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
Lewisham 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.
So you're ready to take your first Driving Lesson? How are you feeling? Preparing for your very first lesson can be a very daunting thing for some people and then quite the opposite, such an exciting thing for others! But rest assured, there are instructors out there that are trained to help!
Whatever age you learn to drive, the ideal person to teach you however is unlikely to be a friend or relative. This really is one job that is best left to a professional. Not only do you ensure that you are trained to the correct standard and with all the up to date information and guidelines need to pass your test, but you also ensure that you do not put any of your personal relationships, and of course yourself, under any unnecessary stress or pressure.
When learning to drive, it is essential that you have a structured learning programme to follow. Most good driving schools structure their programme according to the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) syllabus. They will normally provide you with help and advice on the theory aspect of the test and will often supply you mock test papers if required.
Of course, it is vital to choose an instructor who is fully trained and licensed with the DSA. They will give you continuous feedback on your progress and guidance on when to apply for your tests. The DSA guide for the average number of driving lessons required by someone to prepare for the practical driving test is one and half hours per year of age. However this can vary according to the individual. Often those with good road sense already progress much quicker as half of the battle is being aware of the hazards of the road and constantly being aware of what is happening round you. On that note, you often find that cyclists and motor-cyclists that are looking to learn already have the basic understanding that they need to develop much more quickly than others... so if you are reading this as a 15 or 16 year old then perhaps taking up cycling or considering a moped when it is legal to do so, would be a worthy exercise if you want to pass your driving test with fewer lessons than average!
Lessons can normally be arranged at a time to suit you with many an instructor offering early morning or late afternoon lessons as well as weekends too so that you can fit in learning to drive around your schedule, family, work or college. Some people prefer a steady approach and take one or two hours' tuition each week, while others prefer an intensive week-long course.
So... are the intensive courses really a good idea?
With time being important to everyone, more and more driving schools are offering intensive driving lessons for learner drivers, some of them spread over just one or two weeks.
But please be aware that this approach to driving lessons doesn't suit everyone. The skills needed to drive safely take time to learn, and although you may learn enough to pass the driving test, you may lack on some of the more general awareness and skill that you need to drive safely. And, its often said that the quicker you learn, the quicker you forget things too!
You may also be the sort of person that strives under pressure and the intensity of a weeks' course could help you, but, if you are quite the opposite and find it hard to focus or concentrate on things during such an intense period, then this approach may not be for you... So give serious consideration to the type of driving lessons that will suit you before booking a black course!
If you have had previous experience on other vehicles, or other driving lessons before, intensive lessons can be useful. As you're not starting from scratch, things may be a little easier. So as mentioned above, for those that have cycled for years or perhaps had a moped or scooter, then this could be a great option for you... and it may even save you money too!
If however you have had no experience on the roads at all, then the best way to learn effectively and safely would be to have 1 or 2 hours a day, a few times a week. On that time scale, you might expect to be ready for your test after 8/10 weeks. But please remember, there is no guarantee as to how long it will take... It really does just depend on the person.
If you have had experience before or perhaps started with lessons previously then the amount of lessons, and therefore the time it will take will vary a lot. This is because every instructor is different and what you have learnt... and hopefully remembered... may be in a very different style or approach to your new instructor. In this instancethe best thing to do would be to book a single lesson or an assessment driving lesson with your new driving instructor, who should then be able to give you a better idea of what you will need and if they can help!
So... you may now be wondering, how many lessons could I need?
This question comes up at some point or another with pretty much everyone who learns to drive. Most people ask it out of financial interest as learning to drive can be expensive, that's why its important to pick the right instructor and approach form the start. Others are just interested to see roughly how long it will be before they can buy their first set of wheels!
According to the Driver Standards Agency, the 'average' driver takes almost 50 hours of lessons with an Instructor with additional hours spent "practising" with a friend or family member.
However some students can pass in as little as 15-20 lessons, while those that have problems or difficulties with certain aspects of the training can increase the number of lessons that they need to over 100. Typical though, the average number you should expect to require between 30-50. But rest assured, the driving instructor will advise you when you are ready.
One thing to remember when learning to drive is that you have two parts to your training now... the theory and the practical. Its worthwhile noting that the sooner you can undertake the theory training and test, the better positioned you will be during your lessons. This is for two reasons.
You will learn the basics of the road, hazard perception, safety and general knowledge to give yourself a head start when you do get behind the wheel.
You can't take your practical test until you have done your theory. So... rather than taking lesson after lesson spending money on lessons, it's well worth getting your theory training and test done as soon as possible, it means you can then put in for your actual test as soon as you are ready rather than having to wait until you pass your theory test and then waiting again until a slot comes about to get your final test booked. So doing you're theory training and test will ensure that you're all set from the start... and it could also save you money too!
Well, hopefully you've found something of use an interest here, thank you for reading, and whatever approach you take, Good Luck with your lessons... And happy motoring!
Submitted on behalf of Sky Blue Driving School Coventry. http://www.drivingschool-croydon.co.uk
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