How to choose a driving instructor?
Finding the right driving instructor can be hard. You have to spend a lot of time with this person, you have to be able to talk to them and take direction from them. So we’ve put together a few things to consider whilst looking for your perfect instructor.
1) Ask a friend! Your friends know you and they’ll know if you’ll get on with their instructor or an instructor they know.
2) The bus test. If your instructor sat next to you on the bus would you move or would you stay sat next to them? If you’d move, they’re probably not the instructor for you.
3) Reviews. In today’s world of information overload, reviews are a great way of getting answers to your questions from real people. If a driving instructor has lots of reviews, they’re probably doing something right!
4) Professionalism is important. You are paying your instructor for a professional service, so as much as you need to get along with your instructor, they need to be professional too. Professionalism can be shown in lots of different ways. For example, at driving-pro, our instructors like to dress professionally. They also make sure their cars are clean both inside and out.
5) Answering the phone. If you phone an instructor directly and they don’t answer first thing, that’s a good thing! They’re probably out driving and respecting the fact they’re working. Just leave a message and they’ll get back to you!
The Secret Driving Instructor - As an instructor, I prefer to speak to people over the phone. Old school, I know. Talking on the phone gives instructors a better idea of what you’re looking for and what you need without a long back and forth. It means we can give a better and more bespoke service.
6) Code of Conduct. Has your chosen instructor signed a Code of Conduct? Ask this question! You should also find out if your instructor has terms and conditions, you’ll then both be on the same page!
7) Do you feel comfortable with your instructor? If you don’t, we suggest finding a new instructor. There’s nothing wrong with that! At driving-pro all of our students know that if they ever have an issue or they’d like to speak to someone who is not their instructor, they are able to. We want our students to be comfortable.
The Secret Driving Instructor - There have been times in my career when I’ve had to pass on students to another instructor or suggest we terminate lessons because I haven’t got on with the pupil! Feeling comfortable works both ways.
8) Don’t get hung up on pass rates. It’s easy to, we know. You will pass your test. You will pass your test in your own time, and it mainly comes down to your commitment, the amount of miles spent on the road and your confidence.
9) Instructor grade. There are two grades, A and B. The grade is supplied by the government. At driving-pro although we take grades into account most important for us is professionalism, people skills, ability and teaching methods.
10) Price. Learning to drive is an investment. Of course cheap lessons or deals such as ten hours for £99 or the first five for £55 are attractive but ask yourself why these lessons are so cheap. A good and in demand driving instructor will charge appropriately for their service which ultimately could end up costing you less.
The Secret Driving Instructor - Having spent many years in the industry I’ve learnt that there are many reasons how and why there a schools and instructors that charge so cheaply for lessons, and these reasons aren’t good.
Next week we’ll be looking at more Tell Me questions (yes, there’s more) but you’ll be a Tell Me Pro in no time!