Driving Instructor

Driving Instructors teach people the theoretical and practical aspects of driving motor vehicles.

Theoretical training comprises lectures and demonstrations on how to handle a vehicle in an emergency, driving techniques and the mechanical operation of motor vehicles.  Instructors may use blackboard diagrams, audio-visual aids and driving simulators to accomplish this task.

Practical training involves the learner driver actually starting the car, driving and parking - first in the driving-school grounds and then out on the public road - while the instructor observes the learner’s driving habits and reactions under various conditions.

Driving instructors encourage improvement of the learner driver’s technique until a satisfactory level of competence has been attained and the learner is able to attempt to pass a test and acquire a driver’s licence.

Personal Requirements

  • at least 5 years of driving experience
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • patient and mature
  • ability to work with young people
  • calm temperament and mental stability
  • able to react quickly in an emergency
  • able to deal with criticism from learners who fail their driving tests


  • driving schools
  • self-employed, with enough experience and capital, can start own driving school

Getting Started

  • improve your driving skills and, if possible, take advanced driving lessons
  • speak to a driver instructor about this type of career and ask to observe them at work

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