Mark's Quick Q&A
Mark is our Approved driving instructor (ADI) covering Preston and North Southport. A great instructor with a ton of passes and great reviews. Teaching in his manual Kia Cee’d.
What’s your favourite part of being a driving instructor?
The face on people when they’ve just passed their driving test - changing peoples' lives!
Most memorable driving lesson?
A student who has been doing junctions to a high standard stops at a T junction. The car keeps rolling back. While revving the engine the student asks “Why am I not moving forward?”. I say “try lifting the clutch!!”.
What’s your favourite lesson to teach?
Roundabouts - so many transferable skills; observation, speed control, positioning, judgement and decision making!
Why did you train to become a driving instructor?
I wanted to do a job I enjoyed and that would give me job satisfaction. I wish I’d done it 25 years ago.
What jobs did you have before becoming a driving instructor?
Everything, delivery driver, sales, teacher & lecturer, electrician (almost!!), computer programmer, IT Manager, Data Analyst…
Why did you pick your Kia Cee’d to teach in / what do you like about it?
I wanted a car with as few gadgets as possible - no auto light/wipers, a decent size, economical and not too difficult to drive. I wanted to teach people to drive a normal car. Students love it!!
How old where you when you passed your driving test?
I passed my driving test when I was 18
Did you pass first time?
What advice would you go back and give yourself when you where learning to drive?
Learn to park straight!!
When you aren’t teaching where can we find you?
On a country walk, at the cinema, in church or on the couch!
Ham egg and chips!
Favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere in Italy
Favourite Sports / Team?
Claim to fame?
I was once on TV in a Monopoly competition!! I didn’t win - I wasn’t a very good business man!
What music is in your car?
Anything and everything - Classical to Rock