The instruction vehicle
Selection of vehicle:
My Toyota Aygo
I currently use the Toyota Aygo pictured above as my instruction vehicle.
There are currently no limitations to the size or power of cars that can be used for a practical driving test and to the best of my knowledge there are no plans to introduce any.
The vast majority of former pupils of mine when they are sourcing their first car are not looking for anything large or powerful. Quite to the contrary they are looking for something smaller and less powerful because they wish to gain confidence in a small car before buying a larger one. Insurance premiums for new drivers being as high as they are is also a factor that cannot be ignored.
I choose to teach in a small car because this is around the size of vehicle that my pupils will be looking for when they have passed.
If they learn in a vehicle of similar size to the one that they will be buying afterwards then their skillset is immediately transferrable.
I buy my instruction vehicles brand new from main dealers complete with a scheduled servicing plan and warranty. I make certain that the servicing schedule is adhered to so that my car will always be in the best possible condition.
The instruction vehicle will always be in a suitable condition for its purpose internally as well as mechanically. I operate a strict no smoking policy (I have to by law but I don't smoke anyway) and the interior of my car neither smells nor resembles a shed.
I always have brand new dual controls fitted before I pick up my new car. Anything else would present a risk that I am not prepared to take.
All of the motor and public liability insurances required by law are in place.