Kathy Higgins Dip DI, F Inst MTD.

Director of Insight 2 Drive Ltd 

Kathy is an award winning business woman and an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). After she passed the IAM Advanced driving Test in 1995 she has amassed an array of driving, business and coaching qualifications. If fact she has taken all of the advanced driving tests and is an examiner for the DIAmond Advanced Driving Test as well as the RoSPA RoadTest.

Kathy progressed from being a franchisee of a national driving school to running her own multi car driving school Insight 2 Drive Ltd, who have also won awards, including The Golden L Award for the Best Local Franchised Driving School, and short listed for the best Regional Driving School with the Intelligent Instructor Magazine. 

Having said all this, she still has her feet firmly on the ground, she never forgets her Liverpool roots and feels blessed to run this family business. 

She also runs another business that helps people save money, but that’s another story. 

Kathy’s Bio

Kathy is also a fully qualified grade A driving instructor and driving instructor trainer.

She is happily married to Brian and has a daughter Emily.

Kathyhas always been keen on Continued Professional Development for driving instructors; she has both done and delivered many ADI CPD courses herself. One of her awards is for her services to CPD. Kathy is currently helping other driving instructors reach their full potential as ADIs and as a business person.

Kathy founded Insight 2 Drive in 2007 and has personally trained all the Insight 2 Drive instructors, most of them from scratch. She chairs the Insight monthly team meetings and always shares her experience and knowledge with her team of driving instructors. It is easy think that with all her qualifications and standing within the driver trainer industry that she might be a bit unapproachable, but nothing could be further from the truth. Kathy is very down to earth and prides herself on making coaching and training fun and easy, especially the ADI Part 3 driving instructors test, she says

” I have helped many trainee driving instructors understand how easy the ADI part 3 test can be. Even though they may have been told it is really hard to pass part 3″.

Kathy values her family life enormously loves cooking, reading, watching TV and walking her 2 dogs. 

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Q & A

1. What did you do before becoming a Driving Instructor?

Before becoming a Driving Instructor, I was a Veterinary Sales Rep. 

2. What has been your most interesting moment, while on a driving lesson?

Pulling up to do a reverse park, only to find the two people in the car we where about to reverse around were getting ‘rather passionate’… needless to say we drove away very quickly! 🙂 

3. What has been your best, personal achievement so far?

Being part of a loving family, and helping people earn an extra income in their spare time. 

4. Did you pass your Driving Test first time?

No! I passed my driving test THIRD time round, in Garston, even after taking a wrong turn. 

5. What hobbies do you have?

I enjoy church bell ringing, cooking, watching TV, reading, walking, all the usual stuff.

Above – This is how is should NOT be done LOL

 Qualifications & Professional Development

IAM Roadsmart I achieved the IAM F1rst

BTEC (Level 4) Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development

RoSPA Diploma (Gold) since 2002

Grade 6 in a Fleet Instructor

Skid Car (UK) Tutors Course in Skid Control Instructor

DIAmond Advanced Special Test

DIAmond Advanced Examiner

DriveTech Fleet Induction course

Registered Fleet Driver Trainer 2003

Client Cantered Learning course with Ian Edward

DIAmond Advanced Test passed 1st time

INLPTA Certified Practitioner in the art and science of Neurolinguistic Programming

University of East London Coaching for Driver Development short course

Sir John Whitmore Coaching Technique workshop

AA Driving School I completed the Covid-19 e-training

Lerner Driving Centres Group Teaching

Marie Currie Ladies driving Challenge

Institute of Advanced Motorists First time Pass

Motor Mechanics at evening class

Drug, Solvent & Alcohol Abuse Counselling Level 4 – Distinction

NADIP Enhanced Communication with Nick Looby

NSAC 2015 Train the Trainer with Dr Fiona Fylan

NVQ Assessors Award

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Solving Problems though Speaking and Listening – Level 2 Part 2

Coping with Loss and Greif counselling course

Driving 4 Change driver psychology course

Solving Problems though Speaking and Listening – Level 2

Improving your Listening Skills Level 2

Heart Start one day course in Emergency Life Support

Solving Problems though Speaking and Listening – Level 1

Balancing Act Equality and Diversity delivered by Wavelength Social Marketing

What’s Driving Us by Dr Fiona Fylan

Psychological Approaches to Driver Education with Ian Edward

Improving Learning Through Self-evaluation – Ian Edwards

Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring Certificate by Get Mentoring

