Become a driving instructor? We could start with the immense amount of job satisfaction and job security or the fact you can chose your own hours and areas but everyone tells you this.
The above can be true but, isn’t there always a but, you must work at it. When I say work it’s not hard graft but understanding what your customer wants. University students want lessons in the day to fit in with lectures and office workers want lessons at weekends and in the evenings. Many driving instructors try a catch all approach but you can see that if you want to work evenings then look for office workers as your customers etc. This might seem a simple analogy but it’s one that escapes many driving schools. So, work the hours you want is true but chose your customers and tailor yourself to that customer. Your manner, dress and language choices when you become a driving instructor towards gaining your target markets trust.
Earn what you want is possible only in as much as the hours you do and the lesson price. However, if you have a holiday coming up or something and you need to do more hours, unlike a boss where you ask for overtime (and get refused) when you become a driving instructor you simply open your diary up for more hours or/and areas. Or likewise if you need to do less, then close your diary for hours or areas. An additional 4hrs a week is £200+ a month.
Job satisfaction is great, I remember the first time my pupil passed their driving test with me. The feeling was great but in the test centre that day was a grumpy old man. He said to me ‘it soon wears off and you’ll get bored’. I promised that day to myself when that happens I will get out and 17 years later I am still here. I suppose it’s down to personality really, many people do this as a job and nothing else. They don’t care for the job satisfaction or the real chance of helping people. When you become a driving instructor the role has many diversities too, not just learner drivers but you can move into advanced driving, refresher driving lessons, instructor training and fleet corporate driver training to name but a few.
No two days are the same. Each day brings new challenges and variety. It’s great fun teaching young learners and almost every pupil is so happy to be in your lessons. You are providing something they want and are happy to pay money for. The learner that had no problems before suddenly finds something a challenge and it’s your job to find a way to help them. Long lasting friendships are made and everybody already remembers their driving instructor.
What car will I use when I become a driving instructor?
Generally driving instructors drive a fairly new model car and this is paid for out of the business. Whether you lease or buy it is all tax deductible. Some schools provide a car for you but these tend to be the more expensive franchises. Car lease or purchase need not be so expensive and your school will help you see how easy it is. So, a brand-new car every one to two years and you can have a choice too.
Security too, there will always be a need for driving instructors while there is a need to drive a car. It is the dream of almost all teenagers to be able to drive as soon as they are old enough and are looking at who they will learn with before they are 17. They are asking friends, family and searching for that instructor for them. They are keen to learn and know it’s going to cost money. It’s a long time since most learners thought that they only needed 5hrs to pass the test. Today the Driving Standards and Vehicle Agency (DVSA) say the average learner takes 45 hours of professional tuition. They also say an additional 22 hours of private practice is taken to help. So as some do not take private practice the average number of hours a learner takes is more than 50.
When you become a driving instructor you have a professional qualification. It is a valuable position that gives a lot. You need to have regular checks (Every 4 years) to ensure you are still at the standard but all the help needed for this is given. As long as you keep teaching the correct way then you will always pass the checks.
It is a very worthwhile career and although there is a little training to do at first, once completed (and in some cases earlier) all the benefits and rewards are there. We specialise in training people to become a driving instructor using high grade instructors. Driving Instructors who have been there and got the t-shirts. They will not only teach you the qualification process but give you all the tips and hints to help you with all the other aspects too. Many schools leave you to your own devises when you pass letting you struggle on by yourself but our accredited schools never stop helping you.
So, the world of driver training awaits. We know our job and we know we can get you to yours, but you do need to take the next step. It’s not difficult you just need to pick up the phone or email us. You can even use the odd little chat widget in the bottom right of the screen, you know that annoying little thing that pops up now and again.