Are you thinking about learning to drive? Once you pass your driving tests, you’ll be able to enjoy the freedom that having a licence can bring you. For example, you can buy a car and drive it whenever you want, to wherever you wish!
Of course, you need to learn how to drive first before you can realise that goal. Your first port of call is with a driving instructor. They will give you expert tuition on both the theory and practical sides of driving on the road.
There are many driving instructors out there. How can you tell which one of them is best for you? In today’s blog post, I’ll give you ten questions to ask your potential driving instructor. That way, you can choose the right one for your needs.
How good are they?
It’s worth asking your potential driving instructor their pass rates. Any decent instructor worth their salt will know how many of their pupils pass or fail their tests.
Are they accredited?
As you’re going to pay money for your driving lessons, you need to know that you’re getting taught well. A DSA-approved driving instructor will ensure you learn how to be a safe driver.
Are they affordable?
Some people pay for expensive lessons and assume that they’ll get a first-class service. But, did you know that you’ll still get good value for money with cheap driving lessons? The last thing you want to do is end up broke because your lessons are too dear!
How can they help nervous drivers?
The sad truth is that not everyone is confident behind the wheel. If that sounds like you, ask how your potential instructor can help you overcome your nerves.
Where will they take you to learn, and at what times?
A good driving instructor will get you to drive in different locations. They’ll also book you in for lessons at different times. That’s because there’s a big difference between day and nighttime driving.
What other services do they offer?
Many driving instructors also offer other services too. For instance, some may provide Pass Plus tuition for when you’ve got your licence. Others may also offer advanced driving lessons on motorways.
Do they offer manual and automatic tuition?
Many of today’s cars come with semi-automatic gearboxes. There’s no longer a stigma for learning in an auto these days. Your future instructor should offer tuition in both formats.
What car do they use?
Vehicles like the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta are ideal for learner drivers. Are you used to a particular model? If so, it’s worth checking if your potential instructor uses the same model.
Are they flexible?
Sometimes you’ll have to fit your lessons around your education or work. Are they willing to accommodate you if a normal 9-5 slot isn’t viable?
Do they offer petrol or diesel cars?
When learning in a manual, diesel cars are less likely to stall than petrol models.