Interview with DIA magazine

Recently, I was interviewed by the Driving Instructors Association DIA magazine for forthcoming article:

Why did you become a driving instructor?

After having quite a few different careers, including computer programming, music teaching and helping my wife start a business, I felt I wanted to pursue something new and challenging but self-employed.

Having always loved driving and having some experience teaching, becoming a driving instructor seemed a logical progression. I would retain my flexibility and independence, use some of my acquired business and teaching skills but at the same time help people directly.

What do you get out of your profession?

diaDriving training in my experience is a very satisfying: I don’t think I ever get bored –  too much concentration required for that! What I love, is the fact that I can help all types of people achieve a specific and measurable goal and implant into them a culture of safe driving skills for life. 
Helping those who are struggling with self-confidence, is perhaps the most rewarding, as you see them begin to enjoy their lesson, make progress and occasionally smile!
Lastly, I love the variety of interesting people I meet from all age groups and walks of life.

What differences were there between when you started and now?

Even in relatively short time I’ve been in the profession (five years),  a few things have have changed – for the better I might add. The new style check test with its  emphasis on coaching is a welcome improvement.  Additionally, I’m looking forward to the new style driving test in December and the replacement of the old part 3 is definitely a welcome change.

What was the most unusual driving/training experience you had?

At the moment I am training a gentleman from the island of Bermuda who has retired to the UK. Unfortunately, the Bermuda license is only valid for a year here so he has to pass a UK driving test. What is interesting, is that he was driving before well before me and has even owned a few classic cars in his time! However, Bermuda is a very small Island with few roads and no roundabouts. UK roads, roundabouts and driving a stick shift (manual)  – as he calls it – is quite a challenge for him. He’s hoping to take a test in September.

What obstacles have you faced and how did you get over them?

The first challenge I faced after passing my part 3, was my first check test. I failed  – quite common apparently! The solution, was to get some good training and read a few books on the subject. I then passed with flying colours. What did I learn? To keep up my continuous professional development.

What is your fondest memory of being a trainer?

I think my fondest moment is the look on a pupils face when they hear those magic words from the examiner: “I’m pleased to inform you that you have passed your driving test today!”

What advice would you give trainers starting out?

My first piece of advice would be: don’t do it alone. Either start with a good franchise where you can get training, support and a fresh supply of pupils and/or join an association like the DIA. Along with this, don’t be afraid to ask for help even its from other driving instructors on Facebook.

Secondly, aim to be the best at what you do. In order to achieve this, keep your skills and knowledge up to date by reading and attending training courses. Keep learning! Observe all the driving tests you can.

Thirdly, treat your profession as a business. Organise yourself in terms of your diary, payments, book-keeping and pupil progress records. Additionally,  effectively market yourself by first of all doing a great job. Then, ask for testimonials from satisfied pupils and celebrate their success of a Facebook business page, blog or website.

For Driving lessons, give me a call or text on 0778 055 3078.  Alternatively use the contact page.

DIA

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Advanced Driving

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I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

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Advanced Driver Training

advancedRecently, as an experienced Driving Instructor I not only passed my Elite DIAmond Advanced Driving test but also qualified as a DVSA approved DIAmond Examiner to examine for the Elite, Advanced and Taxi test.

What does this mean for you?

Experienced?

Your an experienced driver conscious that you need to improve your driving or just like the idea of being an Advanced Driver? I can prepare you to take the test and guide you every step of the way.

Training to be a driver instructor?

Your a PDI training to be a driving instructor and not sure you would pass the ‘part 2’? Not only can I train you, but I can give you a mock test to give you confidence of a pass.

A business owner with several drivers

Your a business owner with responsibility of several drivers working for you. You want to ensure that they drive to a high standard. Why not get them to take the DIAmond Advanced Driving test?

Learners

Is your instructor giving you a mock test before letting you book a standard driving test? As a trained DIAmond examiner I can assess the standard of your driving is a similar manner as conducted on a real driving test.

Rates?

My rates are £60 for a 2 hr Advanced Driving lesson.

The Elite DIAmond test costs £125 and lasts 90 minutes. The Advanced DIAmond test  costs £78 and lasts 60 minutes. These are booked via the DIA.

https://www.advancedmotoring.co.uk/

What about you?

