"First of all I would like to say Thank You so so so much James! With out you I would not have passed my test at all. Well before I start my story the good news was I passed my test first time and had only been driving for 2 weeks with James. I live in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and it was a nightmare taking lessons up here as the instructors are so busy I was left waiting weeks without a lesson so I went searching for a intensive course to see if I could pass my test sooner! James was recommended to me by a friend that was taking weekly lessons with him. Before I made the trip to Greenock I was speaking to James organizing everything and booking the test before I took one lesson with him! He is so easy to get along with and is so funny, which makes it such a enjoyable experience! and I am so glad I went on a course with him, I cannot thank him enough. I will keep him on my Christmas card list! :D Take Care James, and good luck to those to take their tests through him!"
To anyone wishing to sit there driving test, my name is Jamie and I have just taken a quick pass course (20 hours) with James and passed!!! OMG I never thought it would happen as I have had over 60 hours of lessons with other instructors and failed miserably, I was even sick on my first test I was so nervous! James was always punctual, calm and collected and at all times made me feel in control. I never felt unsafe or as though it was not possible for me to pass as James installed confidence and knowledge in me that I'd never had before. I was still nervous taking my test but I instinctively knew what to do in all situations as I just drove the way I had been taught and am pleased to say I passed with only 3 minor's and at the end of my test the examiner congratulated James and said that I had driven well. I would like to thank James and LDC for making it possible. Anyone wishing to learn to drive need look no further as if I can do it anyone can. Jamie.
I had never been remotely interested in learning to drive until my girlfriend fell pregnant. I realised that I had to face the challenge head on and in May 2009 I started taking lessons with James Cumming. I was terrified of cars, never had a clue how they worked, but James was patient and slowly but surely I started to pick things up. Before I knew it I was driving around my scheme and attempting manouveres, growing in confidence. James broke things down in simple terms, which was good for me, and I was ready for my test. I passed in October, 5 months after my first lesson and 2 weeks after the birth of my son. I had a laugh with James when I had the confidence to drive without much guidance and I will always be grateful to him for teaching me a skill for life.
After driving for over 10 years on an automatic transmission only licence, my circumstances had changed where it was essential that I possessed a full manual licence. Ever the optimist I booked my test date in the first instance and then set about organising lessons (NOT RECOMMENDED), and I would urge future learner drivers to liaise with their instructors first. I phoned James and told him that I required an intensive period of driving in order to be ready to take a test in Greenock in 14 days time. I further added to James' task as I informed him that I didn't know the immediate area and would be travelling from West Dunbartonshire in order to take my lessons. From the first lesson with James it was apparent that I had picked up a few nasty habits from 10 years plus of driving an automatic, some I was aware off and others I didn't. In addition to having already booked my test at the time of my lessons I was 42 years old and had just left the Army as a Sergeant-Major after 23 years service, so perhaps not the ideal student to contend with. But, I have to say that James was ever punctual, exceptionally courteous, extremely patient and without doubt tremendously knowledgeable with regards his chosen profession. I remember at the time recalling how much of the actual lessons contained physical driving, only remaining stationary to discuss manoeuvres that had not gone to plan and to talk about essential driving matters. James managed, and I still don't know how to this day, get me thoroughly prepared for my test. From the first lesson to the last I felt in very capable hands. On my last lesson, 1 hour prior to my test, James was instrumental in ensuring my mind set was right, although having been in the military and been in some scary situations I was a tad nervous, but James calmed my initial fears. Needless to say, I passed my test with flying colours and I could not thank James enough, as I am sure the outcome would not have been the same had I not been instructed in such a outright professional, thorough, diligent and friendly manner.