Once they tested – now they teach

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Business, Community
Three former driving examiners are about to reverse their roles and go from testing to teaching.

Left to right: Geoffrey Simms with Graeme Morrow (Dealer Principal) – Mickey Linden with Graeme McCusker (Aftersales Manager) and Paul Morgan with Mark McAndrew (Hyundai Sales Manager)

Mickey Linden, Paul Morgan and Geoffrey Simms took early retirement from the Driver Vehicle Agency at the end of December 2014 and with over 80 years’ experience between them, decided to start up their own driving school called ‘MPG Driver Training’. The unique benefit for candidates of learning with MPG is having an instructor who then switches places with an examiner for a mock test under real test conditions, before the actual test. “As Driving Examiners we have often seen well prepared candidates fail their test because of nerves on the day. MPG are able to offer candidates instruction with one of us then before they do the test for real, they can complete a simulated driving test with one of the other former driving examiners. “This way the candidate has an opportunity to drive independently while being observed under test conditions. Having a different face in the passenger seat will help to build pupils confidence in preparation for their test,” said Mickey. MPG aim to look at the entire concept of driving, not just passing a test. The number of road traffic accidents cannot be ignored and passing the driving test is only the beginning of a life time behind the wheel. “Through our instruction, we aim to increase every pupil’s road safety awareness; by building these skills into every aspect of driving. Safety behind the wheel is paramount at all times,” said Paul. “We are all members of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, and feel that advanced skills should be incorporated into teaching at the learning stage. The importance of speed awareness and vehicle control are fundamental skills at every level of driving and a sound base of these skills at learner level should be the platform for all newly qualified drivers,” Geoffrey insisted. MPG are also able to offer B+ E, (Car and Trailer) training. Anyone who passed their driving tests after January 1997, and wish to tow a trailer over 750kg, are required to take a B + E Test if the total weight of both car and trailer is more than 3500kgs. Instruction can also be offered for Extended Driving Tests and Taxi Driving Tests. Not only does MPG offer tuition to candidates seeking to pass a test in any of the above categories, but also to any experienced driver who would like to brush up on their skills, e.g.: roundabout procedures, motorway/dual carriageway driving, parking manoeuvres or general driving.

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