Driving Instructor


Driving instructors teach individuals and groups the theory and practical application of driving skills.

Duties & Tasks

Driving instructors may perform the following tasks:

  • instruct students to drive a motor vehicle by teaching them how to steer, change gears (if manual), interpret and understand traffic conditions, reverse, park, and understand mechanical components and functions
  • teach road traffic regulations and advise students when they are ready for assessment
  • teach road craft and defensive driving skills
  • advise on and teach advanced driving techniques for emergency situations and/or to extend driving knowledge.

Working Conditions

Many driving instructors work on a commission basis. Some use their own vehicles, which are converted to dual control (with pedals on the front passenger side), while others use company vehicles. The work can be stressful, with long and irregular hours. Driving instructors have a high level of public contact.

Driving instructors with special licences teach people to drive buses and rigid or articulated vehicles.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy working with people
  • sound character
  • good interpersonal skills
  • able to give clear and precise instructions
  • patient and tactful
  • good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • able to act quickly and correctly in various traffic situations.

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