Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Teaching the Next Generation How to Drive

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Teaching the Next Generation How to Drive

Article excerpt

MARGARET O'Connor admits she was probably more nervous than her learner driver when she stepped into the instructor seat for the first time.

Now 21 years later she is still helping local learners obtain their drivers licences.

Starting in 1997, Margaret decided to make the career change after being a public servant for a "long time".

"I decided I needed to do something a little different, I didn't know what and then this driving school became available for sale," she said.

Margaret said the chance to be her own boss held the biggest appeal for her.

"I had had a little bit of experience teaching friends and family members how to drive before so I thought, why not."

She said being a driving instructor was a very quick learning curve.

"You learnt to use those dual controls very quickly."

"You use all three dual control pedals, people are very surprised because they think you only need to use the brake.

"However you do need to use the clutch to try and stop them from stalling and sometimes you need to get them out of the way in a hurry so you use the accelerator as well. …

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