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Network with other Driving Instructors

February 7, 20140 Comments

Do you know the other driving instructors in your area, or are they just a person you wave too when driving past them? In this video blog, Blaine talks about how networking with other ADI’s  is a good way to pickup tips, supporting each other, local driving associations and more.
Why be a lonely driving instructor driving around all day, when you can network with other liked minded instructors and use those contacts to your advantage.

If you want to find another instructor in your area that you can network with then have a look at our Buddy Map and if you fill out a few questions we will add you to the map also.

Feel free to comment at this blog post at the bottom of this page. I’d love to hear your thoughts on networking.

 

Video Transcription

Hi,
In this week’s blog I am going to talk about networking and generally getting to know other driving instructors in your area. There are a few ways you can do this.

You can have a look at our Buddy Map on our site to find other ADIs and PDIs in your area and is also very useful if you want to be on there too as you can write in what you are looking for like practice for a Check Test / Standards Check, meeting for a coffee and a chat or you might want to do mock tests and reciprocal overtaking. I will talk more about these things in a minute. By networking you can help each other out which I think is really important.

You could join a local driving instructor association which can be really worth the small annual fee and go along to their meets. We’ve got a map on the website for local driving instructor associations. Associations are full of useful information with lots of people to talk to with lots of different experiences. For example, you may meet someone that is really good with websites or social media that you could talk to if needed.

We are in one of those industries where it can be really quite lonely so networking can be a very useful in lots of ways. We see each other and wave at each other as we pass but we don’t really know each other. Knowing other ADIs could be very handy so please think about networking. From a business point of view, it’s very useful for many reasons like swapping pupils if necessary if you are both trying to tighten up your areas which maybe overlapping. If you could swap you can reduce your travel and make more money by earning more profit.

One of the main things ADIs buddy up for is Mock tests. The other instructor swaps with you and takes your pupil for a mock test and you do the same for them. You can do mock tests in lots of different ways and we have other videos on the site about this. Apart from presenting a good networking opportunity it will give you a second eye to your pupils’ learning. As an example, the other ADI may keep picking up on the use of their mirrors by your pupil and you could focus a bit more on mirrors during lessons. I think it is a good idea to sit in the back and watch during a mock test too.

Reciprocal overtaking is another networking opportunity. Set this up by driving along the road with the other ADI behind you with their learner; they overtake you; they pull in in front of you; they slow down a bit and you overtake them. Not many ADIs do reciprocal overtaking but I believe it is a really powerful lesson if taught correctly and something you can do that other instructors in your area may not be doing. It will keep your pupils safe because often overtaking incorrectly can kill them. Overtaking faster moving vehicles is one of those things we don’t tend to get to teach in a controlled and safe situation so certainly worth thinking about. Here is a blog about overtaking that I wrote for Roadio.

Generally, networking and getting to know other local instructors can be really helpful in many ways.

Author: Blaine Walsh

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Blaine Walsh is the owner of www.driving-instructor.tv, has been a driving instructor trainer for 15 years and a driving instructor for over 20 years. When he first qualified Blaine admits his was not a very good instructor, became disillusioned, was not retaining pupils and not making any money, so he quit full time teaching. After spending time self-reflecting, he had a light bulb moment and realised that he needed to put more explanation, effort and enthusiasm into teaching learners. Since then he has not looked back and is now regarded as one of the top trainers in the country.

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