So what about you? Could your driving benefit from taking Advanced Driving Lessons? Maybe you think you have what it takes to pass the Special Test Yourself?  For Advanced Driver lessons, give me a call on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page.

2016 results

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I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

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Use of Signals

Why do we use signals?

Q Why do we signal?
ATo let others know what we are about to do.

Q – Why do we check our mirrors before we signal?
A – To check it’s safe before we declare our intention to change direction.

Indicators

Q – What’s the problem with indicating too early on approach to a junction?
A – If there is a road to the left or right before the junction. It might confuse.

Q – What’s the problem with indicating too late (especially on roundabout?)
A –  Other road users don’t know where we are going!

Q – Are there any times you can think of where it may be unnecessary to signal?
A – When we are moving off – if there is nothing around at all.

Q- Why do we always mirror and signal when approaching a junction or pulling up on the left?
A – The car is moving so things can change quite quickly. Its a good habit to practice!

Therefore, signals should be timed, necessary and correct.

4 Main Signals

  1. Indicators (for an intended change of position).
  2. Brake lights (intending to slow down).
  3. Road position
  4. Speed

Q – When do we use road position as a signal?
A –  When turning left or right at a junction or any other circumstance where we want to signal a change of road position. Often used in conjunction with the indicators.

Q – Why are the brake lights an important signal?
A –  If we don’t use them (say just use engine braking), then other road users behind us won’t know we’re slowing down!

Q – How do I use speed as a signal?
A –  Speed as a signal can be used in quite subtle ways. For example: edging forward at a junction. However, this one has to be used with care. For example: pedestrians waiting to cross and I slow down; they ‘may’ get the signal to cross.

Testimonial  – Aaron passed FIRST time with 9 minors!

Aaron FIRST time 9 minors 3/5/17

Aaron says: “I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher than Paul.”

“He was patient and kind and made sure I always understood what he was teaching. I highly recommend him as a driving instructor!!!

Thank you Paul.

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My prices are straight-forward and upfront – no clever deals!

£51 for 2 hr lesson.
£150 for 6.0 hrs block booking.
£245 for 10.0 hrs block booking.

If you want FIRST CLASS tuition not second rate instruction – choose me!

CALL or Text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

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Little Confidence in Myself

Little confidence

“After learning else where I had little confidence in myself and was about ready to give up but I’m so glad that I found Paul who was very patient and encouraging, I felt completely at ease and surprised myself by passing first time, would definitely recommend.”
Josie.

Josie first time pass

Josie passed FIRST time with 4 minors 14/02/17

Confidence

I believe that confidence comes from two things: knowledge and experience. If you don’t feel confident learning with your present instructor, ask yourself the question: is he/she giving me the knowledge I need? Then, ask: is he/she building confidence into me by taking me on different routes so that I can experience different challenges?

Of course, when we begin to learn to drive we won’t feel confident. No one should; only the over confident – and they are dangerous! Learning to drive is a ‘journey’ in self discovery as we learn, with the help of our instructor or coach, to overcome the mental and physical challenges of learning to drive.

For Example: most pupils dread ‘stalling the car’ but I will teach you the knowledge or theory of stalling ( why does a car stall?) and then, get you to practice or experience hill starts in an environment where the pressure and risks are reduced – so you can experiment.

Learning to drive therefore, is about learning from your mistakes. It can’t be learnt solely in a classroom or with a book!

A more confident driver

Become a safe confident driver

2016 results

Prices £££

My prices are straight-forward and upfront – no clever deals!

£51 for 2 hr lesson.
£150 for 6.0 hrs block booking.
£245 for 10.0 hrs block booking.

If you want FIRST CLASS tuition not second rate instruction – choose me!

CALL or Text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

How to stop stalling!

Great results!

Learning to drive

Suffering from anxiety

Highly recommend

Learnt more in two hours

Read Danielle’s testimonial

Jack’s FIRST time pass!

For more testimonials and information

I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

 

 

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Paul is a well seasoned driving instructor

A well seasoned driving instructor

Paul Noble is a well seasoned driving instructor who brought the best out of me during our lessons. I have continued to use his driving technique as a now licensed driver and feel very confident and safe on the road.

Elkanah passed with 2 minors

Tailored routes

He planned each session according to the skill level that I had reached at the time and tailored the routes we drove with an aim to improve my driving efficiently and safely; gradually building me up to more challenging roads to test the quality of my driving, until he became confident that I was both a competent and safe driver.

