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The Day in the Life of a Driving Instructor with Lendrums Driving School - Southampton!!!

Have you ever considered changing your career ?  bored of what you do ?  fed up working for others and being told what to do ? well this maybe the option for you.

In 2008 John Lendrum of Lendrums Driving School was exactly all of the above, even though he had a successful career with prospects and great salary, but this was not enough, this didn’t scratch the itch that he had, and he felt a new challenge was needed. Money and status is not everything and certainly does not bring happiness.

In 1997 John Lendrum  considered the path of becoming a driving instructor ,but decided to work overseas. John used to sit in the back of another driving instructors car and watch how it was done, and thought to himself “Wow that’s easy, all you do is drive around all day long and tell people what to do and get paid for it “ it’s that easy Right ? Not a chance. It is easy when you have people knowing what they are doing, they make it look like the easiest thing in the world.

In 2008 a National brand jumped on the back of the recession when many were being made redundant, and adverts were out there “Become a Driving Instructor and earn upto £30k, be your own boss, work your own hours” this led to the market being saturated by people training to be instructors, however this was short lived as many did not have the ability and sadly did not qualify and were left jobless. Lendrums are selective and only take on the people whom they know will pass the tests, not just take the money.

Below I will explain the role of a Driving Instructor and list the pros and cons before considering, but I would not change becoming a driving instructor and 8 years on am still loving it and the freedom it has given to me.

A typical day as a driving instructor can involve some early starts, evenings and weekends, however if your sensible with your diary you can work your week to make sure you get enjoyment to do the things you love, ie going out, going to the gym, spending time with the kids, time with family just to name a few.

The people you meet on the journey are varied and make the job interesting. Im asked frequently whether I get bored driving around the same places all day long, the simple answer is, it is not about the area’s it’s the people who are different on every lesson, and each have their own personality and needs, and everyone learns differently. Life would be so boring if we were all the same. Think of the excitement of being able to teach someone a skill that will change their life, and in some cases open up wider prospects and possibilities, just try to remember when you passed your test.

Your diary is key to a good day, as nothing worse than starting your day miles from home, and then the next lesson having to come back near home, we try to make sure that our working wee is logical and the less time travelling between lessons is the best, as you get time for the all important loo stop and coffee break.

The day sometimes starts about 0830 and sometimes finishes at 7pm and sometimes starts later or finishes earlier. I schedule into my day things I want to do, walk the dog, go for a run, watch the Tennis etc. I have spent many a year working flat out and wearing myself out, however you learn pretty quickly.

Lendrums Driving School believe in quality instruction to clients, and that should be paramount in any business right ? not always im afraid, some business are more interested in profits than they are customer satisfaction or happy instructors. The clients at Lendrums are looked after by a dedicated team of professionals of varying ages and experiences. Lendrums believe the instructor is an important asset and should be treated like it, they charge a low weekly franchise, they supply the graphics, pupils, roofbox, support and make the working life of an instructor stress free and enjoyable, with a key on the instructor making money, instead of the business being rich and instructor being poor, which is all to often in some of the big franchises. No limit on students and if you don’t want one, or don’t want a particular area, you just say and your not penalised or made to feel you’re a pain. Remember you work for a franchise but your self-employed it’s your business within a business.

A lot of franchises tie you into lengthly one sided contracts that don’t benefit the instructor, and also they charge a serious amount. The national brand John Lendrum worked for charged £339 per week meaning he paid just over £15k franchise in the year, meaning he had to work 20 hours a week before he made any money, that’s not good. At Lendrums it works out at just over 1.5 hrs a week for your franchise, why would you want to go anywhere else, and there is no contract. It is felt at Lendrums your treated like someone important and as a friend, and there are the get togethers which help all instructors bounce idea’s around and have a sense of well being.

The day is varied and can be very tiring, however rewarding as you have the best job in the world watching how you help novices develop into drivers, and the feeling when someone passes the test is the best, as you helped that happen, and they wont forget you as they recommend you for years.

There is a lack of driving instructors in the UK at present, in 2012 there were just over 46000 and now there is just over 40000 a massive drop. The market is booming and it is possible to make some good  money. Last year some of the Instructors made £45000, yes there were expenses but still a take home of just over £35k and based on a 35 hour week, got your attention now ?

Lendrums Driving School is expanding across the UK and by 2023 aims to have over 100 driving instructors in 10 cities nationwide, you want to be part of that don’t you ? of course you do.

Read the following link on how to become a driving instructor and contact Lendrums as your journey and career change could start right now, life is too short.

http://www.lendrums-driving-school.co.uk/index.php/driving-instructor-training-southampton.html

 

 

DON’T PUT OFF CHANGING YOUR LIFE – CONTACT US AND START THE JOURNEY TO A NEW CAREER

Do you have your Practical Driving Test soon ?

Do you know about the questions you may be asked which are called the "Show Me / Tell Me" if not then you can check out the questions on our website as there are 20 in total, of which you will be asked 2. The 2 questions may consist of 2 show me, 2 tell me or a mix.

The questions are not difficult and just need practicing, if your learning with Parents ask them to go through them with you in your car, or if with a driving instructor ask them to help you which im sure they will cover this topic closer to test.

