Dave’s Rants

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 …

🗣️ 6 Top Tips for Building Rapport with Your Pupils

rapport on driving lessons

In this week’s article, Dave Foster MA, Dip.DI explains the 6 best ways to quickly and easily build a rapport with your pupils on driving lessons, and why it’s so important that you do. Probably one of the most essential (and I should say obvious) skills for a driving instructor is that of gaining rapport with your pupil. To be fair, it’s the same for any business really. So, why is it so important to gain rapport with your pupil? I’d like to think this was a rhetorical question but for the benefit of the doubt I’m going to explain. Read More …

Why Cancelled Lessons Can be a GOOD Thing for Driving Instructors

car on road

Following last week’s article where we highlighted the 5 Main Reasons Why Pupils Leave Driving Instructors (And How to Avoid it), Driving School Dave explains why those dreaded cancellations may not be quite so annoying after all…  One of the most common problems facing driving instructors is cancellations. It is a fact of life that you will get these no matter how professional you are or what safeguards you take. Like a pub landlord who has ullage, a shop keeper who has petty theft and the baker who throws good cake away at the end of the day, you will have to accept this Read More …

The 5 Main Reasons Why Pupils Leave Driving Instructors (And How to Avoid it by Following These Simple Steps)

why pupils leave instructors

In this article, Driving School Dave shows you the real reasons pupils leave driving instructors and how by addressing a few simple areas, you can improve pupil retention, referrals and happier pupils. Some time ago now, when Trevor Wedge was Chief Driving Examiner (anyone remember him?) for the DSA as it was, he told me 2 facts. The first fact I knew the second surprised me. The average amount of lessons taken by a pupil to pass the practical driving test is 47 hours of professional driving lessons and 22 hours of private practice (when taken as one hourly lessons). Read More …

Good Driving Instructor Training: Is It Better 10 Years On?

In this article, Dave Foster MA, Dip. DI gives his professional take on whether driving instructor training has got better or worse in the last decade. As well as holding a Master’s Degree in the field, Dave has had first hand knowledge in the driver training education community over that time. Historically, there has been a huge problem with the training of driving instructors and a lack of good driving instructor training. Some driving schools set up purely to make money out of the training of driving instructors. A driving school training establishment could charge upwards of £6000 and there Read More …

Welcome to Tanya

A very warm welcome to Tanya who has just started on her trainee Licence. Tanya will be teaching in the East Cornwall area and will be delivering driving lessons in the following areas. Driving Lessons Liskeard Driving Lessons Plymouth Driving Lessons Callington Tanya has a previous background in hospitality and customer services that will give her an ideal background for her pupils. She is already proving popular with her pupils. Soon she will have a full diary as we know that female driving instructors are always popular.

Changes to part 2 and 3, whats all the fuss about

Reading the social media forums, I see a lot of criticism about the DVSA changing the qualifying tests to become a driving instructor. Comments like ‘dumbing down’ and ‘it’s against the rules of the Highway Code’. Few seem to support the changes and seem to berate the DVSA for daring to change the test. Some of this is the human nature to resist change and some is the usual ‘I hate the DVSA’ brigade but let’s look at this with some common sense. The changes stem from a few things. The recommendations from the MERIT report and the realisation that Read More …