Expensive and stressful could be words that come to mind when thinking of learning to drive, not only that but there are hundreds of driving instructors around, so how would you chose the right and best instructor?
Here are 5 main questions you personally should ask any driving instructor before paying:
- Do you like them?
This is the first question that you should be asking yourself. As you will be spending many hours enclosed in this box following the orders of your chosen instructor and paying them for the privilege what would happen if your personalities clash? Then you end up wasting your time and your money. So here is what you should do;
Engage them in conversation either by the phone, in person or by email. Do they seem patient? Or will you be happy in this persons company?
- What Are Their Qualifications?
What sort of qualifications these specific people have as a driving instructor? As well as how long have they been in this job?
Your driving instructor must be an Approved Driving Instructor or also known as ADI. A green octagon or a pink triangle is what a real instructor will have in their car which would have been issued by the Driving Standards Agency or the DSA. The meaning of the octagon is that they are fully qualified and the triangle means they’re a licensed trainee.
The DSA would have given a grade to the driving instructor which ranges from 1 to 6 with 6 being the highest. When in fact it is possible for the instructor to have a low or no grading and still be very good. Which is because grading is gained by the instructor taking a test. If the instructor does not have a high grade they may have just chosen not to take the test. This is something that you should ask them.
This information listed here is very specific to the UK and if you are learning to drive in a different country you will have a similar system in which you will have to check with your local driving authority.
Finally there’s a compromise which is to be made with the qualifications. This concludes that the better qualified the instructor, the more they are likely to have a higher charge rate. If you feel confident then you may want to opt for a cheaper trainee as opposed to a more expensive veteran which is totally up to you.
- What Type Of Car Will You Be Driving?
Frequently in the UK, a hatchback is usually where your lessons take place, this is a smaller but lower powered car, which is easier for a beginner to get used to.
Is the car dual control? You should take lessons from an instructor in something called a duel control car. This is where the instructor can hit the brakes if something goes wrong which makes the whole learning process safer and helps you be more confident.
Is the car automatic or manual? Most people in the UK learn to drive in a car with a manual gear box. Which is easier to learn in a car with an automatic gear box since it is one less thing to think about. One problem with this is that if you learn in an automatic car you can only drive an automatic once you’ve passed your test.
- How Soon Would You Like To Pass Your Test?
One vital question you should ask your instructor is how long they think it will take to learn to drive as well as the frequency of lessons you should be taking which depends on how often you take lessons and how long each lesson is for. This will also depend on their teaching style, so if you are pretty confident you may prefer to chose an instructor who will push you through the process a lot quicker, but if you are less sure where you are you may prefer an instructor who will take longer and go through the process more slower and gently. While you are at it, ask them specifically what their pass rate is. Obviously the higher the pass rate the better.
- If you’re Feeling Cheeky…
At last ask them if they will give you a short free practice lesson. The vast majority of instructors will do this before you pay them as it gives you a chance to see what the lessons will be like. It is the only real way to make sure you are happy before you take any further lessons.Share