James' Quick Q&A
Why did you become a driving instructor?
I became a driving instructor because I get a lot of satisfaction helping people to gain a very valuable life skill which opens many doors once they qualify.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
The best part of the job has to be the look on a students face once they get that all important pass on their practical driving test…priceless.
The worst part of the job has to be the lack of empathy from other road users.
Favourite teaching areas
My favourite teaching area has to be Moss Bank/Clinkham Wood. It has a bit of everything and the roads are quite quiet.
Most memorable driving lesson?
My most memorable lesson has to be a young student who suffers from chrohn’s disease. At the start of the lesson the student was very nervous and also in tears. I put the student at ease and at the end of the lesson she was laughing and felt totally at ease. The feedback from the students mum brought a tear to my eye.
How old where you when you passed your driving test?
I did pass first time when I was 17 years old. All 6'2" of me in an Austin Metro (younger readers might have to Google that car). I still don’t know how I managed to fit in the car.
What advice would you give yourself when you where learning to drive?
The one bit of advice I would give myself is to slow everything down. It just makes things a lot easier.
Why did you pick your Jaguar E Pace to teach in?
I teach in a Jaguar E Pace because I’m not allowed to teach in a Porsche 🤣.
What music is in your glovebox?
I listen to all types of music from Eminem to Andrea Bocelli but you will always find Steve Winwood in my glovebox.
My favourite is Spaghetti Bolognese.
Favourite sports team?
My favourite sports team has to be Saints Rugby League team. Non stop action, proper man’s game.
When you aren’t teaching where can we find you?
When I’m not teaching you can find me on the roads cycling, in the local social club having a few drinks and a game of snooker. I’ve also managed to obtain a PS5 which I love playing strategy/adventure games. I’m currently playing The Village which scares the hell out of me. Most of all I love spending time with my daughter who I see every weekend. She’s the love of my life.