I was made redundant in 2012 and decided to make a complete career change to become a driving instructor. I started and completed my training with Ian at Elite. Its one of the best decisions I've ever made; it's such a great feeling seeing my pupils transform from nervous wrecks on their first lesson to jumping around ecstatically with a test pass certificate in their hand!
I am a calm and patient person and aim to make each lesson fun and stress free to prepare you for a safe and confident driving career. As each person learns differently I tailor each lesson to suit your learning style at your pace.
In my spare time I like to run to keep fit, read and watch films. I'm also a volunteer with St John Ambulance and am training to become a community first responder.
Luke Bishop, Caterham, Surrey
"Learning to drive with Karen really helped me and she was always patient with my whenever. I felt confidence when she was confident in me and now I have passed my test. Thank you Karen!"
16 June 2022
Megan Cameron, South Nutfield, Surrey
"I highly recommend Elite and my driving instructor Karen. She is calm and friendly. Despite the pandemic, I passed my test first time with only one fault. That is due Karen's teaching. She explains things thoroughly and in a way that is easy to understand for beginner drivers. She really helped to build my confidence and made sure a faced a variety of different scenarios whilst driving. I really recommend her to anyone who want to learn to drive."
16 May 2021
Adam Barber, Redhill, Surrey
"Karen was lovely and friendly from the first lesson I had, she made me feel relaxed and at ease considering this is a very stressful time. She always gave me excellent advice in terms of how I can improve which also helped on my test. I would highly reccommend Karen. Thank you for helping me pass my test- I could not have done it without you."
01 February 2020
Andreas Lewis, Reigate, Surrey
"I passed my driving test just over a week ago with just 3 minors after great tuition from Karen Weighall. I began lessons at the beginning of July never having driven before to becoming a confident and safe driver with Karen. I had 2 hour weekly lessons and she was always very flexible with times and was willing to pick me up from college after the summer holidays. She was always very patient and friendly and had some very useful driving technique tips. I would like to thank Karen for helping me pass my test first time and once again I would highly recommend her tuition."
03 October 2019
Pamela N, Redhill, Surrey
"I had already began driving lessons with another company but left due to bad service/driving instructor and took a break. Few years later decided to complete my driving and I found Elite Driving School on the off-chance and I was very pleased with my driving instructor Karen Weighall. I took lessons with her and also passed my practical test with Karen. She is very calm, flexible with lessons/time. She is also supportive, patient especially being a nervous person, friendly and gave very helpful tips with routes/driving techniques and I thank you so much Karen for helping me pass my driving!"
30 August 2019
Joseph Coll, Redhill, Surrey
"I passed my test with Karen as my instructor. She is patient, friendly, calm and gave very helpful and specific advice on areas of driving in which I was insecure. Thank you so much!"
28 August 2019
Mia Ramnanansingh, Reigate, Surrey
"I recently passed my test following lessons with Karen and I would highly recommend her as an instructor. She was very patient and supportive."
14 July 2019
Alice Watkins, Brockham, Surrey
"I passed my test this week and I am so grateful to my instructor Karen Weighall for her patience and encouragement in helping me pass! I was a very nervous learner but Karen really puts you at ease and she is so easy to get on with. Would highly recommend Karen as an instructor - I couldn't have done it without her!"
16 December 2018
Kainaat Achhwa, Redhill, Surrey
"I passed my test yesterday with Karen. She is an extremely friendly instructor, very professional and makes you feel at ease at all times whilst boosting confidence. Would highly recommend her, thanks again Karen!"
11 December 2018
Preethy Anil, Redhill, Surrey
"I started driving lessons with my instructor Karen few months ago , with some driving skills. She is very calm and has got lots of patience for you, is very flexible with the times too. I passed my test with the support and thoughtful lessons from Karen. The lady on the phone was helpful as well. Overall I had good service and quality lessons from Elite and I would recommend it to anyone."
06 September 2018
Keira Campbell, Horley, Surrey
"I would highly recommend Karen. I passed my test only a few weeks after starting them up. She explained everything thoroughly and the lessons never had a dull moment. Thank you Karen :)."
17 August 2018
Tshering Shrepa, Crawley, West Sussex
"Karen and Pierre Luigi were my instructors and they are just absolutely amazing. So kind and cooperative and they definitely make the student feel comfortable while learning. Thank you again."
16 June 2018
Laura Barker, Caterham, Surrey
"My instructor Karen was a very good driving instructor as she was very calm and patient if you got something wrong or didn't understand something and she explained things really well about what you had to do. I would recommend Karen and elite driving school as they are very good and I really enjoyed my lessons and I am now confident with my driving and thank you for helping me pass my test. I chose to rate elite driving school as exceptional as they are very good. I really enjoyed my lessons."
