PassMeFast is one of the UK’s top driving schools. We help students across the UK build up their driving experience and get their hands on their full licence. We wouldn’t be where we are today, however, without our fleet of experienced driving instructors. So far, in our Meet an ADI series, we’ve given you an exclusive look at driving instructors in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire. In this month’s edition, we’re heading to Merseyside to meet local ADI John.
John has been a member of the PassMeFast team since February of 2018 and has plenty to share with us. So, give him a warm welcome, and keep on reading to find out more!
What age were you when you passed your test? 22.
Did you pass first time? Yes.
How long have you been an ADI? 5 years.
What was your first car? Ford Escort.
What car do you drive now? Ford Fiesta.
What’s your dream car? One that starts in the morning and gets you where you need to be.
Automatic or manual? Manual.
Which test centres do you cover? Norris Green (Liverpool).
What motivated you to become an instructor? It was something I always wanted to do after passing my driving test. I also get to meet people from different walks of life.
Have you taught any family members to drive? Yes, all 3 of my children—they all passed first time.
What’s your proudest moment as an instructor? Taking a pupil to a test—who I was teaching for over 2 years—who was very nervous, and seeing them pass first time.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about being a driving instructor? Work whenever you want and help people change their lives.
And the most frustrating thing about being a driving instructor? Cancellations and no shows. Then they try to blame me!
What’s your biggest pet peeve about other drivers? Lack of patience towards learners. Drivers overtaking you and then immediately turning left in front of you.
What’s your favourite pass story? They are all good in their own way. A zero fault pass is a good feeling.
What’s the craziest pass celebration you’ve seen? Pupils surprise me all the time when they pass—screaming or crying. Sometimes they look like they have failed. Some running several laps of the test centre car park.
What’s the most common thing people fail on? There isn’t one. Different things like nerves make people do things on their test that they have never done before. Also, lack of practice.
What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to new drivers? Listen and try to remember what you have been taught.
When did you join PassMeFast? February 2018.
What do you do to relax? Garden—growing fruit and vegetables. And watch TV.
Do you have any hobbies or interests? DIY.
If you’d like to know more about our other ADIs, simply check out our other posts in the series: