Covid-19 has dominated this years headlines and unless you’ve been asleep for most of it you will have noticed that it has changed all of our lives significantly. 

In this blog we’ll take a closer look at how it has affected our industry and what it might mean going forward…

What we’ve been doing

On the 23rd March we closed our doors, along with most of the country we went into lockdown and life as we knew it changed. We stopped all of our driving lessons, put the brakes on our trailer and instructor training and also paused our Pre-17 Driving Experiences.

One of our Fleet clients managed to provide us with some courier work supplying utility vehicles to key workers across the country which kept us busy for a short period. We ran this operation for a couple of weeks whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines and thoroughly enjoyed driving around the country with quieter roads.

We were fortunate that we were furloughed for the majority and managed to stay afloat for the period of lockdown. We stayed in touch with pupils providing regular updates and working in the background on how we might reopen when we were given the green light. Thankfully we are able to get going again.

Fuel prices

Fuel prices took a massive fall, with most of the population stuck at home, travel restricted and only limited outdoor exercise allowed the forecourts fell silent. For the first time in over 15 years we saw the price of petrol drop to nearly £1 a litre, unfortunately now that Covid restrictions are being lifted the prices are back on the rise again.

Commute times

As most of us were working at home or furloughed the roads were almost empty and the volume of traffic dropped . There was no morning or evening rush hour, you could get into town within minutes and you didn’t get stuck at junctions.


There has been a large reduction in coal and oil burning over the crisis which has helped to produce better air quality and improvements on the environment.

In total, demand for electricity across the continent is down by one-tenth (10%) due to measures taken to combat Covid-19, the biggest drop in demand since the Second World War.

Car sharing

If you normally share a vehicle with people from other households or support bubbles for essential journeys, we recommend you find a different way to travel so that you can maintain social distancing. For example, consider walking, cycling or using your own vehicle if you can.

If you do have to travel with people outside your household or support bubble try to:

On your journey

Expect more pedestrians and cyclists, especially at peak times of day. Where possible, allow other road users to maintain social distancing. For example, give cyclists space at traffic lights.

Limit the time you spend at garages, petrol stations and motorway services. Try to keep your distance from other people and if possible pay by contactless.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands often, and always when exiting or re-entering your vehicle.

Completing your journey

When finishing your journey wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible

For further guidance on all forms of transports in relation to Covid-19 visit the government pages here.

It’s 2019! ????

Happy New Year to you all and welcome to 2019, we hope you all had a great Christmas, it was nice for us to have some downtime and recharge the batteries and get ready for another cracking year.

We thought the first blog would be an ideal opportunity to enlighten you all on some of the plans for the year ahead, so here goes:


After many requests in recent months for automatic lessons we are pleased to announce that this is something we are going to accommodate this year. We don’t have a date just yet as it’s still a work in progress but watch this space, a new mini automatic mini might be coming this way soon…

Another huge announcement which we have kept quiet is the introduction of our new trailer. It is currently wrapped in our Pre-17 Driving livery but is ready to go for trailer training.

What is this some of you may ask?

Well, those of you that passed your test after 1989 will not have the ability to tow a trailer larger than 750kg or 3.5T combined which can be a problem if you have caravans, boats or storage containers. Don’t worry though, we are now fully set and prepared to cater to your requirements.

WrightStart Experiences

Firstly we have a new area of the car park facility we currently use. It is a larger area allowing us to accommodate more drivers at one time and has a better viewing platform.

We have added new course obstacles such as a roundabout and hill start exercises as well as upgrading some previous favourites. You will be able to view all of your child’s driving from a great spot and we have provided some site maps to show you what your little driver is getting up to.

We have also introduced some activities for the parents or guardians that come down to spectate. If you already have a licence to drive then why not try our drink drive course, see if you can handle a vehicle in simulated drunk conditions, keep an eye out for our promo video to come.


Well that sums up our immediate plans for this coming year, it’s shaping up to be exciting and we cannot wait to get stared. We hope to start teaching you again soon!

Changes to rules for vehicles used for driving tests

From Monday 4 June 2018, you will not be able to use any vehicle (not including motorbikes) for a driving test if:

If the engine management light comes on during a driving test, and the car appears to be working normally, the test will continue. The driving examiner will tell you this happened at the end of the test.

New rules reflect MOT changes

The new rules reflect changes made to the MOT test on 20 May 2018. These defects are now classed as major defects in the MOT, and cause the car to fail the test.

