Dave’s Rants

You’ll never walk alone

Never walk alone

At 1st 4 Driving, we believe the road to success is best travelled together. That’s why we invite you to join our team where collaboration and support drive our journey. You’ll never walk alone when you walk with 1st 4 Driving. When you join us, you become part of a supportive community. You’re never on your own – enjoy the companionship of fellow instructors and a management team that truly has your back. Not only do we invest in giving your pupils the highest quality of service, we invest in your growth with ongoing training and development opportunities. Enhance your Read More …

How much you can earn as a Driving Instructor

How much you can earn as a driving instructor

You may be considering a new career path and questioning the crucial factor of switching job roles: How much will I earn? Or perhaps you’re already a driving instructor wondering if you’re reaching your full potential? Let me show you exactly how much you can earn as a driving instructor and compare it to what you will also spend as a driving instructor. It’s no secret that this role comes with its expenses but let me break them down for you and show you how much bigger the earnings are in comparison, making this job worth every penny! In this Read More …

Excellence in Driver Training: Becoming a GOOD Driving Instructor

Introduction to Becoming a Good Driving Instructor The world of driving instruction is constantly evolving, adapting to new technologies, teaching methods and learner needs. Dave Foster, a renowned figure in driver training education, brings his extensive experience and insights to the table with his new book ‘Excellence in Driver Training: Becoming a Good Driving Instructor’. This book isn’t just another manual. It’s a comprehensive guide that promises to transform the way driving instructors approach their profession. About the Author, Dave Foster Dave Foster is acclaimed for his experience in Driver Training. With years of experience under his belt, Dave has Read More …

It’s Okay to Feel Stupid During Driving Instructor Training: Embrace the Journey

Introduction: Becoming a skilled driving instructor is an exciting and rewarding journey. However, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and inexperienced during the training process. In this blog post, we want to assure you that it’s perfectly okay to feel stupid at times when training to be a driving instructor. In fact, embracing this feeling of being a novice is a crucial step towards success. Let’s explore why it’s normal to encounter these challenges and how you can work through them to become a confident and competent driving instructor. Embrace the Feeling of Inexperience: Feeling like a beginner is a Read More …

The Pitfalls of Driving Instructors Seeking Advice on Social Media

Introduction The rapid rise of social media has transformed the way we interact, seek information, and share our experiences. From connecting with friends to joining communities centred around various topics, it has become an integral part of our daily lives. However, when it comes to seeking professional advice, particularly for driving instructors, relying solely on social media platforms like Facebook can lead to a range of challenges and potential pitfalls. In this article, we explore the problems associated with driving instructors using social media for advice and discuss the importance of relying on more reliable sources. Misinformation and Inaccurate Guidance Read More …

What’s the big deal?

Searching for a new career can be mind boggling. So many options, so many questions. Looking in to becoming a driving instructor? Unsure if it would be right for you? Wondering, what’s the big deal about becoming a driving instructor? Well, I’ll tell you what the big deal is… 💡Seeking change You may be looking for a new career as you’re fed up with doing the same thing everyday, day in, day out, always the same. Or you may be fed up with being stuck in a job that has no flexibility to suit your life-style. Or you may just Read More …

Those darn! Parents

I don’t think a week goes by in our driving school where some well-intentioned parent calls up about their son or daughters driving lessons. In the car, the pressures are the same. ‘My dad says, he only had 10 driving lessons and he passed first time’.‘My parents think I should have passed by now’.‘My parent just wants me to have a go at the test’. These are just some of the common things you will have heard or will hear. Generally, when they call the office, it is because it has escalated to mum or dad trying to complain or Read More …

The best part three training to be a driving instructor

I often say we offer the best part three training to become a driving instructor, but I thought I would write an article to explain why I think and know this. Let me first remind you with a short background to my credentials as to why am a leading expert in this and not just a driving instructor who is trying the hand at training driving instructors. Over 20 years ago, when I first qualified, I was not convinced of the training quality. Whilst the school and instructors I was with claimed to offer the best part three training to Read More …

Is raising the Standards the right thing to do?

Well, I think anyone who say’s an outright no to my opening title, should question themselves. In everything we do, we should be trying to improve. Our health, or relationships, businesses, knowledge, etc. And if that business is teaching pupils to drive, then surely, we should be looking to improve. What’s the latest Highway code saying? What are the latest teaching methods? And, like it or lump it, we are licenced by the DVSA, so like any licencing body, what do the DVSA want? If you were involved in financial services, you would have to follow their governing body. Medical, Read More …

A brief history of the planners

driving lesson planner inside

I am currently working on a project that will be announced soon that will help those instructors who are keen to be at the top of their tree. While I was doing work for this it took me back to the reason, I started producing products for driving instructors alongside my own driving school. While I was training to be a driving instructor, I was told to write lesson plans. The company I was with had some rough plans, but I decided to write my own. Back then I wrote them in the Pre-Set-Test format, for those that remember them. Read More …