How to choose a driving instructor

It is no surprise that the vast majority of learner drivers who passed their theory and practical test first time were taught by a driving instructor. With so many driving instructors it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. It is often best suggest that you combine personal recommendations with your own decision making skills to determine the best driving instructor for you.

Before choosing your driving instructor you should always check if he/she has a valid certificate and that they are registered with the DSA.

What is the DSA

The DSA or Driving Standards Agency checks the standards of all approved driving instructors. In order for an approved driving instructor to qualify they must;
> Have held a full driving licence for at least four years
> Pass an advanced theory test – (this is different to the one that learner drivers take)
> Pass a strict driving test – (Yes, the instructor has to pass a test too!)
> Reach and maintain a high standard of instruction which is regularly checked by a supervising examiner from the DSA.
> Be registered with the DSA
> Display an ADI identification certificate on the windscreen of the tuition vehicle

Things to look for in a driving instructor;

> Should be registered with the DSA
> Have a good reputation
> Be reliable and punctual
> Be well prepared, have structured lessons plans and teach you at your own pace
> Have a car that suits you and that is well maintained
> Give you and only you the full time allocated in your lessons
> Be friendly, patient, approachable and make you feel comfortable about asking questions
> Make sure all lessons are one-to-one and there is no ‘piggy-backing’

What questions to ask your driving instructor

> How long have you been a driving instructor?
> Are you a fully qualified ADI?
> Will you be teaching me for the whole course?
> What cars do you have available? are they dual control?
> Will all the lessons be in the same car?
> Can you pick me up from my house, school, work etc?
> How long are your lessons?
> What days do you teach on? Are lessons available on the weekend? at night?
> Do you do any discounts on block bookings?
> Which centre do you use?

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