Mr & Mrs Rana of Walderslade said:
When we first contacted Nick to teach our 17 year old son to drive we expected him to be no different to other instructors. That being, we hand over the payment and have no further interaction with him. We couldn’t have been further from the truth, whilst other instructors work solely with the student, Nick spent the first half hour with us (without charge) going through his method of teaching and the expectations we should have of each other. Nick continued to keep us informed of our son’s progress throughout the 8 months it took him to successfully pass his driving test.
Nick also included a free theory lesson at home helping our son to familiarise himself with the structure of the theory test. Nick conducted himself in a professional manner by ensuring we were present in the house and all we did was provide the tea and custard creams!
As a parent, we worry about our child driving in the dark and on the motorway. Nick ensured our son experienced after-dark driving and also offered a free motorway driving lesson once he passed his test. This was a tremendous bonus, it was re-assuring to know our son would experience his first motorway driving with Nick in his dual control car, because as we all know, motorway driving conditions are uniquely different to street driving and is an experience in itself.
With these invaluable extras, Nick’s driving lessons package is a cut above the rest and his commitment to both his students and the parents is admirable.
Nick had a natural rapport with our son; he was able to connect on a ‘down to earth’, friendly, relaxed level whilst maintaining total professionalism. I would say he came across as the teacher at school that every student liked…...including the parents!
Mrs Huntley of Rainham said:
I just want to say a very, very big thank you to Nick Salzen for teaching all three of my children to drive. You have been fab. Only another couple of years and you will have another Huntley on board. If anyone needs driving lessons, this man is the one. Thanks again Nick. Over and out from the Huntley household xxx
Mr Hall of Bean near Dartford said:
My daughter Emily was learning to drive in an automatic adapted vehicle at the South East Driveability centre at Maidstone. She was progressing well but slowly. She was eventually placed under the instruction of Nick and followed him when he left S.E.D. to focus on his own driving school because they got on so well together. His patience, calm instructing ability and the confidence he installed in my daughter was amazing. She has now passed her driving test which has given her so much confidence, freedom and independence within herself. Her smile and joy on the day my wife and I will always remember.
Thank you for everything Nick.
Mr Tuley of Rainham said:
Nick was a fantastic driving instructor for my son Harry. He was able to mould, coach and provide positive feedback during my son’s lessons. Nick was very flexible and tailoring his time around Harry’s needs, with his expert knowledge in the motoring world, he also helped Harry in passing his Theory test first time. This was achieved by sitting down one lesson at our home, free of charge and went through the revision pack that he provided. As well as this, during the closing stages of Harrys tuition, Nick devoted a lot more time and Harry passed his test with flying colours. I would recommend Nick to anyone that would want an honest, reliable and careful car driving instructor.
Mrs Garlinge of Gillingham said:
It can be very daunting for a parent when their teenage son starts driving lessons, knowing that they are going to be out on the roads brings a whole new set of worries, as if being a parent to a teenager isn't stressful enough!! I was lucky as I happened to know Nick before Charlie started driving so he already had the thumbs up from me!! Charlie on the other hand didn't know Nick so he was about to embark on a new adventure and spending hours on end in a car with a stranger... This can be difficult from a teenager’s point of view as they are not the most sociable breed!
Nick came round to our house to introduce himself and for an informal chat and to go through the driving lesson process, which as a parent I thought was a really nice touch as not all instructors do this.
From Charlie's perspective he had nothing but nice things to say about Nick whilst learning to drive over the weeks, he said Nick was patient, thorough, calm, informative and easy to get along with, he did say though that he needs to work on his jokes as they are not always funny!! (Feedback is always a good thing, we all have areas we can improve on lol.)
The theory test proved to be a challenge for Charlie, Nick came round to the house and went through the test with him, at no extra cost I might add, Charlie found this to be really helpful, again not all instructors offer this service.
Then came the dreaded test, Nick was brilliant on the build up to the test and they worked on Charlie's weak areas... What really impressed me as a parent was that Nick also went over with Charlie how to control the car when put in difficult situations, as a parent we would be naive to think that once they've passed there will be an element of 'showing off' on the roads.Charlie passed!! I would not hesitate in recommending Nick, he's a fantastic instructor and a jolly nice chap!
Mrs Morice-Jones of Chatham said:
I was delighted with the way my son was taught and would 100% recommend Nick to the parents of any young person thinking of learning to drive.
Nick has been brilliant teaching my 17 year old son. He was always punctual, patient, calm and concise and always very approachable at every stage and I was particularly impressed that he had a superbly flexible style of teaching. My son loved every lesson and was always looking forward to the next one.
My son really enjoyed learning to drive with Nick and I was so impressed I have booked myself a refresher lesson, even though I have been driving for over 30 years!
Mrs Young of Gillingham said:
Nick was recommended to me by a work colleague. My daughter was very nervous and on her first lesson was in tears. Not only did Nick go and speak to her, he managed to calm her down enough for her to go on her first lesson and also to drive!! We found Nick very approachable and he has a very good way of dealing with all sorts of people and situations. He is very understanding and makes learning to drive fun. I wouldn’t think twice about recommending Nick to people in the future. Thanks for everything you did to help Helen through.
Mrs Taylor of Rainham said:
A huge thanks to Nick Salzen for teaching my son to drive. James passed first time with flying colours. Nick has a huge amount of kindness and patience, James always had good things to say about him after a lesson not only as a teacher but as a genuine nice guy who really cares. He also went out of his way to help James with his theory, again passing first time. We would happily recommend Nick.
Mrs Knight of Rainham said:
After our Daughter having had a bad experience with another driving company, Nick from 17 PLUS Driving School was brilliant.
He helped our Daughter to regain her confidence in driving.
His one to one personal teaching skills were excellent, his patience and dedication as a driving instructor were outstanding.We would thoroughly recommend Nick as your first choice of a driving instructor.
Mr & Mrs Brooks of Rochester said:
Our son Callum was making noises about wanting to drive and one thing that was certain, neither of us were going to be in a position to teach him - his dad drove a van and his mum a brand new Land Rover. After seeing Nick driving around in Rainham, then reading the testimonials on his web page, and asking some Advanced Driving Instructors we knew, their thoughts, we arranged a mutually convenient time for him to come round for an ice-breaking chat with a rather nervous 17 year old. We were blown away with the way he made us all feel so comfortable, explained his expectations of Callum and what Callum could expect from him. We booked lessons immediately and never looked back. He provided a comprehensive learning pack for Callum to study between lessons and Callum always knew what he would be doing in is next lesson and what he should be studying. As time went on Nick would update us on Callum's progress, his strengths and weaknesses. If Callum got too sure of himself, Nick would bring him back down to earth. It wasn't all about driving though. When it came to the theory test Nick offered a free 2 hour lesson and went through this in a way that youngsters of today can relate to - on a computer. Callum studied harder than we have ever seen, doing practice tests and hazard perception tests, as well as using flash cards. The day before his theory test Nick did an impromptu test with the flash cards with very encouraging feedback. Under Nick's guidance this all paid off when Callum achieved 116/125 in his theory test. In the run up to his driving test, due to unforeseen circumstances, Nick had to change his car. This meant Callum adapting to a different car, not once but twice including the day before his test. He also had to cope with wintery conditions through all of this. Its a credit to Nicks teaching ability that he helped and encouraged Callum through this period of uncertainty and Callum passed his test at the first attempt with only 4 minors. A very proud and emotional moment as this meant so much to all of us and has enabled Callum to become much more independent. Callum now has his own car and we would not hesitate to contact Nick again to help him with his Pass Plus in the near future.