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5 Tips in Choosing a Driving School

Updated on October 29, 2019
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I am a digital marketer and YouTube content creator from Manila, Philippines.

Looking for a Driving School

So you've finally made the decision to learn how to drive a car. Maybe you just bought a new car, your parents gave you your first car or you are just now wanting to make life easier and done with commuting. You just want to feel the independence and mobility of being able to drive yourself anytime.

Now you are on the search for that perfect driving school to help you achieve your driving dreams. You want to get into a driving school that is within your budget and one that cater to your needs. You might have heard stories about sleazy, unprofessional, drunk driving instructors and worst, drive schools with crappy driving lessons that doesn't give your money's worth. Make an informed decision and know what to look for in the driving school by following these tips.

1. Is the price reasonable and within the budget?

Find a driving school that provides you with the value for your money's worth. Make sure you get your money's worth. Some schools offer very low fees but this may only include limited lessons or worse, unskilled instructors. There are also driving schools that offer driving lessons at exorbitant prices. Expensive fees does not always translate to quality driving lessons so make sure to do research beforehand and choose wisely. Information is available online from search engines, forums, and related threads to help you short list those driving schools that are worth your money.

First checkout the driving school's website if they have any, stalk their social media account if they have any for you to get an idea of the lesson they offer and also to get a pulse on the feedback of the people who availed of it. You may also ask any feedback from people who have enrolled in a driving school's courses.

2. Is the school accessible to you?

The location is a big factor to consider when choosing your driving or learner's school. This is crucial if you are driving in the metro city and you have to brave traffic in order to get to a location. A driving lesson can take many sessions depending on the school and you would not want to get stressed just to be able to attend classes and be on time.

This is the main reason why choosing a driving school that is accessible to you is crucial. An accessible place to learn driving would save you time, effort and money. Make sure that the location is near your place or work, school or home. It would be difficult to attend classes and concentrate on those drive lessons when you are already stressed from travelling. If you get a driving lesson after your work schedule, location is all the more important since you would probably be tired at the end of the day so you don't want to be exhausted before you get to the driving class.

3. Is the drive school a good one?

Try to find as much as you can about the school you consider signing up. Visit online forums or threads to read on feedback and reviews of any particular school you are considering. Does the school fare well based on the feedback of its previous students? Such data will help you in weighing the pros and cons to make that decision. This is important since schools don't refund of the fees once the lessons start.

4. Does the school offer a clear course outline of what you are supposed to learn?

Since getting into a driving school would be your first exposure to the road on your own, it is essential that you get the proper training and right driving theories as this will prepare you in your driving even years down the road. Finding a school with the right mix of theoretical instruction, good instructors and actual driving exposure in real world road conditions would give you a good jumpstart in having the right mindset in driving. It would help to ask yourself these questions before enrolling:

Do you have any idea about the school's method of instruction?

Do they offer immediate on-road lessons?

Or do you prefer to learn the theories first?

For those with zero driving experience, a classroom or theoretical approach for the first meetings would be ideal before the actual on-road driving itself.

More importantly, it would be great if you can get hold of their lesson outline so you have an idea of what you should expect. Most of the established driving schools provide this on their websites and social media. It is always good to know in advance about these details to help you compare and make a wise decision which one to choose.

5. Does the school provide a safe practice driving area

This is especially important to beginners who might have fear of driving immediately on an actual road. A driving circuit or practice ground would help a first-timer to hone his skills and gain confidence behind the wheel. Some schools allow their student drivers to gain firsthand driving experience by letting them drive (with their instructors) in the real road conditions on their first day. It can be a very daunting experience for first-time drivers so a safe practice driving area would be a great option.

Only one driving school in Metro Manila has this kind of driving set-up. The school have their own driving range and practice area that will help a new driver prepare for driving conditions in an actual road. Their driving range even has a mock up traffic lights, intersections, gasoline station, ramps and rotonda which makes it all the more fun to learn driving.

This kind of set-up give a newbie driver the confidence before the instructor brings him to drive in an actual road and experience how it is to drive in the highway and finally be able to apply all the theories taught in the classroom. Honda Driving school has this set up. You may check it out because I am not sure if they still have the same setup or location since I took my driving lesson with them nine years ago.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Shan Moore


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