Our Advice On Finding a Quality Driving Instructor
You Get What You Pay For
The best driving instructors are rarely the cheapest, but over time a good instructor will save you money because:
- you will make progress faster (and so need fewer lessons to be ready for your test); and
- you will be more likely to pass your test the first time.
How Long Is a Lesson?
If the cost you're quoted is 'per lesson' then check to see what this actually means. At Atlas we recommend two hour lessons, but the minimum amount of time we'd call a lesson is one hour. Plus, make sure that your lesson time starts and ends when you get in or out of the driver's seat - and not when you get in a car driven by your instructor or another pupil.
Is your Instructor Qualified?
Anyone charging money for driving tuition has to be an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor). Once qualified, ADIs are assessed on an ongoing basis by the DVSA - and this takes place during lessons, as it's their ability to continue to teach that is being assessed. In addition, an ADI requires additional qualifications to become an assessor under the 'Pass Plus' scheme. All ADIs must display their licence on the windscreen of the car they use to give lessons.
Is The Car Suitable?
The car you learn in should have dual controls (usually an extra brake and clutch pedal, sometimes an extra accelerator too) and be in good condition.
Will your instructor help you with your Theory Test if you need them to?
Do They Record Your Progress?
The DVSA are the government agency responsible for driving lessons in the UK and there is a syllabus for tuition. Ask your instructor if they follow this, and measure your progress against the agreed standards.
Are Your Lessons Regular and Evenly Spaced?
To make good progress most people need at least one hour of driving tuition each week, and at Atlas we'd recommend one two hour lesson, as our experience is that pupils make the best progress at this rate. If you feel that you want more time then we will of course meet your request. The important thing is that your lessons are evenly spaced.
Can You Get a Lesson Right Before Your Test?
It is vital to have a lesson just before you take your Practical Test - this gives you the best chance of being relaxed, confident and most likely to do well. Your instructor should make this sort of lesson their top priority.
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