Derry / L.Derry Driving School


Tel: 02871 337812  Mob: 07599 606177 

Email: [email protected]


1st Gear Driver Academy


Professional driving instructor delivering driving lessons in the Derry, Claudy, Park, Feeny, Dungiven, Eglinton, & surrounding areas.


1st Gear Driver Academy is a premier, independent driving school delivering professional driving lessons in Derry and the surrounding areas. Our Head Driving Instructor, Raymond Polley, is fully qualified, DOE registered and also a member of the Driving Instructor Association (DIA). We provide professional tuition to new drivers, drivers needing retraining or those simply wishing to improve their driving confidence or safety skills.


At 1st Gear Driver Academy we know that making the right choice of driving school is a difficult one & that's why your 1st lesson with us is FREE. This is so you can decide that our instructor is the right person for the job . It is our aim to provide the best environment for your learning. We want you to feel comfortable and be at ease. It is important to us that you have fun and enjoy your driving experience as this will develop your new driving skills more readily, meaning you get on the road sooner whilst also staying safe.



Undecided who to train with? Here's a few people who picked 

1st Gear Driver Academy.......

 "Conor is a brilliant driver and even though the R plates are now down he is still driving as he should be - he learnt from a great teacher"  Mother Of A Past Pupil

  Sean Carmichae (Ballykelly)  "Many thanks to Raymond and 1st Gear Driver Academy for teaching me  how to drive, I can honestly say it really has changed my life. I had  twice previously tried and failed with other driving schools to even get close to going for the test, and did not think I would ever be able to pass. However Raymond's teaching methods made it so much easier and I could see my improvements each week. He was always flexible to my own time slots, and made the process as easy as possible. Most of all though, he always made sure to fill me with the confidence and believe that I could pass, something I feel I had always lacked. A top guy also, really friendly and approachable, and always up for a laugh during lessons. Would recommend him to anyone!"

Cash Boyle (Dungiven) "Thankyou so much for everything Raymond! You did a great job with me, you were patient and I felt as though you genuinely cared about my progress. You fast-tracked me within two months, which is no mean feat given how rusty I was when I started. I would happily recommend you to anyone, given that 3 weeks after passing my test, I was driving successfully through central London!"

  Shauna Gormley (Claudy)        "I don't know how to ever thank you so much Ray Polley for getting me through my test 1st go! always looked forward to my lessons and the craic that we had on the road.. never made me feel uncomfortable nor unhappy! no better man for the job!! thanks a million" 


At 1st Gear Driver Academy we provide;

 * 1 To 1 Tuition With Pupils  

 * Free Local Pick Up Service 

 * Free Pupil Training Records 

 * Free Printed Lesson Materials 

 * Gift Vouchers Available 

 * Mock Driving Tests With Scoring 

 * Driving Lessons For Nervous Pupils 

 * Intensive Driving Courses Available 

 * Theory And Hazard Perception Test Assistance 

 * Modern Air-conditioned, Dual Controlled, Stylish Vehicle

 * Friendly, Professional Instructor (calm those early nerves) 


Already Passed Your Test? 

* How About Some Further Training?

 (see training page for details)  

Our Head Driving Instructor, Ray Polley, is fully qualified, DOE registered and also a member of the Driving Instructor Association (DIA)



If you want to learn to drive, retrain, or build up your driving confidence whilst importantly enjoying yourself in the process, well then you have found the right driving school. 

Contact us today and book your 1st, free, no obligations lesson and judge for yourself.

Take that 1st step .... Pick up the phone & call Ray at   1st Gear Driver Academy. 

 We are looking forward to hearing from you....