Driving Instructor

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Driving instructors teach learner drivers how to drive well enough to pass their driving test. They prepare learners for both the theory test and the on-road practical driving test. They are also called Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs).

The Work

Most driving instructors use a specially adapted car with dual controls to train the learner driver. You could be:

Specialist driving instructors teach people to drive large goods vehicles (LGVs) or passenger carrying vehicles (PCVs).


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Most ADIs work on a freelance basis, either setting up their own business or running a franchise with an already established company. This means that income varies according to number of clients and hours worked. Average hourly rates charged is around £25 an hour; expenses such as car maintenance would have to be deducted from this amount. Instructors may have to buy or lease their own dual-control car.


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Getting In

To be a driving instructor your name must be on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADI), or you must hold a trainee's 'Licence to give instruction'. These arrangements are administered by the DVSA, an executive agency of the Department of Transport, under the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

You can download a free document on training and qualifications from the DVSA website, 'Guide to the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Register’.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
Tel: 0300 200 1122

The DVSA replaced the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) in April 2014. Its aim is to promote road safety through improving driving standards, testing drivers, motorcyclists and driving instructors, maintaining the registers of Approved Driving Instructors and Large Goods Vehicle Instructors and supervising training for learner motorcyclists.

Driving Instructors' Association (DIA)
Tel: 020 8686 8010
Twitter: @the_DIA

Motor Schools Association of Great Britain Ltd (MSA)
Tel: 01787 221020
Twitter: @MSAGB

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