If you’ve been keeping an eye on the PassMeFast Blog, you’re sure to have noticed our Meet an ADI series. If not—where have you been?!
In this series, we’re profiling the driving instructors who make up the beating heart of the PassMeFast team. They’re living proof that not all heroes wear capes—sometimes, they’re sat in the passenger seat of a car, providing invaluable guidance and friendly encouragement to a nervous learner (and generally prefer a sensible pair of shoes to spandex).
In this edition of the Meet an ADI series, we travel across to West Yorkshire to meet local instructor Shamsher. A member of the PassMeFast fleet since October 2017, Shamsher is already behind plenty of successful pass stories. Read on to get to know him better!
What age were you when you passed your test? 17.5
Did you pass first time? Yes!
When did you join PassMeFast? October 2017.
What was your first car? A Ford Escort.
What car do you have now? A Peugeot 308 Active 1.6Hdi.
Automatic or manual? Manual.
What’s your dream car? I’m past that age now! ?
How long have you been a driving instructor? Since 1995.
What motivated you to become an instructor? I’ve been in the car trade from a professional mechanic through to teaching.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about being a driving instructor? I feel proud when I help people to pass and drive safely for life, which opens the door to more opportunities for them.
What’s the most frustrating thing about being a driving instructor? The short period of time until I work out what’s holding someone back from making progress.
Have you taught any of your family members to drive? Yes—my son, who’s a medical doctor now.
What’s your proudest moment as an instructor? A lady who passed first time after ten hours with me, who had been demoralised by her family and her previous ADI and was made to believe that she would never pass. I proved them all wrong!
What’s the most common thing people fail on? Mixing up the sequences.
What’s the craziest pass celebration you’ve seen? A guy passed and loudly said “Allahu Akbar”, causing people to jump up!
What do you do to relax? Internet-related activities.
What are your hobbies and interests? Caring for my family; supporting my children to be better educated and to be better human beings.
What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to new drivers? Learn at your own pace and don’t rush into the driving test until you are safely ready.
With a fleet of hundreds of instructors covering large parts of the UK, PassMeFast is right on your doorstep, ready to help you get on the road. All of our instructors have the DVSA’s seal of approval, and have experience in helping even the most nervous learners become qualified drivers. Check out our range of courses to start your journey to getting your full UK driving licence, or click below to meet another of our instructors.