Chris Gilbert - Specialist Advanced Driving Instructor
Because of his driving history and instructional experience Chris was selected to give driver training to Prince William, Prince Harry, The Duchess of York,
The Duchess of Gloucester and The Earl of Ulster.
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It is our view and experience that the very best people to teach advanced driving on
the public highway are Class 1 police advanced drivers who have many years of police operational driving experience, but more importantly, have experience as a Police Advanced Driving Instructor teaching Advanced Driving to police officers at a Police Driving School, such as the world famous Metropolitan Police Motor Driving School Hendon, where Chris served for 22 years of his 30 years service.
Advanced Driving Days in 2015
All Driving Days for 2015 have now been reserved and the
waiting list is closed.
A Chris Gilbert Driving Day experience is worth waiting for so book
early for 2016, we are now taking reservations from January
through to May and September through to December 2016.
Available dates for 2016 are listed below.
To keep fresh, avoid 'burn out' and to retain pleasure from his work, Chris only operates his driving days three days a week and for just two periods of the year. Therefore, Driving Day availability is limited so it is important to book early. However, extra days may be made available where safety is an issue, for example, those who need help to restore their confidence after a driving incident. Please make contact and we will advise you accordingly. A recent surge in bookings is largely the result of clients who have experienced one of Chris's Driving Days wanting to return to experience another also by their recommendation to friends. For example see the recent unsolicited feedback below.
The most enjoyable and informative driver training session we've ever received!
"My wife and I have been involved with advanced driving since first meeting at
a local advanced driving group three decades ago. Over the years, we have attended many hours of tuition and training with both the IAM and RoSPA - where we've sat in the passenger seat as observer/tutors - and with the Surrey and Hampshire Police, as well as a few off-road, track and skid-pan events.
Always aware that there's further practical knowledge to gain, we recently ordered all three of Chris's excellent Ultimate Driving Craft DVDs because we took to Chris's unique style of delivery, his mastery of the running commentary and his teachings on keeping a high visual horizon. What we saw and learned was inspirational and a pure joy to watch - so much so that we decided to treat ourselves to a Driving Day with Chris, as well.
Wow! I can honestly say we've never had a more rewarding and memorable time while training in the driving seat. Chris's calm, gentle, but incisive manner prevailed at all times, as we each took to the wheel and he talked us through hazard perception and the correct timing of the features in the system of car control.
Chris's tireless dedication to the art of advanced driving is awesome and is a testament to his skill, experience and passion. So, cast aside any fears, open your mind, listen and relax! You'll be changed forever, for the better!"
Nigel & Lynn Watts-Plumpkin, Powys, Wales - 1st June 2015
Style of Instruction
Chris has a very relaxed, understanding and friendly style of instruction devoid of any sarcasm, his manner and delivery will help to create the best relaxed and calm teaching environment so that effective learning takes place. Chris likes to create a 'mobile classroom' and have short stops, invite questions and give feedback and encouragement. He has vast experience as a driver trainer and driving examiner allowing him to quickly assess and recognise your strengths and the areas which may require some development.
"In 2010 I was involved in a car accident in which my car was a write off and I received serious injuries. I have since suffered a loss of confidence and many anxious moments when I'm driving. After speaking with Chris on the phone I decided to book a day with him and my husband came too for moral support. I needn't have worried because Chris was a charming, kind, understanding gentleman and a superb instructor, who guided me through my problems. His explanations were clear and easy to understand and I learnt so much more about driving. My confidence has returned and I am no longer anxious behind the wheel. Thanks Chris, I recommend you highly".
Glenda Brown - Lincolnshire
Advanced Driving Days in 2016
January through to
January All reserved.
February 1st, 5th, 8th, 12th, 19th, 22nd, 26th, 29th
March 7th, 14th 18th, 21st
April 8th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 25th, 29th
May 4th, 11th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th
Just choose a date and either phone or e-mail us to reserve it
Please note -there are no Driving Days
during July and August
September through to
September 2nd, 5th, 9th, 12th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, 26th,
October 3rd, 7th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 24th, 28th
November 4th, 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 25th, 28th,
December 2nd, 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 16th
Just choose a date and either phone or e-mail us to reserve it
What is a 'Driving Day'?