Find out more about the rules for cars used for driving tests or the changes to the MOT test here.

Changes to the Theory Test

From 1 May 2018, we’ll be changing the way 78 theory test questions are worded, to make them more accessible to everyone.

We’ve worked with the British Dyslexia Association and the British Deaf Association to develop the changes. We trialled the changes with over 7,000 candidates, who found the revised questions easier to understand.

Main changes to the questions

We’ve rephrased all of the ‘continuation’ questions in the test. This type of question asks the candidate to choose an answer from a list, to complete a sentence. We’re changing the wording so that the candidate has to pick a statement to answer the question instead.

We’ve also removed long and complicated words, with shorter simpler words. This includes replacing words like ‘increased’ and ‘decreased’ with ‘bigger’ and ‘smaller’.

You can find more information on helping candidates with learning difficulties take their theory test on GOV.UK or Safe Driving for Life.

You will find our current provider of theory test training (Theory Test Pro) will update their software accordingly.

Hopefully you’ve found this useful and remember to keep practising little and often in preparation to pass, good luck!

End of Year Review and Upcoming Plans

Well, Happy New Year and welcome to 2018!

Where did 2017 go? It was such a fast year, we had loads on and a busy busy finish to the year. But it was great, what a year.

We had some amazing achievements; a record number of customer enquiries, a record high of pupil passes, excellent attendance at our Pre-17 events and also the welcome of the new driving test. It was a relentless year but full of wonderful events that kept us going.

So let’s move on to this year, what lies ahead?..

Well, we have a number of exciting things to reveal. Firstly we’re quickly heading towards the finishing stages of launching our pupil app. It’s shaping up to be a great addition to our pupil portal allowing our pupils easier access to theory training and more efficient use of our training videos. It won’t be long until we can show you some cheeky shots of what’s to come.

What else have we got? We have 2 new instructors joining us. We’re not going to introduce them just yet, we’ll save that for a special post nearer the time. But, what we can say is that they are eager individuals with some fresh ideas that are going to be great ambassadors for WrightStart and in turn help us double in size.

Finally, our Pre-17 driving experiences are going to be up and running soon and we’re ready for business. We are starting earlier, finishing later and have some special tricks up our sleeve ready for this season, we can’t wait to see you there…

For now that’s it from us, how’s your 2018 shaping up so far, any exciting plans ahead?..

Merry Christmas!

It’s the end of the year for us and what a year it’s been. We’ve had plenty of highs, loads of test passes and a lot of happy customers.

Thank you for being part of it and here’s to an amazing 2018!

Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

Driving test changes from December 2017

The driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.

The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

The 4 main changes to the test are:

* The independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes
* Most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav
* The reversing manoeuvres will be changed
* Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving

The 4 driving test changes

1. Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes
The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.
This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes – roughly half of the test.

2. Following directions from a sat nav
During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.
The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up. You won’t need to set the route – the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.
You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test – you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.
You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.
One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.

3. Reversing manoeuvres will be changed
The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor.
You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:
* parallel park at the side of the road
* park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
* pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

4. Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving
The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test – these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
You’ll be asked the:
* ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
* ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers

Watch how the new test will work here.

Pass mark, length of test and cost not changing

The pass mark is staying the same. So, you’ll pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.
The examiner will still mark the test in the same way, and the same things will still count as faults.
The overall time of the driving test won’t change. You’ll still drive for around 40 minutes.
The driving test cost will also stay the same.

Why the changes are being made

Road collisions are the biggest killer of young people. They account for over a quarter of all deaths of those aged between 15 and 19.
DVSA wants to make sure that training and the driving test reduce the number of young people being killed in collisions.
These changes are being made because:
* most fatal collisions happen on high-speed roads (not including motorways) – changing the format of the test will allow more of these types of roads to be included in driving test routes
* 52% of car drivers now have a sat nav – DVSA wants new drivers to be trained to use them safely
* research has shown that new drivers find independent driving training valuable – they can relate it to driving once they’ve passed their test

Changes are supported by the public

The changes follow a:
* public consultation that over 3,900 people took part in
* trial of the changes involving over 4,300 learner drivers and over 860 driving instructors
The proposals were widely supported by the public. The results of the consultation show that:
* 88.2% agreed with increasing the length of the independent driving part of the test
* 70.8% agreed with asking candidates to follow directions from a sat nav
* 78.6% agreed with the plans to change how the reversing manoeuvres are tested
* 78.4% agreed with asking the ‘show me’ question while the candidate is driving

Helping you through a lifetime of safe driving

Transport Minister, Andrew Jones, said:
Our roads are among the safest in the world. However, road collisions are the biggest killer of young people.
These changes will help us to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads and equip new drivers with the skill they need to use our roads safely.

DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said:
DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving. Making sure the driving test better assesses a driver’s ability to drive safely and independently is part of our strategy to help you stay safe on Britain’s roads. It’s vital that the driving test keeps up to date with new vehicle technology and the areas where new drivers face the greatest risk once they’ve passed their test.

So what does this mean for you?

Well you’ll be pleased to know that all WrightStart instructors are kept up to date with all changes and are already prepared for the new test date. To be honest, we have been delivering lessons on these new topics for years and will continue to teach pupils key skills that will be required not just for test but for everyday driving to. We strive to be the best and ensure you are always prepared for every eventuality so don’t stress, we’ve got it covered!

WrightStarts Yearly Review & Plans Ahead…

Wow, what a quick year 2016 was, it flew by before we even knew it had started and 2017 is already shaping up to be a quick one to. In 2016 we conducted over 50 tests at WrightStart and we already have 20 tests booked this January alone, crazy. Enquiries were also up nearly 20% in 2016 compared to the previous year so it’s looking busy if growth is to continue in that fashion!

2016 took us in many different directions and seemed to finish before it felt like it had started, I’m sure it felt like that for you to. I’m sure 2017 will have different challenges ahead and some interesting things to come, in fact I’m writing another proposal as I right this but I’ll keep that to myself for now.

So what are our plans and aspirations for this year?

Well, trying to top a previously successful year is always hard to do. How do you improve, how do you get bigger and better, what new ideas do you bring to the table. More importantly, how does WrightStart remain Derby’s unique driving school…

Well, we have two plans this year, one for each business…


  1. Firstly our new rewards scheme. Each Pre-17 driver will receive their very own driving card, this enables them to collect driving stamps, once you collect 5 stamps, you will get your 6th drive for free!
  2. Second is our referral scheme, each Pre-17 driver that refers a friend to use for a driving experience will get an extra 10 minutes drive time themselves on their next visit, its a great way to say thank you for sending us more customers.

So they’re our upcoming 2017 plans in a nutshell, what do you think?

We hope you like our new innovative ideas and we look forward to teaching you to drive sometime soon.

Small Business Saturday

Derby-based father and son driving school named in Small Business Saturday UK’s ‘Small Biz 100’ for 2016

A Derby-based father and son owned driving school, which caters for all levels of driver from learners through to full licence holders, has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the campaign that culminates in the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on December 3rd.

WrightStart, set up by Lewis Wright and his father Andy, has also developed an off-road driving company called WrightStart Experiences as part of its learn to drive programme. Anyone under 17 can get behind the wheel for a driving experience, in a controlled, private environment with fully qualified and insured instructors. The sessions aim to teach car basics helping customers to save time and money when they start driving lessons at 17. The company, which also works closely with local schools promoting road safety through classroom sessions, will now be among the select number of businesses to be featured by the Small Business Saturday campaign one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself.

“As a local, growing small business we aim to promote and use local suppliers in Derby and Burton wherever possible,” explains Lewis, who wanted to become a driving instructor since he had his own first lesson.

“We call on the services of local independent suppliers and promote these to our customers when they have their own cars and via the driving resources section on our website. We are all about building long lasting relationships with like minded local businesses in order to sustain growth and maintain high levels of customer service.”
Small Business Saturday is already the UK’s most successful small business campaign. This is the fourth year of the campaign, which last year saw £623m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m or 24 per cent on the previous year. The campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day with more than 100,000 campaign-related tweets being sent. Over 75% of local councils supported the campaign, giving considerable national reach into local communities.

The campaign is a great nationwide promotional and marketing tool for small businesses. It is totally free to participate and any small businesses can get involved – from one-man-bands, through to a high growth office, and from tradesmen to social media gurus. In addition to the big day, the campaign also delivers help and advice alongside opportunities to connect with other small businesses. In short, Small Business Saturday exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses.

“The British public has a great affection for small businesses and we continue
to see that grow year on year. Small Business Saturday is an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” explains Campaign Director Michelle Ovens.

“Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round. Most people in this country own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does, so supporting a small business on Small Business Saturday is absolutely personal.”

