This article will instruct you on how to start, and make money from, a driving school in Nigeria. It has what you need, information, registration and operations.
Do you have superior driving skills, comprehensive driving experience, and willing to make some money, are you excited about passing this ability to others? It is then imperative for you to read this.
This article will show you how to get a driving school started in Nigeria.
A driving school is an institution where people go to learn how to drive properly.
People are taught in a driving school not just how to drive a car, but how to obey different road signs and proper driving behaviour.
Essentially, it is a school that offers driving and road safety instruction.
Apart from the fact that only very few people can drive a vehicle without being taught, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) stipulates that no one can obtain a new driving license without first showing evidence that he or she has passed driving tests in a registered driving school and has passed them.
Driving schools are very important; they are indeed indispensable in making sure our roads are safe to use.
You’ll be enlightened at the end of this article as to how to start a driving school in Nigeria.
There are other required steps to take before you can start your own driving school. Such are;
1. Undergo training to be a Driving school instructor
There’s a common saying you can’t give that which you don’t have. Before you can set up your own driving school, it’s imperative you get some training on how to teach others how to drive.
This training is important regardless of the fact that you may have long driving experience, as it will help you to be up-to – date with the latest driving developments and also teach you how to pass on knowledge in the right way.
In reality, if you don’t show proof that you are a licensed driving instructor, you won’t be able to register you driving school.
AA and Autotraxx Driving School are some famous driver instructor training facilities in Nigeria.
2. Do all the necessary paperwork and signing
Here, it is vital to emphasize that driving training is highly regulated in Nigeria, so to avoid running into the law, you need to clean up your proposed driving school’s legal framework work.
First, you must obtain the necessary approval from the office of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in your locality.
We would allow you to display evidence of your instructor training and other criteria as set out by the FRSC.
Secondly you must register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). As you may already be aware, all Nigerian corporate bodies must register with CAC.
You must also register with the State government where you intend to operate. Most Nigerian states also control the establishment of driving schools and the issuance of driver’s licences.
It is only after the above approval and confirmation that you will now be charged the free for your new driving school registration.
3. Find a good location for your driving school
The benefit of a driving school is that to start with you don’t really have to secure a very large space.
However, if you have the money you need, you can rent a suitable space and furnish it with all the necessary equipment such as table , chairs, writing boards, road signs and even computers to run your driving simulator software.
In any case, if you don’t have the necessary funds to rent a place, you can even start from your home’s comfort. You can also get it up by giving your customers home training services.
Because driving is best taught on one basis, most customers wouldn’t mind taking lessons in their comfort of their homes
4. Get a driving school training vehicle
This will likely be the single most expensive item in setting up your driving school.
It is quite flexible however, depending on how much cash you have at hand. Because the vehicle is solely intended for training purposes, you don’t need to buy a fancy one.
All you need, is an easy-to – operate car.
When you can afford more than one, make sure you have both manual and automatic transmission, but if you can afford just one, stick to manual transmission because it’s much simpler for a student who was taught how to drive a manual vehicle to switch to an automatic one.
When you have the money, you can buy a purpose-built training vehicle with dual controls, where the student can easily assume control of the vehicle. It’s preferable to this form but they cost more.
In considering the type of vehicle to buy for your school, simplicity is of paramount importance as you might be dealing with some students who need to learn from scratch about a motor vehicle operation.
You are now ready to set off with your driving school after putting all the requisite stuff in order, as mentioned above.
I’m going to close this article with some valuable business advice on how to make your driving school run like a profitable business.
5. Start your advertising campaign
There is countless amount if there are people out there who need your help because people will still want to become drivers. This is your duty to let certain potential customers know you are able to provide the service.
Take advantage of your social media as well as print media, print and distribute flyers and just spread the word to all and sundry in general to make them aware of your driving school.
6. Give your student a memorable experience
This kind of business is one which thrives on referrals a lot. When you concentrate on delivering a good training experience for your students, they are expected to spread the word on your behalf.
Simple things like keeping time, providing light refreshments and just being good for your students in general will go a long way.
7. Set a flexible schedule for your training
Try to bend your teaching hours, as much as you can. In a short time, this will enable you to attend more students.
You’ll most likely encounter some students of the working class who won’t have the time to attend classes during “normal” hours. You should be able to program your teaching schedule.
8. Stay at the top
There are many other driving schools out there, but maintaining a good standard is one sure way to ensure you stand out from the crowd. Do not bring down the quality of your preparation, for any reason.
Now that you know how to start a driving school in Nigeria, I ‘d encourage you not to let your passion for driving better and safer roads die. No time to waste and start working on the requisite steps to set up o