Our Testimonials

Comments from clients of Xcel Driver Training


“I was a PDI and having failed my first attempt achieving a low score with a huge national company I decided to reach out and get some good in depth knowledge and training so called Rachel. The best thing I have done, not only did Rachel fill the huge gaps of knowledge and understanding of the very difficult part 3 with hard work determination and alot of mindset change, she has made me a much better instructor I wish I had reached out sooner before getting tied into a contract with the company I am now with. If you are struggling with either Part 2 or 3 you need Xcel as long as you are prepared to match with effort the level expertise Rachel has you will succeed. The bigger companies training is nowhere near the level required to pass, Xcel provide the training needed. Don't hesitate getting the help you need to pass I cannot thank Rachel enough, she is a credit to Xcel and the profession.”

Mark Robinson


“Absolutely 💯 amazing, Rachel helped me pass my part 3 test, Rachel was fantastic i recommend Rachel to anyone wanting to pass the ADI part 3 without Rachel i don't know if i could have done this well done Rachel and thank you 😀”

Ikra Shajait


“Rachel is a fantastic instructor with a huge depth of knowledge and a very engaging teaching style but also an ability to identify what pupils need and adapt lesson plans accordingly. I really enjoyed our time working together on pdi training and her constructive support throughout. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking into pdi training!”

Dave Foster


“A five star service is what I required and a five star service is what I got! I felt the service was very professional, accommodating and throughout offered expert knowledge and guidance. I’m a great believer in, you get what you pay for and I definitely felt that I got my moneys worth and it was good value. I will be recommending this business to friends and family and if the need arises would use it again without hesitation.”

Mr Bodicote

Specialist course

“I had 4 half day sessions after I failed my S.C. Rachel is amazing and totally turned my teaching style around and made it easier somehow!!”

Andrew Machin


“Would like to really thank Rachel for her not so small part in helping me to pass my ADI part 3 test this week (3rd attempt) I would recommend anyone who as a Part 3 or standards check upcoming to get some help from Xcel as Rachel really understood the test and built my skills and confidence to pass... The standards check/part 3 master class was a great way to also meet other PDI/ADIs and share learning and ideas.... Highly recommended and thanks a million!!!!!”

Chris Eaton


“A huge thank you to Rachel and the team at XDT in helping me achieve my goals and ambition of becoming a fully qualified ADI. After a couple of attempts at my Part 3 I decided I needed a fresh approach to my training and contacted XDT. Our training together was highly professional, thorough and detailed. I went into my next attempt with a totally different mind and skill set which thankfully resulted in me passing and gaining my green badge. I cannot thank and recommend Rachel and XDT enough … whatever stage you are at and for whatever your reasons … please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and have a chat with XDT you won’t regret it!”

Paul Hackett


“I would highly recommend Rachel to anyone who is considering embarking on the journey of becoming a driving instructor, she is a highly experienced and dedicated professional who will go above and beyond to ensure you achieve success. I feel so lucky that I found her and the supportive team at Xcel Driver Training, as together they helped me pass the part 1, 2 and 3 ADI exams (first attempt) over a 6-month period. It has been a pleasure to be taught by Rachel who is so patient, encouraging and a real inspiration… she reminded me how you can truly achieve, when you believe in yourself.”

Helen Castledine-Smith


“ATTENTION!!!!!! If you really want to become an ADI Rachel is the lady to train with. I enquired about training just prior to Covid hitting and eventually met her 6 months later. I trained with her for all 3 parts to get my ADI Licence. Rachel has been there every step of the way, she has dragged me back from the depths of despair both through the training process, which due to Covid there were many and personally. I can not recommend her highly enough. I passed all 3 elements on my first attempt, i believe i owe this to Rachels in depth knowledge and support. Rachel passionately wants you to achieve and this shows through her training. With Rachel by your side you will become the very best version of yourself. Rachel has an amazing sense of humour and your training will be in no way boring!!! We have laughed and cried and i cant thank her enough for completely transforming my life! Rachel gave me confidence to believe in myself and i've been rewarded for that with my green badge!”

Melanie Clements


“Rachel is a first class, client centred, trainer. Tasked with incredibly demanding deadlines, she provided superb coaching and training to help ensure that I passed all 3 parts of the ADI qualification, first time! I would highly recommend Rachel to anyone embarking on an ADI.”