If you get a question wrong you get a minor so it is not the end of the world, however with some study it is avoidable and you leave the centre with a clean sheet, it also sets you up for your recommended weekly checks, which you can also find on our blog page.

This blog covers what to do if asked what is under you bonnet, and shows you what the engine looks like aswell as the items you maybe asked, for example you may be asked to identify one of the following and explain how you check it is correct:

1; Engine Oil

2; Engine coolant

3; Windscreen wash

4; Brake fluid

 

Watch the short video below which shows the Mini Cooper D 2014

Please let us know what you think and if we can help any further.

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When you pass your driving test, there’s an awful lot to think about. Obviously, finding a new car, getting used to the rules of the road and building confidence in your motoring capabilities are going to be at the top of your list. However, you’re probably also going to want to take advantage of the very reason you learnt to drive in the first place – complete freedom.

The likelihood is that you’re feeling ambitious, right? You want to get out there and take on the road. The world is your oyster. You’re probably looking to plan a road trip here and a road trip there. There’s no doubting it, it’s a great way of seeing the world. However, before you take on the roads of faraway lands, you should consider that the rules of the road are different the world over. Even in Europe. Carspring is an online dealership, based in both London and Berlin. Their experiences of the differences between England and Germany have clearly formed the basis of this intriguing infographic. It shows us how driving habits are different all over the continent. Not just when it comes to the rules of the road, but which cars people are likely to drive and what each car means for bumping up your social status.

  

 

 

Before you get planning your own tour of Europe, it might be a good idea to get yourself a car sorted that’s going to get you where you need to be. For your first car, it makes a lot of sense buying used. If you do, it’s well worth taking a look at the Carspring website to check out their new approach to used car sales. Simply log-on, browse their models, find your ideal car and choose how you want to pay. The company will deliver your new car to your door. For that added peace of mind, all the cars they sell on their site are inspected by the AA and come fully-guaranteed. Then, it’s time to book your ferry tickets, fill the boot and get exploring.

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Drink Driving at Christmas in the UK

Did you know that alcohol consumption in Britain increases by 40% during the month of December? It is a dangerous time of year for drivers on Britain’s roads over the festive holiday period. Tragically, one in six deaths on UK roads are as a result of drink drivers who are over the legal limit for alcohol consumption.

Interestingly, nearly one in six convicted drink drivers are actually caught the morning after the night before when they thought that they might be fine to drive, but were not. 19% of drivers admit to driving the morning after a night of heavy drinking and 6% of drivers are doing this monthly or more.

If you are one of the many people out and about in the UK this Christmas, think before you accept a drive from someone who has been drinking. What is a particularly worrying statistic is that 63% of people would be willing to get a lift with a designated driver who had been drinking alcohol in certain circumstances. Equally worrying is that 30% of people would put themselves at risk by getting a lift with someone who had two drinks or more, providing they ‘seemed safe’.

 

Have a look at this infographic created by CR Allen & Sons for more information and be safe, not sorry, this Christmas.

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It is well known that the prices of driving lessons have increased over the years, and this is down to the general cost to the driving instructors for running their business, ie fuel, franchises and car costs, aswell as the cost for a driving instructor to qualify as they are professionals who have had to pass rigorous exams.

We have all looked at driving schools and thought "wow thats expensive, i shall go with a cheaper company" only to find that cheaper is not always better as you get what you pay for. Always go by reviews on independent sites like http://www.freeindex.co.uk/profile(lendrums-driving-school)_276423.htm where you can check out reviews for any business in any part of the UK.

Most people want to be helpful and try to teach their loved ones, which can sometimes be useful, however have you ever tried to do this, and found you have fallen out with the person you have been trying to teach as things get heated in the car. Have you ever asked yourself WHY this is ? The main reason is because your not trained to be a driving instructor and are teaching what you know, ie Slow Down, Change Gear, Stop at the junction, Dont get so close to parked cars do these sound familiar ? the only part that is wrong here is you have not told the person WHY or HOW to correct, as they do not know they are doing these faults, and this is why people fall out. 

Driving Instructors have been highly trained in What, When, Why, Where and HOW to do these things and also how to break everything down into small pieces, and they are upto date on modern techniques. How many of you have told the person your helping to indicate to go around cyclists, parked cars, and buses because you were taught that way ? well that does not get taught anymore since about 15 years ago, as an indication can give a false indication to others, and the road position gives clear indication to others from behind and approaching. There are lots of changes. 

How many of you have picked up the most recent HIGHWAY CODE since passing your test ? I can hear you groaning and mumbling to yourself that you haven't, well if your going to help loved ones you need to know what your talking about for their safety.

The person your trying or considering helping is precious to you, well if thats the case then you should leave to the professionals. By all means help with private practice, but why not do this as a team effort and talk to the instructor so you know how you can help and also how to help the instructor, this will reduce time in lessons but ensuring quality driving practices. 

Learning to drive is an investment and needs to be done properly.

I hope you enjoyed the little video clip and wish you well. If you would like any advice please ask us http://www.lendrums-driving-school.co.uk/index.php/contact.html and also take a look at some of the useful products you can purchase to assist your own knowledge esepcially Driving the Essential Skills.

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