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What Our Students Say About Rafhat Shah

Anton Anglin

Anton Anglin Photo Around this time last year I started doing my driving lessons with Rif. He is very calm and patient, very professional & also fun to have on my driving lessons. I have learned a lot on my driving lessons with him filling my gaps to the best of my knowledge preparing for my test. I'm glad that I had Rif as my driving instructor & honesty couldn't have asked for anybody else. It has been a great journey with him & if anybody is looking for a driving instructor i would highly recommend taking lessons with Rif.

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Ogechi Maduba

Ogechi Maduba  Photo Amazing driving lessons with Rif. He was really patient which I found calming as a new driver and also very encouraging. Couldn’t have asked for a better instructor or driving school.

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Sideeq Azad

Sideeq Azad Photo I had driving lessons from Rif before I passed my test first time with him. He is a really good instructor, he quickly taught me what I needed to know for the test. He takes his time to explain how to make certain manoeuvres, etc. He's helped a lot. He's always on time, reliable and patient. As soon as we navigated the basics of driving, he made me practice mock tests by taking me on test routes, which was very useful to me. I highly recommend you take lessons from Rif.

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Zara Evans

Zara Evans Photo I am a student and was hoping to pass whilst in Nottingham and had a test booked 3 weeks in advance of meeting my instructor. Although the lessons were expensive, my instructor Rafhat was great. He provided loads of availability for me and helped me get to know the busier roads I’m not used to and identified my weaknesses quickly so I could improve them in time. I passed first time at Chilwell with around 8/9 hours but had previous driving before.

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Claire Harris

Claire Harris Photo I had lessons with Rif who I can’t recommend more. He put me at ease and was always punctual. I also felt like he had great communication with teaching me harder manoeuvres, which resulted in me passing first time. Overall a great experience with 1st Driving and Rif.

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Joshua Saxton

Joshua Saxton Photo The instructor was easy to learn with and made me feel comfortable and calm whilst driving. Good communication and worth the price.

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Shahzaib Araf

Shahzaib Araf Photo I passed my driving test the other day, and it’s been a wonderful experience. My driving instructor Rafhat was really really nice and was a very very good instructor. I couldn’t have passed without him! He has a very very good heart and was very patient and adjusted his teaching in the way that suited you the best. I would 100% recommend him and I am going to recommend him to a lot of people as well!! If you want to pass quick and be taught good, I would 100% use him!

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Lydia Reynolds

Lydia Reynolds Photo I’ve just passed my driving test with 1st Driving school and couldn’t recommend Rifhat (the driving instructor I had) any more. He’s a fantastic teacher. Very calm and patient. Not only is he great at his job but he’s also a lovely, down to earth guy. I will definitely be recommending him to friends and family looking for driving instructors in Nottingham!

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Millan Solanki

Millan Solanki Photo The instructor Riff was really clear and calm when driving, gave constructive criticism to make me a better driver. Recommend to anyone that wants to become a confident and safe driver.

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Charlotte Weston

Charlotte Weston Photo My driving instructor, Rif, helped me to pass my test first time! He was always punctual, honest and informative in his lessons and about the test process. He was constructive in his feedback and was reliable when booking. Would definitely recommend.

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Chris Leahy

Chris Leahy Photo Rafhat was an excellent instructor, passed with 1 minor within 3 months and with no other driving time then the lessons I had with him.

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Luca Aiello

Luca Aiello Photo From the first day to the last lesson there was a relaxed calm environment within the vehicle. Everything explained was cohesive and brevity, with some tips that as a refresher course and having not driven for a while I didn't know which demonstrated the current knowledge and experience of my instructor. Thank you 1st Driving School for providing high level of instructors, and thank you Raf for being an exceptional instructor who I would highly recommend to anyone starting or looking for a refresher courses.

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Maria York

Maria York Photo I just passed first time thanks to Rif. Lovely instructor, very patient and friendly. Highly recommended.

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Olivia Wroblewska

Olivia Wroblewska Photo Rafhat was a very friendly instructor! Helped me keep my nerves down and pushed me on, helped me to make sure I was ready to move onto the next thing and prepared me really well for my test! Highly recommend!!

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Dinesh Abeyewickreme

Dinesh Abeyewickreme Photo Rafhat, is an outstanding instructor. He was patient and gave me great tips to ace the test. I passed the test without any minor infraction which is a plus for the training standards maintained by Rafhat.

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Alex Curtis

Alex Curtis Photo I had Riff as my instructor. He was very honest but also patient. His instructions on how to execute everything were very clear and simple making it easy to understand. I never felt as if I was forced to progress to something I wasn’t comfortable with however he was very good at knowing when I was ready to move onto a new concept even if I may not know it. Overall I would recommend Riff as an instructor.

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Raman Kaur

Raman Kaur Photo Just passed my driving test for the first time, all thanks to my amazing instructor, Rafhat Shah. His teaching style is structured and he teaches you to love and drive with confidence! He was very supportive and friendly. I would strongly recommend him to new learner. Thanks :)

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Georgia Sims

Georgia Sims  Photo Great experience! Rif was a fantastic instructor. Very patient and always made me feel at ease. Always punctual and great at explaining things! Passed with two minors! Thank you so much.

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Ata Bairayona

Ata Bairayona Photo Patient and Understanding Instructor! My instructor, Rif, was fantastic and really made me feel calm and relaxed during all of our lessons! He always gave me feedback and tailored my lessons to suit my confidence and capabilities, which made me enjoy my lessons even more. Thank you

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Courtney Sherriff

Courtney Sherriff Photo I've had a few lessons with Rif so far and I can't praise him enough. He's been so calm and patient with me, has never shouted if I did something wrong and has always encouraged me to do my best. He always challenges me and tries to push me out of my comfort zone so that I can progress and become more comfortable. Upon starting, I was extremely nervous about driving he helped to calm my nerves, thoroughly explaining everything and always helping should I desperately need it. I've progressed far within these weeks, more than I initially expected and I can't recommend 1st Driving School or Rif enough.

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Iosia Isac

Iosia Isac Photo Best instructor ever! Excellent good teacher, I understood everything he told me.

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Rukia Ahmed

Rukia Ahmed Photo I’m so glad I started taking lessons with this company, my instructor was Rif, I started off so nervous and scared due to bad experiences from previous instructors but Rif understood my situation and always helped me stay calm, he gave me so much confidence and I’m so greatful that he was my instructor!

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Zain Arif

Zain Arif Photo Passed happily and quickly, was only done because of Rafhat- who’s an amazing instructor. Only took a total of 18 lessons.

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Oliver Sanderson

Oliver Sanderson Photo Great experience! My instructor was Rif he was great very helpful and understanding made it very easy to pick things up, he is very knowledgeable. He was also very good with my hours as I changed them most weeks for work. They also give you a free link for the theory test app which saves you having to buy it. I would recommend I passed first time after 21 hours.

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Andrew Weightman

Andrew Weightman Photo If it wasn't for Rafhat Shah I wouldn't of passed. He stuck by me and I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to pass. Thank you Rafhat.

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Edmund Akoto

Edmund Akoto Photo Mr Rafhat Shah (rif) really helped to improve my driving and control of the clutch which was my main problem. He also helped me in planning ahead whenever I was driving. I was able to pass my test first time thanks to him.

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