John Quinn ADI

J Sainsbury PLC

“Rachel is a highly qualified trainer who takes time to ensure that her work fits with the requirements of the client and suits the needs of her customers. She takes time to ask the right questions and, due to her own breadth of knowledge and CPD she has the experience required to work across a broad field with confidence. Highly recommended! ”

Tim Manwaring ADI

4x4 Driver Training

“I would like express my sincere gratitude to you for helping me to pass the ADI final exam. Your patience with me was amazing, your ability in getting me to understand exactly what and how to deliver the correct content for each PST is superb. I have, and will continue to recommend you to any aspiring ADI's that wish to tread that path !. Good luck for the future and thank you again for helping me with mine.”

Stuart Ziemelis

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

“Rachel came recommended by an influential ADI and, so although not ideally placed geographically for me, I decided to take some lessons with her. I must say that she didn’t disappoint! The ADI training process is very much a journey with highs and lows but Rachel played a great balance between support and a real task master! Her trainee characters and high standards pushed me hard and helped me achieve good first time passes for both parts 2 and 3 in an impressive timescale. Thank you Rachel!”

Neil Furber

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

“Completing my ADI was much easier than I expected with Rachel at Xcel Driver Training. While always away racing I didn’t have much time, but yet Rachel made each lesson very informative and worth while to get me through my test in as little time as possible. I have since recommended Xcel Driver Training as the only way to go to complete your ADI.”

Charlie Eastwood

Le Mans & Porsche Carrera Cup GB winner

“Hi my name is Steve. I contacted Rachel after I had failed Part 3 twice. I had not had any formal training from an ORDIT instructor prior to taking either of the previous tests, and realised that without professional help I stood little chance of getting through. After the first couple of hours tuition with Xcel Driver Training I knew where I was going wrong. I now realise that I should have consulted Xcel Driver Training much earlier, however better late than never. I had a few more hours of tuition with Rachel which were invaluable in helping me pass on my third attempt. Although I had a low pass score my, examiner Andy was fair and gave me some good advice on where I needed to improve. I will definitely be asking Rachel for more tuition to prepare me for my Standards check. Thanks Rachel.”

Steve Maguire

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

“Rachel is a first class professional trainer who rescued my part 3 when I was struggling, got me to focus, worked on my weaknesses and got me through the test. Don't hesitate, give this lady a try. Once again thank you Rachel you're a star.”

Kevin Pole

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

“Rachel is an exceptional trainer, she has been helping with my part 3 and I cannot fault her in anyway. So far I have had 2 sessions with Rachel and can honestly say I have enjoyed every minute of them. She breaks things down so everything is a lot easier to understand. Even role plays don’t seem as daunting as they have in the past. I look forward to my next session. Thank you so much Rachel”

Bal Dulay


“Rachel thank you so much for all of your help and training for ADI part 2 and ADI part 3. I passed my ADI part 3 on my first attempt. I initially failed my ADI part 2 as I was not with Rachel at that time, I then found Rachel on the DVSA website (ORDIT). Rachel gave me full confidence and hope for my ADI part 2 and I passed that, followed by training with Rachel for my ADI part 3 and I passed on the first attempt all thanks to Rachel. She is a highly qualified trainer and always increases and improves my confidence. If anyone is struggling to pass ADI part 2 or ADI part 3 please contact Xcel Driver Training.”

Kamal Singh

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

“Thank you so much!! I could not have done this without you. Rachel has been amazing from our very first meeting. She’s made everything so much easier to understand and follow. You encouraged me continuously even when I doubted myself the most. You listened, you gave the best advice and never gave up on me. I honestly can’t thank you enough for getting me through and look forward to seeing you again.”

Bal Dulay


“I can’t thank Rachel enough! The time and commitment Rachel has invested in me is incredible. My ADI journey through Covid with stops and starts has been challenging. However, Rachel’s positive attitude and belief in me has been amazing. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of our lessons and looked forward to each one. I will miss having chats and laughs! I have learnt so much and Rachel has gone above and beyond to help me. I would thoroughly recommend Rachel to anyone. The BEST ADI instructor out there! Thank you so much Rachel. I am looking forward to the future! 🚗🚗🚗”

Heather Bromley


“After being caught speeding, I was advised by my solicitor to attend a pre-court driver improvement course. Rachel came highly recommended, so I called her to book in. The whole process from booking, to attending was easy. I was slightly anxious before attending as I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Rachel put me at ease. I learnt a lot of tips and tricks for how to be a better road user. I feel more confident after my session that I can make some changes and be a better driver. I would recommend Rachel to anyone, I thoroughly enjoyed my session with her.”

