Ask friends for recommendations, look on Facebook for instructors which are consistently posting passes, Read instructors reviews on Facebook etc
Choosing a driving instructor
Choosing a Driving Instructor
With over 47000 driving instructors in the UK how do you choose the right one? With so many to choose from it is worth your time in doing a little research before booking your first lesson.
How many lessons will I need.
While the amount of lessons required from person to person varies considerably, the average number of lessons to pass the practical driving test is 44 as well as 22 hours of private practice, these are the figures quoted by the Driver and vehicle standards agency, it is vitally important that you choose the right driving instructor for you. A good driving instructor will keep a record of your progress to help you learn all the skills required in the shortest time. Here at Andrew’s Driving School we have had pupils who have passed the test after as few as 12 lessons and without any private practice, but others will need the full 44 hours and maybe more, however after your first couple of hours a good instructor should be able to give you an indication of how many hours will be needed.
What to expect from your instructor
As well as being able to pass on their knowledge, your instructor should be friendly patient and make you feel at ease on your lessons, he or she should also be punctual and turn up for your lessons on time.
One to one training
It is common for some instructors to use a system known as piggy backing, where at the end of your lesson you will be collecting your instructors next pupil, this can be off-putting for some, also you will lose a few minutes of your lesson both at the beginning and the end, this is usually used by some of the cheaper priced instructors to keep their running costs low. Best advice here is to ask when booking if the training will be one to one.
The prices of lessons vary widely but it would be a false economy to go with a cheaper instructor if it is going to take more hours to learn to drive. 40 hours at £22 per hour works out more expensive than 30 hours at £28 per hour. Another way to get more for your lessons is to take 2 hour lessons.
Ask for Recomendations
Ask friends for recommendations, look on Facebook for instructors which are consistently posting passes, Read instructors reviews on Facebook etc. A few good testimonials from others are worth far more than some of the silly offers I see around.
Enjoy your lessons
And finally the two most important factors in choosing a driving instructor are that you progress to become a safe and competent driver, and that you enjoy your lessons.
“Got recommended multiple times from friends and really enjoyed it. Passed first time! Great instructor (Marcus) and helpful teaching.”
“Passed first time and with only 3 minors thanks to Andrew, highly recommended!”
“Passed my driving test with 3 minors thanks to Andrew! Couldn’t be happier! Highly recommended”
“Would highly recommend Naz, very patient, forgiving and gives you lots of confidence.
Started lessons in late October and passed yesterday with 6 minors!
Thank you Naz!!!”
“Couldn’t thank Marcus enough! I passed first time within 2 months of being 17! I would definitely recommend Andrews!”
“Passed first time with Marcus, couldn’t have picked a better driving school to learn with! Thank you again!!”
“Naz was a great instructor to learn with from the start. I passed first time and would recommend Naz to anyone wishing to start or continue their driving!”
Glen Old Colwyn
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