07 April 2018
Charlotte Martyn, Carshalton, Surrey
"Karen was an amazing instructor to learn with, she's very easy to get on with. Very calm in the car, and has lots of patience. I learnt for around 7 months. Doing one lesson a week, and passed first time, but that was due to Karen's thorough teaching and knowledge of local roads. If you want an instructor that u'll feel instantly comfortable around, then I highly recommend learning with Karen."
01 October 2017
Lucy Goldfinch, Sutton, Surrey
"Just passed my test after lessons with Karen. She was extremely patient with me, explained everything as many times as I needed and made me feel relaxed during the lessons. Thank you Karen!"
12 July 2017
Mary Watkins, Redhill, Surrey
My instructor is Karen Weighhall. Karen is a excellent instructor, very calm and patient and friendly, Karen always puts you at ease and makes learning to drive a real pleasure. Karen is wonderful and I would recommend Karen to everyone wanting to learn to drive. Huge thank you to Karen for teaching me to drive and for always being so lovely and patient.
30 June 2017
Charlotte Horn, Reigate, Surrey
"Hello My instructor was Karen W and honestly it made my experience so much better especially with Elite Driving. She is a wonderful teacher and made me feel so confident in driving! Would and have already recommended Elite Driving and Karen to my friends and family."
19 May 2017
Liam O'Shea, Kenley, Surrey
Recently passed first time after great tuition from Karen. She was patient and professional, and I felt she quickly gauged my level of progress, taking things at the right pace through my lessons, putting me at ease and giving me the confidence to pass and get out on the road on my own. The service was also very flexible, allowing me to fit the lessons in around work and a young family as I needed to. I have already recommended Elite and Karen in particular twice since passing, once to family and once to a friend, and would not hesitate to do so again.
03 April 2017
More of Karen's Testimonials
Karen W. Was a great instructor. She was very patient, helpful and supportive. Thank you so much Karen."
Jana Bartanusova, Redhill, Surrey
29 December 2016
"Karen was amazing. She was so supportive and took me on all sorts of roads which helped me gain confidence quickly. I was pleased to have passed in under 8 months."
Victoria Wilson, Caterham, Surrey
21 September 2016
"Karen is very dedicated, meticulous and sincere instructor with lots of patience. In my passing the driving test in first attempt all credit goes to her guidance and exceptional support she provided me. She is very punctual and co-operated a lot with me to accommodate my weekly schedule. I will very highly recommend her as an experienced and skilled driving instructor. Thanks a Million Karen."
Mrs Nida Kha, Redhill, Surrey
14 September 2016
"I had Karen as my driving instructor and it turned out to be a fantastic choice, she was very patient with me and very thorough with explaining each section. Highly recommend."
Harry Berghofer, Reigate, Surrey
24 May 2016
"I was with ELITE just 2 months but my instructor, Karen, taught me to drive safely and the most important thing she gave me confidence on the roads. I am very grateful to my instructor, thank you Karen! I could not do it without you! Definitely go with ELITE and Karen and you will pass first time!"
Natalia Lotca, Caterham
20 April 2016
"Karen was great, she helped me with all my weak points and had me up to scratch driving. I would definitely recommend Elite Driving School."
Marta Bartocha, Redhill, Surrey
21 February 2016
"My driving instructor, Karen, is the most patient and calm instructor. Was very blessed to have her teach me and I have learnt great and important skills. Went from being petrified of the road and country lanes to being a more confident and careful driver. Even had to teach my twin how to parallel park as my instructor explained it in the simplest of term and manoeuvres have been mastered. Thanks Karen and Elite driving school. "
Emma Odih, Reigate, Surrey
05 February 2016
"Karen was a great instructor, very friendly, professional and most importantly extremely patient. Really enjoyed learning with her from the very first day when I was really nervous to be on the driving seat. She made me comfortable during all the lessons. I highly recommend her. Thank you so much Karen."
Zirwa Tul huda, Coulsdon, Surrey
10 November 2015
"I have rated Elite Driving School 5 stars for each heading as I found learning to drive with them a lovely experience. I learnt with Karen Weighall and I felt she gave me the confidence I needed to become a successful driver. I really enjoyed every second of learning as Karen was friendly and supportive. I thought the use of the progress card helped me to see what I needed to work on so I could improve ready for my test. With Elite I managed to pass first time! I would definitely recommend them to my friends! "
Elizabeth Sporle, Croydon, Surrey
08 November 2015
"KAREN- Professional, friendly, patient, with excellent knowledge and heart of gold. We had great time during the lessons full of professional advices and also fun and great atmosphere. Karen was really really patience with me and let me feel confident. I passed my practical driving test on 6 of August just before my holiday. After the exam I received my driving licence just in 6 days, and I could enjoy my holiday with my new driving licence. It is great feeling to be finally independent. Thank you so much Karen, you are simply the best."
