I’m assuming that you’re reading this article because you’ve had a bad day at work and you’ve decided to weigh up your options, considering the other employment opportunities before you commit to resigning. I’ve got some advice for you – don’t be so stupid. After all, why else would you be looking for help and advice on how much do driving instructors earn?
Teaching people how to drive isn’t for everyone. It takes a certain type of person and personality for you to become a successful driving instructor, not to mention the nous and resources needed to get the enquiries.
These days, driving tuition has become extremely competitive with more and more beginners taking driving instructor training because they see that they could be earning £30k+ a year but without considering the outgoings and finance you’ll need.
Generally if you want to become a driving instructor, you’ll need the following:
- Car hire or long term lease
- Instructor training
- Car insurance
- Fuel and regular maintenance
Finding affordable car hire or long term leasing companies
Without a car you’re not going to be able to teach anyone, so making sure that you get an affordable lease is extremely important. Unfortunately car hire and long term leasing isn’t cheap, so you’ll need to shop around if you want to get the best price.
A company that we recommend to upcoming instructors is called CA Cars.
They have a selection of dual-controlled vehicles available on long term plans ranging from little Citroen C1’s to Fiat 500 X’s. What makes them even more appealing is the fact that they have an excellent customer service team.
Finding training to become a driving instructor
Unfortunately, you cannot simply get behind the wheel of a car and start teaching people how to drive. You’ll need to complete an up to date driving instructor training course to become an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor), only then will you be able to teach unsupervised.
There are a number of driving instructor course packages out there, with the option to pay for your training outright or even take advantage of monthly payment plans with the use of a deposit.
A typical ADI training course will cost between £1350 and £1900 depending on whom you choose to learn with.
This is something that you cannot teach without. If you want to be a driving instructor then I’m afraid to say that you absolutely have to have car insurance.
Chances are that anyone you teach will have little experience driving on busy roads. Of course, before you take them out onto a busy dual carriageway you’re going to teach them the basics, how to start and stop and the process of changing gears.
If you try to take them onto the busy roads before then, you cannot be surprised if you have an accident and your insurance will certainly save you financially.
Advertising and getting enquiries
OK so lets assume that you’ve completed your training, you’ve ordered yourself a car and you’ve arranged your insurance. Now then, how’re you going to get pupils?
Years ago you would have been able to submit a business listing on the yellow pages and you’d get your fair share of bookings but these days’ things have changed significantly.
You need to have a decent website for starters. Make sure that you provide a load of useful information and be transparent with your pricing. You’ll need to constantly market your site to make sure that it starts to appear higher in search results too.
Many instructors prefer to pass the pressure over to a driving school franchise as they’ll handle the marketing for your coverage area and provide you with everything you could possibly need to impress and retain pupils.
Fuel and regular servicing
Another thing worth considering as a driving instructor is the costs involved with maintaining your learning vehicle because in effect, this is your office so you want to make sure its in perfect condition for any new pupils.
Fuel prices rise and fall regularly so it’s difficult to say how much you’ll spend on filling up. One way to save money is to consider purchasing or leasing a vehicle with high fuel efficiency.
Alternatively, look into the garages that you stop at to fill up. Supermarkets tend to have a lot of filling stations built into their designs and often offer the cheapest and most competitive prices.
You’ll also need to make sure that your teaching vehicle is serviced every year, following an annual MOT. This is a full vehicle safety check, highlighting any repairs or minor adjustments to help keep your car safe and road legal.