Many people think that choosing a driving instructor is easy but making the right choice when deciding on an instructor is one of the most important stages of learning to drive.
There are a lot of things you have to think about when choosing the right instructor and hopefully this article will point you in the right direction.
Here are our top tips for picking the correct driving instructor:
Use personal recommendations
Most people have positive experiences when learning to drive if they have been recommended a driving instructor by a friend or family member. When thinking about commencing your driving lessons ask your close friends and family members if they know of an instructor they would recommend.
If for whatever reason you have started driving lessons with an instructor then decide you wish to change instructor, it is in your rights to be able to do so.
Make sure you shop around
When you are looking to start your driving lessons, don’t just choose the first instructor you set your eyes on. Make sure you shop around and have a good look at other instructors and schools in your area to make sure you make the right choice. Remember that you only plan to learn to drive once.
Ensure your driving instructor is fully qualified
Before you start your first driving lesson with your instructor make sure that they are a fully approved instructor, also known as an ADI. To check that your instructor is fully qualified, have a quick look in the front windscreen of their car, if there’s a green badge then they are fully qualified.
If there isn’t a green badge in the windscreen just simply ask them to show it to you. If when you look in the instructor’s windscreen there is a pink badge this means that the instructor is only a trainee.
Most people are unaware that you can read reviews on specific instructors or driving schools online. Do a quick Google search for your possible instructor or school and see what appears, some websites such as Google maps for example do offer the chance for students to write reviews on their instructors.
Once you have passed your test ensure that you leave your instructor or driving school a review to ensure the next student has a good understanding of the instructor and what they are like.
Don’t forget your theory test
People often forget about the theory test before commencing their practical driving lessons, the fact of the matter is that if you learn your theory while learning to drive it makes it that much easier.
So if you have not yet passed your theory test and intend to do so while conducting your practical driving lessons ask your driving instructor or driving school if they offer assistance.
By asking these questions you can put your mind at ease and enjoy your driving lessons.
Choosing your driving school or instructor is a tough decision and you shouldn’t take it lightly, but hopefully, these tips will set you on the right path to learning to drive!