Meet An Instructor: Ged

PassMeFast is one of the top driving schools across the UK, offering a variety of tailored intensive courses to suit learners with any kind of experience. We wouldn’t be anywhere, however, without our fleet of talented ADIs. Helping hundreds of students across the UK get their driving licence, our ADIs are second to none. Fancy getting a behind-the-scenes look? We’ve put together yet another “Meet an ADI” post—giving you a closer look at our top ADIs.

This month, we’d like you to say a friendly “hello” to Ged—an ADI who’s been with PassMeFast since 2016…

About Ged

Age: 56

What age did you pass your test? 18

Did you pass first time? Yes.

How long have you been an ADI? 4 years.

What was your first car? A Mini.

What car do you have now? A Citroen DS3.

Automatic or manual? Manual.

Which test centres do you cover? Atherton, Bolton, Cheetham Hill and Salford (Fire Station).

What motivated you to become an instructor? A passion for driving and being my own boss.

Have you taught any family members to drive? My son. He passed first time—never again! He drives much too fast now, though I daresay I was no different at his age.

What’s your proudest moment as an instructor? 3 zero fault test passes—2 of which were first timers! (Not sure what minors are? Check out driving test faults explained.)

What’s the most enjoyable thing about being a driving instructor? Being my own boss and having a sense of achievement when someone passes—especially first timers.

What’s the most frustrating thing about being a driving instructor? Inconsiderate or impatient road users—we all had to learn at one time.

What’s your biggest pet peeve about other drivers? Poor lane discipline.

What’s your favourite pass story?

A pupil who needed loads of support on his test and was given this by an extremely patient examiner. He repeated instructions many times especially on the independent drive. At the end of the test, the pass was confirmed and the examiner went on to explain the process for sending off his licence (as the address differed from what was on his licence). This then followed:

Examiner: “Now don’t forget, you need to send your licence off within 2 years of passing. If you don’t, you’ll need to do the whole thing all over again.”

Pupil: “And I get to see you again!”

Examiner: “Oh no! Because if I see your name, I’m resigning.”

Me: “Bet you could do with a brew after that…”

Examiner: “A brew! After that one, I’m going for a couple of Temazepam”.

It was all in good humour.

What’s the craziest pass celebration you’ve seen? A girl opened the door when she’d passed—I assume to start dancing around the car park. The examiner said, quite firmly, “Close that door, now!” You could have heard a pin drop—so funny!

What’s the most common thing people fail on? Insufficient mirrors and blindspot checks.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to new drivers? Don’t let other people’s driving affect you. Don’t dwell on it—let it go.

When did you join PassMeFast? November 2016.

What do you do to relax? Cycle, walk and socialise. I’m also interested in quizzes and investing in the stock market.

Not enough for you? Check out our other “Meet an ADI” posts…

By Bethany Hall

Whether you’re a learner or a pro driver, Bethany is here to help. From defensive driving to the Highway Code, she’ll tell you everything you need know about driving. If she’s not on the road, you’ll probably find Bethany with her head in a book or binge-watching the latest TV show.

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