October 4, 2010


What do you think of driving examiners? I suppose your answer will depend on whether you passed or failed. An examiner who passed you, of course will be a hero in your eyes, s/he gave you the freedom to drive independently and to remove those L Plates. If you failed on the other hand, it is a completely different story and the examiner was no doubt a hideous individual who had no sympathy.

However, have you thought about the peril these examiners have to go through on a daily basis? With most examiners sitting in on around 8 tests per day, to be a passenger when an anxious and inexperienced driver is trying to get from A to B without crashing the vehicle can be very nerve wracking.

Examiners are not only expected to be vigilant at all times but also to be able to communicate effectively with members of the public in what can be a very stressful situation. Examiners undertake four-to-six-weeks intensive training and many have previously been driving instructors.

Holly Harper of Britannia Driving School said: “Their job changes lives however, they must ensure only the safe and competent drivers are let loose on the roads.”

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