Orpington Cheap Driving School

Driving schools in Orpington 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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Orpington Driving Lessons Choosing the Right Instructor

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

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Advanced Driving School

Many people think that choosing a driving instructor is easy but making the right choice when deciding on an instructor is one of the most important stages of learning to drive. There are a lot of things you have to think about when choosing the right instructor and hopefully this article will point you in the right direction. Here are our top tips to picking the correct driving instructor:

1. Ensure your driving instructor is fully qualified.

Before you start your first driving lesson with your instructor make sure that they are a fully approved driving instructor, also known as an ADI. To check that your instructor is fully qualified, have a quick look in the front windscreen of their car, if there's a green badge then they are fully qualified. If there isn't a green badge in the windscreen just simply ask them to show it to you. If when you look in the instructor's windscreen there is a pink badge this means that the instructor is only a trainee.

2. Ensure your driving instructor has a good pass rate.

Before learning to drive, ask your instructor what his/her pass rate is. This will give you indications of how successful past students have been with this driving instructor. The current national average for students successfully passing their driving test is 42%, so ensure your driving instructors pass rate reflects this.

3. Use personal recommendations.

Most people have positive experiences when learning to drive if they have been recommended a driving instructor by a friend or family member. When thinking about commencing your driving lessons ask your close friends and family members if they know of an instructor they would recommend.

4. Ask your driving instructor what grade they are.

When a driving instructor becomes qualified they must pass three-part examination to qualify, they have to reach and maintain high standards set by the Driving Standards Agency. Once they qualify they are given a grade based on their driving examination, if they have been given a grade 4 this means they are operating at a competent level. A grade 5 indicates that they are of a good standard and a grade 6 which is held by less than 10% of the country indicates that they are of a very high standard.

5. Make sure you shop around.

When you are looking to start your driving lessons, don't just choose the first instructor you set your eyes on. Make sure you shop around and have a good look at other instructors and schools in your area to make sure you make the right choice. Remember that you only plan to learn to drive once.

6. Make sure you have thought about any special preferences.

If you have any special preferences with regards to your driving lessons ensure you have thought about them before commencing lessons with an instructor or driving school, for example some females wish to have female only instructors.

7. Read Reviews.

Most people are unaware that you can read reviews on specific driving instructors or driving schools online. Do a quick Google search for your possible instructor or school and see what appears, some websites such as Google maps for example do offer the chance for students to write reviews on their instructors. Once you have passed your test ensure that you leave your instructor or driving school a review to ensure the next student has a good understanding of the instructor and what they are like.

8. Don't forget your theory test.

People often forget about the theory test before commencing their practical driving lessons, the fact of the matter is that if you learn your theory while learning to drive it makes it that much easier. So if you have not yet passed your theory test and intend to do so while conducting your practical driving lessons ask your driving instructor or driving school if they offer assistance.

9. Remember you are paying for a service.

If for whatever reason you have started driving lessons with an instructor then decide you wish to change instructor, it is in your rights to be able to do so.

10. Ask important questions.

Finally before your driving lessons commence even if you believe you have found your ideal instructor ask important questions, to ensure you know the ins and outs such as:

-How much notice do I need to give before cancelling a lesson? -What make/model of car do you use on your lessons? -Do you work weekends? -Can I picked up and dropped off in different locations? -Which test centre do you use? -How much do you charge?

By asking these questions you can put your mind at ease and enjoy your driving lessons.

Choosing your driving school or instructor is a tough decision and you shouldn't take it lightly, but hopefully these ten tips will set you on the right path to learning to drive! http://www.drivingschool-croydon.co.uk

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Orpington Female Driving School

Driving schools in Orpington 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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Orpington Driving Lessons Choosing the Right Instructor

