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How to find a good Driving Instructor

It's not easy, especially with so many instructors and schools to choose from.
Pick up your local' Yellow Pages' or 'Thomson Local' and you will find hundreds of Instructors listed under Driving Schools.

And what type of course suits you.

Hourly Tuition

If you are not in a rush to get your driving licence then perhaps hourly tuition is for you. With just one or two hours driving tuition each week with your instructor, you can learn at a leisurely pace. You take your theory and practical tests when you and your instructor agree that you are ready. There is no fixed time scale, you take as long as you need to learn to drive.

Intensive Courses

Intensive courses are the fastest and most cost effective method of obtaining your Driving licence. Intensive courses basically mean learning to drive in a short period of time. There are various durations of intensive courses available and the one you choose will depend on how much driving experience you have, your confidence in your ability and your age. An intensive course will help you get your driving licence in a much shorter time than if you choose hourly tuition. Make sure you have passed your theory test before you take this type of course, you are then ready for the practical test.

Residential Courses

Residential Intensive Driving Courses are now recognised as being the quickest and most cost effective method of learning to drive.
Before commencing a residential course you are required to have passed your theory test.
If you fancy getting away from it all and learning to drive in different surroundings then try a residential course. These run to a similar time scale as the intensive courses with several hours driving each day, every day. You take your practical driving test at the end of the course. With a residential course you have the added bonus of being away from home and daily distractions and staying in accommodation. At the end of each day's tuition you can relax in your new surroundings. With courses available anywhere in the UK you can enjoy a holiday whilst learning to drive!
Look for a residential course

Now we have the Theory test,
most driving instructors (ADI's) will be able to offer you combined and integrated tuition providing both theoretical and practical training.
It makes good sense to make use of a professional ADI because they are an acknowledged expert in driver education and will know better than anyone how to prepare you for the tests.

Code of Practice for Approved Driving Instructors

The DVSA has introduced a
2pass Code of Practice for Approved Driving Instructors.
The code leaflet can be obtained from any theory test and driving test centres. Your Driving Instructor should be able to obtain a leaflet for you.
It is hoped that ALL Driving Instructors will formally agree to adhere to the terms of the Code.

The Video below gives Advice from a Driving Examiner with over 30 years experience.

If you pick a Driving School out

Ask the following questions before you book. It may help you to see if this driving school is for YOU.
  • How long have you been a driving Instructor?
  • Do you have male or female instructors?
  • Are all your instructors fully qualified?
  • Can I have the same instructor for all my lessons?
  • What type of cars do you use?
  • Are the cars dual controlled?
  • How old are the cars?
  • DO I have the same car for every lesson?
  • Do you have a individual pick up service?
  • Do you work weekends?
  • Can you pick me up after school, work or college?
  • How much are your lessons? (the cheapest seldom means the best!!! ).
  • Do you have discounts for block booking?
  • Which Test centre do you use?
  • What's your pass rate?
  • How long is each lesson?
If you know of a relative or friend who has had or is having driving lessons ask them about the Driving School they use.
  • Are they reliable?
  • Are they friendly and patient?
  • Does the instructor smoke?
  • Is the car clean?
  • Does the instructor do their shopping or visit the betting shop on your lessons?
The best driving school can be the one that has been recommended to you by a friend or relative.
( A good instructor seldom has to advertise )

Please Note:- A driving instructor must have their name entered on the Register held by the Driving Standards Agency. They must display a green ADI identification certificate like the one below (or a red one if the instructor is a trainee).

A driving instructor must pass a searching three-part examination to qualify, and they have to reach and maintain the high standards required by the Driving Standards Agency.

The standard of instruction of all ADIs is regularly checked by DVSA. This is done by a DVSA Supervising Examiner sitting in on a live lesson. The instructor is then graded:
grade 4 is competent
grade 5 is good
grade 6 is a very high standard.

Ask any potential instructor for their grade before embarking on a course of lessons.

In 2012, there were over 48,000 people on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors.

Ask the Instructor if they are adhering to the terms of the 2passCode of Practice for Approved Driving Instructors

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