Haydn is delighted to have jointly won the Intelligent Instructor award for Special Educational Needs Provider of the Year 2019.
Haydn was honoured to be nominated by clients and colleagues, for the Disabled Motoring UK's awards for 2018, the awards were presented on the 18th October 2018.
Haydn Jenkins, Winner of Disabled Motoring UK’s Award for the Best Driving Instructor for those with Specific needs.
Haydn Jenkins from Alpha Automatic Driving Lessons Shrewsbury has been awarded Special Educational Needs Instructor of the year award. I'm very grateful to Haydn for all the informal (and free) advice he offers to me and many other specialist instructors around the country. Congratulations to him from Inclusive Driving.
Mark B “Following a diagnosis of MS I had not driven for 8 months. I was keen to get back to driving but due to some limited mobility was unsure whether I would need adaptations to do so. With Haydn I was able to try ordinary right foot accelerator, left foot accelerator and hand controls. It was extremely helpful to be able to try these with such an experienced instructor and we could see very quickly which would be best for me. Haydn clearly has a huge amount of experience and was able to advise in great detail throughout. I felt very safe despite trying new controls. Haydn also very helpfully provided a report which I have now sent to the DVLA. I would definitely recommend Haydn for anyone with a disability who needs to consider driving adaptations.” LFA FamiliarisationApril 2021
Nichola Binns“ Attended the "What is Normal" course with Haydn. I found this very informative and would like to thank Haydn for his time and knowledge. As a driving instructor I would highly recommend this course.” Sept 2019
Harry W Debling ADI“I am a driving instructor and recently went on one of Haydn Jenkins workshops "What Is Normal" which was a disability Driver Training workshop he ran. This was to improve my knowledge of training those with additional needs. Found the workshop very informative and Haydn is a great presenter. Highly recommended” Sept 2019
Amy Roberts, I am so grateful for all your help and being patient with me, particularly on the manoeuvres and for having excellent insight into the challenges my disability presented with driving. August 2019, learnt to drive Automatic with steering aid, Secondary controls, passed 1st time.
Ryan Wesley, brilliant instructor listens to what u have to say and takes step by step. June 2019, learnt to drive Automatic passed 1st time.
Lee Pollard DVSA ADI, I have worked with Haydn as about 5 or 6 years at mobility roadshows and other events. Haydn has many years of experience in teaching people with disabilities and special educational needs. As a fellow director of Disability Driving Instructors Haydn is at the forefront of the driving instruction industry when it comes to teaching disabled and SEN pupils to drive. June 2019.
Martine Thomas, “Absolutely amazing instructor highly recommended got my ASD son through his test 1st time. Friendly and super helpful.”March 2019 learnt to drive Automatic passed 1 st time.
Claire Bethell , “By far the best driving instructor. I never thought I would get over my nerves and it's taking time but I'm getting there.”
Selina Williams, “Such a good instructor; very clear, very patient and has helped me achieve my test first time! I would strongly recommend Haydn, Alpha Automatic.” February 2019, learnt to drive Automatic with steering aid, passed 1 st time.
Ellis Hamilton, Would highly recommend Haydn. Very patient and willing to go over things if you are struggling with something. Very good with settling nerves and making you feel at ease with your lessons and the test. Thank you very much! October 2018, Learnt to drive Automatic with LFA and Passed, 2nd attempt.
Andrew Wall , DVSA ADI, Experienced patient driving instructor, very well respected by other driving instructors. October 2018.
Ellise Gomes, PASSED MY TEST can’t thank you enough for all your help I couldn’t have done it without you. September 2018, learnt to drive in her own adapted vehicle with electronic under ring accelerator & passed 1st time.
Callum Black, I would 100% recommend Haydn to anyone wanting to learn to drive. Very easy to talk to and has a good sense of humour. Stays very patient and calm while teaching which helps settle your nerves, and definitely helped me when it came to getting over a mistake I made and getting over some pre-test nerves! Thank you so much! April 2018 learnt to drive Automatic with Logesons Secondary control adaptation & Passed.
Vicky Marks, Haydn is a very good instructor, puts you at ease and is patient with a great sense of humour! After multiple instructors and many years trying to learn to drive with anxiety, Haydn managed to get me through my test first time. Really recommend, couldn't have done it without him. March 2018 learnt in Automatic & passed 1st time
Jim Long ADI, "Hi Haydn , I would just like to thank you so much for information you gave me a couple of weeks ago, about my pupil who lost his lower right leg , he was gonna sit his assessment in his auto, but we decided to go in my manual, he passed this morning with all A boxes ticked and can now drive any motor, this I feel is remarkable as he only lost his leg in June last year. thanks again and I will not hesitate to ask again for help , this is a brilliant group where instructors set out to help and not criticise." March 2018 Consultation.
