How will you get there?

If you’re over 21, like being outside and working with people, then becoming a driving instructor or an Advanced Driving Instructor (ADI) may be something to look into. With a 28% pass rate for ADI final exams and only 7% of those are ADI’s, there isn’t the same competition as there in other industries. And with a potential to earn the higher end of an office worker, it’s a route to a better life/work balance.

And if you think you’re too old to get into teaching, remember that whilst young people have the reaction speed, they’re usually so immersed in their environment as to miss potentially dangerous situations; the hazard perception test by Surepass will give you a good idea of what to expect. Those who scored higher on the test had a reduction of 3% in crashes.

The skills required to make snap judgements of hazardous situations is probably down to experience resulting in faster cognitive responses.


Which brings us to the profitability of this position; affluent areas are more likely to spend, on average, £1,200 for driving lessons. Over half of those passed the theory with 43% passing the practical.  This is very interesting and could help with the preparation involved in taking the test; if you’re female, then chances are you need to focus on the practical and with males theory, since this split is shown in the statistics released.

During the last quarter of 2014 car theory tests were up 6.5% on the previous year with a pass rate of just over 50%.  On average it takes 2.3 attempts to pass the practical, then the chances of repeat business, are high. And if you happen to choose a particularly well off area, this can seriously add up.

Even with a slow decline in recent years due to the cost of learning to drive, and the expenses involved with maintaining a car, what better combination, working from your office. Driving instruction is not without its excitement with 1 in 5 tests where the instructor physically had to intervene; everyday can be different.

So, how will you get there?

Well, unless you A&E experience, maybe don’t learn to drive in China. If you’re looking to pass quickly, but not necessarily safely, the US is shorter and less stringent but with a higher incidence of accidents; France seems to blame the ‘reckless’ pedestrians in hazard perception tests – even Mothers pushing prams; Finland’s driving test featured an off road section which lead to the learners becoming more risky; where the UK maintains a worldwide reputation for high standards resulting in a better safety record.

Become expert at the basics. Moving onto ADI training when you’ve had chance to test drive your teaching skills. One interesting way to test your skills is the following: can you explain it to me like I’m a 5 year old. Some instructors have talked of the benefit of using the road in a different vehicle – a motorbike or even just a smaller car – to get a feel for how it is for others on the road. Chances are this will instil a certain modicum of respect and understanding for other road users.

The British driving test was launched in 1935, where the driving instructor was the seller of the car -which could tell you quite a bit about the health and safety department of the time!


With this heritage, the UK driving test has a respectable image enviable by other countries. In our modern era, generally, the statistics point to a preparatory stage of 14 months, with an average of 52 hours with a professional, more if you’re dealing with a nervous driver. This is where the ability to explain a situation simply and calmly will be your way in to making more money. If you can specialise either to deal with experienced drivers or nervous drivers, you’ll have found yourself a niche.

Refining your own talents and inclinations will naturally lead you to a job you can love, notwithstanding the power of recommendation, for nervous people this is better than any discount you could offer.

It seems that if you can nail down the problematic questions: ie. “you are travelling along a busy road. A Surepass Driver Guide 2012 are approaching – what should you do?” apparently one of the harder questions on the test which seems to trip many people up.

Identify your market; get the word out; choose an area you can imagine doing every day, and get to work – and enjoy helping others!


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