Christine Wood

Pre-court driver improvement course

“Rachel is a very experienced coach and possess excellent interpersonal skills meaning that she easily develops rapport with her clients that leads to trust and confidence. She believes in doing the very best for her clients which she does using client centered learning techniques. I would recommend Rachel to anyone who requires the services of a first class driver trainer.”

Adrian Hide ADI

Driver Risk Management Expert

“Dear Rachel. Just a note to say my Standards Check was successful after struggling to pass it twice before seeing you. I was in a desperate state and needed the extra help that you gave me. I can now relax until the next one when you will definitely see me again. Thanks for all your help.”

Richard Attwood

Le Mans winner, ADI

“I would like to say a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Rachel for all the support she as gave me to reaching a new goal in my life PASSING MY PART 3, early this year. Having taking training with another school, spending lots of money and being told to watch YouTube and to buy books after books I did a bit of research and found this amazing lady. If I could give her 10 stars, I would. She gave me the confidence I needed but most of all she believed in me and fully dedicated her life to me “LOL” Even took time out to support me on the day of my test. I truly couldn’t thank her enough She also gave me my first pupil, who went on to pass her test, getting a clean sheet (big smile) Once again thank you very much for all your support Rachel”

Antoinette McDonald

Approved Driving Instructor

“I trained with Rachel to become an ADI from scratch. The fact that i passed all three exams at first attempt is testament to Rachel's thoroughness in training. Everything i needed to learn was covered, and later checked to ensure i had fully understood and able to apply. The main thing for me though was the assurance that Rachel genuinely wanted me to pass and reach my goal of becoming an ADI. I can't recommend her enough, and if you do decide to take the leap into this profession then you wont be disappointed!”

Wayne Foxall


“A truly superb advanced driving instructor for both our corporate clients and private customers. Always very happy when she helps provide driver training for us at Drivers Domain UK.”

Rob Morgan

Drivers Domain UK

“I worked with Rachel on fleet driver training on various contracts. Always very professional and with great knowledge in the industry. Expert in her field.”

Dave Hughes ADI

Coach and bus industry

“After my first part 3 fail my friend recommended Rachel to me and am so glad I got in contact with her what an absolute gem when I was struggling she made everything seem better and makes you believe in yourself and explains everything to suit your understanding and really nice person to be around managed to pass first time with Rachel with a score of 40 I can not thank her enough for helping me get through this highly recommended.”

Curtis May


“I took some ADI training with Rachel at Xcel and was successful in passing my standards check. I would recommend her to anyone.”

Russell Chaplin


“Tried other recommended instructors and found it hard work and didn't reach my goal.Rachael's method of teaching is another level, it's enjoyable,rewarding, and sees the instruction from the pupils side.If you want to progress in driver training look no further she is brilliant. Rachael gave me confidence in myself and I passed with a positive attitude. ”

Mark Shuck ADI

M S Driving Consultancy

“Rachel has helped some of my clients who faced court proceedings for one off incidents where they had travelled at high speeds or their standard of driving fell below that expected of a careful and competent driver. She took them out on the road to assess their driving habits, educated them on any weaknesses and then provided a report that I was able to use at court to help mitigate the offence as appropriate. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services. She is dedicated to her work and is very professional.”

Maria Moore - Motoring Lawyer

Moore Motoring Law

“I just wanted to say thank you very much for organising the driver training that I had with Rachel yesterday and please pass this message and my sincere gratitude to Rachel also. It was brilliant! I found the experience interesting, enjoyable and rewarding and it was carried out in a professional manner without being intense. All in all a very worthwhile training exercise for anyone that drives on a daily basis. I will definitely be recommending your company to colleagues, family and friends.”

Tom Sanders

Sustrans Ltd.

