Emily H from Bean near Dartford said:
I have a below elbow, right arm amputation so need to drive an adapted vehicle. I started learning to drive at South East Drivability in Maidstone but felt I was not progressing. I then met Nick there and we hit it off straight away. So much so that I followed him when he left S.E.D. to focus on his own business. He conducted lessons in my own adapted car. I found the lessons professional and engaging. He gave me the confidence to drive which I never thought I would gain through his patience, instruction and his ability to explain clearly what was required to be a good driver, his lessons were instructive and set me challenges to improve my driving throughout the week. The day I passed my driving test I was overwhelmed and feel that without Nick I would of never accomplished such a huge milestone and became the safe driver I am today. I was his first student to pass with a physical disability and it was a very emotional moment for both of us.
Thank you so much Nick I will never forget you. You've completely changed my life!
Natalie S from Stevenage said:
Well what can I say about learning to drive with Nick Salzen?
It is an experience that I will never forget. I did a two week intensive driving course with Nick in Rainham, Kent and did not think that I would be able to learn as much as I did. The lessons were very professional yet relaxed and he never pushed me further than he felt I could cope with. He also did theory lessons with me that none of my previous driving instructors had done. Nick made driving fun yet safe and I firmly believe that the two weeks I spent with Nick made me the driver I am today. I will never forget what he taught me.
Thank you so much Nick!
Matthew L from Lordswood said:
I absolutely loved my time learning to drive with Nick. He's an amazing instructor and is more like a friend than a teacher.
I loved the fact that my lessons were structured, and I always knew what I would be learning/practising in my next lesson.
We could always have a laugh during lessons whilst still retaining a serious undertone, and without Nick, there is no way on this earth that I could have passed my test on my first attempt. The practice/mock exam was really helpful, and he always made me feel confident whilst driving.
I would really recommend 17 PLUS Driving School, I really enjoyed myself and got a license at the end of it!
Andrew R from Rainham said:
I can honestly say that Nick was brilliant in helping me to pass my driving test. My previous instructor was unhelpful and it seemed he was just interested in taking my money rather than focusing to help me pass my test but with Nick it was totally different.
Nick was calm, patient and professional and most importantly his aim was to help me pass my test as quickly as possible. He assessed my weaknesses and gave me confidence in turning these into strengths.
I would not hesitate to recommend Nick and neither would my friends who Nick also helped to ensure that like me, they passed their test first time after being taught by him.
Jamie E from Wigmore said:
Nick is very friendly, easy to get on with and he has a great sense of humour (not to mention completely nuts!). On a serious note he is a good teacher, I made a lot of very silly mistakes whilst learning and he never lost his temper with me once. He always gives constructive feedback but most importantly he listens. If you feel worried about something, he will listen and go over that section with you until you are happy.
Nick also spent some time helping me with my theory (free of charge) instead of leaving me to get on with it as I know some other driving instructors like to do. Thanks largely to Nick's dedication I passed both my theory and my practical tests first time, I highly recommend learning with Nick Salzen.
Emily F from Rainham said:
Learning to drive with 17 PLUS was a great experience. Nick was the second instructor that I had lessons with, after failing my test the first time, he not only helped to broaden my driving experience, but also greatly improved my confidence to a point where I passed my test the second time with very few minor faults. I found that Nick taught me how to drive in real life situations, with handy tips, rather than teaching me just how to pass my driving test, which isn’t typically a ‘real life’ situation. When I passed I was offered a complementary 2 hour motorway lesson, which provided me with even more driving experience. I then went on to complete Pass Plus with Nick, which was an enjoyable day that helped to develop my confidence with motorway, long distance and night driving. I would recommend Nick as a driving instructor to any learner driver, he is a perfectionist and a great teacher. Thanks Nick!
Megan G from Gillingham said:
Nick is the best driving instructor! He has taught both my sister and myself to be safe, confident drivers. He is patient and teaches you at a pace that suits you so you don’t get overwhelmed. He gives constructive feedback and listens to your worries and goes through whatever you’re concerned about until you feel confident. He’s more like a fun friend than a teacher and has so many rhymes and sayings about driving - “amber glow, get ready to go” - that will stick in your head for years! I have learned so much from learning with him, he also does a free theory lesson and a free motorway lesson which most driving instructors don’t offer! I would hands down recommend Nick as he’s fun, safe and made me feel confident as a driver. He didn't just teach me how to pass the test but also how to be a good driver in the real world.
Ruth H from Gillingham said:
I previously started my driving lessons with one of the larger driving schools and found I was spending a fortune but not really getting anywhere. Then I found 17 PLUS and it's the best thing I ever did! Nick is such a good instructor and makes his lessons fun whilst at the same time, teaching you everything you need to know.I passed my theory test first time with his help (free of charge,) and a few weeks later I passed my practical test first time as well!I would highly recommend Nick to anyone!
Chris D from Walderslade said:
'Having joined Nick from a previous driving instructor, I was familiar with the basics and yet I still learned so much from Nick. Lessons were always productive and stimulating, but best of all enjoyable.
Having injured myself, leaving me unable to drive, Nick always kept in touch to see how the recovery process was coming. He made learning a fantastic time with a certain gift for small-talk, and would always come recommended.'
Emma B from Parkwood Rainham said:
A thoroughly enjoyable learning experience with Nick at 17 PLUS Driving School.As a slightly older learner at 31 years old, I thought I would never have the confidence I needed to get me driving and through my test. I did though thanks to Nick and his patience! The free study pack and free theory test session were a great bonus and something, as far as I know, you don't get anywhere else locally. Not free of charge anyway! I would recommend Nick to any learner, whatever your age or ability. So much so that my younger brother is now taking lessons with him. High quality teaching and great value for money Thank you so much Nick!
