of trying to sell me more lessons like most intructors do.
    I had a great time throughout the lessons and I would recommend Darren to anyone!

    Thank you once again.

    Best wishes!


    eder passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  49. Ixl Duffy-Schoop

    Darren helped me to pass first time.
    With just under recommended hours I was ready to take my test, he’s a really easy going guy with a lot of patience and overall a great teacher! Definitely recommend.

    Ixl passes test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  50. Steve Blackwell

    As someone over 40 who has never been required to drive before, learning to do so and pass my test in a relatively short timeframe was something completely alien to me and quite scary.

    Darren made me feel at ease behind the wheel, was patient, encouraging and gave me the confidence I needed. His belief in my abilities and his helpful prompts at the right time made a difference. We got on well together.

    Thanks, mate, you’re a star. I couldn’t recommend you highly enough!

    Steve passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  51. Wania

    Zoe made me feel comfortable and at ease from the beginning. With calm and clear instructions I was encouraged to feel confident and this helped me to trust myself and feel like an independent driver without having to wait for instructions. On top of all this her lessons were good fun and I am now a proud owner of a driving license!

  52. Tom

    Big thank you to Darren who helped me to pass my test with 2 minors. Very encouraging and great teaching


    Tom passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  53. Anna

    I started learning with Richie, who unfortunately no longer teaches. He got me up to a good standard but unfortunately I failed my first test due to my nerves. Richie recommended Darren to me and he was able to fit me in for ten hours of lessons to prepare me for my second attempt. Darren put me at ease from the very first lesson and his patience and constructive criticism helped me to build my confidence. Going into the second test, I felt calm and prepared and subsequently passed. I am so grateful to both Richie and Darren for all their help and would recommend both of them to anyone, at any stage of driving.

    Anna passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  54. Siobhan

    Darren is an excellent driving teacher and I always felt calm, reassured and confident when driving with him. He is a lovely guy and I thoroughly enjoyed our lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seeking driving lessons. Thanks so much.

    Siobhan passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  55. Elle

    I was taught by Guy, I had been trying to learn to drive for a few years but this was the first time I managed to stick with an instructor for more than 3 lessons! We went on lots of long drives to help build my confidence in an unknown area. I passed 2nd time round and pleased with my results.

  56. Stacey

    I’ve just passed my driving test on my second attempt after having lessons with the amazing Darren.
    I never thought I would ever drive, to be honest it scared the hell out of me! but after having three young children I decided I really needed to drive.
    So at the grand old age of 34 I bit the bullet and contacted Darren,
    I was a very nervous driver, but Darren helped me overcome my extreme fear of driving, he believed in me and put me at ease, with his professional friendly manner and we always had a laugh which really helped ease the nerves!
    I cannot recommended Darren enough he is an amazing driving instructor.

    Stacey passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  57. Elliott Le-Warde

    I started driving with Zoe who I knew already, so we got on really well, she was excellent at keeping me calm and confident on the road, she is able to have a good laugh whilst also being professional in her approach to teaching. Unfortunately Zoe couldn’t continue teaching me because of her business timetable, however she quickly put me in touch with Darren Hearn. Originally I was nervous about getting into the car with someone who I hadn’t met and hadn’t seen me drive but Darren is a genuinely nice guy, who likes a laugh and made me feel comfortable behind the wheel. He was excellent at spotting areas of improvement and how they can be improved, allowing me to become a confident driver, I would highly recommend both Zoe and Darren both are great teachers and mates.

    Elliott passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  58. Edwin Ray

    After 15 years of not getting behind a wheel (after a few failed tests at 17/18) I was looking for someone to bring me up to scratch and give me the confidence to get back on the road and get that Full driving license. Darren was the perfect teacher for me. He was calm, encouraging and felt he filled me in very quickly with everything I may have forgotten over the years! We had a couple of brilliant lessons covering everything and I managed to get a test pretty quickly, passing with only 1 minor fault! Darren is a brilliant teacher and a great guy! I highly recommend!

    Edwin passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

  59. Theo

    Only had a couple of lessons with Darren, but I truly think his intelligent fine-tuning made all the difference on my test day. He has got the perfect balance between challenging you, and giving you confidence with what you already know. I failed my first test years ago, and was probably a little traumatised, having not really clicked with a number of instructors. I wish I had met Darren back then as his teaching and friendly approach is on another level.

  60. Fionnuala

    I have just recently passed my driving test after being tutored by the very patient Darren. I am so grateful for his persistence and calm and friendly nature. He helped change my attitude towards driving ( which I really hadn’t enjoyed in the past). Lessons were relaxed and supportive. I would definitely recommend Darren as a teacher who makes learning to drive a pleasurable experience.

    Fionnuala passes driving test with Brighton Driving Lessons

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