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The new Standards Check Test

The guide for examiners identifies four ‘types’ of pupil that might be presented for the ADI’s Standards Check, whilst also acknowledging that these ‘types’ are just broad guides. The four types are:

  •  Beginner or partly trained
  •  Trained or test standard
  •  Newly qualified
  •  Experienced qualified

There is no role play option and the guide clearly sets out the requirements for attending a Standards Check. For many instructors the new Standards Check will represent the opportunity to be able to deliver a lesson that accurately reflects how you teach on a daily basis. For others the new check test will mean having to carefully consider the skills and techniques currently being used and figure out how those skills can be best utilised to meet the two core aims of all drive training:

  1. That learning must take place and
  2. Value for money must be given.

If you’d like to know more about the new Standards Check Test then please contact our team on 0800 08 38 441.

Should you cancel lessons in the snow?

It starts to snow, so what are your first thoughts?

  • I will have to contact my pupils to cancel their driving lessons?
  • All my pupil’s driving tests are going to be cancelled?

Or

  • How much money am I going to lose, and how much is this going to cost me in lost revenue?
  • How am I going to pay my bills?
  • How am I going to pay my mortgage?
  • How am I going to make my car/franchise payments?
  • How can I now afford to get the things I promised my kids for Christmas?
  • How long is this weather going to last?
  • When will I be able to start taking pupils out again?

These are just a small sample of the questions which go through most driving instructors minds at the first sign of snow or icy weather.

And for the majority of instructors this is a major headache. Not many people enjoy driving in wintry conditions, and those that do can be quite reckless and put not only themselves, but other road-users at risk too.

Some instructors get very selective about which pupils to take for a driving lesson. That’s fine but remember if the wintry conditions are prolonged then it could cost the instructor a substantial amount of money in loss of earnings.

Of course, as responsible driving instructors and actually the people at the ‘coal face’ so to speak, then you will understandably be selective of which pupils we elected to take out.

It doesn’t help when the media warns motorists not to drive in adverse weather conditions unless the journey is absolutely necessary. This is good common sense. But at the same time the same media accuses driving instructors of only teaching people to ‘Pass the Driving Test’.

The responsibility of a driving instructor is to teach people to ‘drive’ and all that this entails. So pupils can be taken out in the fog, high winds, ice and snow, which is all the things through which the driving test may be cancelled. You also take pupils on country roads, through shallow fords, main roads, dual-carriageways and other situations which they may not necessarily experience on their driving test.

So why do so many instructors cancel driving lessons at the first sign of ice or snow, is it because the media tells you so?

What happens next year after your pupil has now passed their test and they do have an ‘essential journey’ to make in these same types of conditions? Perhaps they have to get their sick child or a relative to hospital where time is of the essence and they cannot afford to wait for an ambulance. Imagine having to drive under this stress in addition to having to drive in the snow for the first time without having had any previous advice or experience. How safe do you think they and their passengers will be?

Of course it’s possible that many instructors may not have had very much experience of, or avoid driving in snow and icy conditions let alone teaching learner drivers. But this could be costing you lost revenue.

Except for exceptional circumstances, such as either not being able to get to or back from your pupils address, we recommend you always tell the pupil that as long as you can get from your house to their house then the lesson will proceed and concentrate on how to drive safely and cope with adverse weather conditions.

Please remember when you pick up a pupil for their driving lesson in the snow or ice, make sure that you give them an in-depth briefing on what they will or may experience and precisely what they need to do in any given situation. Have handouts covering all the same aspects to give to your pupils, reminding them to keep it somewhere safe for next year when they will be out there on their own.

Obviously it may be advisable to not take out pupils who are either erratic or in the very early stages of their driving lessons. But we recommend you should still go through the theory of driving in the snow and ice and give them a handout.

Driving Instructor of the Year 2013

Driving Instructor of the Year awarded to Mark Lyons photo MarkLyons_zps860aeb58.jpg  

Driving Instructor of the Year 2013

held at the awards ceremony, Manchester United Football Club.

Mark receives £500 first prize.

Other prizes went to:

  2nd place  Greg Davidson

3rd place  Mark Quinsee

Commendations to driving instructors who displayed outstanding professional skills were awarded to:

Glen Griffith
Rachel Selwood
Mile Fairbrass
Steve Howard
Alan Wilkinson
Colin Dixon
Helen Whelan
 

All winners are nominated by pupils who send in feedback forms (found in the New Driver Guide issued to all new pupils) with positive comments or who post pictures of their test pass to our Facebook page.