Callum B from Rochester said:
Learning to drive can be a scary thought right? But not with Nick. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor, not only does he teach you how to pass your test, he teaches you how to become a better driver once you have passed. He is laid back at times and he can be serious as well and it’s a good mix. If you make mistakes or do something wrong he asks “what could you do instead” or “what would make that better next time”.
In all the time that I was learning to drive, Nick never cancelled on me or was more than 10 minutes late, and if he was late, he’d extend the lesson or add it onto another lesson so I always got the time that had been paid for.The things Nick offers are amazing, he does a free introduction meeting so he can get to know you and you can get to know him, not only that, he gives you a free study pack with everything you need to know about driving. He also does a free 2 hour theory lesson, which is fantastic and it really helped! Once you have passed your test he gives you a free motorway lesson, which is also very helpful as driving on these can be scary!!
I want to thank Nick so much for helping me pass both my theory and my driving test first time, he is an amazing instructor and I 100% recommend him to anyone, even if you have previous driving experience or not. Learning to drive with Nick was one of the best experiences of my life and I wish I could learn all over again!.
Pavindeep D from Walderslade said:
I finally managed to pass my driving test, but wouldn’t have been able to do it without switching driving schools to 17 PLUS. The lessons have always been enjoyable and different, Nick is great with pushing you to the best of your ability. There were a number of area’s that I struggled with, especially roundabouts but I can confidently say that with Nick’s help I’ve managed to overcome any issues regarding them. He helps keep the mood light with his sense of humour and singing. I would highly recommend Nick to anyone, he is a patient and supportive person that will help you drive with confidence!
Amie M from Gillingham said:
When I started learning with Nick I had already met him a few times through a friend of mine but I was still very nervous to learn. From the second I got in the car with Nick he made me feel very comfortable and at ease. Nick's very thorough and wants you to get the most from your lessons and get you through your test without taking any unnecessary money from you, while still giving you the most information possible.
I really enjoyed the time I spent learning with Nick and if it wasn't for him I know I wouldn’t have passed my test!
The FREE theory and motorway sessions with Nick really helped and are a rare thing to find these days! I was so pleased with Nick’s help that I decided to do my Pass Plus with him and had a fab day out learning on more difficult roads and motorways, the free lunch and game of pool I won wasn’t bad either!
Nick always pushes you to see for yourself how good you are without making you feel under pressure, he's a very genuine and honest person and the more respect you give him the more he chucks right back at you.
Lessons were always fun and easy going as well as being professional and structured. Without a doubt I would recommend him to everyone!
James M from Rainham said:
Well where do I begin with Nick Salzen? I consulted with my friends before I learnt to drive to see if anyone knew any reputable Driving Instructors and some of them told me about Nick at 17 PLUS. Fair to say, I was not disappointed with the service given. Nick was patient with me when I was first learning and demonstrated various different methods on how to approach things. Nick's approach to teaching is brilliant, I had a ton of laughs with him but at the same time learnt so much from every lesson and driving became really enjoyable!
Nick's service also provides a free theory lesson, a whole study pack which contains all the information you'll ever need as well as free motorway lesson which is incredible to all have from one instructor to say the least! It's fair to say I will miss doing lessons with Nick, not only did I walk away from each one feeling more confident about driving but also with a knowledge on what I'll be practicing next lesson and how to tackle certain things better!
I'd honestly say I wouldn't of passed first time if it hadn't been for Nick!
Thank you tons Nick you've been brilliant!
Miki R from Walderslade said:
I found it very easy to learn from Nick because he made it very clear what was supposed to happen and what I needed to do to make it happen.
Lessons were always fun and there was never a dull moment. As time went on, I got to know Nick and he got to know me which only made lessons easier and more enjoyable.
Nick was always supportive and liked to stretch my abilities in order to make me a better driver and I took these challenges head on and found that I would actually benefit greatly. I never felt I was too far from my comfort zone that I couldn't do what was required and knowing he had complete faith I could do it, sped up my learning nicely.
Along with the freebies and the fact that Nick is a genuinely nice person, the result of all this is a fun and educational experience which taught me to drive, no problem.
Vikki P from Rainham said:
Nick was recommended to me by a friend who was taught by him years ago. I was very nervous about starting my lessons as I have serious confidence issues. Nick was aware of how nervous I was and was always very patient with me, and always trying to calm my nerves with his little jokes and 'brilliant singing'. I've had 2 previous instructors over the years and Nick was the only one who got to know me and understood how nervous I was. I had a couple of moments where I really doubted myself due to my own self confidence but he always told me to keep going and not give up. Nick did a free theory lesson just before I had my theory test which was very helpful too. Passing my test has changed my life and my kids lives for the better and I couldn't have done it without Nick!
Hollie K from Rainham said:
After recently passing my driving test with Nick, I would like to say a huge thank you for helping me regain confidence in driving and making me feel at ease during my lessons.
I am now a competent driver and learnt all of the necessary skills from basic manoeuvres to roundabouts, ensuring that I am a safe and capable driver on the road.
The lessons have been enjoyable and sometimes bumpy, (on one occasion driving down an unmade road!)The driving experience has been fantastic, including the McDs breakfast. (Other breakfasts are available!)I am now looking forward to my Pass Plus driving lesson with Nick. Where my driving adventure continues.