Geoff's Quick Q&A
Why did you train to become a driving instructor?
I had been running a landscape gardening business for five years (I qualified as a horticulturist 35 years ago). The work was sporadic and quiet through the winter. I had a baby on the way and wanted a more secure income. I always enjoyed driving and I even raced motorbikes when I was younger, so thought I might like the job.
Most Memorable driving lesson?
A difficult question to answer. There are two that really stand out. One was with a pupil who had been driving for 20 years in Sri Lanka. I thought “this is going to be an easy lesson” He was unable to keep the car in a straight line, steering as if he was playing an arcade game! We got it sorted out and he passed his test first time. I then had the pleasure of teaching his daughter too. A lovely family. The other one was a pupil called Marc. I only had to say or show him something once and he got it straight away. A pleasure to teach.
Favourite teaching area?
West Derby. It has a great variety of roads from easy “nursery” roads, to complicated junctions and one way streets.
Why did you chose your volvo V40 to teach in?
I have had a variety of teaching cars. My most recent car, a Volvo V40 is a lovely quality car. It is a medium size to teach in and pupils can easily move to a different size car when they start to drive.
Did you pass first time?
No. I failed my first test on the Turn In The Road manouvre as I failed to do enough observations when reversing and failed to see a cyclist coming out of his driveway just in my blindspot behind the rear quarter pillar. Passed 2nd time.
How old where you when you passed?
22 years old. I had a motorcycle so had transport and didn’t need a car straight away.
If you could give yourself any advice when learning to drive what would it be?
Give yourself more time to assess situations, junctions, signs and markings.
When you aren’t teaching where can we find you?
Either playing my guitar or out on my old superbike, (if my wife and kids let me).
What music is in your glovebox?
A wide selection of music, a lot of blues, rock and singer singwriters but also some good pop as well.
Favourite Holiday destination?
Asturias in Northern Spain.
Stews and curries.