A Simple Guide to Using Reflective Logs

“I have been reading various things on Facebook about reflective logs being needed for the ADI Standards Check, but I’m not really sure what they’re for and why the DVSA is forcing us to use them. From what I can make out, it’s something that the pupil fills in at the end of the lesson about what they have learned. Can you explain more about what a reflective log is and convince me why I have to use them?”

Thanks for your great question!  Let’s first start by reassuring you that nobody is forcing you to use anything that you (or your pupils) don’t want to use. The DVSA’s Standards Check is intended to assess your ability to instruct and whether that instruction helps your pupil to learn in an effective way. A reflective log is simply one ‘tool’ you can use to encourage your pupil to reflect on their own learning and progress, […]

6 Step Driving School Marketing Plan for Facebook

6 Step Guide – Driving School Marketing Plan for Facebook

Is Facebook a part of your business marketing strategy? Love it or hate it, you would be wise to invest some time in Facebook, as that’s where many of your potential customers are spending their time! Furthermore, many of your competitors are undoubtedly reaping the rewards of Facebook marketing – and if you’re not, you are losing out.

Are you stuck using the ‘old skool’ way of advertising and marketing your driving school, e.g. leaflet drops, advertising in shop windows, local newspaper and magazine adverts, Yellow Pages, Thomson Local? This type of marketing has its pitfalls – it can be very expensive to advertise in local media and directories and very time-consuming to traipse around your town delivering leaflets and postcards. Let’s face it, leaflets are generally perceived as more of a nuisance than a help to homeowners, so they might actually do more […]

10 Tips to Boost Your Driving Test Pass Rates!

“Hi, Ged & Claire.  Like most ADIs, I really enjoy all your articles and posts, so keep it up! I was, however, wondering if you could offer some advice on improving driving test pass rates…

I’m scratching my head at the moment: I qualified a little under a year ago and started very positively with my pass rate – 8 out of the first 10! However, of late, I have had several unsuccessful attempts in a row. I prepare all learners in exactly the same way, and always ensure they pass a mock test before booking a real one. I am slightly concerned for my reputation, both with learners and with examiners, and am working hard to arrest the slide. Is it my fault? The learner’s? Or are peaks and troughs like this normal? Any advice would be appreciated, as I’m sure I’m not the only one who stresses about their pass rate!”

Well, first, […]

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s a flying car!

Well, what an interesting day we’ve had at Liverpool University today!

Modern cars have come a long way since the first machines made an appearance in the late 1800s. Although we weren’t around then, we can only assume that people may have had their reservations about the motor vehicle. Well look at us now, little over 100 years later – how many people are reliant on their cars? You just have to take a look at today’s roads to see how many of us depend on our cars, sometimes to the point where it seems that our roads can’t possibly take any more traffic.

One solution to the ever-increasing congestion problem is the concept of introducing Personal Aerial Transportation Systems (PATS). A team of Flight Science Technology engineers at Liverpool University, along with partner universities in Europe, are working on a project to develop the ‘myCopter’ Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV). The vision is for these […]

“Just check your b****y mirrors!!!” (Part 2 of 2)

In the first part of this article, we explored how to effectively develop our learner drivers’ mirror use.  If you missed it, we’d strongly advise you read that part first – click here to read Part 1.

In the second part of this article, we will be looking further into the cyclic nature of the Look – See – Respond routine.  Also, we’ll check out some higher level techniques to ensure your pupils not only continue to use their mirrors with better levels of understanding, but will learn to develop their own effective strategies to deal with situations arising behind them.

The ‘Silent Conversation’

In Part 1, we took some time to explore some examples of questions to use at the RESPOND phase of the routine. Although many instructors encourage their learners to look for cars, cycles […]