Where will it take you?

Times are a-changing and with technology now answering back, you’d think that something as traditional as driving would be on its way out. But even with the advent of self-driving cars, new drink driving rules in Scotland, no smoking in cars with children and paperless tax; the structure of driving is changing but it’s essence remains steady.

We previously explored when is the best time to learn, so let’s look at where it can take you.

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The majority of employment – outside of major metropolitan areas – requires at the very least a license at the ready and – mentioned in the same breath – a clean one.

A great many people have passed through our doors over the last 20 years and one only need look at our testimonials to witness our dedication to providing a full spectrum driving school. We have found intensive courses through block bookings and an honest approach to competency are the more assured ways to guarantee a pass first time.

Driving really is open to everyone, particularly those who are looking for autonomy in their day to day lives or for those who have worked in specialist areas. For example, those who served in the army can tend to struggle finding suitable and transferable opportunities, however becoming an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) or doing the ATS (additional training scheme) is particularly ideal for those who have worked in stressful environments.

Across the UK economy, self-employment has seen the steadiest uptake in any area. That driving is now considered a career choice, or a stepping stone to one, may be due to the obvious benefits conferred, in contrast to an ordinary office job.

Driving is also now open to those with disabilities who have a selection of modified cars. Thus making it possible for those who previously would have been excluded.

Looking at the figures, we can see an advanced driving instructor can earn well over the usual amount for an office worker – £23,000 average earnings for an experienced ADI – and with none of the office politics!

So looking at the road ahead, other than using a computer, driving could be the next essential skill in the 21st Century. It’s also an activity that speaks a universal symbolic language, making literacy and language, no barriers to the profession. Further, driving a car is extremely handy if you’re thinking of operating other vehicles.

Those with dependents will more than appreciate that the ability to drive really is liberating within your day to day; the daily school run, errands, ad hoc car rentals, and if you’ve ever missed a bus, I don’t need to describe the grief experienced watching it fly by with no other option but to take an extortionate taxi.

For those with a sense of adventure still coursing through their veins, road trips and foreign adventures are there for the taking, If you like to travel. But let’s say you’re a home body, well, helping locals learn can be very gratifying.

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You aren’t trapped in endless hours of meetings, answering to a boss, and, many of the opportunities offer flexitime as standard. Paper work and administration also scarcely feature in the driving community.

We’ve been talking about driving as the main skill. However, as happens fairly often, there is also the advantage of this as the facilitator; it could be a travelling salon, a plumber – any salesman worth his salt, drives. Being there for your customers when and where they need you is a level of service expected in today’s tough market.

Driving is probably the one skill which requires no other skills.

You learn once, and pay once.

The primary question relating to this discussion is, where do you want to go?

Once you know where, the rest will take care of itself. But as with many philosophical life questions, it’s often the hardest.

 

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