Small Business Saturday, which is a grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small. The campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation. The campaign is also supported by PRS For Music, TalkTalk Business, Vistaprint, Post Office and Clear Channel

Logos, digital banners, a social media guide and toolkits will be available to download from the website and can be displayed online or on premises. Businesses around the country can also upload information to the ‘My Small Business Finder’ on the website ( on what special events or promotional offers they will be running for Small Business Saturday.

More information on Small Business Saturday can also be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (@SmallBizSatUk).

2 Years Old And Learning To Drive!

WrightStart Driving School recently taught their youngest learner driver ever when two year old Evie dropped in for her first lesson.

Lewis Wright of WrightStart said that Evie displayed excellent spatial awareness and steering skills.


Pat’s Ramblings

Hello everyone, Pat WrightStart rambling to you again.

What news from the summer can I tell you?

Well, firstly it has been a very good summer and I must say “Congrats” to Joe (junior WrightStart) for getting A*A* in Engineering and A in ICT in his ‘A’ levels and to Jamie, our Web Designer/Developer, who got A* in all his subjects and is now studying Law at Notts Uni as well as running Webstroke, his own business.  Well done boys, very proud of you!

The two WrightStart boys have also had a busy one; ensuring pupils are ready for tests before heading off to uni, preparing school presentations for the start of term and now acclimatising to the not soo warm weather conditions with their cars.

As for me well its flown by and now that summer’s over my thoughts turn to Christmas and all that entails.  If you’re struggling for ideas for someone, especially if they’re 17 or about to turn 17, why not book them a 2 hour 2 for 1 driving lesson with us. You would be helping them to learn a Skill for Life, something which we are very keen on and also helping them towards more independence.

Another idea could be to give someone a refresher lesson or even treat them to a Pass Plus course, which can help with improved driving ability and also help to reduce the cost of insurance depending on who you insure with.

Keep posted for our next blog discussing how to prepare your vehicle for winter, but for now, I’m off to make Christmas cards.

So until next time, don’t forget #startWrightStart.


Hi, it’s Pat WrightStart again,

Just wanted to say “Congrats” to my two boys for passing their Fleet Driver Training last week.

I’m in the process of writing the next blog edition and will be doing so on my jollies, so speak to you soon folks.

In the meantime #startWrightStart


Patty Update

Surprise! It’s Pat WrightStart.  I know I was supposed to only be away for a week, but I enjoyed myself so much (ha ha) that I was given extra time off so my “boys” could entertain you with their tales.

They have both been really busy with lessons, tests, fleet driver training (nearly finished), track day learning – that’s Lewis’ baby and I’m sure he’ll tell you all about it in a future blog and of course their trip to the Isle of Man for the TT races.

What about me – well the week they were away was lovely and sunny and of course peaceful – no talk of lessons, tests, which route to use etc and more importantly, I got the remote control for the tv all to myself and I spring cleaned the house which stayed clean and tidy until 10 minutes after they’d returned and then it was a bomb site but it was good to have them all back safe and sound.

One particular thing they have been doing is road safety presentations in various schools in Derby.  This involves a 20-30 minute presentation with details on how to keep safe on the road, accident statistics etc but it also highlights the dangers of using mobile phones and other distractions that occur and there is also a game to test your skill and they also give you a quick guided tour of our website and if you’re lucky, you may even get some freebies – so keep a look out they may be at a school near you.

So until next time, don’t forget #startWrightStart.


Here at WrightStart we offer far more than just a driving lesson.   As you all know we’re unique, so unique and diverse in fact, that recently we helped coach a driver through a private hire taxi test.

Lewis decided he fancied the challenge of ‘coaching’ an already very experienced driver that currently covers over 40,000 miles per year through the requirements the test had to offer.

After extensive research into the manoeuvres and skills required, the bank of different show me/tell me questions asked by the DSA examiner he was ready for the first session, the question is, was the candidate?..

The initial assessment drive was a great success with the pupil demonstrating an already good basis of driving ability but was also an interesting insight for them as they had to grasp the technical elements of what the test was about.

The focus and emphasis was mainly on the ability to drive safely, with good knowledge of the ‘Highway Code’ and also have the ability to independently drive, something that fortunately they had continually used for their previous work.

The private hire guidelines do stipulate that another theory test must be completed and passed before a practical test can take place and so we enrolled him onto our comprehensive system in order for him to get up-to-date information and practice.