Alison Davies,I had 6 lessons with Haydn Jenkins. Who I found to be very professional, understanding and accommodating of my disability whilst putting me at ease as I learned driving an automatic vehicle with hand controls. Would recommend and definitely use again if needed.Jan 2018 Hand Control Familiarisation Tuition.
Peter Thornycroft, I was recommended to Haydn for hand Controlled Tuition by All Shropshire Mobility. I found Haydn to be very professional and instructive during the five one hourly Driving Sessions We had together In His Specially Adapted Car. He Gave me to the point accurate Tuition Reports. I Would highly Recommend Haydn! Sept 2017 Hand Control Familiarisation Tuition.
David Greenwood,"Haydn Jenkins at Alpha Automatic, Disability Driving instruction was recommended to me and I can't thank him enough for the help and advice he gave to me when I was looking into the possibility of getting back to driving after several years due to a medical condition. He advised me of the correct procedure and what I needed to do and following some lessons with himself identified the best way to achieve my goal, and provided me with a written report. I now have my updated licence and am about to have my vehicle adapted to allow me to drive again. I enjoyed my lessons with Haydn and enjoyed our conversations which made my lessons stress free. I would highly recommend Alpha Automatic, and would once again like to thank Haydn for his support and the report he provided." July 2017 Left Foot Accelerator, Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Ian Howalls, "I was told to try and get in touch with Haydn as he was highly recommended to me. I am happy I did as I was looking at trying to drive a left handed throttle car as my new mobility car was being fitted with a left hand throttle (LFA) I found it very weird to do but Haydn helped to relax me and got me going well with it. The way Haydn got me to get use to driving it left footed was make it a very relaxed and happy atmosphere in the car and we were just chatting and laughing which took my mind off it and now I feel with his help I can now go ahead comfortably and drive my new car without worrying about it all the time. I would highly recommend anyone to get in touch with Haydn as he will get you up and moving again with the best form of attachment you need on your car I would give 5 out of 5 for this service. Go on do it you will not regret going for a drive" June 2017 Left Foot Accelerator, Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Bradley Beaumont, Whiz-Kidz "Amazing had my first driving taster lesson at Mobility Roadshow and I loved it since then I've had the driving bug wanting to do it again (will one day). Even went out on to the set out track couldn't been any better. Thank you hopefully we will meet again." Get Going Live, June 2017
RB "After the accident which change my future I really, didn't know what to do, one of the guys from the Spinal Injuries Association put me in contact with Haydn, which was one of the changing points, he took control of my returning to driving. He is a genuine good guy, there were times when I thought I wouldn't get back to independent driving, Haydn never doubted me, his confident smile, and truly terrible jokes, made the process fun, he treated like a normal person not a Spinal Injury, he really knows his subject, and now I'm independently driving again. If you need help returning to driving you couldn't do any better than going with Haydn. Thanks for everything mate". April 2017 Combined Gas Brake Hand Controls Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Maralyn Hepworth, "It is scarey learning to drive when you have been driving for 40 years. But not with my left foot. Haydn was patient, funny and even gave me practice of listening to jokes whilst driving. Such an important skill. I hope I'll not only be confident in driving with my left foot, but also a much better driver" April 2017 Left Foot Accelerator Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Jason Davies "After finding Haydn for an Automatic lesson Haydn's a great teacher who's helped me immensely & helped me put me into shape to prepare for my test. Lots of information given & finally passing my test on the second attempt. Very highly recommended".March 2017 Jason learnt in Automatic and passed
Angi Reilly "Never thought that my son would pass his test. Haydn has been brilliant. Thank you so much, passed first time...wow.
A really patient and professional driving instructor. Reliable and my son passed first time. Excellent service" . February 2017 Liam learnt in Automatic & passed 1st time
Norma Cappaert "Haydn thank you very much for speaking to our Parkinson support group earlier this month, we found the talk very informative and really appreciated the time and opportunities you gave after the talk for individual quires and questions from members"February 2017, Parkinson support group.
Lea Bodimeade "Haydn we are so proud of Jezz's achievements he will now be able to live a more independent life knowing he can get out and about. We just wanted to say thank you he couldn't have done it without you all the best." September 2016, Jezz learnt in Automatic & passed 1st time.
