What questions should you be asking?
What answers should you get?
Can you do it?
Commitment is key. You will need to put aside time, money and be prepared to make the effort.
1.What about the money.
Who is paying?
Are you being given a block of lessons as a present? Can you afford to carry on after that? Lots of people start when someone else has paid but not everyone can keep it up. Also, keep in mind that someone that stops and starts, spends more money over a longer period of time.
2.What about the time?
First off it will take time. Just because your friend passed in 15 lessons doesn’t mean you will. Everyone is different. When it comes to learning to drive, there are no guarantees and you should trust that your instructor has your best interests and safety in mind when they advise on when to take your driving test.
Not everyone realises how long it takes nowadays. The DVLA suggest a pupil is ready to take their test after 47 tuition hours and 22 hours of private practice. That’s 70 hours behind a wheel and that’s the average.
Secondly what time do you have to do it? It’s good to have a regular time but as you progress it’s valuable to be flexible and practice at different times of the day to get experience. A regular time for a regular pupil makes it easy for both of us. No excuse for forgetting which can happen but be aware that your driving instructor will charge if you’re not there. It’s their living after all.
3.What about effort?
The desire to learn is essential as well as the ability to work for it. This means you need to be on time for your lessons. Be ready for them. Listen to what your instructor tells you and act upon it. Think about driving between your lessons if you can. Keep a diary and write about your lesson afterwards (it’s called a reflective log), and don’t forget to ask questions.