It’s becoming increasingly more expensive to learn to drive and before you part with your hard earned cash, it’s only natural to want the best instructor possible. Follow our handy tips to make sure you only receive the very best training and you’ll be well on your way to getting on the road.
Driving Instructor Recommendation
Has a friend or relative recently passed their test? That’s always a good sign. Ask them who taught them and if they’d recommend their instructor.
Think things through
It’s a good idea to think about what you want before you start making enquires so that you don’t waste your time (and theirs!) Do you want a male instructor or would you feel more comfortable with a female instructor? Do you want to learn in a manual car or an automatic? Don’t forget that if you pass your test in a manual car, you can drive an automatic, but not the other way around. Also, if English isn’t your first language then you can find an instructor to suit your needs. Learning to drive is an expensive and unless you’re one of the lucky ones, it can be a potentially lengthy process. Invest time to think about your needs and then find the right person.
Locating the perfect Driving Instructor
If you don’t have any recommendations, then the internet and Yellow Pages is full of people who can teach you to drive. Some instructors work for themselves and others are part of Driving Schools. Speak to a few instructors on the phone before making a final decision. Obviously, it’s great if you feel comfortable with them initially and here are a few questions you might want to ask –
- How much do they charge per lesson and how long will each lesson last?
- Is there any discount for block bookings?
- Do they teach near your home or workplace and can you arrange a suitable time to suit you both?
- Check out their grading issued by the DSA. Grade 6 is a very high standard, 5 is also very good and 4 is competent.
- What happens if you need to cancel a lesson? Some instructors may take the money for the lesson, even if you cancel, particularly if you drop out close to the lesson time. Think about whether this will work for you or not.
- Some people like to ask which car you’ll learn in.
- Some people are interested in pass rates but maybe a better question is, how many lessons do your students average before being able to take their test?
Don’t be scared to be a bit cheeky!
- If you’re getting good vibes over the phone from an instructor, then don’t be scared to ask if you get a trial lesson, either for free or at a discounted rate. Some instructors do this and it’s a great way of finding out if you’re going to get along with each other.
Once you’ve had your first lesson, assess how you think it went and don’t feel obliged to stay with the instructor if you didn’t feel comfortable. If you can find the perfect instructor for you, you’ll be driving in no time.
- Anna Vaccaro