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Chester & Ellesmere Port


At Steve Paddy Driving School, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn how to drive with ease. Steve offers automatic driving lessons that are tailored to meet your individual needs. With patience, professionalism, and years of experience, I'm here to help you become a skilled and confident driver.



Understanding that driving anxiety can be a significant hurdle for many motorists, I provide personalised support to help you overcome your fears. I aim to create a comfortable, compassionate, reassuring environment for anxious drivers. By employing tailored techniques and strategies, we'll address your specific concerns and boost your confidence behind the wheel.



I offer driving lessons in a dual-controlled, automatic Hyundai Kona. It's fully electric, and I only use electricity from 100% renewable sources to charge the car, allowing you to learn to drive while at the same time helping you to reduce your impact on the local environment.



Steve Paddy Driving School offers door-to-door service to your home, university, college or work address in the Chester and Ellesmere Port areas, covering most areas in postcodes CH1 to CH4, CH65 and CH66. 


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These lessons are designed to help drivers overcome their anxiety or phobias about driving, by identifying the root causes of their anxiety and developing coping strategies to manage their fears. I use a variety of techniques to help drivers increase their confidence and reduce their anxiety levels. Find out more...


These lessons and courses are designed to help drivers who have not driven for some time, regain their confidence and refresh their driving skills.


These lessons are designed to help drivers gain confidence and learn how to safely and efficiently drive on motorways.


These lessons are designed to teach drivers how to anticipate and avoid potential hazards on the road, and how to respond to unexpected situations.


These lessons are designed to help drivers who are considering buying an electric car to experience driving an electric vehicle, learn about the different features and controls of an electric car, and understand the benefits and limitations of electric cars.


For those adapting from a manual to an automatic, I typically start by providing a thorough orientation to the new vehicle, highlighting the differences in controls, acceleration, and braking. From there, we'll begin with low-stress driving exercises, gradually building up to more complex manoeuvres and driving scenarios. I'll provide feedback and guidance throughout the process, helping my students to develop good habits and avoid common pitfalls.


These lessons are designed to help drivers learn how to drive in a more fuel-efficient manner, reducing their carbon footprint and saving money on fuel costs.

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.

From My Blog

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  • What do I need before I start?
    I will only accept a valid full UK driving licence for refresher lessons. In addition, you must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.
  • What areas do you cover?
    Most districts within the following Chester and Ellesmere Port postcodes: CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4, CH65 and CH66. I don't cover Tarvin, Kelsall, Churton, Farndon, Helsby, Frodsham, Broughton nor any CH5 postcodes. Use our Coverage Checker to see if we cover your area.
  • Do you offer manual driving tuition?
    No - I specialise in automatic driving tuition. If you are looking for a good, local, independent, manual driving instructor in the Chester area then I would highly recommend the following: Lee Bunn Matt Bowdler Sandra Montgomery (Deedrive) Richard Argyle Nigel Carlile
  • Do you take credit and debit cards?
    Yes. There's no need to visit the cash machine on or before your lessons as I can take credit and debit payments in the car by chip and pin. I also take contactless payments by Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay. You can also pay online or by bank transfer.
  • Can I start my lesson at home and finish at work or college?
    This is usually possible if agreed in advance, subject to reasonable mileage and time restrictions.
  • Why drive an automatic?
    There are several reasons why someone might choose to drive an automatic car over a manual car: Ease of use: Automatic cars are more straightforward, making it easier for beginners or less experienced drivers to get behind the wheel. With no clutch or gear shifts to manage, drivers can focus more on steering and braking. Reduced driver fatigue: Operating a clutch and shifting gears can be tiring in stop-and-go traffic or during long drives. Automatic cars eliminate the need for constant gear shifting, providing a more comfortable and less fatiguing driving experience. Better in traffic: Automatic cars are more convenient in heavy traffic situations. They require less driver input, reducing the chance of stalling the engine or causing other issues associated with manual gear shifting. Smooth gear transitions: Automatic transmissions are designed to provide smooth and seamless gear changes, offering a more comfortable and consistent driving experience, particularly for those not adept at manual gear shifting. Enhanced safety features: Many automatic cars come with advanced safety technologies like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist, which can be more difficult or impossible to integrate with manual transmissions. Improved resale value: Automatic cars tend to have a broader market appeal and can command higher resale values, as they are more accessible to a broader range of drivers. However, it's important to note that manual cars also offer certain benefits, such as more control over the vehicle's performance, better fuel economy in some cases, and generally lower initial purchase costs. Ultimately, the choice between an automatic and manual car will depend on individual preferences, driving habits, and needs. Note also, in the UK, in 2021, 62.4% of all new cars sold in the UK were automatic. This figure will only increase because, in the UK, from 2030, 100% of all new vehicles sold will be electric or hybrid - ALL of which will be automatic.
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