Mark Johnson, "I had a industrial accident at work and had not driven for over twelve months, I was put in contact with Haydn, not only did he contact me straight away, he fitted me in to a driving plan straight away, his professional but relaxed approach was appreciated and has got me back on the road many thanks, regards Mark."September 2016, Left Foot Accelerator Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Elizabeth Powel ADI, Chair Hereford & District Driving Instructors Association,"Haydn came to deliver a talk to my ADI association about teaching people to drive with Specific Educational Needs and Disabilities'. He came across as very professional, but friendly and approachable. I went away with a great deal more knowledge on the subject, and had numerous other ADIs tell me how enjoyable and informative it was. I will always go to Haydn for advice on this subject where he clearly has a vast experience and knowledge. He has a real passion for getting people the independence of driving, whatever their ability. That passion goes as far as helping other instructors to do the same. I wouldn't hesitate to call on his expertise again. Thank you once again, Haydn."Aug 2016.
Daisy Nash, "Haydn is a good instructor because he takes into account the way my disability affects me. He is also very good at explaining what you have done wrong. He made me feel calm in different situations."Aug 2016, learnt with Hi-Tech controls, in her own Drive from Wheelchair, automatic vehicle, & passed 1st time.
Jezz Foster, "Haydn is a brilliant driving instructor he teaches you how to drive properly, he is very calm person he a very nice caring person. He never shouts and you also if you pass your Theory test he buys you a CAKE"July 2016,learning to drive automatic.
Sarah Lowe, "I had not driven for about 12 months having deteriorated with my Multiple Sclerosis, so getting in the driving seat of a car was a huge thing for me, especially now I'd have to forget about my feet and use my hands to drive. However, Haydn was sooooo patient and calm with me which put me at ease straight away. I am very grateful to Haydn and would recommend his services to anybody else needing a re-introduction to driving" June 2016, Hand Controls Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Adam Zhini, " Haydn is very friendly and professional instructor, and he helped me pass my driving test first time. I can strongly recommend his services to anyone who's looking for a good instructor. P.S. Haydn has a great sense of humour! " June 2016, Learnt in Automatic & Passed 1st time.
Amy Bennettdoy, "Great driving instructor patient and willing to help you understand no matter how often he has to tell you, Thank you so much and one day I will start learning again and hopefully pass my theory"May 2016, learning to drive in Automatic with Hand Controls Adaptation .
Review from theMobility Roadshow, Get Going live event Haydn attended, as part of Association of Disability Driving Instructors; "My 17 year old daughter has Cerebral Palsy and is unable to walk. We attended the event yesterday, Friday 27th and as we arrived early I was able to book Brooke 5 test drives in 5 different vehicles with 4 variations on hand controls. Every one of her Instructors were a credit to their profession. Their communication skills, compassion, patience and understanding were exemplary, When Brooke is in a comfortable environment she smiles; yesterday she smiled all day! As the Dad of a disabled young lady who until yesterday had only viewed the world from her wheel chair, to see the sheer pleasure and delight your Roadshow, Exhibitors and in particular the Driving Instructors brought to my daughter was immeasurable. An emotional day for me, one I will treasure for all time."
Sam Webster , "Thanks to Haydn, I have passed my driving test! He has been a really great instructor for me; very clear, knowledgeable, very patient and has made driving lessons something I look forward to every week. I would strongly recommend Alpha Automatic to any and all disabled drivers looking for the best tuition."May 2016, learnt to drive Automatic with Left Foot Accelerator Adaptation & Passed.
Deb Webster, " Thank you so much for your support of Sam during the learning to drive process. It's been great to know that he has been in safe hands with you. I've really appreciated your support through your knowledge of the Motability process and system as well as your great instruction for Sam. Many thanks and best wishes Deb." May 2016.
Steven Tompkins ADI , "A very knowledgeable instructor, nothing much he doesn't know, very knowledgeable for those with physical or learning disabilities. Has helped many other instructors understand this unique market" April 2016.
Anon ADI,"I just appreciate guys like you who's willing to help others. There's not many ADI's out there that does the job with such a passion to help others. Too many greedy people in the world that won't give you the time of day unless you fill their pockets. So when I meet a guy like you I know your hearts full of love for others. Enjoy the praise and know the truth. God Bless You"April 2016.
