Stu's Quick Q&A
Why did you become a driving instructor?
Growing up with a dad as a driving instructor I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. One of my earliest memories is sitting in his 1990’s Ford Escort pretending to drive and giving lessons.
What’s the best part of your job?
My favourite part of being an instructor is always meeting new pupils and watching them learn a new skill and the joy they have when they pass. Driving instructor training tops this a little as you see someone develop into a brand new career and change their life for the better.
What’s the worst part of your job?
Cancellations and temper tantrums! Both are completely unavoidable.
Favourite lesson to teach?
It has to be the first lesson, it’s great watching a new pupil grasp a new skill and start relaxing.
Your favourite area for teaching in?
Aintree through to Southport, I love a change of scenery and can often be found across the Northwest, but it’s great being able to float around and see different areas.
What did you do before you became an instructor?
I always knew I would end up as an instructor so at the age of 16 I started working in a warehouse before joining the warehouse refurbishment team. I progressed onto being a security guard and a taxi driver before training to become an instructor as soon as I could.
Why did you choose a Qashqai to teach in?
I’ve used a range of cars, 2 x Fiesta’s, 2 x Astra’s, BMW 1 series, Fiat Punto, Citroen C3. All great cars but I have always wanted something a little special. It’s a great size without being difficult to learn it and it has the perfect specification to keep me happy for 8 hours a day. Full heated leather seats, glass panoramic roof, reverse camera and 4x electric windows whilst getting over 60 MPG – it’s the best car I have ever had.
How old were you when you passed your driving test?
17, the perks of having a dad as a driving instructor!
If you could tell yourself anything when you were learning to drive, what would it be?
Focus, Plan and always be prepared
When you’re not in the car where can we find you?
Spending time with my family, having catchup’s in Costa with the instructors or at home!
You really can’t beat a good Indian!
Claim to fame?
I once ran over Charlotte Church’s foot in the airport with my suitcase (I was 13!)
A little hip hop / r&b or some dance music is normally not far away but I appreciate a good band!