My name is Pennie Alexander and I am currently the only instructor available with DARE2DRIVE. In the near future, as long as all goes well, we will have another instructor joining the company. If you are an instructor and would like to join forces, please do not hesitate to get in touch. If you are thinking of becoming an instructor, then please get in touch, I am not currently ORDIT registered, but I’d be very happy to help you in any way I can and discuss the options available to you.
I have been driving for 32 years, have driven many thousands of miles up and down the country and with my father being in the motor trade, I have had the opportunity to drive many different cars, from small to large and a variety of vans. I have taken part in competitive motor sport, including motor-cross, hotrods and although I never actually raced in the Fiesta Challenge Championship, I did take part in a few test laps and produced some reasonable times, however sadly I didn’t have the financial backing to continue. Before becoming a driving instructor I worked for 4 years as a professional delivery driver, the vehicle I drove was an Iveco Daily box van. I also have experience driving a Volvo 1.5 tonne mini digger and a Terrex 3 tonne swivel dump truck.
Before my driving work I coached Gymnastics for a total of 15 years, only stopping due to injuries. I worked in nursery, infant and high schools, both during and outside lesson times, I was one of the lead coaches and the club welfare officer at Easton Gymnastics Club near Norwich and I also had my own club, WayLanders Gymnastics Club in Watton. I coached people of varying ages, from as young as 3 to as old as 52. Seeing any of the gymnasts accomplish their goals gave me a great feeling of satisfaction, knowing that I had helped them achieve that something special. One of the little ones I used to teach has now progressed to the British Junior Squad, of which I am extremely proud. I loved coaching gymnastics and miss it terribly, passing on my knowledge and helping people both young and old achieve new skills, so because of this and with my love of driving I decided to train as an Approved Driving Instructor.
There is another reason though for becoming an instructor, my eldest daughter. 2 weeks after she passed her driving test, she was involved in an incident and wrote off her car
Fortunately she was not injured, but she was extremely shocked by the event. As you may be able to tell, in the photo her car is on the opposite side of the road from the direction she was travelling, it was at the end of the dual carriageway on the A47 near East Dereham. Things could have been much, much worse!
I want my customers to understand and be aware of the dangers of driving a vehicle and be as safe as possible on the busy roads of today. I also want those under my instruction to feel happy and confident in their abilities as a driver.
I like to think I am a very approachable and conscientious person, methodical and punctual. It will be my duty to pass my skills and knowledge on to those who are in need of driver education and I hope to do so in an impassioned and enthusiastic way.