About 1st Bingham Driving School
Driving instruction is a very demanding activity and Russell´s student drivers benefit hugely from his previous experience of providing training in a wide variety of activities whilst serving in the RAF, and he has transferred those invaluable training skills to his present role. As well as being a very accomplished squash racquets player he coached hundreds of players to a high standard so they could enjoy the game much more. He has also assisted as a ski instructor whilst engaged in Military Adventure Training exercises and expeditions in both Norway and the Bavarian Alps, and as a qualified mountain trekking leader he has led expeditions and trained participants in arduous activities during those trips in extremes of climatic weather conditions both in the UK and overseas, ranging from minus 40 degrees winter temperatures to plus 40 degrees near the Equator and in deserts. He also has considerable experience in athletics, karate, parachuting, gliding, and many other sports. In 1986 he personally trained a 20 man team to take part in a NATO/international event and they won the trophy for being the best RAF team, with nearly 50 teams from that Service taking part. All of the foregoing was Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity, which was additional to his primary ´day job´ in the RAF, which itself included instructing, training, and assessing colleagues in very many different roles, not least, ´specialist driving operations´. He had, therefore, many thousands of hours of delivering practical training sessions under his belt, dealing with a wide variety of military ´personalities´, prior to becoming a driving instructor, so it was, and is now, effortless for him to adapt his methods of training to suit each individual learner driver, all of whom, without exception, enjoy their driving lessons.
Upon changing career, and with his professional training background, he found it quite easy to achieve the Diploma in Driving Instruction (DipDI) awarded jointly by Middlesex University and the DIA, the latter being the most professional and largest association for driving instructors in the world. He also has the City & Guilds PTLLS certificate. He is the only local instructor to have the DipDI, PTLLS, and DIAmond Instructor/Examiner qualifications. These also afford him opportunities to provide Continuing Professional Development training to other driving instructors. CPD is scheduled to become mandatory for all driving instructors in the near future, although many are very foolishly trying to resist the much needed improvement to the basic standard of instructor training. The changes follow on from research projects and reports (MERIT) into adverse driving instructor standards in the EU, including the UK. Research has already proved that better qualified driving instructors produce better trained, and very importantly, SAFER drivers.
For full details of MERIT Report, see: http://www.cieca.be/download/MERITFinalReportEn.pdf or EU MERIT Project - CIECA
So, do you want anyone other than a highly qualified professional instructor, trainer, coach, and assessor, to teach your sons and daughters to drive a motor car? Remember, their LIVES DEPEND upon your decision!
It is well known that when buying goods and services, ´customers get what they pay for´.
It is particularly relevant when learning to drive, which is a ´life saving skill´. It pays to buy the very highest quality driving lessons, which although more expensive than any others, the safety and lives of your teenagers are, quite simply, PRICELESS!