The event was a huge success with guests drawn from Surepass driving instructors, their partners, suppliers, friends and family and our many associates who contribute to making Surepass Ltd a success. Thank you to everyone who attended.

To see the pictures taken at the event please CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

New ADI Standards Check test due April 2014.

The new Standard Operating Procedure for the Standards Check due in April 2014 is now available to download from GOV.UK.

This is the procedure to which the DSA examiners are being trained to in order to carry out the forthcoming standards check. In order to understand it fully, you will need to download from the links within the document the SC1 form, and the reflective log.

This document will replace the current ADI 1 Standard Operating Procedure. It is a must read for ADIs, to help them to ensure that they will meet the new standards.

A copy of the DSA National Driver and Rider Training Standards should also be obtained through the GOV.UK website as the Operating Procedure refers to them too.

We knew she could do it…

If you read yesterdays post you’ll know that our very own Customer Account Manager, Vicki Hulse, sat her ADI Part 2 exam.

Vicki told us she didn’t sleep much the night before, had the usual nerves and anxiety you’d expect to have before you’re about to take an exam which will completely change your career.

Vicki was expertly guided by her personal Senior Training Manager, Geoff Rose, who correctly predicted she would pass.

What’s really inspiring about Vicki’s story is that just a couple of months ago Vicki was part of our sales team and now in a matter of weeks she could be teaching her very own pupils and on her way to an exciting new career.

The same could happen to you. Why not give our Driving Instructor help line a call today and have a chat to one of our experts about how you can change your career in as little as 12 weeks.

Call 0800 08 38 441 Lines are open Monday-Friday 9am to 8pm.

Here’s Vicki to tell us her story:

Vic gets ready for her ADI Part Two test

Our very own Customer Account Manager Vicki Hulse decided she wanted to be a Driving Instructor.

She joined the Surepass Platinum course on 2nd August 2013, passed her ADI Part One exam on 5 September, completed her Part Two training by 17 October and today (23 October) has her Part Two test.

Vicki has completed her training at her own pace and at times convenient with her busy work schedule and family life.

Here, a delighted Vicki tells you a little about her training.

Good luck for today Vic.

 

 

 

2 Young 2 Die – volunteer ambassadors wanted

The 2young2die campaign does not presume all young people want to, or will, drive. It does not teach driving skills. Instead, it helps young people consider the carnage and global warming caused by driving, their options as drivers, passengers or non-drivers, and encourages them to campaign to end dangerous, unnecessary driving.

An important starting point is getting young people together in workshops that are led by volunteer ambassadors. This gives young people the opportunity to view hard-hitting online resources and have group discussions to explore the issues among themselves, including solutions, and start to plan their own campaigns for their own communities.

You can become one of our network of volunteer ambassadors, delivering such workshops, by attending the low cost, one-day 2young2die course. No experience is necessary to attend the course, although you do need a passion for the cause, and the confidence to go on and lead inclusive and inspiring workshops with young people that stimulate campaigning.

Interested? Follow this link for further information and course dates near you.

Drivers support a minimum learning period

The road safety charity Brake and insurers Direct Line recently commissioned a survey in which 1,000 drivers showed support for a minimum learning period to be introduced.

Approximately 85% of all drivers supported the idea, including just under 70% of drivers under the age of 25. Seven out of ten drivers support a zero tolerance on drink-driving among young drivers while 90% support lessons on motorways in poor conditions.

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EU Transport Review – Your views required

The Department for Transport is seeking your views on how the EU helps or hampers UK transport.

The influence of the European Union on UK transport is extensive. It affects many different areas – from air and rail travel to the cars and lorries on our roads.

It’s not every day you get the chance to have your say on something as complex as the European Union’s influence on transport. But the government really want to hear from you.

The consultation closes on 6 August 2013.

Follow the link below to view examples, further reading and submit evidence online.

CLICK HERE to access the report

Here’s why you should have a Trainee Instructors Licence

Just recently, Ayaz Mohammed, one of our driving instructors in Birmingham, recently passed his part three test of Instructional Ability.

Ayaz won’t mind you knowing that this was his third attempt at the exam, the pressure was now on him to pass. On previous attempts he had narrowly missed being successful but he knew that he had the benefit of having a trainee licence which gave him the opportunity to put all he was learning into practice with his pupils ensuring that they too were having driving lessons with an instructor who was using the latest techniques.

Here’s what Ayaz has to say about the advantages of having a trainee licence with Surepass.

Congratulations Ayaz

If you’d like further details on having a trainee instructors licence, earning while you’re learning, (and you don’t need to have been trained by us) then please call our team today on 0800 08 38 441.