Should I Choose A Male Or Female Driving Instructor?

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So, you've finally gotten your hands on your provisional licence and you're raring to start learning to drive. Before you can actually get behind the wheel and start your driving lessons, though, you'll need to find your driving instructor. There are plenty of things you need to consider when picking an instructor. For starters, they should be DVSA-approved, locally-based and driving in a transmission you want to learn in. Another question on the minds of many learners is: should I choose a male or female driving instructor?

We're going to explore the differences between male and female driving instructors and look at why some learners might prefer one over the other. We'll also divulge why it doesn't matter when it comes to PassMeFast instructors.

What's the difference between male and female instructors?

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Gender aside, all driving instructors must undergo the same challenging tests in order to become fully qualified DVSA-approved driving instructors.

Instructors all start out as Potential Driving Instructors (PDIs) who are on their way towards taking the tests necessary to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). In order to earn that ADI licence, PDIs must pass three tests:

  • ADI part 1: a theory test
  • ADI part 2: a test on driving ability
  • ADI part 3: a test on instructional ability

The first two tests are much like the theory and practical tests that learners must pass in order to become fully qualified drivers—the difference being, of course, that they're far more difficult. The third and final test revolves around the PDI teaching a learner under the observation of an examiner—assessing their ability to instruct correctly.

Whilst PDIs are allowed to take the first test as many times as they'd like, they only have 3 attempts to pass the second and third tests. And that's not all—at least once every four years, ADIs must undergo the ADI standards check. This involves an examiner sitting in on a lesson in order to test an instructor on:

  • Lesson planning
  • Risk assessment
  • Teaching and learning skills

Needless to say, driving instructors have to undergo a lot of training both in order to become and maintain their status as an Approved Driving Instructor.

So, is there really a difference between male and female driving instructors? If we're looking at their level of training, then no, there isn't a difference. All driving instructors have to meet the same high standard with their teaching style, otherwise, they wouldn't be able to maintain their status as an ADI.

Why do learners choose a male or female instructor?


It's all ultimately down to personal preference and comfort. There are plenty of reasons as to why a learner driver might specifically go out of their way to choose a male or female driving instructor. Here are just a few reasons…


For starters, some people just feel more comfortable learning with a male or female—whether it's from a past learning experience or simply due to a gut feeling. Depending on your level of experience, you could be spending over 40 hours with your driving instructor, so it's pretty vital that you feel at ease with them during your lessons.

Cultural or religious reasons

For some learners, religious or cultural reasons will determine whether they choose a male or female driving instructor. Some women, for example, can't be alone with a man who isn't a relative, meaning they need to be taught by a female driving instructor—and vice versa with some men.

Stereotypes and assumptions

There are plenty of myths surrounding the theory and driving tests. There are also plenty of myths surrounding gender and character traits. Many learners decide to pick female driving instructors, for example, because they see females as being far more gentle and nurturing. In contrast, some learners opt for male driving instructors because they're supposed to be the better drivers—even though figures show that men are 6 times more likely to receive a driving ban!

So should I choose a male or female driving instructor?

It's entirely up to you. If you'd prefer to drive with a male or female driving instructor, then go ahead—you're the one who has to spend hours in a car with them. Your comfort is important during your driving lessons—the more relaxed you are, the better your driving and learning process will be.

There are plenty of qualified ADIs to choose from across the UK. If you want to learn with the best of the best, however, you might find PassMeFast to be the perfect solution for you!

Choosing a PassMeFast instructor

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PassMeFast prides itself on being one of the leading driving schools in the UK. We wouldn't be able to stand amongst the best, however, without our grade A and B driving instructors. Our DVSA-approved driving instructors have bags of experience under their belts and are fully equipped to help any learner pick up the driving skills necessary to pass the driving test.

With PassMeFast, everything is tailored to suit you. Want to get on the road fast? You can take an intensive approach and get sorted in mere days. If you don't have much time on your hands, you can slow it down a touch and opt for a semi-intensive pace. You can even specify your preferred gender of instructor—not to mention manual or automatic transmission.

Trust us, by the end of your PassMeFast course, you'll practically be best friends with your driving instructor—regardless of whether they're male or female. Don't believe us? Here's what some of our students had to say about their instructors:

  • My instructor was Shamsher who helped me get my technique on track, as well as supporting me throughout the stressful time before my test. I could not recommend him more highly.”

  • I had 3 instructors over my time as a learner driver, all with different companies, but Karen at PassMeFast was by far the best. She was kind, patient and I passed my test with 2 minors.”
  • “My instructor Louise was amazing! Made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor! I would definitely recommend PassMeFast and Louise to anyone in the future!

  • “Paul is a faultless instructor, very patient and understanding of all circumstances. He gave up his weekly hours timetable just to work around me and was always considerate of my fatigue due to excessive work.”

  • “PassMeFast has the best instructor—Michelle. Not only was she a great teacher, but the lessons were more like hours with a friend! Don't get me wrong, she nags, but my god does it pay off in the end.”

Needless to say, our instructors are pretty darn great! No matter how tight your deadline is or how busy a schedule you have, your PassMeFast instructor will make it work. Want to get know our instructors a bit better? Read up on our Meet an ADI series on the instructors section of our blog.

Get passed today

If you're intent on getting passed fast, you needn't look further than PassMeFast. Whether you choose a male or female driving instructor, you're guaranteed quality teaching and a course that will teach you all the driving skills you need to know to confidently breeze through your practical. It doesn't matter if you're a complete beginner or someone who needs to get rid of those bad habits: we've got a course and an instructor to suit you.

To get things started today, head on over to our course prices page to get an idea of what we're offering. Alternatively, answer a few questions and our course recommender will tell you which PassMeFast course is best for you. Once you're ready, give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online—we'll match you up with one of our top instructors in no time!


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