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Learn to drive with ALPHA DrivAbility

Driving lessons in  with ALPHA DrivAbility


Landline : 01743 240283 Mobile : 07940 328203

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Covering : • Oswestry • Shrewsbury • Telford

About ALPHA DrivAbility

Unlike many driving schools we only offer Automatic driving lessons, for many driving schools getting an older automatic car is a way of filling up an empty diary. Alpha Automatic driver training have years of experience training pupils to drive in automatic cars whether it be wanting to pass a test, confidence building lessons or re training of experienced drivers we can help you. Specialist Automatic/Disability Tuition in Adapted Vehicle Vauxhall Meriva Auto; Push Pull Hand Controls, Left/Foot Accelerator, Lodgesons Bluetooth Secondary Controls, Electronic Parking Brake. QEF qualified to teach those with disability to Drive & Hi-Tech Controls Drive from Wheelchair in Clients own WAV.



What I offer

Haydn Jenkins of Alpha Automatic Driver Training is a specialist provider in training for disabled clients. I have a modified Vauxhall Meriva, Automatic suitable for a wide range of disabilities. I can offer advice on a no obligation basis. No hard sell!

I have been a fully qualified driving instructor for over 25 years, and have taken specialist training in teaching client with physical disability and special educational needs to drive, I have my own disabilities , which gives me greater understanding of the effects and realities of driving an adapted vehicle or driving using an adapted driving technique. I'm DBS checked and abide to the DVSA/ Industry Code of Conduct.



Some of the situations catered for;

Left leg disability - our auto can be driven in 'standard' auto mode just using your right leg.

Right leg disability - the typical modification for this is a left foot accelerator. If you are 'new' to driving this modification will be as easy to cope with as using you right leg. If you are returning to driving then this modification will take some getting used to. We recommend a minimum of 10 hours to learn to cope with the 'clutch reflex', some client prefer to use hand operated controls to avoid the potential problem.

Both leg disability - this is likely to require hand operated controls for the accelerator and brake. Our car is fitted with a right hand operated single combined push-pull lever (with integrated indicator switch). This, used in combination with a steering ball and Aux control unit, will give you full control of the car. Please contact me to discuss if you would like to drive using a different type of control or if you also have a disability of the arms.

One arm disability - the use of a steering ball, lollipop or flat quad grip, will give you full control of the steering. My car is also fitted with an aux control unit to work the wipers; lights, horn etc so that you can keep you hand on the wheel at all times. The power steering is quite light on my vehicle. Modifications can also be made to the weight of the power steering on your owe vehicle, if strength is a concern.

Both arm disability - modifications start to get more complex in this area. My car requires the use of at least two limbs (either arms or one leg one arm). Call me to discuss your individual situation. It is likely that training would need to be carried out in your own car. We are fully insured to provide training to provisional licence holders in your own car when dual controls are fitted.



Deafness - I don't consider this a disability from a driving point of view. The issue is communication when learning to drive. We are experienced and patient and will introduce you to a range of hand signals and prompt cards to help you learn safely.

The above is just a guide to the general situations I can cater for.



As long as you have some range of movement that are under control, can pass the theory test and have eyesight that meets the DVLA requirements YOU CAN LEARN TO DRIVE!



Wheelchair users In order to make you as independent as possible we will help you learn to transfer yourself from your wheelchair to the car seat. In your own car there are many options for you to achieve this including various hoists and roof box mounted lifts. There is also the option of driving from your chair. Please contact us if you are having a car built to learn to drive in as a dual brake could be fitted at the same time to help you learn safely (Mobility will often supply this if they are supplying driving lessons).



Occupational Therapists We can work with you to arrange for your client to learn or return to driving. I work closely with the forum Mobility Centres, and have taken Continued Professional Development, with Derby DrivAbility and the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for disability. I work closely with the Disability Driving Instructors Association, a not for profit organisation, to help those with disability find suitably qualified instructors.

So if your client needs to take either a DVLA, DVSA PDAL Assessment I sure I can offer advice and assistance.

