It was a big weekend for PassSmart; we drove halfway across the country, met hundreds of lovely ADIs and gave away armfuls of flasks.
With a boot packed to the brim with PassSmart flasks, we set off for The Approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council (ADINJC) 32nd annual conference in Walsall on Sunday, 7th October.
We heard from guest speakers and chatted with lots of ADIs (Approved Driving Instructors) from all over the UK.
It wasn’t just free flasks that we took along. With our infographic hand-outs, prize draw and – of course – customary chocolates ready to go, we got to know the people there.
As well as learning more about the instructors interests, teaching styles and driving experience, we also listened to talks from guest speakers, such as Lesley Young, Chief Driving Examiner from the DSA.
Lesley spoke about some of the latest developments at the DSA, such as:
- Reducing test waiting times
- The new site, www.gov.uk
- Going digital
- Replacing Pass Plus by 2014, and the consideration of learners taking lessons on the motorway
Julia Malkin – who featured in BBC’s Autistic Driving School – from Exceldia Driving School, also spoke about the challenges of teaching autistic students to drive, and her Revolutions course. In her eye-opening and honest talk, Julia explained the difficulties faced by autistic students learning to drive, and spoke of how the Revolutions course teaches ADIs the necessary skills for teaching autistic students to drive.
After lunch the ADINJC had their raffle, and one lucky winner was awarded with Vauxhall’s huge toy giraffe, whilst another took home a signed England shirt.
We’d also like to say a huge congratulations to Adrian Hand, winner of our PassSmart prize draw, who will be going on a theatre break for two in London, and has already called the babysitter!
Thanks from PassSmart to everyone at the ADINJC; we’ve already got the date booked in our diaries for next year!