Dave’s Rants

This will help you breeze through your part 3/standards test 💨

driving lesson planner on car seat

It must be 14 years ago now when, as a full time driving instructor trainer, I began to realise how people were struggling with their driving instructor training. Back then I worked for The Instructor College full-time and saw between 4 and 8 trainees every single day. So many were struggling with the part three test yet to me, it seemed very easy. The teaching materials provided by the College were vague to say the least – a series of drawings put together in a book for each of the pre-set-tests (PSTs). Many of you will remember that back then, Read More …

Passing part 3 (or standards test) is EASY!

driving instructor standards check

It must be over ten years since I penned an article of almost the same title. This article is the updated version of that one. When I say updated, most of it is still true today and the mysteries of passing these tests are nothing more than following the simple rules. The rules are laid out by the DVSA in their Standards for driving instructors, but this can all look very daunting to the new instructor. Let me begin. Part 3, and when I say part 3, take it to mean the standard test too, is NOT about impressing the Read More …

In 2021, We Make Our Own Luck…

goodbye 2020

Well, 2020 is almost over and what a year it’s been. Who would have thought this time last year that in order to go into a bank, you’d have to wear a mask, that our hands will have seen more alcohol than we drink in pubs or that when we used to tell the kids “you’ll never accomplish anything” how wrong could we have been? But all jokes aside, it’s been a difficult year for most. Some of you have had a real struggle I know and it’s wrong that some people have benefited from this lockdown situation and done Read More …

The one simple question you can ask pupils that will transform your teaching

Where do you go to when you want advice? Facebook, reference books or rely on knowledge? I ask because I am absolutely amazed at the number of wrong, mis-advised and some downright dangerous comments and advice I often see. OMG, I can almost see the hairs going up on peoples necks and the shackles coming out!! Let me state my defence your honour. As driver trainers, we teach driving and as such we teach not only the practical elements but should teach the theoretical elements as well. Even if we don’t actually teach the theory, we should be at least Read More …

Report: Nearly a fifth of UK drivers admit to driving over 100mph

speeding car

According to a new survey, some 18% of UK drivers have admitted to exceeding 100mph. The road safety charity Brake polled 2,000 UK drivers on breaking the speed limit and found some alarming results. This figure rises to 33% for 25-34 year olds. Men are much more likely to break the 100mph barrier with 28% admitting to driving as fast. By contrast, only 9% of women were reported to hit 100mph. The highest speed recorded in the survey was 180mph on a motorway in Nottinghamshire The highest speed driven over the speed limit was 152mph in a 30mph zone in Read More …

Am I still technically allowed to work during lockdown 2?

lockdown driving instructor

Today I received yet another message: “can we work?” I have to pause to remind myself as an educator, why people ask questions. It’s because they don’t know the answers. To many, it appears to be very clear – but equally to many it’s not clear. I try to put my research hat on and look at the facts and I must say it all seems odd. I can certainly see why driving instructors could be confused by this whole situation. The Government announced a national lock down from 5th of November to 2nd of December. This caused nationwide confusion Read More …

Extraordinary Times…

driving face mask

We sit here, day 2 into ‘Lockdown 2’ and many like me start to ponder “what is going on with the world?” I don’t mean the pandemic or the “what on earth are we going to do with the time over the next 4/5 weeks” – but the social media talk. Instructors attacking other instructors, people attacking the government and goodness knows who or what else. Why? Well people won’t admit it, but we are all a little bit scared. These times do not meet our ‘status quo’. We like our routines, we like our comfort zones and we like Read More …

There’s no such thing as crap pupils, just crap instructors 👀

bad driving school

Disclaimer 1: I use the term ‘crap’ purely as a copy of the words used to describe pupils on social media. Its not written to cause offence or be offensive but is necessary for the point of the article Prompted by comments (as ever) from social media, I wanted to address the issue where driving instructors talk about ‘crap’ pupils. Now, I believe that when they refer to them in this way, they mean pupils who do not learn as well, as quickly or any other adjective that does not fit their ‘norm’. But what is a norm? Certainly, in Read More …

You DON’T need a franchise…do you?

driving instructor car facebook

Many driving school franchises have been set up by people who, well quite frankly have never been driving instructors. Whilst the business side of being a driving instructor might seem universal, some don’t appreciate the uniqueness of the market. Pupils who don’t want driving lessons but must have them to get what they do want, freedom to drive. Many franchises are set up with the sole interests of the franchiser believing they offer what franchisees, driving instructors, want. This is one of the reasons recently my own school moved away from the franchising model in favour of ‘Associates‘ and ‘Partners‘. Read More …