Qualifications: Fully Qualified ADI, Pass Plus Registered, Drive iQ PRO Coach, EST Trainer
ADI Since: April 2010
Areas Covered: Crawley, Horsham, Redhill, Reigate, Horley
I passed my car driving test in 1983 and unfortunately was involved in a serious collision within my first year as a newly qualified driver. This was a stark reminder of the dangers of driving and the consequences of our actions if we, as drivers, don't remain focussed & responsible at all times. My cousin was sadly killed in a road collision after being hit head-on by a drink-driver on Christmas Eve in 1998. These events made me realise driving is a serious matter and not to be treated lightly...
Prior to joining Stay Safe Driving School I obtained both my PSV and HGV Class 1 licences in previous jobs, including driving buses and coaches for over 10 years, but decided to change careers and train to be a driving instructor as I wanted to put my many years of driving experience to good use and felt that I had a good knowledge base that could benefit other motorists. I have also riden motorbikes and can fully understand the risks presented to both car drivers and motorbike riders.
I joined Stay Safe Driving School after investigating the company background a little further. Everything I discovered about the company appealed to me... The reason why the company was founded, their beliefs and experience gained from partnerships with a number of Fire Services and other Road Safety organisations, but also the fact that the founder, Steve Lintott, personally selects the instructors by assessment and not by 'franchise' benefits.
I'd like to think I make a difference by imparting my knowledge and experience so that new drivers can be safer on our busy roads. I believe it is vital that young & inexperienced drivers are better educated to deal with our modern roads and traffic situations. Not just trained to merely pass the DSA test with very little experience behind them.
What we should all remember is that driving a car is an extremely dangerous pastime that we all take for granted.