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 Natalie on Paul Reilly

I had my second lesson today with Paul and before my lessons I was convinced I was one of those people who just couldn't drive. I didnt understand what to do and I would never pick it up. In my second lesson I was driving down a duel carriage way at 60! And its all down to Paul, he's so relaxed and calm which is the exact type of driving teacher I need. He doesn't panic if I stall or do something wrong and that is exactly what I need. Thank you Paul!

by Kenisha on Paul Reilly

Today I had my first driving lesson with Paul and it was amazing! He was very calm and helped to explain aspects of driving that I didn’t know or understand at all before the lesson. I felt very comfortable and confident driving with him although I’ve heard little to no experience and I would definitely recommend him!

by Morgan on Paul Reilly

Today I PASSED my driving test FIRST TIME having only had 28hours of driving, I started off as a brand new learner driver, Paul Reilly was an absolutely fantastic instructor, he made me feel very comfortable at the wheel and I felt under no pressure at all, with the help of Paul I can say that I finally have my own freedom and can not wait to see what my future holds, thankyou so much again, Morgan!

by Alaa on Paul Reilly

I am very grateful for Paul for his support for me as a learner , he is a brilliant enthusiastic instructor , l failed my test before with a different and since my first lesson with him my confidence has increased day by day , and l felt that l am safe driver , today l passed my test with clean sheet ZERO minors !! And it’s All thanks to Paul if you want to pass you driving test , be a safe driver .. l would HIGHLY recommend Paul.. thank you 😊

by April on Paul Reilly

I came to paul after being treated badly by another instructor so i was obviously sceptical about finding another but paul was amazing from our first lesson he kept me feeling rest assured he wasnt just here for my money he took time in showing me things my old instructor never did! I learnt a lot in the few lessons i did with him. Also when ever i was feeling like i couldnt do somthing he’d tell me i could and believed in me.. and today i passed my driving test!! And its all thanks to paul. Absolutely amazing guy so funny and so calming and genuine. HIGHLY recommend 👏🏼👌🏼

by Raluca on Paul Reilly

Brilliant first lesson. Really happy to have Paul as an instructor, he made me feel confident and comfortable while driving. Would definitely recommend

by Jane on Paul Reilly

I started my lessons today with Paul. Very nice instructor, arrived on time. Paul explains everything very clearly with patience. Hopefully I could pass my test with his help.

by Ksenia on Paul Reilly

Really great teacher! I passed my test first time with an accelerated course given by Paul, and my brother a sister also passed with him. Thank you Paul!

by Shannon Murphy on Paul Reilly

Brilliant first lesson, helped me understand a lot more on what I need to learn, if I didn’t understand anything he explained it so I did, made me feel more comfortable and confident getting behind the wheel for the first time. Would highly recommend.

by Priya on Paul Reilly

Safe to say, if you're looking for an instructor who is patient and understanding, Paul is the one. I had a great first driving lesson today and it couldn't have gone better, he is very supportive and always explains exactly what he is doing thoroughly and if you don't understand anything, he will always make sure you do, highly recommended :)

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