I cater for all ages of car driver training, having been in the business since 2002……I’m a grade 5 instructor and over the last 3 years, 50% of those who passed with me were first time passes…….…….…
But what does that tell you about ME?
Not enough for YOU to decide if I’m the right instructor for YOU!
Here are a few details about me that may help you decide…..
Q Will ALL of my lessons have a clear and defined objective?
A Yes. There will be no aimless driving around with no idea of what you are trying to achieve. At the start of every lesson we will recap on previous achievements and agree on a goal to aim towards for that lesson. “I will guide but not always decide”.
Q Will I be the ONLY pupil in the car?
A Yes. Some instructors leave little or no time in between lessons which means that you may be driving home with another learner sat in the back or vice-versa! DriveforLIFE has a strict policy of one instructor to one learner.
Q How do we know if you are competent as a driving instructor?
A Every so often (between 2-4 years) Senior Examiners from the DVSA observe all qualified driving instructors during a lesson and award a grade according to their instructional ability. The scale which is relevant to me is from 1 to 6 where 1,2 or 3 are unacceptable and 4, 5 or 6 means the instructor can continue to instruct and remain on the register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs). Although the system is not designed to give an overall indicator of the instructors qualities, it is used as a benchmark for how one compares to another for that particular aspect of the job. In November 2013 I was graded as 5. In 2012 / 2013 there were 16,900 check tests but only 30% received a grade 5 or 6.
Qualified instructors must display a green badge inside the windscreen on the passenger side.
Q I’ve heard that some driving instructors don’t turn up on time and sometimes cancel or re-schedule lessons at short notice. Are you like this?
A This is a good question! I’d be lying if I said I always turned up on time and never cancel or re-schedule lessons at short notice. We all mess-up occasionally with time-keeping especially in a job like ours! I sometimes find that road works or traffic hold-ups means that I can’t always be exactly on-time. Other times clients have managed to book a last minute test and need a pre-test lesson urgently. (I’m sure you can appreciate that if you were in their shoes you’d want the same priority!) However, when things go wrong or a re-scheduling is made I pride myself on both communicating the information to you to keep you in the picture and also, if applicable, I will make up for it in one way or another. (See Terms & Conditions for full information. )
Q Will I be distracted by your mobile phone when you receive texts or calls during the lesson?
A NO! All mobile phones are switched off!
Q Does the price include Theory and hazard perception training?
A Yes. I subscribe to the Theory Test Pro software and make this available to customers free of charge!
Q Will we agree a pick-up and a drop-off point with you beforehand and can you be flexible sometimes?
A Yes. This will be mutually agreed upon with the focus centred on the customer’s needs. There is however a maximum distance of 10 miles from Benllech for a pick-up or a drop-off point.
Q What method of teaching do you use?
A This depends on your style of learning. If you don’t learn the way I teach, then I’ll teach the way you learn!
“One style fits all” doesn’t work because we’re all different. You will also be given access to my lesson briefing and recap notes via this website so that you can look up different aspects of the training process at your leisure.
Q How can I be sure that you’re up to date with recent developments in the driver training industry?
A I am a strong believer in keeping our minds open to new ideas and also in keeping up with all the changes within the industry. I attend numerous training events, seminars and conferences.
Or if you’re ready to start, please complete the registration form here!
I am also studying for a degree in Psychology with the Open University.
Q Do you have modern in car technology such as in-car cams and visual teaching aids?
A Yes. I can show you visual examples on an iPad, diagrams, demonstrations and, if required I can provide you with a playback from the in-car cameras!
Q How will I know how well I’m progressing?
A All your records are kept electronically and I provide you with a verbal feedback at the end of every session. I also use the DVSA’s 1 to 5 star marking system where I track your progress during every session.
This is made available to you digitally or if you prefer in paper format.
Q Does your personality make it easy for me to ask questions over and over again without being told off or shouted at?
A Maybe I’m not the best one to answer this one but yes, I believe I have an easy going and patient personality and there’s no telling off or shouting. Have a look at my reviews on facebook
Q Will the learning be a friendly partnership or will you be calling all the shots?
A My style is to be positive and encouraging without criticism or sarcasm, with you at the centre being an equal in our journey together, passing my skills on to you so that you can be safe andDrive for LIFE!