Booking your first driving lessons is a big step for everyone, who to choose? will I be any good at driving? will I be wasting my money?
Here we have outlined some of the factors that you may not have thought about, but will make the difference between passing first time and becoming a safe driver for life, or wasting money on countless hours of lessons with no end in site and vastly diminished bank account. Below your find all you need to know to find a Great Local Driving School.
Here are the top ten factors that will help you make an informed choice about starting with a driving school.
1 Look for Reviews and Testimonials – There is nothing better than a recommendation from people who have taken lessons with a driving school, if someone is happy, they will let the world know. But be careful, its been known for some school to have fake testimonials, so look for photos and check on social media by scrolling down the companies feed.
2 Price – Its simple with driving lessons, you get what you pay for. To put this in to perspective, if you find a Brand New iPhone 6 on eBay for £110, you know something may be a miss.
So when looking for lessons, don’t base your choice totally on price. If a school has to charge £16 for a lessons when all the other local schools charge more, it begs the question, why? Very old car, no recommendations , very low pass rate, who knows! But the long and short of it, you will get what you pay for, a few extra pounds per hour might intern save you loads in the long run, plus give you lessons you will enjoy, but going with the cheapest may mean you end up paying a lot more than you expected. So if you want a great local driving school, look at more than price.
3 Tuition Car – We know that you don’t need to learn to drive in a brand car, but let’s face it, if you’re learning to drive, it is great to be able to drive the latest model. Its safer, easier and much more comfortable, plus if the instructor takes time to investing in the newest car, it shows they are investing in you, their student!
4 Local to you – This is a lot more important than it may seem, a lot of the large national school have instructors covering areas which are not local to them, what does this mean to you? Well, lets just say, if your on your 2nd ever driving lesson, you want to know that your instructor is completely aware of the local roads you should and more importantly, shouldn’t go on. We have heard stories of instructors mistakenly taking students from the Country Way, Sunbury ( A316 ) on to the M3 due to not knowing the area.
5 A Good Website – A picture paints a thousand words, but a good website with pictures paints even more. It’s important that you get all the information you need in one place as driving can be very daunting. A website with great information, plenty of useful pages and maybe even photos of people that have passed is important. It shows the school and instructors invest a lot in to the business. If the website looks second rate and very basic it may mean the opposite. A great local driving school will always understand that a modern user friendly website is very important.
6 Pass Rate – This tells you how many of their students pass first time, it’s a flexible number due to the ever change nature of driving lessons but its well worth asking.
7 Online Presence – In today’s world having an online presence is very important for a number of reason, reliability, trust and accountability. Its simple to make a webpage but its hard to create years of feeds and loads of followers on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Take time to make sure your driving school has this, you will get great feedback from other customers and it will help increase trust with your driving school that you will be giving your hard earned cash to.
8 ADI PDI do you know the difference – When jumping in to your driving instructors car its best to check their Instructor Licence – Green Octagon ADI – Fully Approved Driving Instructor or a Pink Triangle PDI – Trainee Driving Instructor.
A green licence means they have passed all 3 Instructor Test, i would also ask how long they have been teaching for. PDI is a trainee instructor that hasn’t passed their last Instructor Test, they would have only been teaching for beteen 0-6 months. I would always ask this before booking any lesson!
9 Does The Driving School Cover Your Area – Its best to check your instructor covers and knows your area. Some instructors will go way out of their area when business isn’t busy, this may seem nice of them but its not great for you. They might not know your areas well, meaning you can not take advantage of all the local knowledge an instructor should know, they may turn up late or have to cancel due to traffic. Its worth checking this.
10 Manual or Automatic – This is the age old question, most people like to learn in a manual because it leave you the option to drive any type of transmission in the UK, but it’s something to think about. Try not to just base your choice simply on ease of learning as a good instructor will be able to make a manual as easy as an automatic, in most cases.
At Totally Driving we believe everything above is critical to helping you pass quickly, safely and with lessons you enjoy. So we implement all of the above advice, to help make our driving school stand out.
If you are thinking of taking driving lessons in and around West London including, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Kingston, Surbiton, Esher, Thames Ditton, Staines, Ashford, Feltham and surrounding towns.
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