Most approved driving instructors (ADIs) rent or own a training vehicle. Some specialise in training those who need to use a modified vehicle – and they may only use their pupils’ vehicles. Whichever applies to you, make sure that the vehicle you use is fit for purpose.
This means doing all the normal checks to make sure your vehicle is legal and safe to drive, as well as whether it is suitable for teaching people to drive.
Is it suitable for driving tests?Some vehicles are not suitable for driving tests because it is difficult for the examiner to get a good view from the passenger seat. For that reason, these vehicles would probably not be ideal as training vehicles! There is a list of vehicles not suitable for the driving test on GOV.UK along with other rules for cars used on test. There is also a list of vehicles that have been recalled by the manufacturer for known safety faults. If your vehicle is on this list it may need to be checked and, if necessary, fixed before it can be used on test.
What about insurance?You’ll need insurance that covers driver training and, unless you specialise in post-test training, provisional licence holders. If your vehicle has dual controls, or any other modification, you will need to tell your insurance company so that your insurance is still valid. There are companies that specialise in cover for ADIs.
Do I need ‘L’ plates?If you’re teaching learner drivers then, as a minimum, you need to fit ‘L’ plates (or ‘D’ plates in Wales) that are visible from in front of and behind the vehicle. You might want to use your car as an advertisement for your services – if you do, make sure that any signs are secure and do not affect your insurance.
Make sure that you can legally teach people to drive.
The lawIf people are paying you for lessons then you must be on DVSA's Register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs). Even if they are just paying for the petrol you use, you will be breaking the law if you are not an ADI.
Find out about becoming an ADI (GOV.UK) or renewing your registration on GOV.UK.
Make sure your driving licence is valid, and make sure you report any motoring or non-motoring cautions or convictions to DVSA – these may affect your licence to teach.
On the roadDisplay your ADI certificate in the passenger-side edge of the front windscreen when you’re teaching – this is a legal requirement.
When you’ve passed all three driving instructor tests and you’ve got your approved driving instructor (ADI) badge, you can choose which direction you’d like your career to take.
Working for a large driving school or franchiseMany of the large driving schools will either employ ADIs or offer franchise packages, enabling you to set up your own driving school business quickly using an established name.
If you’re a franchisee you’ll have to pay a weekly fee to the franchising company; in return you’ll get benefits such as
Working for an independent driving schoolInstead of working within a large organisation, you can join an independent driving school operating locally. This type of company might be more flexible than a larger driving school and you’ll have the benefits of being employed, such as holiday and sick pay, rather than paying for a franchise. The driving school is also likely to provide a car.
Setting up your own businessStarting your own driving school will give you the most flexibility and control over how you run your business, but it also means you will not have the support that you’d get from being employed or running a franchise.
You’ll need to buy and maintain your own car with dual controls; you’ll also need to manage your own advertising and business development.
There are several national driving instructor organisations that can provide support and guidance including the ADI Federation, the Driving Instructors Association, and the Motor Schools Association.
There’s more information to help you grow and develop your career in our Instructors section.
DVSA created the national standard for driver and rider training (GOV.UK), which sets out the knowledge, skills and understanding you’ll need to provide a successful programme of driver training. The standard is important for making sure your pupils not only learn in a safe way, but also learn to become safe drivers. In addition it makes sure you keep your skills and knowledge up to date.
National standard for driversThere’s also a national standard for driving cars (GOV.UK), which describes what car drivers need to know and be able to do to be safe and responsible on the road. This is what your pupils will be working towards as they learn to drive: if they meet the standard, they should be a safe driver and be able to pass their test.
Sharing the new Safe Driving for Life website
Today, 7 July 2021, we are thrilled to share our new Safe Driving for Life website with learner vocational drivers and the public.
We are doing this through a national press announcement, social media and by emailing theory and vocational test candidates.
Over 2 million views
Since our new Safe Driving for Life website went live to trainers and instructors in April, the site has been viewed over 2 million times and more than 10,000 eLearning subscriptions have been bought via the site.
A valuable resource
Co-Founder of Logistics Skills Network, Paul Spink says:
“This initiative to enhance road safety and reduce risk is a wonderful opportunity for all road users to experience a lifetime of safe and enjoyable motoring.
"Logistics Skills Network, and associated organisations including Skills for Logistics, fully support this programme.
"We will promote the website at every opportunity across the vocational training sector to raise instructional standards and with fleet operators to improve levels of driving standards”.
A reminder of our new content and features
The exciting new features in the eLearning subscription include:
• a test readiness tool that can track a learner’s theory test revision and indicates when they are fully prepared for the exam
• Revision and learning progress can be shared with trainers, employers and friends and family.
• eLearning gift subscription (from £25) so anyone can buy a learning package for someone who is learning to drive professionally for a change of career, or for employers who are looking to upskill their employees
• subscriptions can also be bought in bulk by employers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This is alongside the fantastic free content that is available to anyone, such as topical blogs, free practice theory tests and comprehensive advice pages, which include top tips for vocational tests.
Please note the new website feature that allows learners to link to their instructor via the site is available to you for free if your pupil has bought an eLearning subscription.
Our web developers are also working with the industry to further develop our new sharing functionality to allow employers to see all their employees’ learning progress in one place.
Help share the news
We believe that the new website will help learners prepare for their theory and vocational tests, reducing the number of re-sits adding to the demand for tests.
If your pupils are preparing for their theory test, please direct them towards the websi
You can advertise on the new site
You’ll also be able to advertise on the new website.
If you’re interested in advertising on the site, you can contact email@example.com for more information or to request a media pack.