Personal Performance Coach Taken with the International Coaching Academy

Coaching and the GDE Matrix workshop With AA Drivetech

Hope University Business Programme

Alert Driving Hazard Perception Evaluation Course

RoSPA Diploma retest 2019 (Gold)

Merseyside Police Driver Training Advanced ADI Commentary Course

Roadcraft and Police Advanced Driving Techniques with Chris Gilbert

Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching for Driver Development

RoSPA Occupational Advanced Driving Examiner

IAM Driving Assessment

RAC Advanced Test Platinum Standard

Teaching & Assessment Skills with John Farlam

Diploma in Driving Instruction. (DipDI)

Getting the best from your PDIs workshop with Louise Walsh

Fellowship of the Institute of Master Tutors of Driving

Driving Services, Train the trainer fleet course.

BNI Director Training

Edexcel BTEC Diploma in Driving Instruction (Advanced)

Highfield eLearning Infection Prevention and Control (Covid-19) e-training

DriveSafe, National Driver Alertness Training Course

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector PTTLS, Level 3

TTC Speed Awareness National Model Training

Traffic Light Awareness course with Drivesafe

Training Solutions Emergency First Aid

Brake & FedEx Road Safety Academy Graduate, Company Driver Programme

Mentor Corporate Coaching, Results Centred Leadership Programme

ADINJC Master Class with Professor Peter Russell

Road Safety GB Client Centred Learning Certificate award

Safe and Considerate Driving and WDU Instructor course with Simon Christmas

National Speed Awareness Instructor course with Dr Fiona Fylan

Adult Mental Health First Aid (Welsh) with Training in Mind

ADINJC Standards Check Workshop

HMRC Employee Talk Payroll

UKROEd, Supporting ESOL Clients

Road Safety GB. The Ageing Driver ADI Training Course

UKROEd Achieving Excellence in Virtual Training

UKROEd Internal Monitoring Workshop

L of a way to Pass TFT workshop

Engage learner cantered training course

Revolutions course – with Julia Malkin MBE

Accelerated Learning Coach Taken with the International Coaching Academy

Equality 2010 workshop With AA Drivetech

Corporate Manslaughter Workshop with Ged Latham

Standards Test Grade A

Straight 6’s in an ORDIT inspection 2010

ORDIT reinspection 2012

DIAmond Accredited Taxi-driver Trainer

IAM Special Assessment

ORDIT Registered Trainer with Insight 2 Drive 2008

First time on ORDIT in 2002

DSA Cardington Special Test

Skills for the ADI Trainer, John Farlam

AIM Instructor Training with Phil Hirst

Improving Trainer Excellence though feedback and self-evaluation with Ian Edward

Executive Business Coach Taken with the International Coaching Academy

Diamond Elite Test

How to Become a Successful ADI with the ADINJC

Virtual Collage Prevent COVID19

Blue Orchid Workshop in Guerrilla Marketing

Blue Orchid Workshop in Taking on Employees

Blue Orchid Workshop in E-Marketing

Blue Orchid Workshop in Tax Self-Assessment

Blue Orchid Workshop in Practical Selling Skills

Blue Orchid Workshop in Bookkeeping

Neuro Linguistic Programming with Jan Ord

ADINJC Proactive CPD Workshop

Brake & FedEx Road Safety Academy Graduate Media Module

Brake & FedEx Road Safety Academy Graduate Young Driver Module

DoT Safe and Fuel-Efficient Driving course

Cranfield University Managing Human Factors in Driving

RoSPA Managing occupational Road Risk Course

NLP Training with Sysco

NVQ level 3 in Owner Management and Business Planning

Selling for Professionals with Catalyst Training

Blue Orchid Workshop in Marketing and Promotions

Emergency First Aid with St John Ambulance

Effective Tele-Marketing with Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

Diploma in Desk Top Publishing with Sight & Sound

Business Enterprise Programme with CG Resources Ltd

Selling on the Telephone with Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

Help Desk in Action by Protocol International

Ian Edwards one day Coaching Course

Merseytravel, New Roads New Behaviour course

First Aid with St. John Ambulance