case study

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - MOTORING -

LIBBY RICHARD­SON passed her driv­ing test on her first at­tempt. She was just 17 when she gained her li­cence af­ter tak­ing the exam in the High­land sea­side vil­lage of Gol­spie in Oc­to­ber.

She puts her suc­cess down to her driv­ing in­struc­tor dad Stu­art, who runs Stu­art’s Driv­ing School in nearby Dornoch.

On Thurs­day her brother Harry, 20, passed his test in Al­ness, about 30 miles away, hav­ing learned to drive in one sum­mer with his dad.

Ho­tel worker Libby said: “I first got be­hind the wheel in April and passed six months later. It felt a lot eas­ier to learn with my dad as I feel com­fort­able with

him.

Peo­ple think tak­ing the test in a small place like Gol­spie is eas­ier than in a big city, but you are still a novice driver in con­trol of a car.

“A small town has dif­fer­ent kinds of chal­lenges – you can be stuck be­hind a horse, lorry or trac­tor. There can be cars parked down both sides of a small street and ne­go­ti­at­ing them is tight. And then the junc­tions are all dif­fer­ent, not as uni­form as in big towns. The test was tough and pass­ing first time felt amaz­ing!”

Stu­art said: “All my pupils get the best pos­si­ble tuition and I try to give them as wide an ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble. It is a slightly dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence teach­ing your own kids.

“My youngest, Ge­orge, is 17 next May so hope­fully he’ll pass first time too.”

“See­ing one of your pupils drive by you on the road is a great feel­ing. Pass­ing the test changes their lives and gives them a sense of free­dom.”

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