Driving schools in Putney 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
Putney 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
Do Automatic Driving Lessons Make for Cheap Driving Lessons
If you had an accident, you can be ordered to have crash course driving lessons. Although most people take them because they want to hurry up and get their driving license. Some people do take them for the enjoyment of it.
These courses are not advisable for the teenager who does not want to wait any longer than they have to, before they get their license. Teens will not learn driving safety in a crash course.
Even though learning to drive takes some time and practice, you will find the instructor that will give you crash course driving lessons. If for some logical reason you need to have your license in a hurry be sure to find an instructor that knows what he or she is doing and has been driving for a good amount of time.
If you are able to find an excellent teacher, they will be able to teach you everything that you need to know in a short amount of time. He or she has probably had their driving instructor jobs for a long time and is ready to give you all the safety information that you should have before you get your license.
If you do decide to take crash course driving lessons you will be given a set amount of time to learn what you need to know. When that time is up if you do not pass your test, you will have to try again.
You might feel great getting your license quicker than other people your age, but you will not learn as much as the people who decided to take their time learned. Being a good, safe driver takes time, not crash course driving lessons.
Any experienced driver will tell you that they are constantly learning new things about driving safely all the time. Sometimes, it will be a new way to avoid an accident, or maybe you could have learned how to drive in the snow. You can miss many good tips if you learn to drive by crash course driving lessons.
You might have to take crash course driving lessons if you were involved in a collision where someone was hurt, or even for a moving violation. Try to use this time to learn how to avoid another accident and to brush up on the driving skills that you already have.