All in all he managed to pass both tests first time with ease, a 100% result on the theory paper was equally matched with the drive as he received no minors during the test, a completely faultless drive!

Lewis learned from this process too, the ability to convey information to a more experienced driver and was challenged with difficult questions throughout as to why processes and procedures have changed during the years since the pupil previously learnt to drive and pass their test.

Finally, many thanks once again for choosing WrightStart and we are glad we meet your expectations.

Till next time don’t forget #startWrightStart.

Racing on the Isle of Man

Ahoy folks Lewis here, I hope all’s well.

I’m dedicating this blog to our recent visit to the lovely and scenic; Isle of Man. We had a trip to the island to watch the legendary TT races (Tourist Trophy) for Andy’s 50th Birthday; I know I know he’s getting on a little. Anyway I won’t bore you with what we got up to and our antics, instead I’d like to enlighten you with my experiences of driving and riding on this iconic course.

Since disembarking the ferry it was like a whole different world, 1000’s of excitable biking enthusiasts raring to set off and take in the buzzing atmosphere.   As the ferry door was opening, engines were started and fumes began spreading around the hold intoxicating all within, then once completely docked that was it, everyone set off.

Bikers from all around the world, overtaking and undertaking, all with the same goal of racing the circuit that has captured all who have dared to ride it. They do drive on the left hand side on the island which is beneficial for us however some of the foreign visitors did forget to move out of the way of oncoming traffic.

We however had other ideas, a steady ride with our other instructor friend to our accommodation taking in all the breath-taking scenery.  Oh how we were enlightened with the abundance of foreign drivers and riders swarming us.

After settling in we decided to take on the legendary mountain circuit, passing by some of the monuments that make the TT so unique on route.  Then we saw it, the sign; standing proud with its flashing lights, a beacon shining to all who passed it, the mountain!

Now you may wonder why it is significant, well…a short history lesson for you.

Since the first ever IOM TT race in 1907 there have been on average 40,000 visitors each year over the 2 week period from all corners of the globe and in total 240 competitors have sadly lost their lives during official practice or race weeks so the mountain is an extremely dangerous place to be.

Outside of race times the course is open to all who visit and so the 37.75 mile lap has thousands of road users following consistently.  Further to this, certain sections of the course have unrestricted speed limits. The usual ‘National Speed Limit’ sign we see in the UK in the IOM doesn’t mean 60mph on single carriageways and 70mph on dual carriageways, it means you can go as quick as you like providing you still drive/ride with due care and attention.  If you couple this with cliff edges that drop several hundred feet with no safety barrier you may begin to understand why we were a little apprehensive.

You will be pleased to know that we did arrive home safely after a week of glorious sunshine and insane racing. It is with deep sadness that I inform you of one competitor that lost their life on practice week this year.

Fortunately there were no other fatal casualties during the 2 weeks, however many many tourists did return home without their vehicles and so caused the mountain to be closed for 2 hour clean-ups every 10 minutes.

To conclude, the Isle is a very unique place to which I urge you to experience for yourselves, I know I will but remember to take it steady out there!

Bye for now and don’t forget #startWrightStart

A day in the life of an ADI…

Morning all, “it’s one of the team” we just thought we’d give you a little insight into our busy schedule so please enjoy!


Alarm sounds, shower running, uniform on and a hearty breakfast eaten = ready for the day.

A typical day usually starts around 7am; the morning consists of getting the diary open, lesson plans arranged and reading the pupil portal. After a swift cup of tea the car is started and off to the first lesson for 08:00. Most lessons run for a 2 hour period and so the first break comes at 10:00 whilst travelling to the next appointment to begin for 11:00.

Dinner is normally spent at a convenient location for a butty, whether it’s out in the countryside, on the verge of one of Derbyshire’s local reservoirs or in a busy car park, it is good fuel to continue the day and continue on into the afternoon.

Lessons resume at 14:00 and continue until about 19:00 when it’s now time to return back to base, but we’re not finished yet!

A quick clean down of the tuition vehicle, progress cards and lesson plans updated and then job done.


Are you worn out now? Well we are, good night.


P.S. Don’t forget #startWrightStart

Welcome to the Fleet

Afternoon bloggers, before I continue don’t worry there hasn’t been another vehicle delivered we’re talking about Fleet Driver Training today.


Firstly, what is fleet driver training?

Fleet training is further development of knowledge and skill of individuals that drive for business purposes.

Why do we need this?

