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.
Schooling & School Subjects
No specific requirements
The law requires that a practising driving instructor must be in possession of an Instructor’s Licence, issued by the Department of Transport or local traffic department. This is renewable annually and it is a condition of renewal that the driving instructor repeats the practical driving test. Candidates who have at least 5 years of driving experience will stand a much better chance of securing a position.
A driving school will accept an application for a position as a driving instructor, even without the necessary licence, provided that a person has the right qualities for the position.
If a driving instructor wishes to start a driving school the following steps should be taken:
Any of the above potential employers or any police station or the Department of Transport.