The first step on your learning to drive journey begins with finding the right instructor but with so many different driving schools to choose from, including independent instructors as well as big name schools, it can be tricky.
Here at Beverly Slater, we know that when you start your driving lessons, we want you to be as comfortable and confident in your choice as possible so you can truly enjoy the experience of learning to drive. With this in mind, here are our tips to help you make the right choice for you.
1. Look for qualifications
If you want to pass your test first time you must choose a fully qualified and certified professional instructor, preferably one who is ADI certified. This means they are an approved, fully qualified driving instructor. Ask them for their pass rates to give an idea on how many successes they have had particularly in relation to first time passes.
Be aware that only professional driving instructors are allowed to charge money for lessons.
2. Read reviews
Check out performance reviews on unbiased websites. If you can, ask around if there are people you know who have taken lessons with local instructors, because the most accurate and honest reviews are often through word of mouth.
3. Talk to instructors before committing to lessons
A reputable driving school will be only too happy to answer any questions or worries you may have. Here at Beverly Slater we want every pupil taking driving lessons in Didsbury to be completely happy and confident in their choice of instructor.
Good questions to ask include how long they have been teaching and what aspects of being a driving instructor they most enjoy. You could also ask about their teaching methods; for instance do they offer pre-lesson class based instruction as well as instruction during and after lessons.
By having a good, heart-to-heart chat with a potential instructor you’ll instantly know whether you’re going to get along with them. A good relationship between instructor and pupil plays an important part in how well you learn and how quickly you pass your test.
4. Finally, the nitty-gritty
You’ll also need to know how much lessons are going to cost. Consider how many lessons the instructor thinks that pupils typically need and if they are flexible in timings; for example if you need to take lessons erratically due to your job or studies. This will allow you to budget money and time accordingly.
Making the right choice as to who teaches you to drive is important. Getting the right instructor means you’ll be sure to enjoy your lessons; and that’s what driving is all about.