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Don Gates


Don has spent most of his life working in the driver training and testing industry. He began as a driving instructor way back in 1984 working for a local driving school, before retraining under the British School of Motoring, and eventually going on to run his own business.

Not content to stay at that level, he became a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, passed the RoSPA police driving test at gold standard; and began to train company car drivers for the advanced tests.

Don then went on to become a driving examiner, a job which he did for many years before leaving to branch out on his own once again.

He now spends most of his time writing, using his extensive experience at all levels of driver training and testing to produce a series of books which will hopefully help him to pass on some of that knowledge to you.

Don has recently launched a website at

When he has spare time he also likes to cook, but is not yet planning on launching any recipe books!

Books by Don Gates

250 Theory Test Questions for ADIs (book) by Don Gates. Book cover
Training to be a driving instructor and need to pass your ADI test? Then this is the book you need! This study book contains 250 Highway Code & theory test questions for PDIs (potential driving instructors) based on the official DVSA theory test question revision bank. They are designed to help you revise and practise for your ADI theory test. Each practise set consists of 50 multiple choice questions. Mark the letter to the left of each answer you think is correct then turn the page to reveal the answer.
Non Fiction > Self help
Teaching a Learner Driver (book) by Don Gates. Book cover
If you're thinking of teaching someone to drive, this is the book you need. It's written by a professional who works with people who are learning to drive every day of his working life. With 4 decades of experience, both as a driving instructor and driving examiner, Don will help you to train a learner driver to be safe, confident and capable. With the help of this driving instructor guide, you will learn how to give structured driving lessons, and how to deliver driving instruction like a professional, avoiding many of the pitfalls that amateur teachers fall into.
Non Fiction > Self help
Learning to Drive by Don Gates. Book cover
If you're learning to drive, this book will give you all the skills you need for driving test success! It's packed full of useful information and all the more tricky points are fully illustrated with clear diagrams. The Learner Driver's Manual is a comprehensive guide to help you not only gain your driving licence; but to serve as a handy reference to help keep you safe and on the right side of the law throughout your driving career.
Non Fiction > Self help