Driving schools in Lewisham 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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Car driving is a daunting task for many people. Some people find it difficult to learn this art of maintaining a balance between gear, clutch and accelerator. Automatic driving lessons provide a good opportunity to get started. If you are confused about taking automatic driving lessons, then here are some pros and cons to help you.
Advantages of taking automatic driving lessons
Such car consists of only two pedals; therefore, a learner feels more comfortable and stress-free. There is no need to change gears of the car as it chooses gear depending on the speed of the engine. It provides a stress-free learning experience to boost your confidence.The combination of clutch, gear and accelerator may divert the focus of the learner from road traffic. However, automatic car drivers can give full attention to what is going on the road. That's why they have good traffic sense, speed judgment and decision-making power.
This car is beneficial for people with learning disabilities or physical disabilities. It provides a good platform to learn to drive for people with learning disabilities or physical disabilities. Automatic driving lessons are helpful for people with autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia. They don't have to master the clutch, gear and brake. Hence, the learning process becomes less complex.
People with physical disabilities have restricted movements. Such people can drive this car with some adjustments. It is a good idea to learn the automatic car if you are struggling to pass a test in a manual car.
Disadvantages of automatic driving lessons
These cars are very expensive. Once you have passed your test in an automatic car, you ought to buy this car. You cannot drive a manual car after passing this test. It would be difficult switching to manual car as your driving skills do not suit it.
Manual car drivers are more skillful than automatic car drivers. A person, who drives manual car, can react better in any bad situation. It is easier to drive a manual car on mountains and slippery conditions. The manual transmission of a car makes it easy to maintain a constant speed on such conditions. You may not have much control over your automatic car on a steep mountain pass. Moreover, you cannot slow down your car using the gear.
I hope that these tips will help you in taking the right decision and learn driving. You can start learning with these simple tips.
The Need for Driving School Flexibility
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