We understand how busy you are right now. However, as you use the new features on the Safe Driving for Life website, we'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
Drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org to help us with our continued development of the site.
Become a driving instructor Become an approved driving instructor (ADI) (safedrivingforlife.info) and ADI resources Advice designed to help ADIs run successful businesses (safedrivingforlife.info)
Headline figures These provisional statistics show:
Chart 1: Total casualties, all road traffic (billion vehicle miles), fatalities and KSI in Great Britain, 2010 to 2020 (RAS30001)
Use this link for the full report
I’m really pleased that driving lessons and tests have now restarted in England, Scotland and Wales.
On Friday 28 May we sent you a joint message with the driving instructors’ National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP) to remind you of the importance of both you and your pupils wearing face coverings during your lessons. We also encouraged you and your pupils to take regular rapid lateral flow tests.
This is really important. It helps to protect the NHS, your friends and families, the driver training industry and our driving test service.
I know many of you are now busy teaching and preparing your pupils for their upcoming tests and to drive safely on their own once they pass their test.
I hope the recently published guidance about the top 10 reasons for failing driving tests and understanding driving test results are useful and are helping you support and prepare your pupils.
Now that driver testing has restarted, the hard work of reducing the backlog as quickly and safely as possible begins. I want to update you on how we plan to do this and explain how we will keep you updated.
Understanding future demand for driving testsWe know how many theory tests and driving tests are booked. And we’re seeing a large increase in people buying our learning materials.
We regularly talk with the driving instructors’ National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP). They’ve told us that many of you are seeing an increase in calls from prospective pupils asking for lessons. And the Department for Transport (DfT) has recently published their travel behaviour, attitudes and social impact of COVID-19 research. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-travel-behaviour-during-the-lockdown
It shows in addition to those who were already wanting to drive, many other people now feel uncomfortable about travelling on public transport.
We have conducted extensive modelling of future demand. But we want to get a fuller picture of the future demand for driving tests.
To help you and us to plan and forecast demand for the future, we want to understand more about the demand you’re facing for lessons. We’ve launched a survey to get your vital views on this and we will share the findings with you as soon as we can.
The survey also asks about:
To give your views and have your say, please fill in the survey by 11:59pm on 25 June. It takes about 10 minutes to do. You can find the survey here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ADI_Restart2021
Keeping our safety measures under reviewWe keep our safety measures under constant review, taking expert advice from the relevant Public Health bodies and the Health and Safety Executive and the latest government guidance.
Whilst COVID-19 remains, and to align with the guidance and expert advice we have received, we need to ask for your continued support with:
Increasing the number of driving test appointmentsFrom Monday (14 June 2021) our driving examiners will be returning to carrying out 7 tests each day in England, Scotland and Wales. This change will allow us to increase capacity across the national network by an average of 15,000 to 20,000 tests per month.
We are also reintroducing the short notice cancellation fee from Thursday 17 June. This will help reduce the number of learner drivers who do not turn up for their driving test and free up the test slot to another candidate.
In the coming weeks, we’ll publish our full plan for reducing driving test waiting times and share it with you and your pupils. I’ll update you on this again on this as soon as I can.
Keeping you updatedThe road ahead is challenging for us all. But by working together, we can help to reduce the backlog, help your industry recover and help people stay safe on Britain’s roads.
I’ll write to you again when we can share our strategy for reducing driving test waiting times and explain how you can get involved and give us feedback.
I also urge you to keep up to date with the NASP website at https://n-a-s-p.co.uk/ and seek advice from a NASP member national association if you have any queries, questions or concerns.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
I hope that you, your family and your friends remain safe and well.
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
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The 6th United Nations Global Road Safety Week takes place from 17-23 May 2021 with the theme #StreetsforLife, #Love30.
Held every two years, UN Global Road Safety Week provides an opportunity to bring together individuals, governments, NGOs, and other organisations from around the world to increase awareness of road safety and stimulate change to reduce the number of road deaths.
The 6th Week is focusing on speed management as a key aspect of ensuring a safe transport system. The Week promotes 30 km/h (20 mph) speed limits as the norm for cities worldwide in places where people mix with traffic.
In support of UN Global Road Safety Week, eDriving is partnering with Global Road Safety Partnership to host a webinar, “Speeding and High-Risk Behaviors: Steering Drivers to Safer Actions”. Visit eDriving’s new Speeding Resource Center to register for the free webinar.
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Dear Road Safety Professional,
Ordinarily, we at FirstCar would be busy making last minute preparations for our annual pilgrimage to the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall to welcome many of you along to our Young Driver Focus conference. However, with the last 12-months being like no other sadly we’ve had to skip both this and last year’s Young Driver Focus event, now reschedules for 25th May 2022.
With so much great work going on in the important young driver road safety sector, we at FirstCar didn’t want to wait until next year to share this knowledge. That’s why with the help of our very kind supporters; GEM Motoring Assist, the RAC Foundation and Westcotec; we have produced the Young Driver Focus 2021 report, which is free for you all to read.
We’ve connected with over a dozen experts across both the public and private sector, all of whom work tirelessly and feel passionately about helping to reduce casualties within the young driver sector. They happily share their learnings, knowledge, and insight. In our ‘Road Safety Showcase’ we hear from various local authorities throughout the UK on how they approach the subject of tackling young driver road safety.
We’d appreciate any feedback you may have by emailing me – email@example.com. We hope to see as many of you in person at Young Driver Focus 2022, and for those who have yet to book you can do so by clicking here.
An interesting and engaging webinar. I found it fascinating the difference between the USA and ourselves.
Maybe there is something to learn from listening how others work.
Whether that’s what to do or what not to do or what you could change.
I hope you enjoy this.