Whilst many learners may turn to friends and family to teach them how to drive, it is advisable to learn with a qualified driving instructor instead. Learning to drive correctly and safely from the very beginning is important.
Bad habits picked up from learning with others can be very hard to break – and could cause you to fail!
All driving instructors should have been specially trained and be able to pass on the knowledge that will help you pass your test, and ultimately make you a confident, safe, and able driver.
However, sometimes finding the right instructor for you can be difficult.
Word of mouth can be best.
If friends or relatives can recommend their driving instructor, or know someone who knows someone, then listen to what they have to say. They will know first-hand what learning to drive is like with that instructor, and if they would work for you.
However, if you are new to the area, or have no one to recommend a driving instructor, then the internet will be your next step.
Search engines offer a wide list of options and sites like GOV.UK can provide a tool for finding your nearest driving instructors. However, hitting the phones or emails mean that you are taking a chance so it is good to know what to look for.
Remember, don’t go by price alone.
Whilst most of us will go by price, and what is the best deal for them, most driving instructors work within the same price bands, so it pays to do a little more research.
Read the testimonials.
They are the closest things you can have to a normal recommendation from family and friends. Whilst some may appear on their website, check out their social media pages too. This can be the best place to discover what people are really saying about them.
Most driving instructors also share their pass results and case studies on social media too so this is also a great way to check out how many people have passed with them.
Pass rate is not everything.
It is easy to think that the pass rate is the only thing that matters. However, learning to drive is a journey, and as you know, not every journey runs smoothly! Sometimes that has nothing to do with the instructor.
Whilst a high pass rate is a good guide – obviously the ultimate aim is to pass your test – but don’t base choosing your instructor on this alone.
Whoever you choose, you don’t have to stick with them forever.
Sometimes it is just not meant to be. Your relationship with your driving instructor is important to your driving success, so if you are not happy and don’t ‘click’ then it could be time for a change.
This is even more important if you have struggles like serious nerves, or limited flexibility on time. If you cannot make it work, don’t panic. Find another one.
Like the prince with Cinderella, you have to keep trying until you find the shoe (or instructor!) that fits!
Don’t delay! Find your driving instructor!
Licence2Drive has a range of instructors ready to teach you to drive, so meet them here and contact us today to start your learning to drive journey.