“If you are at any stage of a career as a driving instructor, look no further for help on your journey. Rachel has the knowledge, experience, and all round amazingness to open your eyes to this wonderful job in an exciting and enjoyable way. She is so obviously passionate about what she does, and cares deeply about making sure you achieve your best possible result. I came to Xcel having failed my standards checks due to social anxiety, and in the position of re-qualifying all over again. I wish I had gone to them sooner! Rachel took what I already knew and reframed it perfectly, while helping me work past the doubts I had in myself and deliver even better lessons for my pupils in a client centred way. Whether you’re just starting, approaching a standard check, or looking for professional development, you will not find a better person or company to work with. Do it now!”

Matt French


“I contacted xcel driver training to help me with my ADI training. I’d been let down badly with my previous trainer and was on my final attempt at the part 3. After having a few hours training with Rachel from the ORDIT I was able to pass the part three with flying colours. I have since passed her details onto other ADI’s I know. I can highly recommend Rachel to anyone looking for a professional trainer who knows her subject very well. You will not be disappointed! Rachel introduced my first few learner pupils to me for free to get me started with teaching learners.”

Jon James


“I used xcel driver training to help me pass my sc and I found Rachel very helpful. Her knowledge on the subject I thought was second to none. Rachel was always on time for the lessons and never let me down. I would not hesitate to use excess services again and would recommend them to anyone”

Trevor Fitzroy


“Hi Rachel, I just wanted to thank you for all your help earlier this year with my part 3 instructor training. I had training with a well known big school but was really struggling to pass part 3. I found you on the ORDIT register and from the first lesson you explained things in a level I really understood. Things just clicked into place with your knowledge and patience with me. You were happy to explain things over and over until I understood. You supported me on my part 3 test and helped me to set up my own driving school. Your professional and kind and I don’t think I would have passed had I not found you. I will be in touch when my standards check appointment arrives to get more help from you. Thankyou so much for everything and I consider you now to be a good friend as well as my teacher. ”

Sam Harper


“I got in touch with Rachel to help me prepare for my Standards Check. She was really supportive and helped me understand the marking system. She sat in on my lessons and gave helpful advice on what I needed to improve. I felt much more confident when the day came, and passed my Standards Check comfortably. I would highly recommend Rachel to anyone needing help with their Standards Check or just wanting to improve their instructor skills.”

Emma Hughes


“This review is for Rachel Kavanagh. She helped me qualify as a driving instructor earlier this year. I passed all 3 exams first time with Rachel expert help. She was professional and extremely helpful through out the whole process. I highly recommend her services and have passed her details onto several other people wanting to become a driving instructor. Thank you Rachel.”

Cathy Jones


“This review is for Rachel Kavanagh who owns xcel driver training in Nottingham. I am very happy with the help that Rachel gave me to become a qualified driving instructor. She is very professional and patient. She was never late for our lessons and always kept me up to date with my progress. She would give lots of feedback and send me a report after our training so I knew what I had to do on the next lesson. Her car was always clean and Rachel made sure that all the COVID-19 precautions were taken during the lessons. I passed part three first time with Rachel. I don't think I would have achieved that without her expert knowledge of the subject. Rachel is one of the best instructors for instructor training around. I highly recommend her and will be asking for her help-when I get my standards check. Thankyou so much for your help.”

Zoe Henry


“On failing my part 3 training for the first time I felt let down and lost regarding the previous training I had received which via another trainer and nothing to do with this company. This is what lead me to the dvsa page to find an ordit registered trainer, the training I received from Xcel was perfect in every way, current and tailored to my personal needs and style of teaching the trainer I received as professional and approachable at all times. I would highly recommend anyone looking for driver training be it part 2, part 3 or standard checks to contact the Xcel team, I am constantly meeting other instructors who are going through the same and I couldn't sing their praises any higher. Thank you Xcel”

Sarim Westmorland


“I had 4 half day sessions after I failed my S.C. Rachel is amazing and totally turned my teaching style around and made it easier somehow!!”

Andrew Machin


“I contacted Rachel kavanagh having failed my Standards Test. We met and did some training together, her methods were easy to follow and i quickly got the hang of what was expected of me. I would definitely recommend Rachel to anyone struggling with this difficult test.”

Alexandra Sleigh ADI

NG12 Driving School

Our Services

Ordit Training

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