Today is International Womens Day

Today is International Women’s Day! 


At SmartLearner Driving School we stand by the fight for gender equality across the world. Our list of female instructors is forever growing and we currently have many female instructors that teach in both manual and automatic.


However, the reality is only 1 in 4 driving instructors are female. Why not consider SmartLearners Award Winning Driving Instructor training and challenge gender stereotypes. SmartLearner is always looking for new people to join our ever-expanding roster of driving instructors. If you would be interested in becoming a driving instructor why not consider our driving instructor training?


Call us on 0800 118 2001 or email us at for more information.


What is International Women’s Day?


International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

    • Celebrate women’s achievements
    • Raise awareness about women’s equality
    • Lobby for accelerated gender parity
    • Fundraise for female-focused charities


Why is International Women’s Day important?

 Even in 2021 we still don’t have gender equality. According to the World Economic Forum, sadly none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. Gender parity will not be attained for almost a century.

There’s urgent work to do – and we can all play a part.

How has driving been affected in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia has recently resolved their ban on women driving. Women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined.

The Women2Drive campaign in Saudi Arabia, have been fighting for years to change this law. Manal Al-Sharif, began the campaign back in 2011. She was sent to prison after posting a YouTube video of herself driving a car.

Until now, only men were allowed driving licences, while there was no formal ban on women driving, they couldn’t drive legally either as they could not get a licence. The law was changed by 24 June 2018.

The previous leader of Saudi Arabia started relaxing some of the laws around what women could do back in 2011. But this change is said to be down to the current king’s son Mohammed Bin Salman.

Did you know?

In 1869 the National Woman Suffrage Association was formed in America, with its main goal to allow women to vote. After the victory of World War One on the 6th of February, 1918, the Representation of the People Act was brought into force. This was the first time women were allowed to vote.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an American rights activist, held the first Woman’s Rights Convention. She called for changes to be made in law, to gain equal rights for women.

76% of healthcare and social care workers, 86% of personal care workers in health services are women.

Help Raise Awareness for International Women’s Day

The IWD 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenging world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge. SmartLearner Driving School stands with the fight for gender equality!

Raise Awareness for International Women's Day

Raise your hand high to show you’re in and that you commit to choosing to challenge and call out inequality.

Strike the Choose To Challenge pose and share on social media using #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

Where can I donate?

The following link has a list of women’s charities to which you can donate to.

Reasons to take Automatic driving lessons Birmingham

After joining a driving school, you have the main two options such as learning manual, and automatic driving lessons. The manual driving lessons are learned on manual transmissions whereas, for automatic driving lessons, you need automatic driving vehicles. Now, most of the people are preferring automatic driving lessons because there are more automatic cars coming. The main benefit of learning automatic vehicles is that you can learn very easily and also will be professional in driving in a few days.

Why take automatic driving lessons Birmingham

In Birmingham, you will find many driving centers and in addition to it, you will be able to contact certified or DVSA-approved driving instructors who can help you in qualifying all driving tests with ease. Here, you can learn your automatic driving lessons in different types of courses such as regular (traditional), intensive, and hours-based courses.

The regular courses are long-duration courses and those people who are beginners, and need all completed knowledge of driving, prefer to choose regular or traditional courses for proper training of cars. In many cases, people forget some basics of driving which affect them later while taking the theory part of driving exams.

Automatic driving lessons

If you want to do an intensive course then you can learn driving lessons in a shorter time frame. The aim of all intensive courses is to get learners passed in the quickest way possible. You can cover your intensive courses in just one week and these intensive courses have long learning sessions because to complete whole driving training as fast as possible. In the long sessions, you can remember the driving basics for a longer period of time. There is very little time available between the consecutive driving lessons. This is the main reason that people who do intensive courses are prepared well, and also have a high pass rate. You need to remember one more thing, before joining any intensive or crash course, you should have some theoretical knowledge of the driving in advance.

Automatic driving lessons

There are also some driving lessons that are hourly-based. These courses are just of few hours such as 5 hours, and 10 hours of training. People do this type of training to get into the real experience of driving. You also can use “simulator training” for this type of few-hours driving sessions. If you are experienced and just want to get some experience of driving then this simulator training is a good choice for you.

All the above different types of driving lessons are covered in automatic driving courses. The automatic courses are easy to learn and for a beginner, the automatic driving lesson is the best choice. It is better you search certified or renowned an Automatic driving school Birmingham in your region as there are also many fraud driving instructors present. You should ask your relative, or friend who has done driving courses before, to get to know about any particular driving center. You can also check the DVSA database to gather information about your instructor.

Automatic driving lessons


SmartLearner driving school professionals can help you in getting affordable automatic driving lessons of any type i.e. regular, or intensive and you can also ask for the ADI training to become a DVSA-approved instructor.