Disabled Driver Instructor

Teach physically disabled people how to drive with modified vehicles.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Disabled Driver Instructors do?

Learning to drive a car is a landmark in a person’s life. That goal is often achieved through guidance from a friend, family member, or Driving Instructor. But, when a driver is physically disabled, he or she may find it difficult to find the right mentor for the job.

In comes the Disabled Driver Instructor. Disabled Driver Instructors teach students the rules of the road and the intricacies of the specialized vehicles they’ll drive.

As a Disabled Driver Instructor, you’re part Counselor, part Physical Therapist, and part Teacher. Most of all, you’re a Cheerleader. For your students, learning to drive—or relearning after an injury—is challenging and can cause frustration and anger. But you understand, so you help them push through and stay on task.

The vehicles that you train on have bells and whistles that other cars don’t have. For example, you might drive a small van that has a wheelchair ramp. Or the steering, breaking, or acceleration might be controlled by a mouth, hand, or foot control. You might even teach your student to drive with a left foot accelerator.

Often, the job starts with a medical evaluation. This allows you to identify the student’s strengths and weaknesses. Then, you teach road rules and spend time practicing behind the wheel. With your gentle guidance, your student is soon out on his or her own, enjoying the freedom of the open road.

Should I be a Disabled Driver Instructor?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Disabled Driving Instructor, Driver Education Instructor, Driver Education Road Instructor, Driver Trainer

    How to Become a
    Disabled Driver Instructor

    Most Disabled Driver Instructors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9xazyp&chl=no+college+%2835%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2829%25%29|master%27s+%2814%25%29|doctorate+%289%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,35,35
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