Finding the right driving instructor for you can be a tough task. Whether it’s an intense driving course over a week or two, or a series of lessons over a few months, you are going to be spending a lot of time with your driving instructor. Not only that, you need to be able to trust this person with your safety, and ensure that your pretty significant investment will be worthwhile. Across central Manchester alone there are tens of driving schools each looking to add another student to the books, so how do you even begin to choose? The team at Weekly Crash Courses has put together a concise list of 5 things to consider when searching for the best driving instructor for you.
Ask for Recommendations from Friends and Family
This is perhaps the easiest and most obvious place to begin in your search for a local driving instructor. When you ask friends and family about their own experience with learning to drive, be sure to get more information about what they liked and disliked about the lessons and teaching to decide whether any of their recommendations might be a suitable fit.
Do Your Own Research Online
It’s all well and good listening to your friends and family, but just because they had a good experience with their local driving instructor, doesn’t guarantee it will be the same for you. This is where the omnipotent internet comes in handy.
For example, if you were to type ‘driving crash course Manchester’ into Google, then you’d quickly spot Weekly Crash Courses on page one of the search results. Usually, picking a driving school near you that also appears close to the top of the search results means that they are a reputable and trusted driving lesson provider. Be sure to take a look at the various websites, get a feel for the driving school, and take a look at their testimonials and reviews. This will give you a feel for whether or not you like the driving school.
Ask About Teaching Methods
Just like school, we all learn differently and each teacher has their own teaching approach. When learning to drive, it is important for your own confidence and competence that you learn in the way that is best for you. If you have whittled your search down to a few local driving instructors, we advise getting in touch and asking about their teaching style so that you can get a better idea of its match with your best learning practice.
Don’t Go for the Cheapest
It is no secret that driving lessons, at whatever stage in your life, are a significant investment. Some driving schools will heavily advertise their cheap rates, but that by no means goes to say that their tuition is the best – in fact, it might be something to be wary of. Most driving schools will be competitively priced whilst maintaining a payment that their strong teaching standards justify. You will often find that by paying in bulk for a given number of lessons will reduce the overall fee, so we suggest asking about that too.
Ask About Experience and Pass Rates
When learning to drive, the two most important things are your safety and, of course, passing your test. Whether you choose an intense driving course or the traditional hour or two a week, you need to know that your driving instructor has a good track record and the necessary qualifications. In short, you should be sure that your chosen driving instructor is DSA approved, can talk confidently and positively about their past students (although be aware that a 100% pass rate is a myth) and regardless of a wealth of experience or not, a good driving instructor should be able to make you feel reassured, excited and confident.
There you have it; our top 5 things to consider when choosing your local driving instructor. At Weekly Crash Courses, we are really proud of the teaching we have given to hundreds of students across Greater Manchester over the years. If you would like to learn more about our driving lessons and intensive driving courses in Manchester, we’d love to hear from you!