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Alert School of Motoring was established in 1993. It is a family business owned by Douglas Taylor and his wife Joanne and is based in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. The school services learners in Carrickfergus, Whitehead, Larne, Greenisland, Newtownabbey and surrounding areas.

Douglas Taylor or Dougie to his learners is not only an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) licensed by the D.O.E., he is also an Advanced Driver and a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (MIAM). He has been instructing learners since 1993 and has built up a reputation second to none as a professional, patient and highly skilled instructor.

Each lesson is conducted in a fully equipped new Renault Clio car. Not only is the car fitted with duel controls Alert is the first School of Motoring in the area to also offer learners the chance to have their lessons recorded on video with the ‘RoadVision in-car video system’.

A small camera is mounted between the instructor and pupil which records all on-coming situations and the pupil's reaction to them. Sound is also recorded using the camera's in-built microphone and the lesson can be reviewed in the car by the instructor and learner on a 6" colour LCD monitor. At the end of the lesson the learner can take the video tape home which will not only allow them to review their lesson but also allow their parents/partners to see how their lessons are progressing.

Please Note: There is no pressure to have your lessons recorded and is entirely up to you. However, past and present learners have said that they found it to be of great benefit.

By taking the step to learn to drive with Alert you will be receiving tuition from a professional highly qualified instructor who uses tried and tested methods that emphasise road safety and courtesy towards other road users ensuring that you are given the best possible opportunity to pass your driving test and become a safe conscientious driver.


Helping Alert promote the message of road safety is:

Institute of Advanced Motorists PSNI