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 be over the age of 21.
  • You also have to have held a FULL UK Driving License for over 3 years. This is from the date that you passed your practical Driving Test, not the date you got your provisional license.
  • You also, must have a manual license to teach at Elite.
  • You need all of the above to be able to apply to become a driving instructor in the UK.

To become a Driving Instructor with Elite Driving School, enquire here:

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 recent studies that learning is significantly easier for younger people, rather than in older years. The brain is a lot more capable of learning when younger, meaning that it is learning new things, such as driving is considerable easier and less frustrating.

Because Driving is a new skill, it requires a lot of patience and time and effort, but also a lot of concentration.

Meaning that the younger generation are going to require less concentration, and patience, because their brain is more capable of learning, unlike someone in their late twenties, and thirties and so on.

Obviously, it depends on the person, and their own personal and mental development, but generally it is easier for younger people to absorb information.

This means that passing driving and theory tests can be substantially quicker, and better, which means that more money is saved throughout the process, making it more cost-effective to learn to drive at the age of 17 than a novice at the age of 35.

Moreover, even if you can’t afford to get a car at the age of 17, the skills have been learnt meaning that refreshing your memory later on in life, when you can afford a car, is a lot easier than starting from scratch. It’s very similar to the saying ‘You Never forget how to ride a bike’.

It’s considerably the same thing, as most people to learn to ride a bike at a very young age, meaning that the skills learnt are more likely to stay stored in the brain.

But of course it is never too late to start to learn to drive. The freedom gained at the end of it will not differ, and the experience of lessons will not change.


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’ ‘Tell me’ portion of the test.

If you don’t know what this is, it is where the examiner will ask you a ‘show me’ question and a ‘tell me’ question at the beginning of your driving test. These questions are given to you by your instructor to prepare you for your test.

The ‘Tell me’ Questions are as follows:

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.


And the ‘Show me’ questions:

  1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?


Now with the changes to the Driving Test, it means that the ‘tell me’ questions will be asked at the beginning of the test, and the ‘show me’ questions will now be asked during the driving test, whilst under their examination.

However, do not fret, the changes are not made until the 4th December, so you have plenty of time to figure how to undertake these ‘show me’s’ in your instructors car.

We hope this helps and we will keep you updated with any more changes to the UK Driving Test on the Elite Blog, so make sure to follow Elite on Social Media, so you can be updated with any Driving Test changes coming your way by December!

The Elite Team

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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