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Average rating for this instructor : 5.0 / 5 (28 reviews)

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" "After the accident which change my future I really, didn't know what to do, one of the guys from the Spinal Injuries Association put me in contact with Haydn, which was one of the changing points, he took control of my returning to driving. He is a genuine good guy, there were times when I thought I wouldn't get back to independent driving, Haydn never doubted me, his confident smile, and truly terrible jokes, made the process fun, he treated like a normal person not a Spinal Injury, he really knows his subject, and now I'm independently driving again. If you need help returning to driving you couldn't do any better than going with Haydn. Thanks for everything mate". April 2017 Combined Gas Brake Hand Controls Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition."

RB

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" "It is scarey learning to drive when you have been driving for 40 years. But not with my left foot. Haydn was patient, funny and even gave me practice of listening to jokes whilst driving. Such an important skill. I hope I'll not only be confident in driving with my left foot, but also a much better driver" April 2017 Left Foot Accelerator Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition."

Maralyn Hepworth,

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" "After finding Haydn for an Automatic lesson Haydn's a great teacher who's helped me immensely & helped me put me into shape to prepare for my test. Lots of information given & finally passing my test on the second attempt, Very highly recommended".
Tim Davies "able to adapt methods to suit everyone, was able to get my brother to pass and he has a few difficulties learning, Brilliant".
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Jason Davies

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""Never thought that my son would pass his test. Haydn has been brilliant. Thank you so much, passed first time...wow. A really patient and professional driving instructor, Reliable and my son passed first time, Excellent service". February 2017 Liam learnt in Automatic & passed 1st time "

Angi Reilly

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""Haydn thank you very much for speaking to our Parkinson support group earlier this month, we found the talk very informative and really appreciated the time and opportunities you gave after the talk for individual quires and questions from members" February 2017, Parkinson support group."

Norma Cappaert

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""Haydn we are so proud of Jezz's achievements he will now be able to live a more independent life knowing he can get out and about. We just wanted to say thank you he couldn't have done it without you all the best." September 2016, Jezz learnt in Automatic & passed 1st time. "

Lea Bodimeade

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"I had a industrial accident at work and had not driven for over twelve months, I was put in contact with Haydn, not only did he contact me straight away, he fitted me in to a driving plan straight away, his professional but relaxed approach was appreciated and has got me back on the road many thanks, regards Mark." Sept 2016, Left Foot Accelerator Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition."

Mark Johnson

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""Haydn came to deliver a talk to my ADI association about teaching people to drive with Specific Educational Needs and Disabilities'. He came across as very professional, but friendly and approachable. I went away with a great deal more knowledge on the subject, and had numerous other ADIs tell me how enjoyable and informative it was. I will always go to Haydn for advice on this subject where he clearly has a vast experience and knowledge. He has a real passion for getting people the independence of driving, whatever their ability. That passion goes as far as helping other instructors to do the same. I wouldn't hesitate to call on his expertise again. Thank you once again, Haydn." "

Liz Powel

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""Haydn is a good instructor because he takes into account the way my disability affects me. He is also very good at explaining what you have done wrong. He made me feel calm in different situations." Daisy learnt with Hi-Tech controls, in her own Drive from Wheelchair, automatic vehicle, & passed 1st time. "

Daisy Nash

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""My 17 year old daughter has Cerebral Palsy and is unable to walk. We attended the event yesterday, Friday 27th and as we arrived early I was able to book Brooke 5 test drives in 5 different vehicles with 4 variations on hand controls. Every one of her Instructors were a credit to their profession. Their communication skills, compassion, patience and understanding were exemplary, When Brooke is in a comfortable environment she smiles; yesterday she smiled all day! As the Dad of a disabled young lady who until yesterday had only viewed the world from her wheel chair, to see the sheer pleasure and delight your Roadshow, Exhibitors and in particular the Driving Instructors brought to my daughter was immeasurable. An emotional day for me, one I will treasure for all time." May 2016."