Evelin Eve, Redhill, Surrey
18 September 2015
"I just pass in my first driving test on Thursday !! Thank you Karen for your patience , support you are great !!! If I could I will give 10 stars !!!! I really recommend !!!"
Fernanda, Reigate, Surrey
01 August 2015
So happy I chose to learn with Elite driving school, it got me the results I wanted!!"
Cullum Dunning, Wallington, Surrey
09 July 2015
"Karen- what an amazing instructor! I have never met another person with the levels of patience she had. I began my driving lessons as a bundle of nerves that wouldn't go faster than 20mph. However, Karen didn't rush me and allowed me to progress at my own pace, resulting in me passing my driving test first time! I cannot thank Karen enough, she is such a brilliant instructor and I would recommend her to anyone! "
Chloe Phillimore, Caterham, Surrey
06 July 2015
"My experience with Elite has been very positive, from the moment I called to book my first driving lesson through to passing the practical test. My instructor, Karen, is a great teacher and I couldn't have done it without her. Having had 2 previous driving instructors prior to signing up with Elite, I was ecstatic to find a caring and efficient instructor. I would highly recommend Karen to anyone wanting to get their driving license and Elite as a company. "
Yazmin King, Redhill, Surrey
12 February 2015
"Karen was a great instructor very patient, calm and reassuring, Would definitely recommend."
Halle Wyatt, Wallington, Surrey
23 December 2014
"I was taught by Karen, she has to be the most patient person I have ever met, I could not have passed my test without her. I will definitely be recommending Karen and elite driving school. Thank you Karen x."
Candice McGowan, Horley, Surrey
01 November 2014
"I had Karen, she is the best instructor. She is so patient and nice, made lessons enjoyable and wouldn't have been able to pass without her. Made me confident at driving. Thank you Karen!!"
Ashaduz Zaman, Redhill, Surrey
25 September 2014
"Karen was a great instructor, from my first to my last lesson she was always very calm and helpful; when I had a question she always knew how to answer it. I felt I could be confident whilst learning with elite and Karen as my instructor and this confidence showed whilst I was taking my driving test. I highly recommend elite driving school as they are incredibly professional and positive."
Natasha Burgess, Redhill, Surrey
01 July 2014
"Could not have asked for anything more from Karen. A relaxed and friendly instructor, who not only has the largest amount of patience I have ever seen in a human being, but also made the lessons fun and light-hearted whilst still being very productive. An instructor that is highly skilled and time flexible yet also has a great sense of humour is a perfect combination and that is what I found. Thank you so much Karen and thank you Elite Driving!"
Jake Leonard, Leatherhead, Surrey
21 May 2014
"I learned to drive with Karen Weighall and she was absolutely brilliant! She always had patience with me and always kept me calm and relaxed and whenever i did anything wrong she always helped me! I passed fourth time and even then i still didn't believe i would do it but she always had faith in me and really helped me get through it! When i failed she made sure we focused on the things things that i failed on and i then was confident with them! She is kind and such a lovely person and so easy going and nice to have a chat with. I would definitely recommend her, she will get you through the test and give you the confidence and help you need! Great instructor xx"
Marrisa Anderson, Redhill, Surrey
06 May 2014
"Karen was a great instructor - very helpful and patient. I passed on my second attempt with only 4 minors. I would definitely recommend this company, and Karen to others."
Laura Ashford, Redhill, Surrey
14 April 2014
"I had Karen as an instructor and she was great! Very calm and patient. I passed first time and I will recommend to anyone who needs an instructor!"
Nick Berghofer, Reigate, Surrey
28 February 2014
"I learnt with Karen, and she was great from start to finish, I would just like to say a BIG THANK YOU!!
Carrie Greenaway, Merstam, Surrey
"Thanks Elite, and especially thanks to Karen to putting up with me! I wasn't what you would call a natural learner, and I wouldn't have had the patients to put up with me, but Karen did. No matter how stupid I was she calmly explained what I needed to do and helped be build my confidence. I still can't believe it, but I passed my test, and this was down to the dedication of my great instructor!"
Kim Morris, Godstone, Surrey
"I learnt with Karen, and she was great from start to finish, I would just like to say a BIG THANK YOU!!