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The 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About UK Driving Tests

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All learner drivers dream of the day they finally drop the L-plates. Yet after hours of practice behind the wheel they are often faced with preparation for the logistics of the test itself. We answer the 10 most frequently asked questions about UK driving tests, allowing you to focus on the driving. How many driving lessons will I need before taking my test? The number of lessons nee...

Why choose you? How to build value and position yourself as an independent driving instructor

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Setting yourself up as an independent driving instructor can be a daunting prospect, given the competitive nature of the market. Your business does have the potential to thrive though, if you develop your USP and provide a high-quality service. Here are a few tips to help you along your journey to setting yourself up independently. Discover your USP When it comes to choosing a driving i...

How to overcome driving test nerves

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It’s perfectly natural, and even a good thing to feel slightly nervous before taking your driving test – as it shows you understand the responsibility that comes with being a licensed driver. But feeling overly anxious can be detrimental to your peace of mind and driving ability – in which case it’s important to take the time to get your nerves under control. Try some of these methods ...

Not all drivers are equal - how to approach confident and nervous drivers

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When it comes to teaching learners to drive, most driving instructors automatically vary their methods depending on the student in question and their confidence levels. A nervous driver will likely need reassurance and patience, whereas an overly confident driver may need to be reminded to drive defensively and with caution. When is the right time to put someone forwards for their test...

What can and can’t a learner driver do in the UK?

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From taking a look at the public’s Google searches of ‘can a learner driver…’ we can see that there’s a lot of confusion surrounding what a learner driver can legally do in the UK. Although some of these may seem obvious, the sheer number of people who have been asking Google shows that they’re not - so we thought we’d take the opportunity today to dispel some of the myths and mi...

How to pass the ADI exams

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In order to charge for driving lessons you must first become an ADI (approved driving instructor), which involves proving your competence by passing a three-part test. The qualification requires you to demonstrate your theoretical knowledge, hazard perception skills, practical driving ability and ability to teach pupils, all of which are essential to being a successful and capable drivi...

Magnetic roof signs and motorway tuition.

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With impending changes in legislation we have had an increasing number of driving instructors asking about the suitability of magnetic roof signs for motorway tuition. The questions that we get asked are: ‘What is the speed rating for the sign?’, ‘What speed are they guaranteed to stay on at?’ ‘How fast can we go before they come off?’ etc. Applying some common sense we give the fol...

How can I stand out from the crowd as a driving instructor?

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An effective marketing strategy will draw attention to your business for all the right reasons. Whether you’re a large and established driving school or a one-man band, differentiating yourself from your competitors is vital to ensuring potential customers think of you first when taking to the roads decked out with red L plates. Graphics and decals Going the extra mile will make a ...

Essential driving school supplies for self-employed driving instructors

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Building a career as a driving instructor can be incredibly rewarding. Far from being chained to a desk, it’s a lifestyle that offers independence both for you, and for the individuals you teach, as they gain confidence on the roads. When it comes to being a self-employed driving instructor, you want to make sure your business looks and functions professionally. Here’s how Grade Six Supplie...

Get the most from your DVSA theory books to pass first time

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If you’re hoping to be in the driving seat soon and are adamant that you pass your driving test first time, then there are some great tips to give you confidence and ensure you have covered all the aspects you need to help you succeed. Years ago, the theory part of the UK driving test was just a few questions from the examiner, but the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) brought ...