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Things a driving instructor should do

With more than a million driving tests taking place every year, the role of a driving instructor is an important one in our society. Being able to drive gives us freedom to move from a to b easily; and passing your driving test is one of those days that sticks in your memory. Whether you’re a new instructor or an experienced mentor, we’ve pulled together five tips to help you protect your much-valued business. 

01 Ask to see your students’ driving licence

This may sound like an obvious one, but you always want to check your pupils’ provisional driving licence before their first lesson. This is not only to ensure they are legal to drive; it is wise to make a note of their licence number, name and address.

If any of your students unfortunately have an accident, you will then have these details to hand.

Before their driving test, it is also worthwhile asking your pupils to bring their driving licence to a lesson to make sure all their details are correct. We’d then advise asking them to share with you the ‘safe place’ they will store it before their driving test. This way, if they forget where it is on their test day, you can gently remind them of where they said it would be.

02 Check your pupil’s eyesight

Before getting in the car with a new pupil, be sure to check their eyesight. This both covers your and the learner driver’s back if something were to happen as a result of them not being able to see a hazard. The DVLA states that a driver must “be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres”.

If the student isn’t able to do this, do no get in the vehicle with them. Calmly advise them that you recommend they go and see an optician and, once they’re able to meet the DVLA’s eye test requirements, you’d be happy to get them booked in again.

It’s also a good idea to recheck their eyesight a few weeks before their test – it could be a case that it may have worsened since their first lesson. If you feel they aren’t able to meet the DVLA requirements, encourage them to visit an optician before their test date.

03 Keep a track of payments

In the excitement of taking their first lesson, learner drivers may forget to bring any cash with them. At the beginning of every lesson, it is a good idea to ask them how they plan on paying. If they need to pop to a cash point, you can discuss building this into their lesson, so you’re not eating into another student’s time.

Keeping a record of when and how each learner has paid is also worthwhile. You may also want to consider asking your pupils to sign their name against each payment. If for any reason they contest a payment, you then have a clear record, and one that they have signed.

04 Make sure everything is in working order

On your pupil’s test day, you want everything to go as smoothly as possible for them. While the outcome is in their hands, there are a few things you can do to help it go without a hitch.

The day before, it is advisable to give your vehicle a thorough inspection. The last thing you want is a flat tyre or faulty brake light preventing your student from taking their test. Another factor to consider is making sure you know where the driving centre is, especially if it is one you have never been to before. Getting your pupil to drive before their test can boost their confidence, but make sure you keep an eye on the time, so they can arrive early to find somewhere to park and mentally prepare for what is to come. 

By being professional and prepared, when your pupil passes their driving test, they may be more inclined to recommend you to other learner drivers, boosting both your reputation and business.

05 Protect your driving business

Having insurance cover for your business is just as important as making sure your students are equipped with the knowledge and experience to past their test. If you were unable to use your vehicle due to damage or theft, we know how much of an impact that would have on your business. That’s why our cover includes a dual controlled courtesy car, so if for any reason yours is off the road, you can continue teaching.

With our years of experience working with driving businesses, we know the intricacies involved in the sector. We have developed one of the most streamlined and dedicated driving policies around. This means that not only can we find you driving instructor cover quickly, but as one of the few brokers to specialise in this market, we know how to source specific ADI insurance and PDI insurance.

At InstructorcoverPlus, we’re here to take the stress and the expense out of finding the right policy for your driving instructor business. 

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