Most people know what career they’d like to pursue when they are growing up, I didn’t really know until my mid 20’s to be honest. I guess it was inevitable that I’d become a Driving instructor as my Father has been a Driving Instructor since 1988 and still runs his own well established Driving School in Wolverhampton.
Time to get personal…. I’ve done a lot of bad things from the age of 16 to my early 20′s. These include abusing my body with alcohol, drugs, fracturing the occasional law and God knows what else but everything in the world has an expiry date and my days of messing around came to an end in February 2004 when I had a car accident whilst under the influence of drugs and alcohol, which frankly should have ended my life. My car looked like a crushed tin can. All my windows were smashed, my car was such a wreck that you couldn’t even determine the make and model of it at a glance, even my gear box had managed to dismount and land on the back seat of my car. The only part of my car that was untouched was my driver seat. It was almost like some sort of shield was protecting me. I climbed out of that wreck with only cuts and bruises to my elbows, knees and one cut on my head. I still remember the paramedics looking at me with astonishment and one of them saying
“You were driving that? I actually can’t believe it. When we stopped and saw your car I was certain that we had a fatality on our hands. You’re an extremely lucky man!”
He was right! I was lucky and truly blessed because looking at the circumstances I should have died in that car accident. I was convicted for drink driving and was disqualified from driving for 12 months which gave me a lot of spare time to ponder what I wanted to do with my life and which direction I’d like to steer it. It was during this time my Grandfather moved to the UK to live with my family as he had no full-time carers back in India, my Father was teaching six days a week and my Mothers health was always up and down, it was at this point that I realised what I needed to do. I left university and began to manage my Fathers Driving School so that I could manage duties at home, look after my Grandfather and manage the business with ease. The road to becoming a Driving Instructor wasn’t an easy one for me as some of the DVSA requirements to becoming an Approved Driving Instructor are that the person applying has to be what is considered to be a “fit and proper person” and have a clean driving licence. I think it’s safe to say that being convicted for drink driving removed me from the category of being a “fit and proper person” as it’s not something a responsible person would do. I knew I wanted to help people, particularly youngsters from making the same mistake that I made so I kept my head down ran my Fathers Driving School and Publications Business. I gained a lot of experience of this trade by doing this and my passion for road safety grew.
In 2008 I applied to become a Driving Instructor and unfortunately was instantly refused due to my drink driving conviction, I was deeply disheartened and upset by this but this did not deter me. After many long emails, phone calls, letters and a long appeal The DVSA accepted my application and I began my training to become a Driving Instructor late 2009. I qualified in 2010 at the top of my game and began my career. I wanted to get the most out of this trade so I didn’t stop there and within 12 months I became a Driving Instructor Trainer. Towards the end of 2014 I wanted to take it up a notch and reach a wider audience to improve road safety on a wider commercial scale so I became a DVSA Approved Fleet Driver Trainer and obtained a ROSPA Gold Qualification too.
The past 10 years have been an eye opener to say the least. I have seen so much on a daily basis, heard so many horror stories from clients who have come to me after being messed around by other companies and Instructors. It is truly shocking how some companies operate to make a living and are still able to sleep at night. I swore to never be one of those Instructors or companies who would happlily chose money over morals. I felt it was time to put all my expertise and experience into a company that would care and invest time in their clients, a company that believes in genuine relationships built on trust, integrity and not numbers like most companies.
In January 2015 Proactive Driver Solutions Ltd was born. I now had a huge task ahead of me as all I had was a company name, what about the branding? what about the website? Who would do this? I knew what I wanted and that was to be different from any other Driving School on the market, so the last thing I wanted was a website with ‘L plates’ plastered all over it with cheesy cliches, cheap offers and false promises. For me branding and website are crucial as the first thing that a customer will see before they call you is your company brand and website. If these make a good impression you’ll get the call, after all ‘first impressions are last impressions’. Searching for someone to accomplish this task and to do it well was difficult to say the least but I luckily landed on my feet when a friend recommended Kultar Ruprai, who did both our company branding and website too. Kultar Ruprai is a highly professional individual and an absolute perfectionist. Within a short space of time I saw my company brand come to life. He designed our business cards, appointments cards, letterheads and welcome packs too.
A lot of passion, blood, sweat and tears have gone into Proactive Driver Solutions Ltd, it has been 10 years in the making. We have been flourishing ever since the launch and endeavour to keep reaching new heights in the future. What you won’t get from us are cheesy cliches, cheap offers and false promises. What you are guaranteed to get from us is a bespoke personal service, integrity and a promise that we will always be putting you and your safety first.
Director of Proactive Driver Solutions Ltd
Advanced Driver Trainer