J R DDI

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""Haydn is a brilliant driving instructor he teaches you how to drive properly, he is very calm person he a very nice caring person. He never shouts and you also if you pass your Theory test he buys you a CAKE" July 2016 "

Jezz Foster

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"learnt to drive with Hand Controls, & passed 1st time. "Thank you Haydn for being very helpful and helping me pass 1st time. You're a great driving instructor." "Haydn has been a great driving instructor. He has been helpful, calm and very patient with me and helped me pass my test. We also had some good laughs as well but more serious when he needed to be. Thank you very much for all the help and I highly recommend Haydn." "

Josh Towers

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"" A very knowledgeable instructor, nothing much he doesn't know, very knowledgeable for those with physical or learning disabilities. Has helped many other instructors understand this unique market" "

Steven Tompkins ADI

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""I had not driven for about 12 months having deteriorated with my Multiple Sclerosis, so getting in the driving seat of a car was a huge thing for me, especially now I'd have to forget about my feet and use my hands to drive. However, Haydn was sooooo patient and calm with me which put me at ease straight away. I am very grateful to Haydn and would recommend his services to anybody else needing a re-introduction to driving. " "

Sarah Lowe

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""Thanks to Haydn, I have passed my driving test! He has been a really great instructor for me; very clear, knowledgeable, very patient and has made driving lessons something I look forward to every week. I would strongly recommend Alpha Automatic to any and all disabled drivers looking for the best tuition."

Deb Webster, "Thank you so much for your support of Sam during the learning to drive process. It's been great to know that he has been in safe hands with you. I've really appreciated your support through your knowledge of the Motability process and system as well as your great instruction for Sam. Many thanks and best wishes Deb."
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Sam Webster

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""Haydn is very friendly and professional instructor, and he helped me pass my driving test first time. I can strongly recommend his services to anyone who's looking for a good instructor. P.S. Haydn has a great sense of humour! " "

Adam

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""Brilliant instruction, gives relaxed tuition whilst being professional can't thank enough for bringing the confidence back to me, ready for my start back to driving, will recommend to all." "

Cath Alvis

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"Thanks to Haydn I passed my test 1st time with only three minors, he's a cracking instructor who was a pleasure to learn with! I highly recommend him! Many thanks Haydn Dec 2015"

Will Martin

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"After a negative experience with another driving instructor I was incredibly nervous and lacked confidence in my driving. Haydn was incredibly patient, polite and worked up my confidence and driving to respectable level where I was able to pass my test and drive independently with confidence.
Haydn is always punctual, polite, reliable and . Highly recommended!
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Jorge Gurden

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"Brilliant instructor very polite, professional and accommodating to people's needs I past my test back in 2013 and it has give me so much more inderpendance and it's all thanks to this man!"

Sean Brown

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"Brilliant instructor very calm and helpful, was always there if needed to ask questions all round great time thank you for having me"

Micky Bushell

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""Thanks very much for the very prompt report. I felt this was very well balanced and to the point, and I am sure will be very helpful to RDAC. I
will forward them a copy direct. Thanks also for your patience with me during tuition - I am afraid the Parkinsons makes me rather a ditherer! With very best wishes for the future."

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Donald

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"I passed my assessment. I've now ordered my new car. A big thank you for putting up with me and my driving.A calming instructor. "

Cath Winston

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"Dear Haydn,

Thanks very much for the very pormpt report. I felt this was very well
balanced and to the point, and I am sure will be very helpful to RDAC. I
will forward them a copy direct.


Thanks also for your patience with me during tuition - I am afraid the
Parkinsons makes me rather a ditherer!

With very best wishes for the future,

Donald
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Donald

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Perfect. Brilliant instruction, calm and reassuring. Thank you so much for your time, help and support. Have recommended to many friends thinking of beginning lessons :D Thanks again."

Clare Leech

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"Having not driven for many years and becoming disabled I was faced with a DSA driving appraisal in order to get my licence back as I had returned mine thinking I would not drive again I had quite a few lessons with Haydn to refresh driving skills I was extremely nervous about taking the appraisal but with encouragement from Haydn I got 9as and 2bs so I'm grateful to him and now awaiting my licence thanks mate, you really helped me
Andrew Larner Cannock Jan. 2014"

Andy Larner

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"Haydn thank you. You made me feel like a person and not a fool.
you made me more calm and helped me a lot many thanks Haydn am going to drive now thanks to you.
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Mary Lewis

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"Haydn is a very good instructor and knows about disability he always arrived in time, and help with my w/chair, got me through my test usin hand controls . "

Harry

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