Are you eligible?

Are you eligible to become a driving instructor? Don’t know if you’re eligible to become a driving instructor? This is what the Driving Standards Agency look for: You have to be aged 21 or over. This is not just a guideline, its a rule in the UK that to become an ADI, you have to…

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Why Learning to Drive at the Age of 17 is Better

It’s quite normal now for the younger generation to learn to drive as soon as they can. It is actually a really good idea. So, if you are 17, or are wanting to get someone driving lessons, here are some reasons why learning to drive when your younger, is easier. It has been found in…

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Driving Test Changes You Need to Know About

If you didn’t know already, the UK driving test is changing from the 4th December 2017 (not a very nice Christmas present, is it?). We are updating you with the most recent changes made by the DVSA. It was released on the 13th September 2017, that there would be revised changes to the ‘Show me’…

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Business as usual for driving instructor Tim Richards

Driving instructor Tim Richards joins Elite

It’s not often we have plenty of spaces available for customers to book lessons with an almost immediate start date.


But that’s what going to happen in the next few weeks…

It’s frustrating for us when people call to book their driving lessons and we can’t fit them in. What’s worse is we can’t even give them a date when we can.

That’s simply because we have to wait for people passing driving tests for spaces to be created in our instructors diaries.

We never book people in for driving lessons unless we can give them regular weekly lessons.

It’s no use for a student having a lesson one week and the instructor not being able to take them the next. It’s a waste of the student’s time and money.

We know that it’s even harder to find places for customers who can only take their driving lessons in the evening or weekends.

Driving instructors tend to work a maximum of 2 or 3 late nights, and maybe half, or a full day on a weekend.

Like the majority of people that work, driving instructors like their evenings and weekends free to spend with family, but they give up some of that valuable time for people who are not able to take lessons during the day.

I speak to people who ask “why not get some more instructors”. And I tell them honestly, that there’s a shortage of instructors, and it’s very hard to find the right instructors to work with.

But I’m pleased to announce we’ve been very lucky, and have managed to persuade driving instructor Tim Richards to join our team of fantastic male and female driving instructors.

Tim starts with the school on Monday the 8th May, a few days after taking delivery of his brand new Citroen C3 driving tuition vehicle.

Our Office Manager Pauline is ready to take calls from people who live in Tim’s area and who want to book lessons with him.

So if you live in post code areas HU3, HU4, or HU5 and would like to start your driving lessons with Tim, please give Pauline a call on 01482 470151.

But be quick because it won’t be too long before all the spaces in his diary are taken.



ADI part 3 test 2017

ADI part 3 test 2017


Changes to the ADI part 3  instructional assessment will be introduced on 2 October 2017.

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that the part 3 test will be aligned with the standards check.

The changes are in a bid to improve the standard of training and testing for PDI’s (Potential Driving Instructors).

The existing system of pre-set tests with Examiners in role play exercises, is unrealistic and restrictive  said DVSA’s registrar Mark Magee.

The changes are welcome amongst ADI trainers and will see better prepared instructors able to deliver effective training to students after qualification.

It will also bring the part three in align with the standards check, which will be less confusing for ADI’s.

The DVSA will publish the  new assessment form and accompanying guidance in the next few months.

The main changes that trainees and trainers need to be  aware of are:

  • The same criteria as the standards check will be used with a competency-based assessment.
  • Trainees will be assessed over a single one-hour lesson on the 3 main competencies of lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning strategies. They will be assessed using the additional 17 sub-competencies set out in the current standards check assessment form and to the national standards of Driver and Rider training.
  • Examiners will no longer be able to role play. Trainees will be required to provide a ‘real’ pupil which could be friends, family members or colleagues, and the lesson will have to reflect their learning goals and needs. This doesn’t have to be a learner, but could be a full licence holder seeking driver development.


We  asked some PDI’s their thoughts about the old system versus the  new one

One trainee instructor said it’s an unfair qualification process! Why after passing the part one theory, and the part two practical do we need the part three test? Surely it would be more beneficial to allow us to gain experience in instructing real pupils and being judged by our ability to provide a level of service that helps each learner develop their knowledge and skills, without old fashioned lingo.

Why do we only get three attempts at the parts 2 and 3 test. A learner driver isn’t restricted to just three attempts. Most people  suffer with nervous and don’t perform well on test, and it takes along time to train and there’s a huge cost to pay for training.

Fair point…

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Driving Instructor career…

Driving Instructor Career

Is your career dreary, boring and not satisfying your needs?

Or has it hit a brick wall…

Career as a driving instructor

When work feels like a slap across the face with a wet fish, it’s time to look for a new career that will challenge, excite and motivate you.

And I can guarantee a driving instructor career will definitely tick your boxes.

If you’d like to know what’s required to become a driving instructor, and what a career as an Elite franchisee will be like, I’d like to invite you to a driving instructor Discovery day.

On a discovery day you’ll have all the information you need to take away and decide if this is the right career choice for you.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • How much a typical driving instructor earns
  • The secret to keeping busy in a competitive market
  • How to be successful as a self-employed driving instructor
  • Why you need the right team behind you to help you build your reputation
  • What’s involved with the training, the costs, and what your chances are of succeeding   

Graham joined us on a discovery day and said…

“Having looked into the possibility of a Driving Instructor career I didn’t fall for the usual offers, promising the Earth that are maybe associated with larger national companies.

I saw an advert for Elite on the internet whilst looking for an instructor for a family member, and having previously been interested in training to become a driving instructor I filled in my details and attended a discovery day.

Within a matter of days after the discovery day, i was having a “Taster Session” so to speak with one of the Trainers at Elite. A kind of try before you buy if you will.

I was hooked. I’ve met both Kev and Stuart from the training team and both guys were instantly likeable and put me at ease.

Since then, with support from Kev in the office, i passed my Part 1 with a score of 92% and have recently passed my Part 2, with Stuart with a near perfect drive.

I’ve got the right team behind me at Elite.

I cant wait to get started on the driving instructor career I’ve wanted for so long. I wish I’d called Elite sooner”.

Graham Houghton

Our Driving Instructor Discovery days are available in:

Hull, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster, Scarborough, Grimsby and Lincoln.

If you want to find out when the next Discovery day is near you, please call me between 9am-5pm on 01482 444443

Head of Discovery days
Elite Driving School.
01482 444443




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