I'm actively involved in the promotion of electric vehicles within the driver training industry for their environmental benefits and because they are simply so wonderful to drive. At conferences and associations I deliver relating to the realities of life in an EV as a driving instructor. I co-organised the and my EV driving school is featured as a case study on Ecotricitys , Theory Test Pro's , British Gas , Nottingham City Councils including a and , , , , , and an article regarding . I discussed EV's on episode and of , wrote various articles for the Motors Schools Association and the Association of Driving Instructors National Joint Council in , and . I hosted a series of EV videos for Get Driving which are included further down this page. My electric driving school car proudly led through Nottingham in 2017 for BBC Children In Need. I write for the driving instructor industry magazine via their printed and online resources. I have done various media interviews including , and . My EV featured at Nottinghams electric car where I gave a 10 minute presentation.
After 20 years driving manual cars I personally wish I had switched to automatic much sooner. For many drivers automatic is beneficial and more desirable because it reduces 'cognitive overload' allowing the driver to focus on the true skills of driving such as anticipation, planning, judgement, interaction with other road users etc. Certain difficulties such as dyspraxia and anxiety tend to be more suited to automatic cars.
Demand for automatic cars and tuition is increasing dramatically, over 50% of all new cars are now automatic and by 2030 manual cars will cease production. Modern technology is making the clutch and gearbox technologically redundant.
Since 2017 I have taught in a fully electric Nissan Leaf and a Kia eNiro powered by the , the environmental benefits and the potential to clean the air we all breath is an inspiringly achievable prospect and I really like the idea of having an eco-friendly driving school. Electric vehicles (EV’s) are smooth, quick and a joy to drive. My general advice for anyone experiencing stress and difficulties learning manual is to investigate the alternative, don't cope in a manual when you could be thriving in an automatic.
"If you struggle with driving don't cope in a manual when you could thrive in an automatic."