AS business owners we compete with one another for business. These are fortunate times because there seems to be an abundance of work and lesson prices are on the rise. However, we also know the economy goes in cycles and now is a great time to start setting ourselves apart from our competition.
One way to do this is to add value to your business and to shout about it from the rooftops because the more demand you create for your services the better chance you have to increase your prices. This allows you to have a better work/life balance as you don't continue to run around like a hamster on a wheel in a cage.
The DVSA have for some time been looking to create a system of 'earned recognition', which is likely to include your grade, any extra services you might offer and the training you have taken during your career as an ADI.
At Tri-Coaching Partnership we help ADIs grow their business to new levels so that they can take on fresh challenges and venture into new business territory.
If you are a forward-thinking ADI, who wants to look after their future business, come and join us and develop your skills. We offer a full range of courses from free Standards Check podcast training to our prestigious Pearson SRF BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development and Train the Trainer courses.
Take a look at the video from one of our satisfied customers.
Here are our next BTEC Level 4 courses:
Newport Pagnell 8th March 2017
Stoke-on-Trent 4th April 2017
Sheffield 28th April 2017
Newport Pagnell 14th June 2017
Are you getting enough reviews ?
The very lifeblood of business as an approved driving instructor is recommendations and the question I would like to ask is, are you getting enough reviews ? Do you proactively search for them and ask for them ? It may seem that asking for a review could be a bit of a cheek but if you want feedback about your business then if your customer does not want to give you a review you need to ask why ? Then listen to them and change and adapt your business as the feedback you get not only is motivational but also gives you the opportunity to improve and so if you think you have done a good job then ask for that review. Below is our most recent review :
Just got back from an outstanding 2 day train the trainer course. What an eye opener to how badly trained we were in the first place!!! It was nice to also work with great group, hopefully new friendships formed as well. This was just another outstanding course, after Btec 4, which, having completed, made things a lot more sense. Thanks to Graham, Sue, Sara and Di for their commitment and help. Look forward to working with you all again in the future.
The course completely blew me away! It was everything I expected and nothing I expected all at the same time. The rest of the industry needs to get its act together as this course is a revelation. I always think twice before spending money on training but this was worth every penny. Don't waste time thinking get your hand in your pocket and book a course with Tri-Coaching you will never look back.
Completed the train a trainer course, as with all products I have experienced with Tri Coaching, this was exceptional. I genuinely believe that if every PDI was aware of this product this would be the only choice. If you are an ADI looking to expand your business then this is the course for you. This will improve your skill, job satisfaction, your business and create high level ADIs of tomorrow equalling safer drivers of tomorrow.
I have just returned from the two day TCIT Train the Trainer course with Tri-Coaching Partnership.
My goal when I signed up for the course was to gain a better understanding of how to best deliver training to PDI's for their future development and the development of their potential clients.
The first day in class was an insight into how the part 3 test is changing and how trainers can change their methods to suit the changes. On the second day we had some practical in-car training to help us put into practice the things we had discussed the previous day.
I found the course to be well structured and well paced. The content is totally relevant and well presented by the trainers. In the car, again, the pace and structure of the day was very useful which, linked to the first days information became relevant in all ways to what my goal for the course was. It is a course I would thoroughly recommend for anyone who is planning to train PDI's in the future.
The number of people in Britain caught driving while already banned has increased by 7.5%, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.
Some 14,500 people were caught driving without a licence last year, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency data shows.
In total, 109,660 motorists were banned from driving, with the youngest being 12 and the oldest 94.
One chief constable said she was "very concerned" about the number of people disregarding driving bans.
One example included a motorist who was caught driving while banned four times in 12 months.
The same person was also convicted for failing to stop and driving without insurance at least three times.
'Risk to all'In all, three 12-year-olds were banned last year, and cases such as theirs are dealt with by the courts in a similar way to adults.
