Dave’s Rants

Never Judge a Pupil By Its Cover!

I took a phone call many years ago from a guy asking about driving lessons. I could tell by his tone that he was very scared. He asked me whether I would MAKE him drive on the first driving lesson. I re-assured him he was in safe hands and not to worry. We would take it easy and if he was not ready to drive then that was OK. A couple of days later he called again to confirm, and plead me not to make him drive on the first lessons. Low and behold, the day before his test, he called Read More …

How My Canal Boat Holiday was JUST Like a Standards Test

falkirk wheel

Last week I returned from Scotland, where I was on a canal boat doing the Forth & Clyde and Edinburgh Union canal. During the trip, we went on the Falkirk Wheel twice. A unique piece of engineering that lifts canal boats up to the higher Edinburgh Union Canal from the Forth and Clyde. Actually, it lifts three boats at a time with passengers.   I am a meticulous planner. Having been on many canal boat holidays in the past, I know it’s best to plan of where you’re going to stop to eat. Sometimes my wife likes to stop and Read More …

Choosing a Car as a Driving Instructor – The Foolproof Guide

choosing a car driving instructor

This subject is something of an FAQ on social media and the forums. Choosing a car when you’re not a driving instructor can be hard enough, but finding the right cars as a driving instructor is even harder. Everyone will have their particular favourite driving school car and there are a lot of choices and options – as well as the added financial aspects when a car is used as a tuition vehicle.   DISCLAIMER: First of all, it’s important to declare that I am not an accountant. There are many financial benefits and drawbacks with different types of cars, Read More …

Do You Remember the Summer of 1977?

ford gran torino

So, the summer of 1977. The UK was celebrating The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, Donna Summer was ‘feeling love’ at the top of the charts, and news of the death of Elvis Presley hit the nation in mid-August. But what was Dave Foster up to…? Do you remember when you first wanted to learn to drive? What would have stopped you? I remember for me back in the summer of 1977, I was eagerly waiting and nothing was going to get in my way. I was, however, worried about the price of petrol as it was around 90p a gallon and Read More …

The 9 Reasons Why You NEED to Become a Driving Instructor

take the next step

Fancy a change of scene every day? There’s no better time than now to become a driving instructor. Allow me to give you some insight into the benefits you could have with this incredible career. Changing careers to become a driving instructor is so rewarding. Here’s some examples of how: Fit in with family or other commitments Work extra hours when you want Job satisfaction Job security You’re your own boss A new car regularly Professional qualification Career opportunities A darn good way of making a living Let’s look at these in some more detail… 1. Fit in with family Read More …

Who Would YOU Trust With Your CPD or Training?

I find I must be very careful when looking at posts on Facebook and other social media. You see, every time I look, I see one post or another where the information is quite wrong or often just crazy. Instructors who openly admit to having not looked at a Highway Code since passing their own L-Test and others who seem to get so rude if you don’t agree with them. But I want to concentrate today’s article on the technical information of teaching and information that we cascade to our learners. I picked up a very useful term for Facebook Read More …

A Back Handed Compliment…

back handed compliment

In this week’s article, Dave Foster MA, Dip.DI tells the story of how, by breaking down boundaries and barriers, driving instruction can be such a rewarding job… Many years ago, I had an email from a guy who asked if he could meet me to discuss driving lessons. He explained that his reason for wanting to meet me was that he was profoundly deaf. Now, I had some experience in a former life helping profoundly deaf people and I’d also been teaching some other people who were hard of hearing, so I agreed to meet. My philosophy has always been Read More …

Franchise vs Independent: The 4 Most Important Things to Consider for Driving Instructors

driving school franchise or independent?

In this week’s article, Dave Foster MA, Dip.DI talks us through the pros and cons of going independent or joining an existing school on a franchise basis. Here at DTE-Elite, we see a lot of talk about how being independent is the best way to go as a driving instructor. Well is it? First let me declare my interests here. I am a driving school owner and I do offer franchises, so I do have a commercial interest in providing franchises. But, I also have my masters degree and I know how to look at things objectively from both sides Read More …

Mythbusting: What is Coaching? And How You Can Implement it in Driving Lessons

what is coaching?

In this week’s article, Dave Foster MA, Dip.DI busts the myths about coaching from a professional point of view. I was prompted to write this article and the accompanying video after seeing a poll on Facebook where most of the people admitted to having never been on a coaching course. There seems to be a lot of confusion and myths about coaching.  Let me clear some of this up.  Coaching is to transport someone from where they are now to where they want to be. That’s all  Let’s clear up some myths:  It’s perfectly acceptable to teach during coaching  Coaching is NOT Read More …