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Chester & Ellesmere Port


If you would like to learn to drive an automatic car, I offer straightforward and patient tuition to help you to learn to drive in as stress-free a way as possible. I've been a driving instructor for over 16 years, specialising in automatic driving tuition for more than six years. I've helped many nervous learner drivers to become safe, skilled and confident on the road.


Steve Paddy Driving School offers door-to-door service to your home, university, college or work address in the Chester area, covering most areas in postcodes CH1 to CH4. I exclusively cover Chester Driving Test Centre and you'll benefit from my extensive, in-depth knowledge of the surrounding roads.


I offer complete coverage of Ellesmere Port CH65 and CH66 postcode areas for automatic driving lessons. I completed my driving instructor training with BSM in Ellesmere Port, becoming a fully qualified driving instructor in 2005, and gave manual driving lessons in the area for 10 years before specialising in automatic tuition in 2015.



All driving lessons are given in a dual-controlled, automatic Hyundai Kona. It's fully electric and I only use electricity from 100% renewable sources (wind and solar) to charge the car, allowing you to learn to drive while at the same time helping you to reduce your carbon footprint. 


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Due to exceptionally high demand I am fully booked and not able to accept new customers for at this time, either for lessons or onto my waiting list. Sorry.

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Boost Your Confidence


In 2020, for the first time, more than half (54%) of all new cars sold in the UK were automatic. Vehicle manufacturers have already started to phase out manual gearboxes before the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars begins in 2030.


Learn to drive in an automatic car and you'll be moving off safely and confidently from your first driving lesson. Moving off from junctions and traffic lights is easy and stress-free as the car will never stall or roll back on hills.


Simply select 'D' and an automatic car will change gears for you as you drive, allowing you to keep your hands on the wheel and your concentration on the road. It's easier to move off at roundabouts and keep up with traffic flow.



If you have tried manual driving lessons before and had problems with the clutch and gears then an automatic may be the solution for you. Or perhaps you are just not enjoying learning in a manual and would like to try out an automatic.

Customer Reviews

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Kristine Lickstein

I can’t recommend Steve highly enough. He is extremely professional, while at the same time very kind and patient.

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Ronette Harris

I would recommend Steve to anyone, he is very patient, positive and professional. His car was perfect and immaculately clean on every lesson.

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Kelly Grant

he did a fantastic job in teaching me to drive. He’s such a friendly, professional guy and really wants the best for his students.



Keep track of lesson appointments, payments and your progress record with your own personal Total Drive app. You'll also receive lesson reminders by app message and SMS.


All my customers benefit from free and full access to Theory Test Pro. Access from anywhere with an internet connection with PC, Mac, phone or tablet. 


I'm pleased to be able to offer access to Driving Test Nerves Pro online course. It teaches highly effective ways to control emotions and reduce anxiety surrounding the practical driving test. Free to all customers.


I can securely take credit and debit card payments in the car. We take all major credit and debit cards, Visa, Mastercard and Amex, by Total Drive app, chip and pin, or contactless payment including ApplePay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

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Driving an Automatic Car

Is it easier to learn to drive an automatic car?

Yes, it is much more straightforward. Learning to drive without having to think about gear shifting is simpler and can result in a less tiring and much less stressful experience. As a consequence, it's easier to focus your attention on what is happening around the car, for example using mirrors and watching out for hazards on the road.

Can you stall an automatic car?

An automatic car will not stall unless it has a fault, so under normal circumstances the answer is no, it will not stall. This can increase your confidence when moving the car away from roundabouts and traffic lights, for example.

What pedals does an automatic car have?

Automatic cars have two pedals: an accelerator (gas) and a brake. When driving normally, you should use one foot to drive, usually the right, to prevent accidentally using the brake and accelerator at the same time.

If I pass my driving test in an automatic can I drive a manual?

In the UK if you pass your driving test in an automatic car then you are fully licenced to drive automatic vehicles only. For most people this is not a problem but if you need to drive manual vehicles you should learn to drive in a manual car. However, you should be aware that from 2030 all cars sold in the UK will be electric and all electric vehicles are automatic. Several leading car manufacturers now only offer automatic gearboxes, so in effect manual gearboxes are already starting to be phased out in preparation for the shift to cleaner electric vehicles.

What's the difference between automatic and manual?

In a manual car you will need to change gears yourself (in co-ordination with a clutch pedal) to match the engine speed (rpm) to the road speed of the car (mph) as you drive. In an automatic car all that you need to do is select drive (D) and the car will automatically change gears for you as you speed up and slown down.

What are PRND on the gear selector?

'P' stands for 'park' which should be selected when parked. Park disconnects the engine from the wheels and also locks them so the car doesn't roll away - you should still use the handbrake, though. 'R' is for 'reverse' and is used for reversing and will switch on the reversing lights at the rear of the car. 'N' is for 'neutral'. Like park this also disconnects the engine from the wheels. Unlike park, the wheels are not locked so the car could roll away (so you should still use the handbrake) or be pushed (without the handbrake) if needed. 'D' is for 'drive' and is selected for normal driving. The car's transmission will then change the gears for you automatically as you accelerate or brake to change your speed.

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