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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 82 reviews
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 :)

by Sophie B on Don Russell

I was super nervous about driving but Don quickly put me at ease, was patient and encouraging and didn't fail to make me laugh when I needed to calm down! Couldn't have passed my test without his support. I would (and have already) recommended him to others!

by Eleri on Don Russell

Patience, humor, challenge and a deep knowledge of how to pass the test. Don knew when to push me and when to shut up! He is a natural born coach. The rumors are true: he really is the best instructor in the UK!

Thank you for helping me pass first time :)


by Imogen on Don Russell

I was so nervous at the prospect of driving. After just one lesson I felt at ease. I couldnt of asked for a better instructor to fill me with confidence. You can see the improvement in every lesson and I couldn't recommend him more.

by Aqib Mehmood on Don Russell

Don is not only an exceptional driving instructor but also a great personality. He provides encouragement, instills confidence in your abilities and is especially good at identifying your weakest points in order to help you become a safe driver. I passed in under 24 one-hour driving lessons and with only 2 minors - from a complete novice to a confident driver. Don's pass rate speaks for itself and his experience really is a credit to Oxfordshire.

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