Welcome to Total Drive Industry Round-Up, the place for any need-to-know industry news. Our updates are aimed directly at you, the driving instructors of Britain, and are full of all the things you should know. Here’s what has been going on recently:
Drivers ordered to take off GB stickers when driving abroad
Drivers must now display a UK sticker or have the UK identifier on their number plate.
The UK government guidance has been in place since Tuesday 28 September and says that the UK sticker must be shown “clearly”.
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “It might only be a matter of replacing two letters, but this is a significant change for drivers who in normal times take their cars outside the UK.”
Mr Dennis added: “Drivers also need to remember that number plates featuring the blue band and letters ‘GB’ next to the European golden stars are also no longer valid.”
Credit Evening Standard
Half of Brits reckon they’re better drivers than an autonomous car
Nearly half of British motorists think they are better drivers than an autonomous cars, according to new research. A study of more than 2,000 Brits by Volkswagen Financial Services UK found 46 percent of respondents said they would be a better driver than driverless cars powered by artificial intelligence.
Scots are the most confident in their abilities, with 54 percent of respondents north of the border claiming they would trust their own driving skills over a driverless vehicle. For those in northern England, that fell to 48 percent, then to 47 percent in the south-east of England. Just four in 10 drivers in Wales and the south-west of England (40 percent) said they would be better drivers than an autonomous vehicle.
And as well as being split geographically, there was also a divide between different age groups. More than half (52 percent) of those aged between 18 and 24 said they would be more competent than a self-driving car, compared with just 39 percent of over-75s.
Future proofing your career in motoring
For those who wish to change from a manual teacher to an EV teacher, all you need to do is switch the car you teach your students in, to an electric vehicle and start advertising that you are an EV instructor.
You will also need to update your car insurance details to reflect your new vehicle which you can do with your current provider, or compare for the cheapest car insurance quotes.
On average, a manual driving instructor earns a rate of £29.50 per hour, and an automatic/ EV driving instructor earns a rate of £32 per hour. This means on average, a £5,200 difference per annum, just by switching to teaching in an automatic vehicle.