We’ve teamed up with a some of the biggest names and companies in the industry to bring you some great ideas for your Christmas wish-list or work! And one lucky reader will win them all, in our big festive-fantastic giveaway, worth over £2,100!
NEXTBASE 412GW Dashcam
RRP: £129.99 www.nextbase.co.uk
Nextbase are the UKs best-selling DashCams, and top of the range 412GW. A brilliant magnetic ‘click-and-go’ mount allows you to simply remove the DashCam from its mount without unplugging any cables. You are provided both with a suction cup or permanent adhesive version mount for the windscreen, and plentiful cable so you can either plug into your adapter socket, or hard wire into the fuse box (a kit’s available). There are touch-sensitive buttons making operation smoother, and LEDs light up when you touch them, while a Quad HD 1440P lens and recording resolution provides super hi-res images, Wi-Fi enabled so you can download, review and stream via your mobile or tablet using a dedicated app, though you also get a 3” LED screen on the back of the camera. A 32GB SD card is enough for four hours of recording at the top quality. It has excellent image quality and is solidly built, and the ‘Click&Go’ mount is a great idea. The latest firmware also gives you options to simply adjust and edit images. Very probably Santa’s navigational choice.
Driving School Website and 6 months’ hosting – £147 www.wanasite.co.uk
Wanasite has been providing driving schools with websites for over 15 years. With great understanding of the driving school profession, website expertise and SEO knowledge, they can help enhance your marketing with one of their websites. Prize includes website setup using one of their attractive, mobile friendly designs, domain name and hosting free for six months. Now that would make it easier when it comes to Santa’s Christmas lists.
Driving Digital – £250 per year & Standards Check Success – £49.95 www.smartdriving.co.uk
Driving Digital: It promises to provide all the essentials to make your business and teaching modern, user friendly, efficient and effective, from your online presence, to the tools you use in-car, and even the homework you provide in between lessons. It includes pupil progress tracking, modern 3D ‘draw on’ briefings, auto social media posting and branded apps and resources, as well as email and marketing tools.
Standards Check: Online preparation for the Standards Check. A thorough and complete programme to ensure that you not only pass the assessment, but also achieve top marks and that Grade A status.
Over 45 videos with revision notes, as well as examples and information covering all of the areas assessed during the ‘Check’. There’s also an extensive written manual covering all aspects of expert lesson structure and delivery and client-centred learning. It covers the 17 competencies assessed in the Standards Check, with explanations and examples of each, and there’s even a ‘frequently asked questions’ section. You also get in-depth explanations about lesson and route development, core training skills and the differences between instruction, client-centred learning and coaching, and even a “pass Guarantee”! A present that never disappoints then?
FBTC Accountancy Services
1 Year Membership: £360 www.fbtc.co.uk
Keeping on top of your accounts and filing your tax returns is annoying, often confusing, and usually quite a stressful occupation on its own, let alone then getting out and about doing your day job of teaching people to drive. What’s more, you have to file your accounts by the end of January! FBTC professionally compiles and presents your annual accounts to HMRC, utilising the information you provide using their easy to use online ‘Cash book system’, or in hard copy. They ensure that the deadlines are met and guide you through tax legislation while providing business support and advice, helping with everything from business plans to mortgage applications, helping you run a competitive, tax efficient business. It really does bring peace of mind and reduces the financial stress this Christmas and beyond.
Waveney ADI Insurance
£100 voucher off drivinag instructor car policy. £75 voucher off a private car policy. £75 voucher off a home insurance policy www.waveney-insurance.co.uk
The UK’s largest driving instructor insurance provider, Waveney Group Schemes is part of the Towergate Group, and a specialist driving instructor insurance for ADIs and PDIs. Cover includes benefits such as: Any Driver Cover – allowing you to teach any licensed driver on the road, irrespective of previous driving experience or other risk factors. This also allows the examiner to drive; Replacement Dual Control Vehicle – provision and supply of a guaranteed dual control replacement car within 24 hours to enable you to continue teaching and sit any pre-booked driving tests; Negligent Tuition Cover – protecting you and your business against a claim brought against you due to an injury suffered by your pupil through some negligence on your part. It also protects any other instructor to whom you have provided a vehicle which is insured under your policy; Driving Off Road Driver Aged 14+ – allows you to teach off road. Advanced driving lessons for Santa too?
RRP: £149.99 www.alcosense.com
How do you make sure that you don’t have a student in your car who still has alcohol in their system from the night before? The answer might be to buy a pocket-sized device called the AlcoSense Pro (£99.99) and test them before they set off! It utilises the same sensor used in UK, US & European Police breathalysers, ensuring accuracy. It features a full colour screen that gives clear readings of the blood alcohol level, and if it’s close to,, or over the limit. The Pro will alert you not to drive. Its Blow Coach will help you blow into it correctly, improving accuracy, and it is unaffected by extreme temperatures. A great teaching aid and responsible driver tool all through the year. Ensure that your students have a happy, not a ‘merry’ Christmas on the roads!
Young Driver & Parent’s Guides
RRP: £250/£38 (x50) www.firstcarmedia.co.uk
A comprehensive, easy to read, fact filled guide for all new drivers. The A5 annual booklet guides the reader though everything they need to know to get on the road, and stay on the road safe and sound. Meanwhile, ‘The Parent’s Guide’ provides helpful hints and tips for private practice, learning aids and resources, as well as test and post-test advice. Great presents or Christmas and the New Year.
6-month membership – £90 www.adinetwork.blog
With over 600 registered members, ADI Network is a pupil supply service that utilises a fully automated system, with instructors sent an SMS the moment a pupil submits a request to find an instructor matching an ADI’s postcode, transmission and lesson availability. There’s no chance of negative pricing competition, and pupils receive updates on the progress of their ‘Search & Match’ request, keeping them informed and confident of the service. There is also a ‘Benefits Package’ that allows members to subscribe and gain access to a host of exclusive, money saving perks, helping you increase lesson profits. A blog site also provides members with regular industry related news updates, as well as highlighting key perks and how to utilise them. A great Christmas bonus, but all year round.
Driving Instructor Services
3 months’ Full Subscription (sole trader) – £356 www.DrivingInstructorServices.com
Driving Instructor Services offers various levels of industry-specific support to driving instructors to help them run their own driving school. The full subscription provides: Online Office with Diary, with features such as text reminders, marketing reports and pupil balance, tracking and more. Their call handling service provides subscribers access to industry-specific staff able to deal with all enquiries and take bookings. In addition, all calls will be answered in your own trade name between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m, Monday to Friday, (9am to 5pm Saturdays), with every call accounted for and all calls recorded. This is a comprehensive business support service that makes you wonder how even Saint Nicholas can survive without it.
…and finally, but not least, WIN A years subscription to
intelligent instructor magazine!!