Checklist for Finding a Good Driving School
Lesson Prices: Look a Little Deeper
Let's say one driving school charges £23 per hour, and you need fifty hours to be test-ready: total cost £1150. Another charges £26 per hour, but you only need forty hours to be test-ready: total cost £1040.
How Long Will Your Driving Lesson Last?
For total beginnners, an hour is usually a good length, but as you progress two hours is often best. Just make sure that all prices are for units of time - and not 'per lesson', without a given duration. You are not going to be learning unless you are the one controlling the car, so don't entertain the idea of group lessons.
Be Certain They Have an ADI Licence
Your teacher must not only be an Approved Driving Instructor, but they must also have a current licence, and it must be clearly displayed - so look for an octagonal windscreen sticker with an expiry date.
Your Teacher's Car: What To Look For
The front side passenger should also have access to a set of floor pedals (this is called 'dual control'). It's vital that your instructor can brake if neccessary.
Do you feel prepared for your Theory Test? If not, do ask your instructor for help.
Does The Tutor Have a Record of Your Lessons?
The practical driving test is your chance to show a DVSA examiner that you are a capable and conscientious road user; that is, you've acquired a certain level of physical competence and sound judgement behind the wheel. The official syllabus is published online and your instructor's lesson notes should make reference to this.
Are You Happy With Your Timetable?
Don't let your lessons be sporadic (while we're on this topic, it has to be said that intensive driving courses don't suit everyone either). It takes a little time for the knowledge and experience gained during a lesson to take hold. We've found that two hours a week, preferably as one lesson, is usually the best way to become more proficient.
Getting a Lesson Immediately Prior to Your Test
This should not be considered an option by your instructor. The time is essential to:
- try out your emergency stop, parallel park and other moves;
- get some final experience on the local roads; and
- prepare yourself mentally for the upcoming examination.
Find out more about Taking Your Test
Find out more about Driving Lessons
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