It’s been a while so I figured, hey it’s Blogtober so why not start posting again?
I don’t really remember too much of what I talked about over the last few posts so I’m just going to do a massive update.
So, I finally managed to finish my 40 hours of teacher training for becoming a driving instructor. I’m now at the point of looking for a car and insurance and then I can start teaching which in excited and nervous about.
My son turned 1 and has developed one hell of a cheeky attitude. He loves to steal our seats if we get up, rushing over, laughing and climbing up until he’s sitting where we sat. He also has a thing for butting my wife/his mum? He very rarely bites anyone else, just her.
My daughter is back at school through all this current madness but, she is being safe and careful. Every day I get home she shows me a book slowly filling up with stickers she has earned at school. It’s adorable.
My wife’s fibromyalgia has gotten worse but, the stress at the moment is high for us all. Usually, as soon as I get home, I take the kids so she can rest and work on her crafting business.
I failed at my 2 ADI test. Pretty much it, it sucks.
So, who’s fault was? Mine, I pulled out a junction and didn’t look left. So I can’t blame anyone but myself. What’s the plan now? Well, I have another attempt before I have to wait 2 years before I can take the tests again.
Well, I’ll be honest if I fail again I won’t be taking the tests again in 2 years. I’ll just move on to something else, hopefully directing. But, my confidence has taken a hit. If I can’t even drive correctly what makes me think I can direct a whole movie?
Today, was a bad day and I don’t know how long this slump of a mood will keep me down. Jesus, only one more chance to prove myself, it sucks. There’s also the pressure to provide for my family, my wife has been nothing but supportive but I also know that if i fail I’ve waisted about £2000 in lessons and tests.
I don’t even know how to end this post thanks to not being in the right frame of mind. I guess, wish me luck on the next and last attempt?
I don’t really remember if I mentioned too much about my training to become a driving instructor. So, let’s talk about that!
The ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) exam, is in 3 parts. The first being an ADI theory test, which is very similar to the standard theory test, except there’s questions about teaching thrown in too and you can only get 15 faults or you fail.
The part 2 exam is a driving test, to make sure that you can drive professionally. It’s similar to the standard driving test but you are only allowed 6 minor faults. This is the exam in taking in a few days.
The part 3 exam is a teaching exam. You need at least 40 hours of training with a driving instructor after passing your part 2 exam. Then an examiner will sit in the car with you while you teach a lesson. I’m not sure how this is graded yet though.
The part 3 exam also has an option of extending your training by 20 hours but you get a trainee teaching license so you can start teaching people how to drive. Which is what I’m planning on going for once I’ve passed the part 2 exam.
It’s been a lot of lessons just to get me to have the confidence to drive well enough to do the part 2 exam. It’s also not quite as scary as I had imagined. I have taken it once before, about a month ago and failed, I ended up receiving a major fault thanks to another driver, although yes I know there were other things I could have/should have done.
So as it is at the moment, I’ve got about 5 more hours worth of driving lessons before my exam and while I’m confident I’ll pass, I also know that this past month my driving has slipped. I’ll keep this all updated anyway.
October 2018 I was told I would lose my job in 4 months. Then when December rolled around I saw a job application to become a driving instructor. I wasn’t too sure about it at first but when I looked back at my learning experiences I knew I found a job I might enjoy.
Skip forward to March and I start taking lessons to become an ADI (Advanced Driving Instructor). 2 months later and I was in a new job in a warehouse (had to pay the bills some how) and then flash forward to last thursday… and I’m taking the theory test, the first of three exams. I have no idea how I did it but I managed to pass… barely… incredibly lucky.
So my lessons have begun again as I prepare for the next exam and a few things have come to my attention which my wife and I hadn’t worked out/considered. When you look at monthly costs (buying a driving instructor car, petrol etc) it adds up and eats into how much you make by a lot. The hours are great, picking my own times etc. but the cost is pretty high.
I guess I shall see how things go and keep up to date! I also have a few family stories I should post on here…