LENDING A HAND: John Tillman has been a stalwart of the Brake the Cycle program at the Dalby PCYC.
LENDING A HAND: John Tillman has been a stalwart of the Brake the Cycle program at the Dalby PCYC. Sam Flanagan

Passion is a driving force for American expat

AFTER driving 41,000km around the streets of Dalby most people would be sick of the sights.

Not John Tillman.

The American expat is a founding driving instructor with the PCYC's Braking the Cycle program, and in that time has helped countless residents achieve their goal of obtaining a licence.

With more than 860 hours spent in the passenger seat, Mr Tillman has come across his fair share of characters.

"There was a women from Fiji who had never driven and I spent over a year driving with her," Mr Tillman said.

"She eventually got her licence and I said 'make sure you get a purple car so I know who you are when you're driving' (laughs).

"She turned out to be a really good driver."

Mr Tillman started volunteering with the program just as something to do, but it quickly developed into a passion.

He was even a finalist in the Outstanding Volunteer category at the 2015 Queensland Multicultural Awards.

"I enjoy talking with the people; I find it fun to help people," he said.

"You're helping young people get a job... I really do enjoy it.

"I've got at least 10 years left. I don't plan on giving it up any time soon."

The main advice Mr Tillman gives to budding drivers is to keep your wits and stay patient.

"Indicating signals just mean the lights work, it doesn't mean that person will actually turn.

"Everyone makes mistakes, even I have made mistakes at certain times."


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