It is a day, or half a day, that will be tailored to suit your individual requirements and needs, be it back to basics or very top end advanced driving. The very best people to provide this service are police class 1 drivers with operational experience who have also been Police Advanced Driving Instructors with years of experience at a Police Driving School. The objective is to improve your driving skills, knowledge of driving and have answered all the questions you have ever thought of. A 'Driving Day' is aimed at any driver with a full driving licence seeking to improve their driving skills. Chris welcomes nervous drivers and those who have lost confidence in driving for whatever reason.
We have had a number of parents contact us worried about their son or daughter's driving, particularly those who have recently passed their driving test. Chris is able
to help in these situations too.
Chris on a one to one basis, in your car, will instruct, coach and encourage you to achieve your goals. You can choose a half day or full day. However, Chris is very flexible so on the day you can increase or decrease your driving time. Charges relate accordingly.
Chris generally uses the roads he used for 22 years teaching police officers
advanced driving skills, so the roads are both enjoyable and challenging to drive. There are some excellent, instructional value driving roads in nearby Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
If you would like to join your husband, wife, son, daughter, partner or friend in the car as an observer, you are welcome to do so at no extra charge.
Consider sharing a full driving day with a friend, relative or colleague. Many driving instructor clients do this. Passive learning is a most effective way to learn by watching and listening the other person, then rotating. Validating the learning is best achieved as an observer in the back seat after having driven. All UK police driving schools use passive learning with three students. However, three sharing a single day is one too many!
Half Day ( 4 hours instruction) £180.00
15 minute refreshment break taken at a suitable moment.
Total time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Please consider -
If you are new to advanced driving a full day might be too long
consider doing two half days at the same fee for a whole day.
Full Day (7 hours 15 minutes instruction) £300.00
This is also the same fee for two clients sharing a full day and booking 2 half days.
45 minute refreshment break taken at a suitable moment.
Total time: 8 hours
To pose a question or make a reservation please telephone 01753 528474 or
or use the 'contact' link at the top of the page.
'Driving Days' start from The Pinewood Hotel, Wexham Park Lane, George Green, Bucks, SL3 6AP. This is located just off the A412 between Iver Heath and Slough. It is not far from M4/J5, M25/J14 and the M40/A40.
We regret that due to time constraints it will not be possible for Chris
to travel to you.
We have an arrangement with the four star, Pinewood Hotel to offer Chris's
clients the very best room rates, which includes a Full English Breakfast and VAT. The link is: Buckinghamshire Hotel telephone 01753 896400
and mention you have a Chris Gilbert Driving Day booked.
Upon successful completion of your 'Driving Day' you will be presented with a CPD Certificate personally signed by Chris - Instructor to HRH Prince William &
All advice and recommendation will be based on the police driver's manual - Roadcraft. It would be helpful, although not essential, to have some knowledge of Roadcraft before your 'Driving Day' and to have viewed both Ultimate Driving Craft DVDs This preparation will help you immensely in allowing you to gain the
maximum benefit from your investment.
On your appointed day you must have in your possession your Driving Licence,
Certificate of Insurance and MOT Certificate if applicable.
Please ensure your vehicle is fully road legal, particularly the lighting, brakes
tyres and steering. A vehicle check may be conducted before commencement
of your 'Driving Day'
It is our view and experience that the very best people to teach advanced driving on the public highway are Class 1 police advanced drivers who have many years of police operational driving experience, but more importantly, have experience as a Police Advanced Driving Instructor teaching Advanced Driving at a Police Driving School, such as the world famous Metropolitan Police Motor Driving School Hendon, where Chris served for 22 years of his 30 years service.
Example of what our visiting overseas clients have said:
"I would like to say Big Thank You for the Driving Day that I have experienced recently! Since I bought your first DVD several years ago, I have been wanting to meet you and learn from you. Knowing about my passion on advanced driving, my wife was very kind to give me a present in the way of paying for the Driving Day, so we both flew from Moscow, being very excited and looking forward for the experience! And we both thoroughly enjoyed the Day as well as driving on the "right" side of the road, in a picturesque English environment! I have learnt many specific things that will stay with me and help me improve my driving style. I was also fascinated by the way you handled the car during your demonstration. Your instructional and coaching style was very encouraging and pleasant - you converted my driving mistakes into opportunities and demonstrated how to become a better driver. Chris, thank you very much! Hope you will have more customers from Russia
and other countries in the future".
