I am currently the only instructor available with DARE2DRIVE. In the near future, as long as all goes well, we will have new instructors joining the company.
I passed my driving test on the first attempt, on 14th June 1985. I have driven many thousands of miles up and down the country. With my father being in the motor trade, I have had the opportunity to drive many different cars, from small to large and a variety of vans. I have taken part in competitive motor sport, including motor-cross, hotrods and although I never actually raced in the Fiesta Challenge Championship, I did take part in a few test laps and produced some reasonable times. However, sadly I didn’t have the financial backing to continue.
Before becoming a driving instructor I worked for 4 years as a professional delivery driver. The vehicle I drove was an Iveco Daily box van. I also have experience driving a Volvo 1.5 tonne mini digger and a Terrex 3 tonne swivel dump truck.
Before my driving work, I coached Gymnastics for a total of 15 years, only stopping due to injuries. At this time, I worked in nursery, infant and high schools; both during and outside lesson times. I was one of the lead coaches and the club welfare officer at Easton Gymnastics Club near Norwich, and I also had my own club, WayLanders Gymnastics Club in Watton, coaching people of varying ages, from 3 to 52. Seeing any of the gymnasts accomplish their goals, gave me a great feeling of satisfaction, knowing that I had helped them achieve that something special. One of the little ones I used to teach, has now progressed to the British Junior Squad, of which I am extremely proud. I loved coaching gymnastics and miss it terribly; passing on my knowledge and helping people both young and old achieve new skills. So because of this and with my love of driving I decided to train, as an Approved Driving Instructor.
Another reason though for becoming an instructor, was my eldest daughter. Two weeks after she passed her driving test, she was involved in an incident and wrote off her car.
Fortunately she was not injured, but she was extremely shocked by the event. As you may be able to tell in the photo, her car is on the opposite side of the road, from the direction she was travelling. It was at the end of the dual carriageway on the A47, near East Dereham. Things could have been much, much worse!
As a driving instructor, I want my customers to understand and be aware of the dangers and be as safe as possible, on the busy roads of today. It is my intention to also help those under my tuition, feel happy and confident in their abilities as a driver.
I like to think I am a very approachable and conscientious person, methodical and punctual. It will be my duty, to pass my skills and knowledge on to those who are in need of driver education. Something I hope to do, in an impassioned and enthusiastic way.
Since becoming a driving instructor and starting up my own company, I have continued to improve my own skills, so I can be, the best I can, at my job. I have completed a Diploma in Driver Education, a BTEC Level 3 Award in Training and Education, a Level 3 Certificate in Substance Misuse, First Aid at Work and a Certificate in Behavioural Change. I have passed my Elite Driving Test with Diamond advanced driving and taken further training to obtain my Fleet Badge, meaning I am fully qualified to deliver training to drivers of company vehicles. I am also able to deliver training to those wishing to become driving instructors.
As well as training people to drive, I deliver drink-driving rehabilitation courses across Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
I have also worked with East Anglian Driveability, ensuring elderly and disabled drivers are safe on the road. However, due to Covid-19, I have been made redundant from this role.
I make it my own personal goal to help everyone, no matter how anxious or scared of driving they may be, to achieve their own goal of driving. Some people find it easy to take to the roads, others find it extremely difficult. I am of the opinion that if you really want to drive, you can do it. It just takes patience and perseverance on your part and encouragement on mine for you to get there.