We would like to share the inspiring story of Sarah, our dedicated driving instructor. Originally from the UK, Sarah started her journey in London as a flight attendant before moving to the tranquil countryside of Essex. Eventually, she settled down in Wales and began her own driving instruction business. With a decade of experience under her belt, she has become a respected figure in the industry.
One of the most interesting aspects of Sarah’s experience is the comparison between the driving requirements in the UK and Australia. In the UK, there are several prerequisites to passing your driving test. Comprehensive theory tests and hazard perception assessments are mandatory, and applicants must obtain a license before undertaking these exams. However, there is no requirement for supervised hours. It’s worth noting that people with disabilities have the opportunity to start driving lessons at the age of 16 and apply for their driving test at the same age, while others must wait until they turn 17 to begin their lessons.
With a desire for new experiences, Sarah and her family made the big decision to relocate to Australia. During this time, Sarah took a brief hiatus from her profession to welcome a new addition to the family. Now settled in the vibrant community of Tom Price, Sarah has launched her driving school, aptly named Tom Price Driving School, and also works as a casual instructor for AAC.
Since joining AAC, Sarah has successfully guided four jobseekers in Tom Price, Bellary and Wakathuni to fulfill their ambition of obtaining a driver’s license.
Sarah’s story is an embodiment of determination and adaptability. From her initial career as a flight attendant to her entrepreneurial endeavour as a driving instructor, she has shown resilience in navigating life’s changing landscape. Through her expertise and commitment to her students, Sarah has carved out a niche for herself in the driving instruction industry, making a lasting impact on those she teaches.
Sarah enjoys that she gets to meet new people and has new experiences. Her favourite part of instructing people to drive is when she photographs them after they have passed their Practical Driving Assessment. She is learning so much about Indigenous culture and practises from traditional owners as well as people from across the Pilbara.
We salute Sarah for her journey and her passion for helping others achieve the independence and freedom that comes with obtaining a driver’s license. We are so happy to have her as part of our team here at AAC in our Learn 2 Drive program. Her dedication serves as an inspiration to all of us.