Too young to legally drive, a non-licence holder record is set up in their name on the DVLA's database, and the offender can then only apply for a licence once their ban has expired.
Gloucestershire Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, road policing lead for the National Police Chiefs Council, said: "Generally some people who are disqualified will also be involved in other types of criminality and that might have contributed to them being banned.
"But they'll be people who are driving without insurance because they can't get insurance, because they're disqualified drivers, and so that immediately poses a risk to all of us."
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Young drivers and riders aged 15-25 are more likely to be killed on Europe’s roads than their older counterparts, despite continued improvements in road safety. Road collisions remain one of the highest external causes of death for young people. The risks are especially high for young males and for young riders.
This high collision risk is caused by a combination of factors. Biological and social changes between the ages of 15-25 affect the risk perception of young people and lead to an increase in social activity and associated pressure from peers.
A lack of experience on the road means that young people are worse at anticipating and reacting to hazards. They are also less aware of how best to drive and ride in particular road conditions and situations.
A range of impairments and distractions affect young people. This is linked to the increased social activity they experience during the ages of 15-25, which includes a greater exposure to alcohol and drugs, the influence of peer-age passengers and the effects of fatigue. In-car distraction from mobile devices is also a problem.
Young people tend to drive smaller and older vehicles as they are cheaper and more practical. These cars often have a lower crashworthiness and lack the safety technologies featured in newer, larger cars. The use of seat belts and protective clothing is also poor amongst young people.
A variety of countermeasures have been adopted across Europe and further afield, with the aim of reducing the collision risk of young people.
Recommendations have been made here based on those countermeasures shown to be most effective. The report groups these into the following four areas:
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TISPOL continues to take the lead in road safety across Europe. This is the second report of three against our Strategic Plan 2015 – 2017. 2016 has been a challenging year in many respects. The impact of public service cuts across Europe and the competing demands for police services bring the importance of the TISPOL operational calendar of activities to the forefront of the challenge to reduce road deaths by 50% by 2020. Roads policing in Europe continues to focus on the ‘fatal four’ major causes of death and serious injury on the roads: drink driving; drivers using mobile phones; not wearing a seat belt and speeding. But we also recognise the other dangers posed by criminality and those who continue to use the road network and place others road users at risk. The TISPOL Strategic Plan sets the priority and direction for 30 European Countries to work together and deliver a safer and more secure road network. The operational calendar sets out four key areas for action, known as the ‘fatal four’: n drink driving and drug driving n drivers using mobile phones, and other distractions n not wearing a seatbelt n excessive and inappropriate speeding Through our approach to tackling criminality, we have also held cross-border enforcement activities through Operation TRIVIUM and RPA Project 4. This report includes details of our approach and success in each respect. In September 2016, TISPOL held its first Project EDWARD Day. We were supported by partners such as ETSC, the GEM Motoring Assist Road Safety Charity, governments and police forces across Europe. There was also significant public and private sector engagement. This day was a resounding success and you will see a dedicated section to this event within the report. We are grateful for the support of the European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc towards this initiative. Project EDWARD is an example of what can be achieved when multiple countries and partners work together to highlight the importance of road safety. This signifies the importance that the TISPOL network can play in achieving the 2020 European road death reduction target. However, we must not be complacent and it is important that we recognise new and emerging themes such as fatigue, drug driving and multiple distractions that have an impact upon the number of road deaths and serious injuries. So as we move into 2017 the challenge remains, but I am confident that TISPOL will continue to share good practice, work collaboratively and engage key stakeholders to contribute to a safer, more secure road network for all. Ruth Purdie, General Secretary.
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Zero tolerance on drink driving, additional hazard perception training and graduated driver licensing schemes should become the norm in order to help tackle the disproportionate risks faced by young drivers and motorcycle riders in Europe, according to a new report.Over 3800 young people (aged 18-24) are killed each year on EU roads, the biggest single cause of death for this age group. According to the report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the UK Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), young people continue to face a unique combination of factors that leads to a higher rate of collisions and deaths.
