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 Steve, one of our instructors from the Plymouth area…
Why did you want to become a driving instructor?
I enjoyed working with people and helping them to achieve their goals.
How long have you been an instructor?
It only seems like yesterday but in reality over 12 years!
What do you like most about teaching people to drive?
Not only helping people to attain one of life’s ‘benchmark goals’ but helping them to learn more about themselves and what they are capable of with determination.
What car do you use for teaching?
I use a Peugeot 208…… have always used Peugeot, 206,207 now 208….. always diesel as they are by far the best for teaching….. pupils love it.
What are the most common mistakes you see pupils make?
Trying to learn to drive too quickly…… not in terms of speed but learning time….. Take your time, learn well and be safe…. often pupils who learn quickly often have difficulty passing their test…. pupils not quite so confident (a little nervous) often do better.
What changes would you like to see made to the driving test, if any?
May sound surprising but I feel the test is about right….. tough though and rightfully so. I would however change the theory…… many pupils pass their theory then when asked ‘on the road’ ‘what does that sign mean’ look back at me with a blank face! They fail to realise how learning the highway code will actually help their driving ability. The theory is there to help not just as a barrier. Perhaps some of this could be covered at school / college.
What are your top 5 tips for learner drivers?
Observation, observation, observation, observation and consideration for others.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Driving like life could and should be enjoyable. It’s an attitude, it’s a ‘frame of mind’. The world is a crazy place but in your car, all needs to be calm and at one with your surroundings. Don’t want to get too profound but treat others with respect, as you would have them treat you.
Safe driving / learning,