Hayleigh, a teenager in Croydon, passed her theory test just one day after her seventeenth birthday. Talk about being driven! In the course of the few weeks that followed, she went on to take some structured driving lessons. Some were cheap, bought on deals that so often populate the web space. For the most part, the driving lessons were cheap, thanks to her shopping around for a deal here and voucher deals there. It gave her time to assess her needs and choose a driving instructor that was more akin to her driving style. Three weeks after passing the said theory test, Hayleigh was near ready to drive without supervision and all geared up for her practical driving test. Just down the road from Hayleigh, another teenager, nineteen year old Brian was also taking driving lessons. Like Hayleigh, Brian also had his provisional driving licence from the first week he turned seventeen. But unlike Hayleigh, Brian was nowhere near his neighbour's driving skills, let alone think of booking a driving test. He only just about managed to pass his theory test on the third attempt. Feeling very despondent, Brian's driving course almost crashed into oblivion when he lost his part-time job and could not afford the expensive driving lessons he was taking from the very same instructor Hayleigh was learning from. So why is there a price discrepancy? Driving schools, and their driving instructors tend to give cheaper price options to learner drivers who book driving lessons en-mass. Look at it like buying wholesale. As one can see, two teenagers, same opportunities, but Hayleigh came out trumps because she block booked driving lessons and tailored her lessons to mirror her lifestyle. The other advantage Hayleigh had was her ability to practice driving on the private land. Hayleigh and her family lived on a large farm with room for farm machinery and a back garden most would die for. So she learn how to drive, for the most part, in her garden. She was not breaking any law. She need not even insure or tax the vehicle so long asshe did not drive on any public road. It sure gave her an unfair advantage.Understandably, she could drive better by the time she was seventeen. Her parents started her off by tutoring her and booking a theory test. An old banger was thrust in her face and she was skidding through the farm, learning to reverse, practicing clutch control, speeding up and changing gears to slow down and much more. The real carrot for Hayleigh, however, was the real and genuine promise of a brand new car if she were to pass her practical driving test first time. Apart from that, Hayleigh longed for the freedom of stepping out of her front door and into her own car rather than walk half a mile to her front gate and another five hundred metres to the nearest bus stop. So despite her weekend job, Hayleigh scheduled her driving tuition on fixed days, and generally at the same time. This made it easy to remember what she was doing weekly. Above all else, she had set days when she started from home but finished at home. Other times, she started from workplace and ended the lesson at a friend's house. It was a rollercoaster three-week period, but everything was pre-planned and executed to the minutest of details. The best part for Hayleigh was that not one of her college work suffered. Hayleigh had the forethought to open up her diary and worked out a training schedule with her driving instructors. As for Brian, who lived in an urban townhouse with limited parking on the near estate, this was all onerous work. His parents shared one car between them, which only the father tended to drive, mostly out of the necessity of driving a seven-mile return trip for work in rush hour traffic that took almost an eternity to complete. To make things even more complicated, Brian's parents had a big four-by-four which made it astronomically impossible to include the nineteen year old as a third driver. So without the insurance, Brian had no practice vehicle. He had to rely solely on the driving instructor's car It was all too much. At this juncture, it need to be mentioned also that Brian worked in a public house where his bosses never really managed to give him set-hour shift patterns. And to make matters worse, the rota for his working week tended to be ready with five-day notice. Academically, Brian was suffering too. He placed that as a matter of priority over his driving lessons needs so quite often cancelled driving lessons to do research and other school course work. When things came to a head, Brian stopped his driving tuition completely for a period of four months before returning to one lesson every other week. Eventually, Brian had stopped completely for almost one year before returning yet again to continue his driving course after he wa sorted with his university grades. Well, it was no surprise when Hayleigh passed, first time too. After all, she had racked up a substantial amount of driver training and enough support to keep her at it. Brian, unfortunately failed his driving test and felt very angry with the whole situation for a long while after. So for anyone planning on taking driving lessons, it is obvious that apart from a deep pocket backed with moral support, it is worth considering pack deal driving lessons. Do not go by way of Pay-As-You-Go. Instead, pay upfront for a given number of lessons, they tend to be cheaper any way. Structure your driving lessons. Choose a day, or a few days best suited around your existing lifestyle and be true to yourself. Make the schedule stick, and above all, stick with it. Flexibility is good, but not to breaking point. Most driving instructors will work around your needs. If not choose another one. Driving instructors hate late cancellations, So the clever driving instructors have built-in cancellation policies to protect their income. Ironically, learner drivers also benefit from this arrangement because they are more likely to gain the instructor's trust and commitment. It's a win-win situation. Shop around fro best deals. There are loads of offers on driving lesson and it takes a savvy mind to pick out what is best for your own individual need. However, just because it's cheap does not necessarily mean it's for you. Read the terms applied. If they don't meet your needs, look elsewhere. Read the Highway Code Learn quicker by reading and understanding The Highway Code. Some driving schools even give out the highway code for free, with hazard perception training thrown in. There are other free resources out there like video sharing websites. Learn From Friends and Family. Everyday teenagers tend to generally ignore the free driving lessons shoved down their throat by parents, friends and other relatives. It pays to watch other drivers, friends and family, (including bus drivers). Even when other people are driving dangerously, an astute teenager can easily learn how to drive safely by making judgement calls on other people's driving habits. Preach What You Learn Share your driving lesson experiences with everyone you know or meet. Write comments, tweet what you know, how you felt after your driving lesson and above all, practice what you are being taught. Do not re-invent the rules of driving. The benefit? You may get something wrong. Then you might get a chance to see other people's view on your knowledge. It's a continuous learning cycle. Complete in Time Don't embark on an ambiguous journey into driving. Starting with 8 driving lessons to test the water is a waste of your time and that of the instructor's. Be more realistic about the prices and how you can afford them. Then take the plunge; complete your driving lessons and you too could be a driver in no time. Direct Drive Driving School in Croydon writes on the pros and cons of dedicated and structured driving course for learner drivers. To see what else is on offer, visit their website. Website: http://drivingschool-croydon. co.uk. The best approach to taking driving lessons is to plan the driving course in advance. driving courses

