LDC: driving ambition
Ron Lidstone joined the Learner Driving Centre (LDC) this April having served in the RAF for 35 years …
‘Let’s start off with a BANG – training with LDC and my trainer Martin enabled me to pass my ADI Part 3 test first time (not to brag, but I got an A – the highest grade – and a score of 46/51 points). My training took eight months, but I wasn’t in too much of a rush as the plan was to become a qualified ADI a few months prior to finishing my 35-year career in the RAF.
‘I used my ELC to fund my course and, the morning of my course start date, I received my open learning course package and I was ready to get stuck straight in to my Part 1 theory. LDC provided me with a useful online hub that I could use on any of my devices. This enabled me to revise the multiple-choice questions and the hazard perception clips, and LDC staff could monitor my progress. I also received hard-copy books.
‘After passing my Part 1 it was then on to Part 2, the driving ability test. So there I am thinking I’m this formidable driver and king of the road, when half an hour into lesson one, Martin bursts my bubble when I realise I’m awful. Following some practical demonstrations, I soon righted the bad habits and started to drive properly, and before long the Part 2 test was out of the way and it was on to the serious business of Part 3: the instructor ability training.
‘Planning my lessons was a two-way partnership, and each was structured in a way that suited me and my development. Martin’s wealth of experience enabled him to demonstrate so many situations that I quickly felt like the instructor and not the student. I believe that getting the right training is crucial for success, and I can see why LDC has all the credentials they do. I owe my success to my practical training, the LD system and training materials, which enabled me to prepare and practise for all three parts of my training. After all, this is what we’ll be using ourselves when we become ADIs. The online theory and hazard perception software, along with the LDC Driving Skills workbook and DVD, were crucial and complemented Martin’s instruction. So good is the workbook, it became a vital resource, and I even used it to amplify a teaching point during my Part 3 Test.
‘I’m still a bit bewildered as to how I passed with such high marks on my first attempt at my Part 3 exam. LDC and Martin made my journey to becoming an ADI a very enjoyable and pleasant experience.
‘Even though joining LDC on a franchise is a choice after qualification, I decided that I wanted to be a part of the LDC family and I am now proud to run Ron’s LDC driving school in Bridgend: www.passwithron.co.uk
To find out more about LDC’s training courses, call 01977 691815 or visit www.LDCForces.co.uk
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