Driving schools in Beddington 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
Beddington 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
Top Ten Tips Make Sure You Pick the Correct Driving Instructor
Before going on your first driving lesson you need a number of things to start. These things are essential and without them you won't be successful in starting your driving tuition.
First your provisional driving licence. No qualified instructor should take a pupil on their first lesson until they see a provisional licence, as it is an essential document you need to be road legal. It is very easy to apply for your provisional but it can take up to two weeks to arrive so make sure you send it off well in advance to starting. You will also need it for your driving theory test, and the practical test so it is an essential document to have when learning how to drive. Being prepared and knowing you need a provisional before you book your driving lessons is important and without this knowledge you will be held back from continuing.
This may be stating the obvious but you need money to start your driving lessons. If you are paying as you go for your lessons then each one you go on you must take the money for that lesson. Some companies do offer block bookings, in which case you will pay for a block of lessons in advance, which may suit some better if you don't always have the cash with you.
You don't need to get your own insurance or pay for fuel as this is included in the lesson price. On your driving tuition you are covered under your instructor's insurance, therefore there is no need for you to get your own.
As well as the right physical objects you need to start your lessons, you also need certain mental attributes, such as the intention to continue. If you have no intention to continue to take driving lessons it's a waste of your time and money starting. Pupils start with good intentions but if they are not 100% committed it is a waste of their time and money even starting.
You also need the time to be taking driving lessons. If you have a busy schedule and don't have much spare time then it is probably better you not starting, as you will start cancelling your lessons, and again, wasting your money!
Pick a time in your life when you have at least a couple of hours a week spare guaranteed, and start then.
This is all you need to start your driving lessons! It is a very simple process to start, you just need the right information. Direct Drive are helping pupils pass their test on a daily basis. Taking driving lessons with Direct Drive will make sure that you pass your driving test and become a safe driver in Croydon
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