How long have you been a driving instructor for?
I qualified in April 2018, so its been just over 2 years now since I started my driving instructor journey! I had a trainee licence for 6 months before qualifying as an Approved Driving Instructor. It’s been the best decision I ever made. Since I started this career I’ve had 96 passes within my time as a instructor.
What were you doing before that?
I worked at Argos as a delivery driver for around 1 to 2 years and previously before that I worked in retail settings. I studied at college also for a good few years doing painting and decorating and bench joinery but in the back of my mind for a long time I’ve wanted to be a driving instructor. I always thought of it as a rewarding and satisfying job and remember looking forward to my lessons each week when I was 17 and when I passed my practical first time round I was over the moon! I have been working as a driving instructor covering the Preston area for just over 2 years now, however after I moved to Blackpool earlier in the year I am wanting to begin teaching in the Fylde area now instead.
What do you enjoy most about driving instructing?
I enjoy teaching that pupil who hasn’t been in a drivers seat before and getting their confidence up to be a driver. Seeing their face light up when they go from moving the car the smallest amount to driving from home and back by the end of a lesson is really rewarding. As everyone learns differently, it’s always a challenge to see what you come across from one lesson to the next and helping somebody to understand how a car works and how to drive it is exciting. I also enjoy working as my own boss in my little learner car! I love that I can pick the days I want to work and the hours I like to work but will always try and work around the student’s commitments.
Is there anything you dislike about the job?
I don’t dislike anything about the job but can get a bit disappointed when a confident and capable driver doesn’t achieve a pass due to a silly mistake or nerves on the day of test. The key is to relax, take your time and remember you can only try your best. The only other thing I could say I dislike really is some other road user’s approach to learners, but sometimes that’s a day to day thing, but if you stay focused and relaxed you’ll learn to get used to that and remain calm under the pressure of being out on the road.
What are your interests/hobbies outside of driving instructing?
When I have time away from working, I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and her little one and I also like going to see family. We love to go on days out or weekends away when possible. I also enjoy long drives and adventuring to new places and seeing new sights. I don’t mind the odd concert when I can get hold of tickets, I’ve been to all kinds of different genres on music from rock to dance so I’m happy listening to anything and I believe listening to music is always a good way of winding down and clearing your mind.