‘Driving Instructor’ to become ‘Driving Coach’?
The industry is changing, and it’s about time! Out with the old-fashioned and largely ineffective teaching methods, and in with the successful new coaching style. Some may argue that their current instructional style is proving very effective, but they largely base this claim on their pass rates.
But pass rates mean nothing when young drivers pass their tests and go on to have crashes. The facts:
- An 18-year-old driver is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash as a 48 year-old.
- One in five new drivers has a crash within six months of passing their test.
So at long last, it appears that the DSA are supporting the approaches that many driver trainers like myself have been pushing for for years – progressing from short-term instructional methods which tend to help learners pass the driving test, towards more active-learning methods which prepare learners for solo driving and to foster ongoing learning after passing their driving test.
The HERMES project began in March 2007 and will finish in March 2010. Its main aim is to create a short 3-5 day training course for driving instructors to allow them to develop their ‘coaching” skills. Click here to read the full state of the art report on “Coaching and optimal communication skills” for driving instructors – I would strongly recommend that all driver trainers read it, because this is the future of our industry.
I will be going down to the London next week for an exclusive Driver Coaching event with Sir John Whitmore and Dr Jonathan Passmore, along with 15 other leading industry specialists. I will keep you up-to-date with what I find out, so keep checking the blog for more information 🙂