Professional driving lessons with Alan J Barker BA DSA ADI. Teaching people to drive for over thirty years! Covering Hockley, Rayleigh, Rochford, Canewdon, & Hullbridge.
Welcome to Hawkwell Driving School. We are a reliable and professional local driving school based in Hockley in Essex, and we have been teaching people to drive in the Hockley, Rayleigh, and Rochford areas for over 30 years. We have an excellent reputation for quality instruction, punctuality, reliability, and first time driving test pass rate. Our reputation is very important to us and we strive to maintain and improve it by offering you the very best service at all times. We will ensure that your learning experience with us is enjoyable and productive, hoping that you will recommend us to your friends and relatives so we can help them to pass their driving test too.
The advantage of choosing a local driving school like us is that you are able to find out all you need to know about us, through this website, before you book your driving lessons. Especially about the instructor that you are actually booking your lessons with. If you book with us your instructor will be Alan, who is of course CRB checked for your peace of mind.
"Alan was the best instructor I could've asked for! He explained everything really well and was so patient, also very chatty which helped me with my nerves! He had lots of phrases which helped me remember what I was doing and to help me stop squeaking! I looked forward to my lessons every week and passed first time." - Mia, Hockley
On your driving lessons with us, with Alan as your instructor, you will be introduced gently into driving at your own pace, to make sure that you are comfortable driving on the road. We are sure that you will be surprised how quickly you get over the initial nerves and begin to enjoy yourself on your driving lessons, mastering the control of the vehicle and exploring the local roads. Although we will always encourage you to progress in your lessons to bigger and better things, our main emphasis at all times is to keep you within your comfort zone.
"I just wanted to thank you for teaching my son Max so well. I really appreciate it, good teachers like you are rare, and you helped him pass first time which is a miracle! So thanks again" - Sam
Once you have progressed beyond the basic driving skills, and are feeling confident, we will encourage you to drive on all sorts of different road types and in different traffic scenarios. As you would expect most of your driving is likely to be done in the Hockley, Rayleigh, Rochford and Southend area. However to increase your overall experience and to enable you to cope with novel situations we will also try to include on your lessons visits to other nearby towns such as Wickford, and Billericay (interesting high streets), and Chelmsford and Basildon (excellent for roundabouts). You will find that each town you drive around has it's own character, in it's local procedures, and local resident's driving styles.
"Alan was the exact kind of instructor I was looking for - local, reliable, available at the times I wanted and good value for money. Alan never rushed me on any of my lessons, and knew exactly how far to challenge me each time and increase my confidence.
I found Alan to be calm, chatty and very good at explaining things without being condescending. I found the website useful especially in preparation for my test. Alan prepared me so well for my test day, that I wasn't even nervous! I would happily recommend alan to anyone thinking of driving lessons, and the trial lesson was a great idea!" - Angela Borst, Rayleigh
Then when it comes to your driving test we have extensive local knowledge of Southend, Basildon, and Clacton driving test routes and areas. There are no busy roundabouts in Clacton making it a sometimes popular test destination! On your pre-test preparation you will spend more and more time during your lessons driving around the area where you have decided to take your driving test. And of course you will be pleased to know that we have an excellent first time driving test pass rate.
"Alan was a great instructor! I enjoyed every lesson learning with him. There was always something positive in which I could take away from the lesson, he focused on my weaknesses and explained thoroughly ways to improve. By learning with Alan I was able to pass 1st time in just 3 months" - Cody, Rayleigh
Please continue to peruse our driving school's website where we have lots of pages on all sorts of topics to help you get the most from your driving lessons, these include: moving away, dealing with hazards, country lanes, junctions, roundabouts, and mini roundabouts. Also reversing manoeuvres including: car parking spaces, parallel parking, and pulling up on the right side of the road and reversing straight back. By using these pages as a reference you may find that the things you learn on your driving lessons make sense much more quickly, and help improve your driving skills so that you can pass your driving test with confidence first time.
We also have a page specifically on the driving test, which explains how it works, offers some insider tips, and hopefully helps you understand what the DVSA require.
You will also have seen some testimonials from our past learner drivers, who took lessons and passed their driving test with us, and were keen to recommend us to others.
"I learnt to drive with Alan and passed my test first time. Alan was patient and calm even when I made squeaking noises. He never pushed me to try anything that I wasn't ready for but also challenged me enough that I was progressing every week. His random expresions - "it's a clutch, not a foot rest" "lots of lovely mirrors" genuinely helped me to remember everything. As long as you can endure his jokes - "I'm just getting my binoculars so that I can see the kerb" - then I would recommend Alan to anyone" - Willow Scarisbrooke, Thundersley
If you like what you see on our school's website, and would like some more information on driving lessons, and learning to drive; or to book an initial no-obligation two-hour trial driving lesson with us, please do not hesitate to telephone, email, or text.
Whatever your situation, be it: beginner, extremely nervous, or had some lessons already; give us a call. Or maybe you want motorway lessons to build up your confidence, or need further driving lessons if you have been unsuccessful in a driving test. We will be happy to help.
We look forward to helping you achieve your ambition to learn to drive and pass your driving test.
"Even as a North American with nearly 7 years of previous driving experience I understood that I would need lessons to prepare for the practical driving exam. Over the course of our sessions Alan's manner of teaching and focus directly reflected to content and style of the exam. His advise and instruction is based on years of experience as an instructor but also driving a wide variety of vehicles and industries. Moreover his natural love of teaching, seemingly endless patience and eagerness for conversation create a comfortable learning environment. Most impressively driving with Alan not only allowed me to pass my exam but also made me into a much better driver. Without exaggeration since finishing my driving lessons I have consistently been complimented on my driving by family and friends. Previously I would never have thought to take driving lessons unless I needed to pass the exam but now I can say that anyone who is simply looking to improve their driving, become more comfortable and safe on the road would do well to spend some time with Alan. Many thanks!" - Jacob, Rayleigh
Teaching people to drive for over 30 years! Professional driving lessons serving Hockley (SS5), Rayleigh (SS6), Rochford (SS4), Canewdon (SS4), and Hullbridge (SS5).
Alan J Barker BA DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). Hawkwell Driving School Hockley, 40 Victor Gardens, Hockley, Essex SS5 4DS. Tel 01702 204674
All information on this website is given in good faith and is accurate to the best of our considerable knowledge. The author is a Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor and has been teaching people to drive in the UK for over 30 years. However this website does not provide individual instruction, and hence the methods and explanations illustrated are often specific to a particular situation, and cannot always be generalised to other similar situations. please use this information with caution as we cannot be held responsible for any mishaps or incidents that may occur due to practising of these techniques.