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Meet an AA Instructor

AA driving instructor – Emma Gatfield


Q. Why did you become a driving instructor?

Emma Gatfield. I enjoy transferring my knowledge and skills to others.

Q. Have you ever had a crash during a lesson?

Emma. No, but I have lost a door mirror while parked by a lad on a skateboard!

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Emma. Seeing others develop.

Q. What do you like least about your job?

Emma. Putting petrol in :-(

Q. How many pupils do you have?

Emma. One learner driver and about 15 trainee instructors.

Q. What's the funniest thing that you've ever had happen during a lesson?

Emma. A learner once ducked while driving to avoid a flying pheasant. We were doing 50mph at the time.

Q. How many tests did you have to do to qualify?

Emma. If you mean part three attempts then two.

Q. Why did you sign up with the AA?

Emma. I wanted to join a team that allowed career progression.

Q. Do you find it easier to teach younger or older learners?

Emma. Younger without a doubt. They absorb information much quicker.

Q. What's your proudest achievement in the job?

Emma. It makes me proud when I see instructors out there that I have trained, running successful businesses.

Q. Do you think that driving today is easier or harder than it was 10 years ago?

Emma. Much harder, as you need to be much more safety aware.

Q. What should pupils do to get the most out of their lessons?

Emma. Read up on your subject before your lesson, so you have a clear understanding of what is needed.

Q. Any other advice for learners?

Emma. Do your homework, go at your pace. And when you feel you could confidently drive yourself home in a safe and controlled manner – then you are ready for your test.

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