Driving schools in Sanderstead offer different driving packages to students. Considering how important learning to drive is, you want to make sure that you get the best education while at it. Fortunately, with so many driving schools now available, it should be easier for you to choose a school that has potential in creating a good driver out of you. Always choose the best driving school who offer a pass promise
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Recently I've been seeing more and more new driving schools appear in my area advertising cheap driving lessons with a variety of special deals. Offers such as '10 lessons for £99', '5 hours for £55' and '4 hours for £44' are appearing with increasing regularity. But is the customer really getting value for money? Personally I know that I could never operate my business offering such deals - it would barely cover my overheads - and I wouldn't want my business associated with anything 'cheap' anyway - so how are other driving schools achieving it?
Are you getting value for money?
Now I obviously can't speak about every driving school out there offering these deals but from the many stories I've heard the general answer is NO for a variety of reasons:
Sitting on the side of the road for most of the lesson. I often hear tales from pupils who have come to me from other driving schools that they would spend most of their lessons parked up in the car going over theory rather than getting in valuable practical work. This is a way that driving schools can cut costs - less fuel used and less wear and tear on their car. I once heard a story that a driving school in the area carried out a 2 hour highway code lesson with their pupils!
Tying on from the first point, less practical work on lessons is going to result in a decreased progress in the pupils driving skills. If you're sitting about for half of every lesson not actually driving then it's going to take you twice as long to get to test standard. So that '10 lessons for £99' deal looks good on the surface, but if it's going to take you double the lessons it would at a established and reputable driving school is it really a decent saving?
The initial offer will only be a one off and can include some terms and conditions. Once you've had your deal, the lesson price will go back to the driving school's standard prices. The terms and conditions on a '10 hours for £99' for example can typically be something like 3 hours to be held back for test day lesson. That would tie you to the driving school - you get your first 7 hours and then MUST stay with the driving school until your test to get the other 3 hours - something you might not want to do if you're not happy with the instruction being given to you.
So let's do a case study. John decides he wants some good quality driving lessons with a company that have good customer testimonials and some great recommendations. They charge £210 for 10 hours with the first hour free so the pupil can meet the instructor before making any further commitments. Typically this driving school will have a pupil ready for test at around 30 hours - therefore John will spend a total of £630 to pass his test.
James decides he wants to go for cheap driving lessons. He finds a random company online doing a '10 hours for £99' deal. However, due to the driving schools ways of cutting costs it takes James 50 hours to pass. The final 40 hours were also at the standard price of £200 for 10 hours. Also James wasn't particularly happy with his instructor but 3 hours was reserved for his test day so he didn't want to lose that. In total James had to pay £899 compared to John who paid £630. Also John managed it in around 4 months compared to James who took 7 months due to the extra lessons.
These cheap deals can look too good to be true and often are so beware. I think it's much better to choose a school on reputation, testimonials and recommendations rather than price - there's probably a good reason why one school can charge a lot more than another - you generally get what you pay for in this life!!
Jody Thomas, a Grade 6 DSA approved driving instructor and fleet trainer, runs the Jody Direct Drive in Croydon which offers top quality driving lessons to people of all ages and specializes in nervous pupils. For more information click Croydon Driving Instructor
Do Automatic Driving Lessons Make for Cheap Driving Lessons
WARNING: YOU COULD BE OUT OF POCKET BY - £500 IF YOU USE THE WRONG DRIVING SCHOOL Use this guide to help you save time and money learning how to drive and passing your test first time…
It is hard to find the right driving school in Croydon, yes there are lots of schools offering driving lessons in Croydon, but how can you tell which schools to avoid and who to choose for you? Most people enquiring about lessons will ask these questions
1. What do you charge? 2. What are your pass rates? 3. How many lessons will I need?
But those questions do not give you the right answers. The questions in your head are. Will I get ripped off? Can I trust them? Will they help me in the best way possible?
And rightly so. You are well within your rights to be thinking of those questions, but it’s not exactly if you can just say “are you going to rip me off?” It doesn’t work like that does it?
The answer though to finding out if the driving instructor in Croydon is right for you are within these following points.
1. Ask the school if the instructor is a trainee or fully qualified. There is nothing wrong with a trainee, but you need to know and you may expect the price to reflect their level of experience.
2. Each driving instructor receives a grade of either A, B or fail. Around 25% of driving instructors are a grade A. If the driving instructor received a fail, they can still give tuition for a short period of time.
3. Ask when they were last graded. It is called a Standards Check.
4. Also ask about any additional training they have taken since their Standards Check to maintain and improve their services to you.
5. Finally, this is not a question to ask but an observation to make. The driving test is not totally comprehensive, it does not cover driving at night, in poor weather or on motorways. So the thing to look for is if the driving school in Croydon offers a Pass Plus Course, Motorway Lessons or Advanced driver training.
If the school does not offer these extended lesson you have got to think why? Surely the driving school wants you to be safe? Yes it is your choice to take these extended lessons, but you have got to ask yourself, if they are not offered on the website, is this school the right one for you?
How to make sure you can save £500 or more on passing your driving test.
Some people will search for cheap driving lessons in Croydon and while plenty of people don’t, we all want a good deal – right? We want good service and to be able to pass the driving test without needing to take too many driving lessons – agreed?
To our knowledge there is no other driving school in Croydon who shares these inside secrets with their learners, so take a serious look at this…
Just by structuring your driving lessons in a certain way, you can instantly start to help saving cash. This has nothing to do with your ability or the skills of the instructor, it’s all about when and how long you take your driving lessons.
Here is an example. You have two people, Simon and David and they both book 10 hours of lessons, Simon takes one hour a week, David takes a lesson every 3 to 4 days and his lessons are 2 hours long. Who learns more?
Of course you know the answer, its David. On every lesson Simon has got to think back a whole week to what he learned and just like learning to play the guitar you need frequent practice or its going to takes ages.
Now we think Simon is adding around 10 hours to his training, because if he just has a 15 minute recap on each lesson, every 4 lessons means one is wasted, and on average it takes 47 hours to pass. Perhaps he could be wasting closer to 12 hours, and that the best part of £300 down the drain.
How To Save Another £300 If you follow the example of David he is not going to require private practice, he has enough training each week. To insure a family car and to fuel it, you can easily spend £30 a week, now over just a 3 month period that comes to well over £300 and closer to £400.
How to passing your driving test first time and save another £300
Every learner wants to pass their driving test first time, it’s not just the money but also the achievement. However there is a strategy you must apply, because 50% of tests end in a failure and you want to avoid that.
The story begins with not the first driving lesson, but actually the driving examiner and what they are looking for on your driving test. It is there responsibility to make sure you are a safe driver, that’s the clue. What defines a safe driver?
1. To follow the Highway Code 2. To be in control of the car at all times 3. To spot hazards and avoid them 4. To want to drive as a safe person would
…and that’s it! Just those 4 little points is what the driving examiner is looking for, so the strategy is clear, you are going to use these 4 steps on every single driving lesson. Which will mean not only will you be fully prepared and confident for the driving test but also, you will be able to pick up on your own faults and rectify them!
So where does the £300 saving come into play? Well passing first time means no 2nd test, and extra lessons! To doubly make sure you have what it take to cruise through your driving test we take extra steps.
1. You will have completed the learning to drive syllabus and be classified as an independent driver.
2. You will not need the assistance of your instructor on your lessons.
3. You will have passed a mock test.
Let’s Be Brutally Honest There is no other driving school in Croydon who gives you this information
We have described in common sense detail how to save well over £500, you have the best questions you could ever ask a driving school and we have shown you exactly how to pass the driving test first time.
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