Vast amount of information

He covered a vast amount of information regarding the rules of the road, technique, the mechanics of the car and best practice in a very simple and easy to understand manner, using both a visual example with a verbal description which helped me to learn basic driving skills within the first few lessons and develop an advanced skill-set as we progressed.

Showed me where I could improve

When I inevitably made mistakes he never once criticised me negatively or made me feel as if I was unable to achieve my best; he showed me where I could improve and how to do it positively and constructively.

I was very happy with the service that Paul provided me with and looked forward to my weekly lesson with him. I would recommend Paul’s driving tuition to anybody looking for their first lesson or twentieth alike, he clearly wanted me to succeed and gave me every opportunity to do so.

 -Elkanah Groves

2016 results

Prices £££

My prices are straight-forward and upfront – no clever deals!

£50 for 2 hr lesson.
£147 for 6.0 hrs block booking.
£240 for 10.0 hrs block booking.

If you want FIRST CLASS tuition not second rate instruction – choose me!

CALL or Text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

How to stop stalling!

Great results!

Learning to drive

Suffering from anxiety

Highly recommend

Learnt more in two hours

Read Danielle’s testimonial

Jack’s FIRST time pass!

For more testimonials and information

I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

 

 

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Passed Advanced Driving Test

Diamond Advanced DrivingI am really happy to announce that I passed my DIAmond Advanced Elite Driving Test! I passed with only 1 minor driver fault! Now I understand the pressure that my learners feel when on the standard driving test!

What is the Advanced DIAmond Elite Driving Test?

The “DIAmond Special Test” is the UK’s toughest driving qualification, outside of the emergency services. The national pass rate is just 2%!

advanced drivingThe test lasts for 90 minutes and covers a variety of roads and where possible motorways, rural areas and an emergency stop exercise.

During the test, you are expected to complete: 2 manoeuvres involving reversing, demonstrate eco-safe driving and also perform a commentary drive for approximately 15-20 minutes.

A pass is awarded if you achieve no serious or dangerous faults and less than 2 driver faults in the same category.

https://www.advancedmotoring.co.uk/

Who is it for?

The test for anyone who wishes to take their driving to the next level or has a keen interest in driving. Maybe you are a member of a car club or drive extensively for work? Whatever your reason however, this test will make you a safer and more knowledgeable driver.

What are the benefits?

The main benefit of passing the test though, is being able to demonstrate the ability to drive to a very high and safe standard.

DIAmond training focuses on defensive and eco driving techniques. Therefore, a DIAmond trained driver is less likely to be involved in an accident with the less likely-hood of the expensive loss of no claims benefits etc. Having a Diamond Elite test certificate may give you substantial discounts on your insurance.

What about you?

So what about you? Could your driving benefit from taking Advanced Driving Lessons? Maybe you think you have what it takes to pass the Special Test Yourself?  For Advanced Driver lessons, give me a call on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page.

2016 results

For more testimonials and information

I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

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First Test Pass of 2017

First Test Pass of 2017!

My first test pass of 2017: Yahya passed his driving test FIRST TIME at the Lee-on-the-solent test centre with only three minors!

2017

Yahya First time 3 minors 9/01/17

Yahya says:

“Sir I want to thank you so much for your professional lessons and helped me to passed my practical driving test. Know I am really very confident this is because you taught me everything about driving also how to be a good driver. SAFETY FIRST. Thankyou so very much”

2016 results

Prices £££

My prices are straight-forward and upfront – no clever deals!

£50 for 2 hr lesson.
£147 for 6.0 hrs block booking.
£240 for 10.0 hrs block booking.

If you want FIRST CLASS tuition not second rate instruction – choose me!

CALL or Text  Paul Noble NOW on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page

How to stop stalling!

Great results!

Learning to drive

Suffering from anxiety

Highly recommend

Learnt more in two hours

Read Danielle’s testimonial

Jack’s FIRST time pass!

For more testimonials and information

I’ve learned so much I love driving! Keys to passing your driving test Focused lessons     Results since April     A grade check test result     Intensive driving course   Paul improves your driver ability    Navy pupil passes first time    Zero minors    Intensive driving course     First time pass 1 minor!    The AA

 

 

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