Biological and social changes between the ages of 15-25 affect the risk perception of young people and lead to an increase in social activity and associated pressure from peers, according to the report. A lack of experience on the road also means that young people are worse at anticipating and reacting to hazards. They are also less aware of how best to drive and ride in particular road conditions and situations.
A range of impairments and distractions affect young people, linked to increased social activity, greater exposure to alcohol and drugs, the influence of peer-age passengers and the effects of fatigue. In-car distraction from mobile devices is also a problem.
Young people tend to drive smaller and older vehicles. These cars often have a lower crashworthiness and lack the safety technologies featured in newer models. The use of seat belts and protective clothing is also poor amongst young people.
In some EU countries up to half of young people killed are motorcycle riders, yet there is a distinct lack of specific measures and research targeting this group.
The report makes a number of key recommendations for urgent action including:
“With thousands of young people’s lives still being tragically cut short every year in Europe, we need policymakers to commit urgently to introducing smart, cost-effective and proven measures that can bring these numbers down.
“EU policymakers have an important chance to improve road safety for young people this year with the long-promised update to safety standards for new vehicles. It’s time that proven features such as Intelligent Speed Assistance, Automated Emergency Braking and Seat Belt Reminders in all seats are offered as standard, not as optional extras for the lucky few.”
Here's what your fellow ADIs are saying about the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development.
Kevin Graham from Carlisle'So why choose to do the BTEC Level 4 in coaching with Tri-Coaching? Isn't that a good question? I mean why would you spend your precious time and money doing some CPD when you could be out there doing something less boring instead?
BECAUSE YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO!! Since completing my BTEC 4 in coaching just over three years' ago my training skills and business have grown beyond all my expectations.
I am now charging £32 per hour which is £5 more than my local competition. My pass rate has risen to an all time high of 90% and my reputation within the Carlisle area is out there on Google for all to see (try searching for 'Driving Lessons Carlisle')
Oh ... and I smashed the Standards Check with a Grade A too. I believe that all that I have achieved in the last three years would not have been possible without the professional help and support that Graham Hooper and Susan McCormack have given me during my studies and continue to do so as I plan to invest again in the 'Train The Trainer' course.
Call Graham or Susan today and invest in your skills and future today.'
Stephen Philipson from Carlisle'Ok, I'll admit it! I was probably the most sceptical person I knew about coaching in driver education. However after first being curious, I booked the BTEC level 3 mainly due to great recommendations about the trainer in our area. After that I could see the benefits but couldn't fit it in with what I was doing. So, convinced this was the right way to go I booked the BTEC 4. Graham and Susan are great! Very helpful but you do have to work. I'm now sold! My training is changing for the better. Don't leave it too late! Don't wait for the letter from DVSA. Book it now! It will change everything.'
Rob Sefton from York'I successfully completed my BTEC Level 4 in Coaching for Driver Development between 2012 - 2013 and found the course was extremely interesting and motivating with fantastic support from Susan and Graham at all times.
In 2016 I did the TCIT Train the Trainer course and although I have previously worked in driving instructor training it was well worth doing. On this course I got a lot of new knowledge and again support and I am pleased to be part of their instructor training team as I fully believe in their products. Susan and Graham are excellent trainers who have real passion for their subjects and create a fun, friendly learning environment at all times.'
Lee Jowett from Manchester'I've completed both BTEC Level 4 and the Train the Trainer courses. Both of these courses have been delivered at an exceptionally high standard. Both of these courses have been fun and enjoyable but most importantly both of these courses have added value to my company. Fantastic value for money, helping me grow my business for the future.'
The question is, are you ready to develop yourself and your business and add that extra value that only self-development can bring?
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Here are our next BTEC Level 4 courses:
Newport Pagnell 8th March 2017
Stoke-on-Trent 4th April 2017
Sheffield 28th April 2017
Newport Pagnell 14th June 2017
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