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 have delivered presentations, talks and displays relating to the realities of life in an EV as a driving instructor. I co-organised the Nottingham EV Owners Club and my EV driving school is featured as a case study on Ecotricitys Power to the EV People, Theory Test Pro's Meet the Instructor, British Gas Reality of Electric Cars, Nottingham City Councils ULEV Experience including a video interview and EV journeys article, GoRoadie, EV News Daily, Collingwood Insurance, Voltage Electric Dual Control Cars, Pod Points Q&A and an article regarding long journeys. I discussed EV's on episode 129, 167 and 187 of The Driving Instructors Podcast and The Instructor Podcast. I wrote various articles for the Motors Schools Association and the Association of Driving Instructors National Joint Council. I hosted a couple of EV videos for Get Driving which are included further down this page. My driving school car proudly led The Big Learner Relay through Nottingham in 2017 for BBC Children In Need. I wrote for the driving instructor industry magazine Intelligent Instructor via their printed and online resources. I have done various media interviews including ITV News, BBC East Midlands Today and BBC Radio Nottingham. My EV featured at Nottinghams electric car FestEVal where I gave a 10 minute presentation.

After 20 years driving manual cars I wish I had switched to automatic 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 and interaction with other road users. Certain difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and anxiety tend to be more suited to automatic cars.

Demand for automatic cars and tuition is increasing dramatically, over 70% of new cars are now automatic and manual cars will cease production by 2030. Modern technology is making the clutch and gearbox redundant.

Since 2017 I have taught in a fully electric Nissan Leaf and a Kia eNiro powered by the superb energy provider Octopus, the environmental benefits and the potential to clean the air we all breath is an inspiringly achievable prospect and I like the idea of having a more eco-friendly driving school. Electric vehicles (EV’s) are smooth, quick and a joy to drive. My advice for anyone experiencing stress or difficulties learning manual is to investigate the alternative, don't just cope in a manual when you could be thriving in an automatic.

Passing your driving test in an automatic allows you to drive any automatic car whether it is petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric.

"If you struggle with driving don't cope in a manual when you could thrive in an automatic."

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