Don Russell

Don Russell

Experience & About Me:

Russell holds many other records, including the most pupil passes in a calendar month… along with a staggering (73) passes in the 2008/09 season. In 2013 Russell was approached by a driveJohnson’s scout, however Russell’s management team declined their first offer, so more talks followed after lengthy discussions in a unnamed location both parties, agreed on a lucrative package.. 

According to the official driveJohnson’s website he is statistically the greatest instructor ever.

Favourite Quote:

A huge victory lies before us today, a victory worthy of story and song

Memorable moment

Signing on the line at driveJohnson’s


The driveJohnson’s team and the paying public



  • Position:

  • Qualified Adi instructor for 15 years (2001)
  • Teaching Vehicle:

  • Citroen DS3
  • Petrol
  • Manual
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 86 reviews
by Cristina Gomes on Don Russell

Had 3 different instructors in the UK and a total of 5 including the ones from my home country. Don "the coach" is simply the best. Have finished my driving licence last week (had a different instructor in the end due to unforeseen reasons) but Don was the one that taught to drive and made me a confident driver much unlike my 1st instructor. He's just the best driving instructor you could ask for!

by Kat Lygate on Don Russell

Absolutely amazing instructor and would highly recommend. All the reviews are true. Got a nervous middle aged woman to pass ready and feeling much more confident very quickly indeed.

by Oliver Gardiner on Don Russell

Drive Johnson’s & Coach are proving to be giants of this profession,it’s been one of the significant epochs of our time.

by Liam harrison on Don Russell

Dom the legend him self a god amongst men a top quality driving instructor with good sense of humor and positive attitude. Would definitely recommend

by Tenisha on Don Russell

The best driving instructor you could possibly ask for!
Very patient, lovely, and has great methods of teaching which really help you to learn exactly what you need in a short space of time. Don knows exactly what is needed of you in the test and never fails to better your driving skills with each lesson, I'm so pleased that I passed and couldn't have done it without him. Plenty of jokes and tunes throughout the lessons to lighten the mood!
You'll see me again for pass plus, thank you :)

by Alex Melito on Don Russell

I can’t thank Don enough for being so patient with me, and helping me achieve my highest goal. I couldn’t of asked for a better driving instructor!

by Goda Greivyte on Don Russell

Don - the man, the myth, the legend. I went from pretty much never being behind the wheel to passing on my first go in 6 weeks. He truely knows his stuff when it comes to coaching how to drive - even to students like me who question and debate every instruction, so that not only do you become a good driver in general but also know how to pass the driving exam. So overall you can't go wrong if you go with Don :D

by Thomas C. on Don Russell

I had the pleasure of doing a week-long intensive course with the man, the legend, Sir Don Russell. I had 25 hours of tuition with him and passed my test at the end of the week.

Don was a very calm and pedagogical instructor, whose focus was to get me to meet the required standards in order to pass at the end of the week. He knows his stuff, and knows what the student will be expected to demonstrate on the day. Importantly, Don was always in a good mood and seemed genuinely happy to be teaching. His uplifting mood was instrumental in building a rapport with me, which is pretty important if you're committed to spending ~ 25 hours of your week next to a stranger!

Don was recently awarded the 1st place out of 300 instructors by DriveJohnson's, for the most pupil passes in 2017. Well-deserved! I'll be back for the PassPlus course.

by Josephine B on Don Russell

Being one of Don's cadettes has been an absolute pleasure. He is not only statistically, but also practically, the greatest coach ever. He really knows his stuff - couldn't have done it without him, the legend. Other talents include dancing, taglines, and takeouts. 10/10, would do the 30 hours all over again!

Remember; if you can dream it, you can do it

by Valerie Palfi on Don Russell

Great instructor, good sense of humour. Would recommend to all the nervous (and not so nervous) learners out there :)

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