LOVE THE RIDE DRIVING SCHOOL ENJOYS TOP BUSINESS
FINDING out a student has passed their driving test is just as exciting for Ronak Shah as it is for them.
He runs Onroad Driving School with his wife Sapna Shah and loves teaching people to be safe on the road.
“We have people from 16 up to any age (and) we get people from all over the world,” Mr Shah said.
The business started seven years ago, when Mr Shah decided to leave a career in customer service management behind.
“The first driver I taught had never driven in her life before,” Mr Shah said.
“I was nervous for the first 15 to 20 minutes but after that I was comfortable.”
Today, the Shahs have grown their business to more than 20 driving in- structors conducting lessons around Sydney, and driving education programs at local schools.
“The beauty of our business is that it’s 100 per cent flexible,” Mr Shah said.
“We have some instructors that start at 6am and other people finish at 9pm.”
Mr Shah said it was important for a driving instructor to be patient and understand that every person was different.
“Some people call and say ‘I’ve got my driving test next week’ and you go for a drive with them and you know there’s no way in the world they will pass,” he said.
Good communication is a key to teaching people who do not speak English well.
“We’ve had contracts with the refugee government agencies,” Mr Shah said.
An iPad with visual demonstrations become an important tool in these cases.
“We use hand signals and stop and explain things before they do them,” he said.
Mr Shah said there were many opportunities for selfmotivated people looking to become a driving instructor.
“The jobs are there. A lot of learners are looking for driving lessons so we never have any problems,” he said.
Ronak Shah runs Onroad Driving School with his wife Sapna Shah.