Are you thinking about becoming, or planning to become a driving instructor? Do you need advice? Do you know what to expect? Are you already a potential driving instructor?
Let me tell you a little about this book of memoirs:
If you’ve picked up this thread, then you are either already a driving instructor, in which case, you will most certainly identify with the contents of this book and, I hope, have a giggling time reading it, or you are a generally interested reader, looking for some entertaining humour, or you are someone who is thinking about becoming a driving instructor.
If you are the latter, that’s brilliant! You are going to need this book. It tells the honest truth about what it’s really like out there, with pupils of varying character and ability, in death defying situations!
Do you think that sounds over-dramatic? Just ask any seasoned driving instructor.
The idea of spending your summer days, happily driving around with eager-minded pupils, simply teaching them how to correctly drive your precious car, while they absorb your words of wisdom and gently transition into natural perfect drivers is a lovely one, and true enough, every now and then, such a perfect pupil will come along. But trust me, they are rare!
Most of the time, you will be spending your ‘very long’ days just trying to keep yourself, your ‘not so perfect’ pupil, and everyone else around you alive, while still hoping that just some of the so-called words of wisdom actually sink in. (Which they usually don’t until you’ve repeated them half a million times. Especially when they involve mirror checks!).
As you excitedly start your instructor training, your trainer will be giving you necessary and helpful advice. He/she will equip you with all manner of teaching tools, from coaching, demonstrating, teaching, questioning, drawing diagrams, etc, etc, but when it comes to teaching mirrors, in the end, I think probably the best teaching tool, when all else fails, is nagging!
Actually, I always think a police standard taser would be a pretty good teaching tool too. I could just zap the errant pupil with a taser every time they forget a mirror check, a bit like aversion therapy. They’d soon learn to check them then. But that’s just my imagination running in the back ground, while I continue to calmly vocalise, “And which mirror will you check?” for the hundredth time that lesson!
What’s more, if you are planning on becoming a driving instructor, don’t forget, most pupils will be flaky, ego-centric school kids, with no idea that you are actually running a valid business and trying to make a proper living.
There will be those who will cancel at the last minute, simply because they’ve decided to go out with their mates instead. After all, it’s the summer holidays, and when they woke up, the sun was out, so why would they want to take a pre-booked, potentially future life-saving driving lesson, when they could go to the beach!
There will be those who will ask at the end of a lesson if it’s ok to pay next week as they haven’t got enough money this week. That one makes me laugh. Seriously, I mean, would you get all your shopping at Tesco and then ask the lady at the checkout if you can pay for your shopping next week?
In fact, you will meet all manner of people.
And while I am whinging, moaning and complaining about them all in this book, I would however, like to point out, that I was a driving instructor for eight years until I retired, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It may not have been exactly what I expected, and it may not be what you expect, but each time a pupil passes, and you have created a safe driver for the road, it’s totally worth it. Totally!
Everyone remembers their driving instructor, especially if they were a good one.
And that’s because, as a driving instructor, you really can make a difference.
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