How to become a driving instructor
Find out here what its like to work as a driving instructor and how to become a driving instructor.
Should I become a driving instructor?
For many this does seem like the perfect job. Indeed working as a driving instructor does have many good benefits.
- Work hours to suit you.
- Reasonably good earnings.
- Fantastic job satisfaction.
- Meet lots of new people.
- A brand new car.
- Opportunities for further advancement ( Such as instructor training, Fleet training or classroom based courses.)
You can choose your working hours.
For me the biggest draw here was being able to choose my own hours, personally I like to start early and finish early, so my day begins usually at 8am and I am home by around 4:15 meaning I have plenty of free time in the evenings. I also like to take weekends off, although weekends can be a very lucrative time for any driving instructor.
In addition to this I also really enjoy the job satisfaction, there is no better feeling of achievement than watching one of your students passing their driving test.
Another bonus is the car, your car, although this is your work car, it can always double up as your own personal car, which can make a big difference to your personal finances.
Typical day of a driving instructor.
7 am Wake up and have breakfast, get ready for work.
8 am arrive at first pupils home for a 2 hour lesson, this student has her driving test next week so we are going to go over the driving test routes one final time.
10.00 Coffee break.
10:30 am This time it’s a new student , a 38 year old man who passed his driving test 20 years ago. He hasn’t driven since . The student just wants a few refresher lessons to gain some confidence. After 2 hours he’s feeling confident. He plans on going out in his car this week. We plan one more session at his request.
12:30 Lunch Break.
1:00 pm Hour and half lesson this time with a relative beginner on her third lesson. This lesson goes well as we move onto some quiet roundabouts. Also the pupil has booked her theory test and is excited about driving.
2:45 Last lesson of the day and the lesson plan here is parking. So we drive around the town practising and perfecting bay parking and parallel parking. At the end of the lesson we discuss booking a driving test.
4:55 I arrive home. Still a few phone calls to make but will be finished well before 5.30. It’s a sunny evening so time to relax in the garden .
Driving instructors day in summary
I have completed 7 and half paid hours at £25.00 per hour. This makes my total for the day £187. Fuel used is probably around £15.00. The total days net pay is £162.00. Are we on target for the 30K earnings which the big driving schools claim?
5day week 162 x5 = £810
48 Weeks worked = £38880
So it would look as though we are, but wait there are other costs involved.
Car Lease £5211
Total over 48 weeks £29596 ( so not quite up to the claims)
And I have a franchise with a small driving school , which keeps me busy locally and also is a lot less than what the big schools charge, so if we factored in the fees of the big driving schools we would be nowhere near.
Lets look a little closer.
The above figures include my car and insurance, and if for instance I was working in an office, I would still need or at least want to have a car, so really the car is an expense whether you are an instructor or not.
I also don’t work weekends or after 5pm, one lesson per day from 5pm to 7pm would increase this figure by £12,000 You could also increase it by working weekends. I should warn you though that the job does become quite tiring if you take on too much.
The problems you may encounter as a driving instructor.
You will be self employed, that means that you will be responsible for paying your own tax and national insurance, not necessarily a problem but you should take professional advice on this .
Driving lesson Cancellations.
Yes they do happen, we have a cancellation policy of 24 hours, which usually means that I can fill the slot, or at least plan to do something else with the time.
Students not showing, I must say this is uncommon, and if it does happen then it usually happens fairly early in the course so if it looks like its going to be a regular occurrence you will need to politely ask them to find another driving instructor.
Most of your students will be young people who learn things quite quickly, but you will get some who really struggle, these lessons can be quite stressful, on the plus side it is a great feeling when someone who once couldn’t even grasp the notion of turning left or right goes and passes their driving test.
Standards Check test
Qualifying is only the beginning every 4 years you will need to take a standards check test. This is to ensure you are keeping a high standard of instruction.
How do I become a driving instructor.
The best way to do this is by contacting an Ordit registered driving instructor trainer.
As an Ordit accredited trainer you will be guided all the way right from your initial application to join the register. We will take you through all of the qualifying tests. We can arrange for a trainee licence. As well as offering you a guaranteed placement in our busy local franchise.
Find out more and get free advice about driving instructor training.