Vladimir Leontenkov - Moscow, Russia
"I recently attended a full driving day with Chris. "Excellent" is not a word I often use but on this occasion I have no hesitation in using it. I am an advanced driver trainer and I had a particular set of goals for my driving day with Chris. I have to say that Chris helped me address all of them. His relaxed style and manner put me at ease immediately. He listened carefully to me which really helped to establish rapport and the manner in which he imparted information was second to none. I went to quite a bit of trouble to attend the day as I was traveling from Ireland and I can categorically say that it was more than worth it - in fact I would very much like to do it again next year! His expertise and his ability to explain are exemplary. His support after the day was also of great assistance, which I feel is really important. Excellent day Chris and excellent service, thank you very much!"
Colm Branigan, Dublin, Ireland.
Chris Gilbert - Specialist Advanced Driving Instructor
There are very few, if any, other driving instructors in the UK who have Chris's background and experience in driver training. Chris has been involved in driver training since 1963, first teaching learner drivers as an RAC Registered and Ministry of Transport Approved Driving Instructor. Later, as a Metropolitan Police Sergeant, Class1 Driver and Advanced Driving Instructor, he covered over a million instructional miles training police officers the art of safe high performance pursuit and 999 driving in powerful cars on the public highway.
As a staff trainer at the world famous Metropolitan Police Motor Driving School
Hendon, Chris also trained many police class 1 drivers and civilian instructors
to become police advanced driving instructors.
Chris now specialises teaching members of the public, professional drivers,
DSA driving instructors and driving enthusiasts police advanced driving techniques based on Roadcraft, at normal speed.
McLaren 650s LHD
Clients arrive for their Driving Day with Chris driving a wide range of vehicles,
including everyday family vehicles, 4X4s, Ferrari, Maserati and Chris's all time favourites, the awesome McLaren 650s and the McLaren MP4-12c which Chris regularly instructs in. However, it matters not what type of vehicle you drive, Chris has the experience and expertise to help you improve your driving skills.
In 1990 Chris was a member of a Government Home Office Working Party
tasked with updating the police driver's manual - Roadcraft. Most recently, he has been involved with the Police Foundation and TSO in updating the 2013 edition of Roadcraft. Chris currently serves as member of the Roadcraft Reflective Practitioners Group.
He taught passenger coach (PCV) driving and large articulated goods vehicle (LGV) driving. Chris also holds a DSA ADI grade 6, which is the highest grade awarded by the Driving Standards Agency to Driving Instructors. In fact, Chris has never held a lower grade of ADI Licence.
He was also a Police Advanced Driving Examiner, a LSD/RoSPA Driving Examiner and authorised by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to conduct LGV and PCV driving test for police purposes. In 1991 Chris attended a one month course at DSA Cardington and was trained as a DSA Delegated PCV/LGV Driving Examiner.
For more detailed information please click About Chris
"Good driving, like many worthwhile and demanding activities, is best approached through expert tuition, study and meaningful practice. Although, over the years, I have taken the
RoSPA Advanced Test three times, achieving a Gold pass on each occasion, I still regard myself as a student in many areas, which led me to take a full-day course with Chris Gilbert, using some delightful roads in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire. Anyone wishing to improve his or her driving will find Chris's coaching gentle yet purposeful, his explanations thoughtful and easy to understand, and his friendly encouragement an ideal way of
imparting skills. The whole experience was most enjoyable and rewarding"
John Knott - West Sussex
"Thanks for a fantastic day Chris! I have attended a couple of Advanced Driver Courses with trainers who are only ADI's with a diploma. I have now experienced with you, the vast difference there is in having a former, highly experienced, Police Advanced Driving Instructor teach me. I now know I have previously wasted my money with instructors who have no
idea what advanced driving is. Thanks a million Chris".
Bob Peters - Wiltshire