A Driving Instructor is the person that will actually deliver your Driving Lessons. Some Driving Instructors work on their own as independents (sole traders) and some work within a Driving School. There are currently around 40,000 approved driving Instructors registered with the UK’s governing body, the DVSA.
There are three types of Driving Instructor:
- ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) Fully qualified:
Fully qualified Instructors will have have completed a rigorous training program and must display a green badge in the windscreen of their tuition vehicle and will be licenced to deliver paid for tuition.
2. PDI (Provisional Driving Instructor) Trainee:
Trainee Instructors must display a pink badge and although they are licensed to deliver paid for tuition, they are still in the qualifying process and have still to pass their final exams.
3. Trainee under supervision.
Some schools offer a unique option to learners, where they are able to have their lessons for free with a trainee that is around 90% through their qualifying process. It is vital for a trainee to have practice and gain experience with a real learner driver to be prepared for the final exam and to be fully prepared once qualified.
This is a really good option because as well as receiving lessons for free, the learner will also benefit from having the trainee instructor and the head trainer that will be supervising the lesson.
Never pay for Driving tuition unless an operating licence is clearly displayed in the vehicle as the Instructor may be un-licensed to provide tuition.
Independent Instructors are not governed by a School operating policy and will vary enormously in the standards, service and tuition they provide.
A common misconception by the general public is that ALL Driving Instructors are all the same and although fully qualified instructors would have passed their qualifying exams, they vary enormously in the standards of both the customer service and level of tuition they offer.
Unfortunately, around 50% of all Driving Instructors never take any further development training from the day they qualify and it stands to reason that they could be lacking in recent developments such as client centred learning.
The vast majority of the general public will be unaware of this factor and often choose their driving lessons solely on price! This can be a huge mistake and all to often the “hidden cost of cheap” becomes obvious when a lack of progress is experienced.
Kelvin White Driving School will be rolling out the new (ALS) Accelerated Learning System during Februay 2019 that has been developed to ensure maximum learning takes place on EVERY student driving lesson and will hold the instructor accountable for the tuition provided.
Driving Instructors that have not taken the time to keep up to date, will generally be the ones that offer “cheap” driving lessons and often advertise themselves as the cheapest Instructor in town to attract sufficient work to survive.
It is very wise when learning to drive, to seek as many customer reviews as possible and not simply choose the cheapest lessons available.