About Us

Diamond Drive has been established for over 20 years. My name is Russ Baker and I am a fully Qualified, Grade A (Higher Grade- January 2020), male driving instructor with over 24 years experience. My tuition vehicle is a 17 Plate New Shape Ford Fiesta Zetec which has a manual 6 speed gear box and is also fitted with He-Man dual-controls, a rear facing camera to help with reversing and I also use dash cams and a TomTom Sat Nav.

I can do Lessons in the following areas.

Totton, Ashurst, Calmore, Netley Marsh, Totton, Eling, Bartley, Testwood, Woodlands, Cadnam, Copythorne, Ower, Lyndhurst, Marchwood, Lordshill, Maybush, Rownhams, Nursling, Redbridge, Shirley, Southampton, Freemantle, Millbrook.

I can also do lessons in the following areas but due to the distance from suitable training areas, lessons must be of at least 90 minutes duration.

  Dibden Purlieu, Hythe, West Wellow.

You also need to be aware that I only use the Test Centre at Maybush

You can be guaranteed expert tuition for the basic driving test and I also offer advanced driving lessons and Pass Plus lessons, which could entitle you to a discount off your motor insurance.

You will receive structured lessons covering the complete syllabus and also be given plenty of theory test preparation, including hazard perception that has now been introduced into the theory test. I also offer training in Independent Driving which is also now part of the practical driving test. I also offer free access to Theory Test Pro, an on-line learning resource. I will also undertake Mock Driving Tests which will fully prepare you for the big day.

Once again, I am a fully Qualified Instructor (plenty of Instructors teaching at the moment are Trainees), and I have signed the DSA'sVoluntary Code of Practice and have been CRB checked by the Police .

Brief History

Diamond Drive began over 19  years ago and at its peak employed 15 Instructors.

The partners of the company are Russ Baker and Lisa Dockree who are brother and sister.  Lisa qualified to be a Driving Instructor in 1992 and worked for a local driving school. 
While she was working she also had the task of training Russ to qualify as an Instructor - Russ qualified in October 1995 and they then decided to set up a company between them and they settled upon the name of "Diamond Drive". 


I have become very well known in the local area for the competitive prices, my quality of instruction and also my reliability. Many of my clients have recommended their friends and relatives to also learn with me. Over the years I have gained an excellent reputation and tremendous respect from all the Examiners at the Maybush Driving Test Centre which is the only test centre that I now use.

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Diamond Drive (As seen on TV)


The above two photographs were taken in 2005 when Diamond Drive was approached by the BBC and were asked to feature in a television programme called Driving School. Filming took place over a number of weeks and various lessons and the driving test itself was filmed by a number of cameras.

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Claim to Fame


Over the years Diamond Drive has taught thousands of people to drive including local celebrities. Pictured above is the BBC South Today reporter and News Reader, Laura Trant, who passed her test with Russ.



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Jimmy Cooper, a very talented and well known local Boxer from West Wellow. Jimmy was taught by Russ

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Justin Rose (Shown Above) the World Famous Golfer was taught to drive by Lisa

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Ex Saints Player Kevin Gibbens was taught by Russ

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Jonathon Dibben, from Totton,the very talented local Cyclist who competed for Great Britain at the Euros, is  now part
of the men’s endurance squad.

The 19-year-old has now established himself as a regular member of the British team will be hoping to further boost his status when the opening World Cup of the season takes place in  November 2013

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Pictured above is the Local Band 'Forever Can Wait'. Russ taught

Liam to drive. He is 2nd from the left.

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Tom Jenkins from Totton learnt with Russ. After starting his career at AFC Bournemouth, as a Physio, Tom has recently joined Notts County Football Club.

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