Paul Reilly

Paul Reilly

Experience & About Me:

I decided to pursue a career in driving instructing at the end of 2014. I was about to be laid off from my full time job and I remember asking my daughter Ellie at the time. “What should I be doing Ell??” She said to me “Isn’t it obvious Dad? I watch you on a Monday and a Tuesday night. It’s the only time of the week that you come alive and I see you smiling”…

Let me explain… I have been teaching kids and adults Karate for years on Monday and Tuesday nights. I have studied really hard and spent years of dedication and practice to get my 2ND Dan Black belt as well as my senior instructors licence. I’ve also taught in the workplace where I’ve been employed since 1989.. I realised when Ell spoke to me, I have been teaching for most of my grown up life and I love it!!

So I have spent the time and dedication to do all the studying and pass all the tests so I can produce the drivers of tomorrow. But that’s not enough for me. Want someone to teach you just enough to get a Theory Test pass and to pass a 40 minute odd driving test on one day?? Then that’s not me. I believe in teaching you all the stuff you need to know to make sure you have the skills to drive safely and considerately for the rest of your life.

I’ve been teaching learner drivers for the last few years but only as a qualified instructor since April 17.

All the feedback from my students and their parents is fantastic. Everyone says how much more they have learned in just a couple of hours with me then hours and months with other instructors. That’s because I take the decision to turn you into a safe driver who I would trust with my Ell in the car as a passenger very seriously.

You will read all about the test passes with me on here soon enough. But if you want to become a safe driver, and a great driver in Leicestershire, then the team at driveJohnson’s will put us together.

Favourite Quotes:

“If it is to be… Then it’s up to me.”

“Today is a gift, tomorrow is never guaranteed. Make the very most of each day…”

“Dream it, see it, do it.”

Memorable moment

“Well that’s the end of the part three instructional ability driving test. I am pleased to tell you that you have passed”

I remember thinking right then, and in the words of the new Sherlock.. “The game… is on…”


The moment the learning light goes on! The client gets it, understands it, and feels ready to have a crack at doing it. It’s the part when you know it’s because you found a way to show it, tell it, or do it in a way that they understood when others couldn’t get it across.


When the headlight flashing, horn tooting, pass you on the wrong side of the road maniac forgets they were in a car with L plates once and I bet they stalled or hesitated…

  • Position:

  • Fully qualified instructor
  • Teaching Vehicle:

  • Hyundai i20
  • Diesel
  • Manual
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by Lindzi on Paul Reilly

I really enjoyed my 1st lesson with Paul, he made me feel relaxed and at ease, i can't wait for my next lesson, thank you so much Paul

by Callum Smith on Paul Reilly

Great Instructor! Passed first time round and couldn’t be happier with the service he provides. Very infomative and was great every lesson. I would recommend to anyone.

by Paul carson on Paul Reilly

Had my first lesson with paul, very comfortable and very informative and highlighted my weakness's really quickly and also started to change those weakness's into strengths very quickly to, excellent lesson from a excellent instructor.....can't wait for the next one..

by Gracey on Paul Reilly

Good instructor with knowledge. I like when i get in the car and tell me to talk him through what I'm doing. I have to make sure that car is secured before setting mirrors it is a fan to learn with Paul.I believe anyone learn with Paul will became good drivers. I realy recommend Paul to anyone

by Chantelle on Paul Reilly

I had my first lesson with paul last weekend and was absolutely terrified... he put me completely at ease and helped me with everything at my own pace, i felt i was at my rate of learning and it was ok to make a mistake... looking forward to continuing my lessons with paul and hopefully we will see a pass sheet before we know it :)

by Callum Smith on Paul Reilly

Had my first block of lessons with Paul yesterday, learnt an unbelievable amount. Friendly and doesn’t put the pressure on at all, let’s you learn at your own pace but is constantly trying to help you learn. If you need an instructor, this is the man!

by Morgan on Paul Reilly

I had my first ever lesson with Paul the other day and the amount of progress I achieved was unbelievable, I was only expecting to be doing a few manoeuvres on an empty piece of land somewhere but I did so much more such as parking, turning on a roundabout and driving lots, I had a few nerves at the start but they soon passed when I was in the drivers seat being reassured by Paul, he put me at rest and helped me immensely, I would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to learn how to drive, especially first timers!

by Brittany Stephens on Paul Reilly

Amazing first lesson with Paul. I’ve learnt more in this 1 lesson than I have in the 16 I had before. I feel confident calm and in control learning with Paul and I’m 100% sure I will pass after receiving his instruction. I’m not only learning how to pass my driving test I’m learning how to keep myself safe once I am driving in everyday life. Couldnt be more happy !!!

by Pete Leach on Paul Reilly

5 stars for Paul Amazing Guy Highly Recommended

by Jemma on Paul Reilly

To begin with I was quite an anxious driver and didn't have a lot of confidence, but that changed after taking lessons with Paul! I found his lessons to be very informative as any information he gave to me or any questions I asked resulted in well educated answers. He identified things/areas I wasn't so good at and coached me properly on how I could do a better job next time. He let me progress at my own pace and didn't get annoyed or angry with me if things did go wrong, so I didn't feel too bad about making mistakes!

As a result of everything, I'm a much calmer and more confident driver and I passed first time! Thank you very much! :)

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