This is the most important element in becoming a Driving Instructor.
Not the training, Not the tests; You.
If you are willing to work hard, study and practice, you WILL become a Driving Instructor.
The tests are not difficult and most people have many of the skills needed to successfully pass already.
There are a lot of very basic and fundemental topics you must cover.
We have put together an extremely comprehensive guide covering all of the important aspects and things that you MUST know about what the DVSA will be looking for, below.
Theory and Hazard Perception Test
If you would like to have a look at the Part 1 test, sample questions or haven't seen the tests yet you can do so by clicking on the image right: As Part 1 is a very straight forward, common-sense based test, it is completely possible to pass this part with little or no training and many people do try this. Indeed, many instructors would tell you this is the bit you can do by yourself.
We would beg you to NEVER consider this.... Part 1 is so vitally important to get right. So many problems we see in Parts 2 and 3 come from a limited knowledge at Part 1 - Please do part 1 correctly!
The DVSA say:
"You should prepare with a professional structured programme of tuition. Preparing for Part-One requires a degree of self-discipline and self-management; this is because you will have to spend quite a lot of time reading and studying." DVSA has compiled the list of books which you may find useful to help you study for the multiple choice part of the theory have been based on information contained in these books."
A lot of people ask us "Can't I just buy the disks?" - refering to the CD-Roms out there available. Whilst we recommend them, you MUST do some kind of Part 1 course along side them. The most common faults at part 2 and 3 are from a lack of knowledge at Part 1!
Because you only need 85% correct to pass, and because the test is a 4 way multiple choice test, the law of averages states that it is possible to pass this test without any knowledge in the topic and simply guessing! So we ask you the question: Do you want to pass the test with limited knowlegde or do you want to give your self the best possible opportunity to succeed at part 2 and 3 and be the best instrutcor you can be?
You wouldn't build a house without solid foundation, would you?
By using a professionally structured course you can ensure you cover all the topics and give yourself the foundation to build your skills.
Driving Ability Test.
Part 2 again is very straight forward; you are already an experienced driver so the examiner wants to see you demonstrate your understanding and knowledge of driving procedure.
Remember, this is what you are going to teach so you need to practice your skills and study the process of driving.
So how do you train for this?
The DVSA say:
"To pass the test you must drive to a high standard of competence, demonstrating the principles of ecofriendly driving, and a well-planned positive, progressive drive, adhering to and attaining national speed limits when safe and where possible."
Preparing for Part-Two requires a degree of self-discipline and self-management; this is because you will have to spend quite a lot of time studying and practising the skills.
So, is it a case of " how many driving lessons do I need?" or more "how do I learn the skills I need to practise?"
How many little habits do you think you have? Some of you will have very few; you may have passed an advanced test or be a very good, careful and observant driver.
Some of you will have lots of bad habits, having learnt to drive many years ago. So, you will need to learn how to practise the correct driving procedures again. How many bad habits are very small and straight forward to fix with practice?
REMEMBER, practise makes perfect!
LDC, RED, BSM and the AA will put you in a car on day one for driving lessons to look at your habits and faults - At this stage in your driving experience, are expensive driving lessons really what you need? Do you really need an instructor to tell you how to do the basics like checking your mirrors in order or not crossing your hands? Isn't this a very expensive way to teach stuff you already know........?
If you ask any ADI (approved driving instructor) for their advice on ADI training, they will tell you that they studied hard and developed their skills by revising, researching and PRACTISING their skills away from the "driving lessons" they had and often, the car was the worst place to learn this.
In fact, is the car the best place to learn what to practise? No. Of course, you DO NEED practice, but once you know the things to practice, you can do this over and over to your heart's content in your vehicle!
Think about it; when you were a learner, you needed an instructor next to you to keep the vehicle safe - it was a legal requirement! Now that you are an experienced driver, do you need an instructor there? No, you don't at this stage.
If you are actually driving the car, what is your brain focusing on? Are you learning anything or are you concentrating on keeping the vehicle safe, on other road users and pedestrians?
So is having a driving instructor giving you a lesson on what you are doing wrong and reminding you to check your mirrors going to help you let things sink in? In car training alone simply does not work. But what if you could revise and do this over and over again, then let an instructor asses you once you have almost perfected it?
REMEMBER, you are not a learner driver and do not need driving lessons! As the DVSA say above, you are already an experienced driver, so we need to work on why and how.
30 years ago, this was the only way to train you. The world has moved on.
The DVSA say:
"This test measures your ability to give effective instruction. The objective of the test is to assess the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to pupils."
"You will probably find it helpful to establish the depth of the'pupil's' knowledge in each phase, by asking questions and observing the 'pupil's' performance as you would witha real pupil you had not taught before. You should remember that asking how many lessons a pupil has had previously does not establish their ability. You are allowed to use lesson plans and training aids and you may refer to brief notes or subject headings, but you should not read at length, word for word, from notes or books. The 'pupil' must be given a chance to demonstrate what has been taught,
and any faults must be corrected."
Just as with Parts 1& 2, preparing for Part 3 requires a degree of self-discipline and self-management; this is because you will have to spend quite a lot of time studying and practising the skills.
There are three main key subject areas, with which you need to be familiar: • core competencies • instructional techniques • instructor characteristics.
These three subjects cover the range of skills needed by you if you are to be successful in the Part 3 examination and qualify as an Approved Driving Instructor.
Traditionally, Part 3 has been viewed as a problem area for many students. However, this need not be the case. In fact, at SmartDriving, by following the structured course format, Part 3 should now not only be enjoyable, but also the culmination of all your efforts and straight forward.
Problems typically arise because of poorly delivered in-car training or insufficient training or because people have made a wrong career choice.
A Driving School like BSM, AA or LDC, by its very nature, teaches learner drivers and needs instructors in its cars as soon as possible paying a franchise fee and they will insist on a trainee licence, when this is in many cases the worst possible thing to do.
Imagine, a badly trained and under trained PDI (potential instructor) now on the road teaching learners; badly.What effect will this have on your confidence or that of the learner? So is a driving school going to be the best route for training you to be the best instructor you can be or just to get out on a franchise?