Finding a good driving instructor when your learning to drive can be a challenging experience, and your performance when you go for your driving test depends not only on your driving skills, but also on the instructor you choose. Since you will be spending a good amount of money on driving lessons, it is better to choose a qualified instructor that you feel comfortable with and that is approved by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
What to look at when choosing a driving instructor:
The first impression
It takes people an average of 90 seconds to make an impression about someone, and most times they never change it afterwards. When it comes to your driving instructor, some aspects you may want to consider are punctuality and their car’s condition (if the vehicle is well-maintained). Trust your gut and don’t choose someone you don’t like or trust.
For your convenience and comfort, your driving instructor should teach in your local area and be available at times that suit you (after work and during weekends).
You may prefer an instructor who has been teaching students to drive for a longer period of time.
References & Reviews
The experience that other students have had with the instructor you’re considering is a good indicator of his or her teaching skills. Previous driving lessons represent valuable information that should help you make the right choice.
Cheapest isn’t always the best, but you want to also cover any hidden costs. Find out if a full hour of tuition excludes picking up and dropping off and get informed about their terms and conditions in case you cancel a driving lesson.
Some people prefer longer lessons, lasting 90 minutes or 2 hours, while others feel that spending so much time behind the wheel as a learner driver, can be tiring and drawn out. Depending on your availability and concentration, choose an instructor whose lesson plans meet your needs. However, choosing 2-hour lessons, if you can concentrate for that long, can be more cost effective because you don’t pay double the 1 hour price for a 2 hour lesson (you won’t pay double travelling time).
Their use of controls
A good driving instructor shouldn’t need to use his side of controls too often – when the instructor is doing too many things for you, you are not able to take full responsibility for your driving and you never know exactly what the consequences of your actions are.
If English is not your first language, you may prefer to learn with an instructor that speaks your first language.
By choosing the right instructor, your chances of performing well when you attempt the driving test are much higher!