Ever wondered what a driving instructor's view is?
Here's an interview with AA driving instructor Guy Pennington from Manchester.
Q. Why did you become a driving instructor?
Guy Pennington. I enjoy meeting new people and helping them gain their goal of safe driving for life.
Q. Have you ever had a crash during a lesson?
Guy. Yes – two years ago an old lady crashed into back of me at a roundabout while I was teaching.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Guy. Seeing learners gain the knowledge to drive.
Q. What do you like least about your job?
Guy. When pupils don't turn up for a lesson.
Q. How many pupils do you have?
Guy. Too many! About 25 learners and four trainee instructors.
Q. What's the funniest thing that you've ever had happen during a lesson?
Guy. A learner was just about to drive through the airport tunnel, and then suddenly started to brake to give way to a plane going over us.
Q. How many tests did you have to do to qualify?
Guy. I had to take three tests to qualify.
Q. Why did you sign up with the AA?
Guy. I quess you can say I started at the bottom with doing my training with the AA. Then I started to work my way up in my career, with doing instructor training for others.
Q. Do you find it easier to teach younger or older learners?
Guy. Younger learners, for sure.
Q. What's your proudest achievement in the job?
Guy. My proudest achivement is gaining all three DVSA badges – ADI, Fleet and Ordit.
Q. Do you think that driving today is easier or harder than it was 10 years ago?
Guy. A lot harder than 10 years ago. There are a lot more cars on the road.
Q. What should pupils do to get the most out of their lessons?
Guy. Make sure it is what you really want to do. Also, if you're still not sure on anything, ask your instructor for more help before trying a new topic.
Q. Any other advice for learners?
Guy. Learn to drive for life – not just to pass the driving test.