A DRIVING instructor from Feltham has got behind the wheel with some of the country's worst drivers for a new television programme.
Karen Parker appeared in four episodes of Channel 5's Dangerous Drivers' School, with the final episode aired this week.
As part of the programme, AA Driving School instructor Karen helped rusty, lapsed and dangerous drivers get back on the road through special courses aimed at renewing confidence and competence.
In previous episodes Karen has tackled a speedy single mum and a Feltham woman with a fear of flyovers and next week attempts to help a Hillingon woman, whose fear of driving has led her to practically give up.
Karen said: "It's definitely quite a bit different to what I usually do as most of the time I teach learner drivers.
"I do the Drive Confident courses now and then, but these were some really extreme cases. They all had different problems and trying to help them overcome their issues was a big challenge, but it was also really good fun.
"I think what the programme really highlights is that just because you have a driving licence, it doesn't necessarily make you a good driver."
Karen, who has been an AA Driving School instructor for four years, teaches across Feltham and Staines and is now starting to get recognised after her star turn on the show.
The 37-year-old said: "I have had a few people recognise me and some people were surprised to see me on TV as I've tended not to tell people that I was doing it."
In the TV series all participants are shown taking either an AA Charitable Trust Drive Confident or Drive Smart course and the charity has made 2,000 of the courses available free to nervous or dangerous drivers.
For more information or to apply for a course visit www.theaa.com