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How to Choose a Driving School

Updated on November 30, 2017
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How do you decide which driving school to use when thinking about learning to drive ? Hopefully this article will give you ideas.

So you want to learn to drive ?

The time has come.

The time has come for you to think about your first driving lesson. You've turned 17.....finally, have your Provisional driving licence to hand and now what ?

Where do you start to look for someone to teach you ?

Have your friends already started their journey ?

Did your sister or brother already pass their driving test and will you go to their previous instructor ?

Faced with hundreds of driving schools how do you know which one will be the right one ?

Where to start

When choosing an instructor or driving school start by deciding what you want them to do for you.

Are you a total beginner ? If so you need to start at the very beginning.

Do you have some driving experience?

Is it a case of needing some refresher lessons.

Ask relevant questions when talking to your prospective school.

What can they do for you ?

Look at their web site or Facebook pages. Are they getting results and having success ?

Has anyone recommended anyone to you ?

Are you looking for an independent instructor or National Driving School ? There are pros and cons either way.

What type of car does the school use.? How old are the cars and do they have dual controls?

Are the instructors fully qualified and hold ADI Green badges ? In order to be able to charge for lessons they must be DSA Approved Driving Instructors so check first.

How much will it cost ?

Driving lessons are not cheap so you want value for money. That said don't just go for the cheapest lessons. Like all services there are good and bad providers.You can expect to pay between £20 and £30 per hour. If you only pay £20 the likelihood is that the driving school car maybe older than 4 years old. If you pay nearer the £30 Mark you will probably expect a very new model car. Very likely to be under a year old. That said a new car doesn't make a better instructor, equally an older car doesn't make the instructor any worse. It's all about what you want and expect from your driving school.

How long will it take ?

Everyone learns at different rates so can take between 20 and 40 hours as a minimum. There is no lower or upper limits. It's all about the individual.

Nobody ever said that learning to drive is easy.

Is the driving school busy ?

Can the driving school take you on and guarantee a lesson when you need it ? Is the school so busy they have a waiting list ?How soon do you want to start and are you prepared to wait ?

My advice is to make up your own mind based on facts and not on the opinions of other people. It won't be cheap so make sure you have enough money to get you through your course of lessons.

It will be worth it in the end as you are learning a skill which will last you a lifetime.

© 2017 Steve Mitchell


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