Mark Hall Momentum News

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 Michael, one of our instructors from the Northampton

Why did you want to become a driving instructor?

I worked in a very busy, stressful job within recruitment. Becoming a driving instructor allowed me the opportunity to run my own business as well as free up time to fit in my running training and fulfil a life long dream of running for England

How long have you been an instructor?

11 years

What do you like most about teaching people to drive?

I love seeing people develop their skills and ultimately become safe and responsible drivers. I am teaching a life skill and I gain a lot of pleasure helping pupils gain their license and challenge their own beliefs on attitude and behaviour when behind the wheel ! 

What car do you use for teaching?

I have a Citroen ds3

What are the most common mistakes you see pupils make?

Thinking they can become good drivers without having sufficient time on the road practising – unfortunately you cannot ‘download’ experience

What changes would you like to see made to the driving test, if any?

It would be difficult to implement but the current test does not test any pupils on motorway driving, night time etc. Unfortunately many drivers are heading out onto the public road with licenses but are not confident in so many different scenarios.

What are your top 5 tips for learner drivers?

Don’t rush your learning
Always check your mirrors and know what is around your vehicle
Do everything you possibly can to stay safe on the roads
Brake before bends in the road, not on them
Be courteous – Accept other drivers mistakes and not get upset about
them, even the best drivers can have a bad day and do something wrong

Anything else you’d like to add?

Safe driving / learning,
Michael

If you’d like to get in touch with Michael visit the Northampton driving lessons page.