As a parent, organizing driving lessons for your child is a big responsibility. Along with putting their health and safety in someone else’s hands, you’re also deciding who teaches them to become a safe, capable and responsible motorist.
From basic to intensive driving courses to Pass Plus and so on, there’s a lot to consider. Nothing matters more than ensuring you choose a driving instructor you have complete and total confidence in.
With this in mind, as a parent, here are five crucial guidelines for selecting the ideal instructor when considering driving lessons for students:
Ask for Recommendations
Nothing beats personal recommendations from people you trust. Ask friends, family members or colleagues if they can confidently point you in the direction of a fantastic driving instructor. Look for reviews and recommendations from past customers and parents online. A quick Google search is usually all that’s needed to find the information you need to make a safe and informed decision.
Check Their Qualifications
In accordance with UK law, anyone offering driving lessons needs to be a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) approved Potential Driving Instructor (PDI) or Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). This is a fundamental requirement, after which any additional qualifications, certificates or accolades in general are a welcome bonus. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of qualifications and experience, before getting your children’s driving lessons underway.
Make Sure They’re the Right Fit
It’s often side-lined, but personality plays a key role where all aspects of teaching and tuition are concerned. Roughly translated, it can be difficult to get the most out of any type of lesson if you don’t ‘click’ with your tutor. Hence, if you’re not comfortable with the personality and approach of the driving instructor you’re considering, you might want to take your business elsewhere. Just as some prefer a strict and formal approach to driving lessons, others perform much better in a light-hearted setting.
Ask for Their Advice
A good way of gauging the quality of a driving instructor is to ask as many questions as you feel necessary. Examples of which could include their recommended lesson length, how many lessons should be block booked in advance, when they recommend starting private practice and so on. Any driving instructor who is passionate about what they do should be willing and able to answer all your questions enthusiastically.
Don’t Compromise to Cut Costs
The cheapest driving instructor available isn’t always the best option. If you come across a driving instructor charging significantly less than the UK average of around £25 per hour, you need to question why this is the case. Where are they cutting costs to keep their prices down? Avoiding unnecessarily expensive driver tuition is sensible, but it’s not advisable to choose the cheapest driving school you can find without careful thought.