When you test your driving skills out on the open road, you want to make sure that you have a good driving instructor in the car with you. Naturally, you would assume that any driving school that you attend will provide you with a good driving instructor. But what qualifies an instructor as being good?
First off, you need a driving instructor who has been approved by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. This is the agency that provides ADI certification (which is an acronym that means Approved Driving Instructor). They also provide training to instructors prior to them taking their ADI exam. Therefore, if you find a driving instructor who has been through this process and has gotten approved by the DVSA, then they are definitely worth considering.
Of course, the majority of driving trainees will have a friend or family member teach them how to drive. This may be okay if you’re practicing driving in a parking lot or something but on the main road, it is better to have an approved instructor by your side. On the other hand, if you prefer to be instructed by someone close to you who is not an ADI, then make sure they meet a few basic requirements. They must be 21 years of age or older, they must have possessed a driver’s license for at least 3 years, and they must have a good driving record.
Remember that just because someone has a driver’s licence, it doesn’t mean they are a good driver. They may have a history of getting citations for speeding or aggressive driving. Also, when you have someone close to you as your instructor, it is very easy to gossip with them about things that are not driving related. This will be a distraction and it won’t help you learn to be a good driver. Again, that is why it is better to have an approved instructor guiding you.
Most approved driving instructors work for driving schools. The easiest way to find one of these instructors is to visit the www.gov.uk website. Visit their web page for the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency. On there, you will be able to search for approved driving instructors right online. You’ll be able to search using your postcode so that you’ll find instructors close to your location. Now make a list of the possible driving schools and/or instructors that look good to you. Perhaps they are highly rated on other websites and have gotten good reviews. These are the ones to really keep an eye out for.
Lastly, you’ll want to do some price comparisons. Don’t forget that a driving education can get quite expensive. When you go out on the road with an instructor, they will charge about £25 per hour or more. If you are getting professional driving instructor so you can take your driver’s test, this means you’ll need around 47 hours of on the road instruction before taking your test. This would come out to £1,175 in the end. Therefore, get some price quotes as you shop around and choose the most affordable option for an approved driving instructor. The last thing you want to do is fail your driving test and have to get into a whole new problem of having to find a cancellation, or wait months for a new test.