Meet the driving instructor who swapped his ballet shoes for a Benz

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Lawrence Beazley is proof that Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) really do come from all walks of life. Based predominantly in Twickenham, Lawrence has been an ADI for six years. The last four of these have been spent as a Driving Coach at the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy. Lawrence also offers Supercar instruction at the Top Gear Track and is one of over 3000 instructors with a profile on miDrive.

Prior to becoming an ADI, Lawrence spent eight years with the Royal Ballet School in London. He then became an international freelance dancer and travelled to 22 countries including Spain, Germany, Korea and Thailand. Lawrence’s tour schedule would often involve long road trips, and it is during this time that his passion for cars and driving education became apparent.

Lawrence sees himself as more of a “coach” than a “traditional instructor”. Rather than asking learners to passively follow his instructions all of the time, Lawrence helps learners to develop a sense of ownership over their driving education journeys. Self-reflection is encouraged, as is lesson content co-creation and a holistic understanding of road safety. Indeed, Lawrence notes: “I don’t teach people to pass their driving test. I teach people to drive well. If they can drive well, then they will pass their test”.

Lawrence created a profile on miDrive after seeing the website appear high up in a Google search. He really liked the fact that he could upload a copy of his ADI badge and then be listed as a verified instructor. Several of Lawrence’s students have used the miDrive app to track their driving lessons and practice for their exams.

In future, Lawrence is keen to see the development of more incentives for good driving in addition to the punishments that already exist for bad driving. He would also support the introduction of a secondary exam at the end of the probationary period.

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Lawrence at the Royal Ballet School London.

Lawrence at the Royal Ballet School London.

Last modified: 14th January 2016

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