5 Top Tips For Choosing A Driving Instructor

Kelly really looks forward to her driving lessons. Enjoying the challenges she overcomes, as her supportive instructor calmly guides her to discover new skills and build confidence she never thought possible.

Jake dreads his driving lessons. His heart sinks when he hears his driving instructor arrive. His confidence hits rock bottom as his irate instructor yells at him for making the same mistakes again! Jake still doesn’t understand why it keeps going wrong and can’t wait for the lesson to end.

Kelly read our advice, did her research, and found a driving instructor who understood her needs and coached in a way which suited Kelly.

Jake just took lessons with the first instructor he contacted, without any research.

Be like Kelly, follow our advice and enjoy learning to drive.

  1. Ask friends and family for recommendations – remember, everyone is different, so a driving instructor who was right for your friend, may not be right for you. So still do your own research!
  2. Research – Check online for driving instructors in your area, check their:
    • Google page and reviews. This can be found using Google search or Google Maps.
    • Facebook page and reviews. Most driving instructors are on Facebook, but also check other social media too. Check their posts, this can give a good indication of their character.
    • Website. This can give an indication of their professionalism and provide some information about them and how they structure their training.
    • Check the Driving School Network driving instructor directory here – https://drivingschoolnetwork.co.uk/
  3. Are they an ADI or PDI?
    • An ADI is an Approved Driving instructor. They are fully qualified driving instructors and have a green badge displayed in their windscreen.
    • A PDI is a Potential Driving Instructor. They have passed the first two driving instructor tests and are receiving training for their part 3 test. They have a Pink badge displayed in their windscreen.
  4. Are they approved by the DVSA? Check here – Find driving schools, lessons and instructors – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
    • TIP: The online DVSA approved driving instructor list is voluntary, so not all driving instructors are listed. So, if your prospective driving instructor isn’t listed, you will need to contact the DVSA here – customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk | Telephone: 0300 200 1122 | Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
      You will need the driving instructors NAME and ADI number (this is their personal reference number and will be displayed on their pink or green badge)
  5. Speak to the driving instructors. You will have your own requirements, don’t be afraid to ask about them. If an instructor doesn’t want to answer your questions, are they the right instructor for you? Here are some suggestions for things to ask:
    • What are the practicalities? Will you both be available at the same time? Where are the pick up and drop off locations, are these flexible? How often will you have lessons?
    • What is their cancellation policy? Will you be charged for last minute cancellations? (most driving instructors will) What if your instructor has to cancel lessons?
    • What is their approach and how do they structure their lessons? Does their teaching style suit you?
    • How long are each lesson? 2 hour lessons are common, but some do 1hr, 1.5hrs or even 3hrs or more. What lesson length would suit you best?
    • What do they charge for lessons? Don’t just go for the cheapest, choose who is best suited for you. You will learn faster and have fewer lessons, so it may save you money in the long run.
    • How will you both decide you are ready for test? This may cause issues if you disagree on when you should take your test. DVSA Ready to Pass can be found here ‘Ready to Pass?’ checklist (dft.gov.uk)
    • What does the driving instructor charge for test day? Many will charge the same as a normal lesson but look out for hidden charges! Do these seem reasonable to you?
    • What is their character like? Have they been friendly, patient, and helpful? Do you feel you will get along during driving lessons?

Remember, learning to drive can be expensive. If you don’t feel happy after a few lessons, don’t be afraid to change to a new instructor.

Have you got any tips or advice for selecting the right driving instructor? Please let us know!

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