The instruction vehicle
Selection of vehicle
My current instruction vehicle is the Toyota Aygo pictured below.
I never drive this car other than for work purposes. I chose the Toyota Aygo because I believe it is the most appropriate car for me to deliver driving lessons in. Personally I would prefer a larger car but I am not the point.
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 and the cost is a massive factor for any new driver. 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.
My Toyota Aygo
I currently use the Toyota Aygo pictured above as my instruction vehicle.
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 General conduct) so the interior of my car neither smells like nor resembles a shed.
Damage during lesson
You will not be charged for any damage caused to the car during your driving lesson.
As the instructor I believe that it is my responsibility to ensure the safety of yourself and the vehicle as far as I possibly can. I may need to take control of the steering wheel briefly to guide you away from the kerb or a parked vehicle but this is all part of my daily job.
Damage during test
You will not be charged for any damage caused to the car during your driving test.
I believe that the examiner should intervene if necessary to protect the condition of the vehicle. Unfortunately they are trained that this is your job because you are being tested. Some examiners will prevent you from wrecking a tyre while others will not even though they would all fail you for it.
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.
Your statutory rights are not affected in any way.