6 Things to Think About When Choosing a Driving Instructor
Choosing a driving instructor is an important part of learning to drive. Consider these points to find the right instructor to help you pass your test.
In school you soon realise that everyone learns different, and that different teachers have their own teaching styles. Learning to drive is exactly the same and it is important that you find a driving instructor that works for you.
To ensure you’re receiving the best instruction possible, it’s important to make sure you find an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). This means your instructor is fully equipped with all the up to date knowledge and expertise they need to help you pass your test and become a safe driver. You can find Approved Driving Instructors near you on the DVSA website.
It takes time and effort to build a good reputation. If your driving instructor’s stellar reputation precedes them, it will be for good reason. Chances are they have taught and helped many happy learners to pass their test before you.
You may have friends who are currently learning or have recently learned to drive. Ask them about their instructor and take their opinions into consideration when you choose who to learn with.
If you live in a bigger town or city, there will be plenty of excellent driving instructors near you. However, if you live in a more rural area your options may be more limited. Don’t be afraid to look at instructors in the next town or village. They may be far better suited to your personality and learning style.
Do you want to sit your test for an automatic or manual licence? It’s important that you choose an instructor with the correct transmission, especially if like the majority of drivers you plan on driving a manual car when you pass your test.
Do you already know which car you are likely to drive when you pass your test? If so it may be a good option to find an instructor with the same or similar car. This will allow you to familiarise yourself with the vehicle before hitting the road alone.
Learning to drive is very expensive, and when you’re taking lots of lessons the costs can soon mount up, therefore price is an important factor to consider. The cost of driving lessons varies depending on location and instructor, but expect to pay around £24 an hour*.
Remember to do your research and look around for discounts and special introductory offers. You’ll often find it’s cheaper to buy a block of lessons than to pay each time, but make sure you have had at least one lesson with your instructor before committing. Bear in mind that opting for the cheapest instructor over the one that suits you best, could end up costing you more money in the long run if you have to retake your test!
Remember that you’re going to be spending at least an hour a week in a car with this person so it’s important that you get along and feel comfortable with one another.
How well your lessons go is largely down to communication between you and your instructor – you should both be able to discuss points of concern easily. A good instructor will be calm and supportive, as well as knowledgeable. They will also be honest, even if it means telling you things you don’t want to hear, such as you’re not ready for your test yet.
If you find you are not comfortable with your instructor, or their teaching style doesn’t suit your needs, don’t be afraid to put lessons on hold and look for a new one. In the long run this will save you money and make learning to drive far more enjoyable.
*According to the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) 2017.