Driving schools in Tooting 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
Tooting 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
Choosing the correct driving school shouldn't be difficult or super expensive, that's why there is cheap driving institutions that can assure you can get your license as fast as possible.
While searching the right driving lesson, there's a couple things that you'll need to look for before purchasing your class. To start, double check that the school is insured and licensed to teach. It is crucially important to find an instructor that is currently licensed and registered to better so that they're definitely up to date with the most current state driving laws and rules. That's not only for licensing reasons, only licensed individuals are able to accept cash for driving help. Knowing how to drive doesn't mean anything special, it does not mean that they are in a place to give driving lessons.
The single best way to choosing the best school is picking up the phone and call them. Be attentive and ask questions regarding when they teach you, the duration provided with every instruction and if you can drive near the DSA. At times you will come across a driving school that knows the driving roads that all DSA instructors use to give the actual driving test. Also make sure to ask prequalifying questions like how long have they taught, and how long the driving school has been in business. Be sure to ask about their personality to make sure that you or your kid will be in good hands.
Next talk about when they are free for the lessons or driving school. Most schools offer both night and day schools. Having a class at both day and night can assure you will be prepared to combat just about all driving conditions. Some schools are not comfortable with teach in bad weather situations, although some will. Try and figure out the schools cancellation policy regarding poor weather and what they determine poor weather, some schools will teach rain or shine.
We typically suggest driving under these conditions with a family member or driving mentor as it's usually much more painless for the learning driver. Just driving by some familiar streets or roads, you may want to learn how to drive in bad conditions by going to a malls parking lot.
It's best to not accept invitations to become a qualified driver by being taught by a relative for family member. Driving lessons and schools are licensed persons that are best suited to make sure you understand the rules of your town. Overall this will help you beat your license and driving tests, most cities require prior examples of driving instruction with an approved instructor.
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