Well due to legislation and the duty of care companies now need to actively be providing training for their employees. That training can come in many forms; in this case it is enhanced driver training and increased development of planning, anticipation and eco driving in order to improve safety and reduce costs.

What does this mean for WrightStart?

Initially we have meetings with organisations to find out what is required and how we can help, whether that’s through writing their risk assessments or on road fault analysis, it is all beneficial.

What have WrightStart been doing?

Since enrolling onto the course both ADI’s have been sitting through classroom based sessions on the theories and practices that can be used out on the open road. Their next session involves presentations on the research they’ve collated on this topic before moving onto the final in car fleet work where it won’t be long before they have their fleet badge.


Keep posted for our next instalment but for now…


Don’t forget #startWrightStart

New Editions

Hi everyone, it’s Andy here, one of the team.  Pat Wrightstart is having a week off and as she isn’t really into cars and she’s busy doing Mum things, she has handed this blog over to one of the “experts”.

Well after all the excitement of getting the website live (watch this space as there’s more to follow) the first of the new cars has arrived – yes the white DS3 is here!

Well it’s even better than when I test drove it two months ago. I’ve had a day to test drive it before the livery was added and now once done, it looks awesome! Thanks to Hardy Signs, who are based in Burton, for all their help in completing our image and brand with the graphics.

Well how does it drive? It’s brand new, smooth with excellent road handling, clean and has great interior and exterior styling. There’s plenty of bells and whistles too; automatic lights and wipers, reversing sensors and cruise control, with most of these features being introduced and integrated in the pass plus programme so ask your instructor for more details.

Above all, it looks great in white with a black roof, let’s see how it compares with the black with the white roof, we’ll see later this week when the next car arrives. We’ll get the pictures taken, cropped, edited and then put to the vote to see what you think.


Until next time, don’t forget #startWrightstart

Thanks to Jamie

Hi everyone, Pat WrightStart here with the latest blog update.

I know in the first blog it was said that this would be a weekly feature, but the young chap who decided this, failed to take into account all the other ‘jobs’ us Mum’s do to keep the house and everyone else up and running, so please do bear with me, sometimes it might be weekly other times it might be fortnightly and if not by me then by one the ‘team’.

Just a little comment as to how I came to be known as Pat WrightStart.  I was given this name the first time I met the designer of our website.  He’s a brilliant and very talented young man and goes by the name of Jamie Ball who has his own business, Webstroke.  He’s designed and created us a very bespoke and professional website to specifically meet our particular requirements and bring you a facility that is outstanding and beneficial to your on-going learning and development – huge thanks Jamie.  Please feel free to click on the link at the bottom of our page.

What’s the latest news at WrightStart I hear you ask?  Well, my two ‘boys’, Andy and Lewis, are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new cars, so keep a look out for two Citroen DS3’s – one white with a black roof which will be Andy’s and the other will be black with a white roof and that will be Lewis.

They have also started Fleet Driver Training but there will be more information about that in future blogs.

That’s all for this week folks.  Feel free to email us or tweet us at #startWrightStart.

Until next time, this is Pat WrightStart signing off.

We Have Arrived!..

So, it’s the 9th March and we guess there’s a welcome in order…Welcome!

Firstly, a little introduction, just so you know who’s who. My name’s Pat but most people call me Pat WrightStart now, quirky I know. I’m head of administration and finance, my role mostly consists of answering enquiries, keeping lessons and the website up-to-date and now I’ve been put in charge of writing this weekly blog which is a first for me so here goes…

If it wasn’t already obvious enough, we are a local and quite unique driving school situated in Derby and along with myself we have two highly qualified and experienced instructors;  Andy and Lewis Wright, a father and son team. Both work closely together to provide you, our customers with a highly professional and quality service accommodating everyone. Read their stories on the ‘About Us’ page.

Well, what else is there to say? It’s been a long few months here at WrightStart. We’ve been especially busy having a new website in development and are now proud to reveal it to you all, so please have a look around, tell us what you think! It’s full of great features helping you to improve your driving knowledge and enrich your skills keeping them topped up until your next on road session.

We’ve also been organising promotional events and free give away products so keep an eye out, we might be coming to a location near you!

Well that’s it for this week; we hope this has given you an insight into who and what we are and what we stand for so stay tuned for our next post. In the meantime, feel free to give us a call, drop us an email, like us on Facebook or tweet us with #startWrightStart.

We hope you’ll love this just as much as we do!


Pat WrightStart.