Cora Brown, DVSA ADI."Haydn helped my mother in law to get use to the adaptations that she needed to enable her to drive again, I sat in the car with her whilst having these lessons. Haydn was calm and patient with her gave clear instructions. Thanks Haydn."March 2016, Hand Controls Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Delphine Wise, "Very knowledgeable and helped me to achieve my goal! He has a quirky personality and there is never a dull moment. Thank you Haydn!"March 2016, learnt to drive in Automatic with Left Foot Accelerator Adaptation, & Passed 1st time.
Josh Towers, " Thank you Haydn for being very helpful and helping me pass 1st time. You're a great driving instructor." "Haydn has been a great driving instructor. He has been helpful, calm and very patient with me and helped me pass my test. We also had some good laughs as well but more serious when he needed to be. Thank you very much for all the help and I highly recommend Haydn." Jan 2016, learnt to drive in Automatic with Hand Controls Adaptation , & passed 1st time.
Will Martin, "Thanks to Haydn I passed my test 1st time with only three minors, he's a cracking instructor who was a pleasure to learn with! I highly recommend him! Many thanks Haydn" Dec 2015, learnt to drive in Automatic with Hand Controls Adaptation , &passed 1st time.
JG , "After a negative experience with another driving instructor I was incredibly nervous and lacked confidence in my driving. Haydn was incredibly patient, polite and worked up my confidence and driving to respectable level where I was able to pass my test and drive independently with confidence. Haydn is always punctual, polite, reliable and. Highly recommended!"Nov 2015, learnt in Automatic & Passed.
Cathy Alvis ,"Brilliant instruction, gives relaxed tuition whilst being professional can't thank enough for bringing the confidence back to me, ready for my start back to driving, will recommend to all."Oct 2015, Hand Controls Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Sean Browne, "Brilliant instructor very polite, professional and accommodating to people's needs, I past my test back in 2013 and it has give me so much more independence and it's all thanks to this man!"Sept 2015, learnt to drive in Automatic with Hand Controls Adaptation & Passed.
Mickey Bushell MBE, "Brilliant instructor very calm and helpful, was always there if needed to ask questions all round great time thank you for having me " Aug 2015, learnt to drive in Automatic with Hand Controls Adaptation , Passed 1st time.
Paul Loveluck, " Thank you for the report which is very useful. I have taken on board the very valid points you make, especially about the need to avoid fatigue which can lead to a loss of concentration. I am immensely grateful for the help you have given me. With many thanks and best wishes".June 2015, Left Foot Accelerator Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Cath Winston , "I passed my assessment. I've now ordered my new car. A big thank you for putting up with me and my driving. I hope you will feel better soon."Nov, 2014,Left Foot Accelerator & Lodgesons Secondary controls Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Donald Willats , "Thanks very much for the very prompt report. I felt this was very well balanced and to the point, and I am sure will be very helpful to RDAC. I will forward them a copy direct. Thanks also for your patience with me during tuition - I am afraid the Parkinsons makes me rather a ditherer! With very best wishes for the future."Nov, 2014, Left Foot Accelerator Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Clare Leech , "5 star Perfect, Brilliant instruction, calm and reassuring. Thank you so much for your time, help and support. Have recommended to many friends thinking of beginning lessons, Thanks again" . Aug 2014, learnt in Automatic & Passed.
Mary Lewis , "Haydn thank you. You made me feel like a person and not a fool. You made me more calm and helped me a lot many thanks Haydn am going to drive now thanks to you".2014, Left Foot Accelerator Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition.
Andrew Larner,Cannock, "Having not driven for many years and becoming disabled I was faced with a DSA driving appraisal in order to get my licence back as I had returned mine thinking I would not drive again I had quite a few lessons with Haydn to refresh driving skills I was extremely nervous about taking the appraisal but with encouragement from Haydn I got 9A's and 2B's so I'm grateful to him and now awaiting my licence thanks mate, you really helped me" Jan, 2014, Hand Controls, Adaptation Familiarisation Tuition for DVLA/DSA Driving Appraisal, Passed 1st time, Andrew travelled form Cannock, as there was no one local to help him.
Harry P, "Haydn from ALPHA taught me to drive he was always on time, friendly and good at what he does, H like me has a spinal injury so is very understanding there is a word but can remember what it is. He help me through the test and after, he gave me mobility now I don't need to ask someone to drive me, he is a top man. Have all adaptations for people with disability. On the day of my test he turned up early and made sure he knew how to put my wheelchair together, he always had time for me and never rushed me at beginning or end of lesson".2013, learnt to drive automatic with Hand Controls, Passed 1st time.