How Driving Lessons Can save you Money

The vast majority of the driving instructor industry is driven by recommendation. Many of my colleagues in the local area hardly do any advertising because their reputation is good enough to win them enough business to keep them busy. So if you are looking for a driving instructor and don't know which one to use get some recommendations from friends or relatives. This will give you a good idea which ones are best.

There is a saying that "if you want a job done properly ask a busy man" mainly because, and this is particularly true with driving instructors, there is a reason they are busy. Their service is in demand probably because its high quality. If you call an instructor that has been recommended and they are too busy for you to start immediately DON'T BE PUT OFF. Its easy to ring someone else who is not so busy but this could cost you more money in the long run as the instruction might not be as good.

Let me put it another way, If you were going out for a meal in an unknown restaurant that someone had recommended to you and there was an hour wait for food most people would wait rather than go to the one next door that was empty and full of waiters and waitresses just hanging around. There's a good reason for people not wanting to eat there!

When choosing the person to teach you a life skill such as driving be prepared to wait for the best instructors, it will make you a better driver, you're more likely to pass your test first time and you won't get ripped off. Busy Instructors have no need to drag out the lessons because there are always more people queing up to start once you've passed your test.

TRAINEE or FULLY QUALIFIED.

Don't be afraid to ask if the instructor is a trainee instructor or a fully qualified instructor. Not many people know there is a difference. When training to become an instructor you are allowed to start teaching when you have completed a certain amount of training. You then have 6-12 months to pass the final stage and become fully qualified. Many trainees do not make it past this stage.

How do you tell the difference?

In order to teach people to drive for money instructors have to be registered by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). This is the government organisation that regulates the industry and conducts all driving tests. When an instructor begins teaching they are issued with a certificate that contains their name and photograph as well as an expiry date. This certificate has to be displayed by law on the windscreen of the training vehicle. Trainee badges are Pink in colour and have a big triangle on one side. Fully qualified instructor certificates are Green and have a large hexagon on one side. Be sure to check the details if its an instructor you don't know.

Now I'm not saying that trainee instructors are all bad, I was a trainee myself once, and i employ a couple myself, but they may not have the knowledge of the more experienced fully qualified instructor. Training of instructors is not as strictly controlled as the training of learner drivers and therefore standards of trainees differs hugely. Many of the larger national driving schools that advertise on the TV use a lot of trainees and they are not legally obliged to inform you that this is the case. So check before you book and if you are not happy with having a trainee teach you ask for a fully qualified instructor. If this is not possible look elsewhere.

If you find yourself unhappy with your instructor don't be afraid to discuss the issues with them. Good instructors are open to the fact that they can't please everybody all the time and will be appreciative of your feedback. If you still feel you're not getting the service you're paying for move instructors. It may be a bit of an issue in the short term but in the long term you could find yourself saving money. If you don't enjoy the lessons then you won't learn anything which is a waste of money!

Illegal driving Instructors

There are a number of people in the UK who operate illegally (unqualified people teaching for financial reward). Anybody can get a set of dual controls a roof sign and some training materials. Since 2007 all newly qualified instructors undergo an enhanced CRB check. Illegal instructors won't have this. Some instructors who don't pass the final examinations carry on instructing illegally. Usually they will be friendly, courteous, try to befriend you so that you won't ask questions. They will usually also charge a lot less than a professional (see my other blog on cheap driving lessons). Make sure you see their certificate, make sure it hasn't expired, and check the name photo's and dates all match up. If you have doubts walk away as you could also be liable for aiding and abetting an offender.

Gareth Price is a successful DSA approved driving instructor and a member of the Institute of advanced motorists. Having built up his own successful driving school business he has recently turned his attentiion to showing people how they can learn to drive for less using private driving practice.

His new website is [http://www.drivingschool-croydon.co.uk]

Here you can sign up for the information for free. Even if you are wary of teaching someone to drive it'll cost you nothing to find out how to do it before you make a decision. Private driving practice combined with a few professional driving lessons is the only real way to save money on driving lessons. His EBook "Parents Guide to Learning to Drive" is the perfect way to start.

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