Once a fortnight we interview one of the Momentum driving team to learn more about them and get some top driving tips.
Today we have Gary, one of our instructors from the Weston-super-Mare…
Why did you want to become a driving instructor?
I became an instructor in 2003 after leaving Safeway Supermarkets, a company I had worked for for 11 years. I worked at their regional centre in Bristol in a number of positions, one of which was a company trainer. This was the job I enjoyed the most, but due to a promotion I had to give up the training role. Soon after the promotion Safeway was taken over by Morrisons and I wasn’t completely happy with the new working practices. I had a number of shares in the company which I decided to sell and used the money to retrain as a driving instructor. This seemed like the perfect move for me, to be in control of my own destiny as a self employed trainer.
What car do you use for teaching?
Since I have been an instructor I have always used diesel Peugeots. My current teaching vehicle is a Peugeot 207.
What are your top 5 tips for learner drivers?
Take your time…
DON’T RUSH …!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Rushing is always likely to lead to mistakes no matter what your level of experience. There is an expression that that I often use which is to ” think limo driver, not taxi driver ” which is an expression that I think is pretty self explanatory. Taking a little more time and care over your actions will promote more awareness and a greater level of general observations and understanding. Good observations are the foundations of a safe drive. With out a solid foundation any thing that sits above is likely to be a little shakey and unstable.
Hope this might be of some help to you.
Safe driving / learning,