What Happens on a Driving Test?

What Happens on a Driving Test?

In this in depth article we look at the driving test and what happens. That way you are prepared when you arrive at the test centre with your instructor, or even if you’ve learned with family.

Read More
DVSA Strike Action – Feb 2024

DVSA Strike Action – Feb 2024

The PCS Union has announced the dates of previously voted strike action which will affect driving tests in Sheffield.

Read More
How to Handle Buses

How to Handle Buses

We look at how to drive around buses and coaches on the roads around Sheffield.

Read More
Fuel Sources – Petrol, Diesel, Gas or Volts?

Fuel Sources – Petrol, Diesel, Gas or Volts?

In this article we go from Petrol to Electricity in a look at the different fuel sources available to car owners.

Read More
September 2023 Price Reveiw – Changes to Lesson Pricing.

September 2023 Price Reveiw – Changes to Lesson Pricing.

In response to lower than expected costs, Nick Smith has lowered the cost of driving lessons during the week at RPS Driven Electric.

Read More

Nicholas Smith ADI

Nick Smith fully qualified as an Approved Driving Instructor in August of 2021 after five months as a trainee instructor with a national driving school. In October of 2022 he began the process of splitting from that national school and set up Steel City Driver Training with the aim of providing a better service for customers and instructors alike.

Nick has embraced the DVSA’s preferred Client Centred Learning. This means that from the earliest possible stage Nick will work with you to decide the way your driving lessons should be structured.

This extends to instructor training too. Nick firmly believes in practicing what he preaches and agrees a training structure which suits the candidate.

Nick teaches automatic only in a 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric. The decision was made to switch to electric because Nick feels it’s vital that someone doing high milage, such as a driving instructor, should do all they can to minimise their impact on the environment. A namer of cars, Nick calls his Hyundai Eva.

Nick also serves as a committee member for the Sheffield & District Driving Instructors Association and manages their website.

Nick Out of the Car.

Away from the driving school, Nick is a keen follower of motorsport. In fact Nick has been a member of the Intelligent Money British GT Championship press pack for over a decade and also runs the British Sportscar Podcast. A keen photographer, he also shoots as many race meetings as he can a year.

Before becoming an instructor Nick worked for 10 years as a truck driver, travelling all over the UK at the wheel of an articulated lorry. During the motorsport off season, he turns his photographic habit on the trucks and other commercial vehicles of Sheffield and the peaks.

Since switching to an electric tuition car, he has also become a bit of an EV evangelist and is an active member of the Yorkshire EV Club.

When not working at driving instructing, photographing, podcasting or website building, Nick is an avid gamer. He prefers racing games and simulators and can often be found at night plowing a virtual field or delivering a virtual lorry load of stuff.

Sheffield & District Driving Instructors Association Member


ADI Number:

ADI Grade:


Tuition Vehicle:

Waiting List:

Services Offered:

Nicholas Smith




2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

Immediate Availability

Automatic Driving Lessons
Refresher Driving Lessons
Motorway Driving Lessons
DVSA Pass Plus
Driving Instructor Training
Driver CPC Training
Theory Test Support
Test Nerves Specialist
Specific Educational Needs
Emergency First Aider

Areas Covered

Sheffield S2 – Abourthorne, Heeley, Highfield, Manor, Norfolk Park, Wyborn, Park Hill, Castlebeck, Deep Pit, Cutler’s View, Lowfield, Heeley Green, Newfield Green, Parkway.
Sheffield S7 – Abbeydale, Carter Knowle, Nether Edge, Millhouses, Beuchief.
Sheffield S8 – Batemoor, Beuchief, Greenhill, Jordanthorpe, Lowedges, Meersbrook, Norton, Norton Lees, Woodseats, Meadowhead.
Sheffield S12 – Birley, Gleedless, Gleedless Town End, Frecheville, Hackenthorpe, Intake, Ridgeway, Hollinsend, Highlane.
Sheffield S13 – Fence, Handsworth, Orgreave, Richmond, Woodhouse, Woodhouse Mill, Normanton Spring, Woodthorpe.
Sheffield S18 – Coal Aston, Dronfield, Dronfield Woodhouse, Holmesfield, Unstone.
Sheffield S20 – Beighton, Crystal Peaks, Halfway, Mosborough, Owlthorpe, Sothall, Waterthorpe, Westfield, Plumbley, Holbrook.
Sheffield S21 – Eckington, Killamarsh, Renishaw, Spinkhill, Marsh Lane, Troway, Middle Handley, West Handley.
Sheffield S26 – Aston, Aughton, Harthill, Kiveton Park, Swallownest, Todwick, Wales, Waleswood, Woodall, Ulley.

WhatsApp Us
💬 Chat with Steel City Driver Training
Hello 👋

Welcome to Steel City Driver Training. Please let us know how we can help.

Please understand that if you message during a lesson, we won't be able to respond straight away but we will get back to you.