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The standards check is always nerve racking and it never gets any easier in my mind, the pressure is always on, including continuation of my livelihood. I spend my working life advising ADIs and trainers on standards check and coaching skills, however, doing it myself still feels a tall order and it’s never nice being watched by an examiner and putting what you preach in to action.

Kathy, our DIA editor was kind enough to volunteer her services and we focused on a drive, as an experienced driver who is considering the pros and cons of going from a manual Mini to larger automatic SUV. Before the standards check we went for a short assessment drive. The drive gave me a good grounding to understanding how to pitch the lesson, set achievable goals and most importantly the ability to keep it client-centred.

The assessment drive incorporated rural roads, which I was not familiar with and unexpectedly I needed to use my dual controls on what was a very large, water logged pot hole that Kathy hadn’t spotted. Kathy realised her speed and anxiousness of the cars behind were affecting her judgement, control and safety. So we had a plan and things to work on the following day, the actual standards check day.

That evening I checked the route, my timings and any unforeseen possible hiccups, like roadworks, that I wasn’t aware of. I struggled to find a suitable road to pull over half way through the lesson, if needed the next day, so I secured a plan B in my head just in case.

8.30 am came around quickly and before I knew it I was meeting my examiner at Crawley test centre. Funnily enough the examiner who took me was the examiner for my part 3 ADI qualification nearly 20 years ago.

All went well on the drive itself, we agreed on a commentary drive, first from myself as a passenger observing and then Kathy had a go on the same route back. The power of a commentary drive never ceases to amaze me and Kathy’s commentary was brilliant, she drove so well, highlighting all the hazards and potential risks and more importantly, she had learnt to slow down and not worry about the driver behind, job done, I was pleased. Plus I was delighted to pass my standards check with an A, I was proud and relieved all at the same time.