Driving Instructors what you need to know.
Choosing the right driving instructor.
First of all and in my opinion the most important thing is to make sure your instructor is a fully qualified instructor an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) and not a trainee driving instructor PDI (Potential Driving Instructor)
Adi Driving Instructor Grades
ADI grades. The (DSA) Driving Standards Agency Grade all driving instructor 4, 5 or 6 the highest standard is a grade 6, which approximately 6 per cent of ADIs will have attained. About 20 per cent of ADIs have a grade 5, which is also a very good standard, and grade 4 means that they’re competent.
- grade 4 means – A competent.
- grade 5 means – A good overall standard of instruction.
- grade 6 means – Overall Performance to a very high standard.
All driving instructors must display ADI green badge or a trainee pink badge when giving instructions.
Pass Rate, Ask you driving instructor about his/her pass rates and how many lessons as an average.
Trainee Driving Instructors ( pink badges) The Facts !
About one in seven driving instructors are PDIs trainee driving instructors. In a government survey ten years ago showing that learners taught by trainees were 25% more likely to fail their driving test. Around 75,000 learner drivers are being unwittingly taught by someone still not fully qualified, resulting in an extra 27,000 failed tests. That costs £1.7 million in further driving lesson fees. Trainees hold “pink” licenses, which mean they can teach under no supervision and charge normal fees. ( Did your driving school inform you that your instructor was a trainee driving instructor pdi)? There are also concerns that learners getting lessons could pay full price but end up with a trainee, not a fully qualified instructor.
The DSA website states that Nine out of Ten learners who passed the practical driving test on their first attempt were taught by an ADI.
Cheapest driving lessons often have a high price you get what you pay for! If you’re driving instructor spends most of the lesson talking at the side of the road they are just slowing you down? As a rule of thumb 5 to 10 minutes should be enough time to introduce a new subject. A lot of deals are not for 60 minute lessons. And start up deals are not always the first few driving lessons and you might have to stay with a poor quality driving instructor to get the full number of lessons you have paid for, (example) the last 4 lessons may only be taken the week of the test and if you’re not happy with your driving instructor it’s hard for you to change instructors or driving schools.
All Our Driving instructors are.
- Registered with the DSA
- Have passed a criminal record check (CRB).
- Pass a much tougher theory and practical driving test, and pass a test of ability to give instruction (Adis)
- Display an ADI identification on the windscreen of the tuition vehicle.
- Maintain a high level of instruction – DSA check this standard regularly.
Illegal Driving Instruction
It is an offence under Section 123 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 for an individual to provide driving instruction for money or money’s worth unless they are suitably qualified and registered with the Driving Standards Agency.
- Professional driving instructors have gone through a rigorous testing system and will be continually tested and CRB checked. They too are helpful, friendly and down to earth but if they display inappropriate behaviour it is important you report it to the Driving Standards Agency. Some of the potential instructors who have failed their examinations will continue teaching despite no qualifications!
- Don’t pay for lessons until you know your instructor is fully qualified.
- Cheap lessons may indicate illegal instruction.
Reporting illegal driving instructors
If you have any doubts about whether a driving instructor is teaching legally call the DSA on 02920 581155 (office hours only)
Phone: 02920 581 290 (out of hours)