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Choosing a driving school
When selecting a driving school you need to take several considerations into your account. Although the location of the driving school is not of paramount importance it can be useful to utilise the services of a good and trustworthy driving school in your locality. There are many recommendations that can help you to choose a driving school that meets your personal requirements.

Your driving instructor should be helpful and friendly with students and assist them if they make any errors in their driving. Instructors should be ready to work with the students and explain the theory of driving clearly and without diversion e.g not take calls during the lesson.

It is very important for each driving school to have its training vehicles in perfect technical condition and with dual controls. In dual control vehicles the instructor can take control of the braking the vehicle in an emergency to avoid accidents. Driver training vehicles should be supplied with additional signs that clearly display to other road users that the vehicles is being driving by a learner driver under instructions. Ask for relevant information that might be required in case of emergencies. If you feel uncomfortable with your instructor during your practice you should talk it over with the driving school manager.
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Some driving Instructors work by themselves, while others are part of bigger driving schools. Make sure your driving instructor is well recommended and that you are happy with your instructor before you commit to a block of lessons. As with any service you pay for, it’s often best to shop around and compare at least two or three driving instructors (or driving schools) before you make a final decision.

Good driving instructors should make the most of your lesson time. You should have their full-attention throughout the lesson, with no stops to pick up or drop off, fill-up with fuel or make phone calls. They shouldn’t shout or make you feel uncomfortable in any way, even if things go wrong.

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Times and location:
  • Do they teach in your local area? For example, near your home, work or college.
  • Is the driving instructor available at times to suit you? For example, after work and weekends.

Driving lesson quality standards:

  • Do you know anyone else who has used the driving school or driving instructor? What did they think of their driving lessons?
  • What car do they use and is it fitted with dual controls? Learner drivers may find it easier to learn with a smaller car that’s in good condition and less than three years old. If you are particularly short or tall, then you may want to ask if the car is suitable for your needs.
  • How long has the instructor been teaching learner drivers?
  • Does the driving instructor pick-up other students during a lesson? (This could impact on your lesson time and divert the driving instructor’s attention.)

Driving lesson costs and materials:

  • How much does the driving instructor charge (remember cheapest isn’t always best)? Does the cost cover a full-hour of tuition and exclude picking-up, dropping-off time?
  • How long does the driving lesson last? Some instructors will want to offer two-hour lessons. This can be a long time even for experienced drivers. It might be more convenient for the driving instructor, but a longer driving lesson could be tiring and demoralising for you
  • Can you try an initial lesson out for free, or at a discount, to see if you will get on with the driving instructor?
  • Does the driving instructor offer a discount for block bookings?
  • What is the driving instructor’s policy if you cancel a driving lesson?
  • Are any additional study aids such as DVDs or workbooks included in the price?
Further thoughts
  • If you’re eager to pass your test, make sure your driving instructor understands your expectations and you both agree a realistic plan.
  • If English is not your first language, would you prefer to learn with a driving instructor who speaks your first language?
  • Have you a preference for a male or female instructor?
 
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