Driving schools in Waterloo 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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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
How To Make Driving Lessons Work For You
So much to talk for, so less to write; as it has been a debate whether it is the driving institutes that matter the most or is it the driving instructors. A very simple conclusion could very well be the fact that the reputations of driving schools are actually run by the efficiency of the driving instructors. And that driving instructors are after all nothing but employees of the driving schools. The best point that comes in to play is that they are both complementing each other and that no one has ascendancy over the other. After all, it is all about keeping the driving instructors motivated enough to love their job and perform it with the best of their ability. But once again, pure efficiency of the driving institutes lies in the hands of the driving instructors so it is basically a two-way process.
When talking to a number of individuals who have been associated with the driving institutes in the UK either as part of the administration, as driving instructors or as students; All have been of opinions differentiating from each other. Many simply said that it's the reputation of the driving institutes rather than that of the driving instructors since the driving instructors are known and recognized by the driving schools only. But a few students also explained as to why they often switch from one driving school to another and that is simply because the instructor they are comfortable with switches jobs. This once again leaves us to the confusion whether it is the driving schools or the instructors for driving that matter the most.
Driving in the UK is different as compared to any other country. Driving institutes often add values such as discounts and change of routes and timing convenience in order to pull more and more customers towards their portfolio. Many driving schools also offer experienced and well-known driving instructors as part of their staff in order to attract through the goodwill of the driving instructors. This now has a contrary effect on the previously mentioned discussion and it is evident that driving institutes benefit a great deal from the instructors as well.
Much said, driving institutes also offer a great deal of challenging drills when it comes to making the pupil perfect in the art. Such kind of diversity in offerings is what you usually find financial institutes and banks do and even with the fast moving consumer goods industry. Instructors for Driving are definitely a source of due attraction that eventually lead to such institutes being more and more evidently efficient in their offerings.
Since the discussion of whether driving institutes draw more customers towards the business or it is the instructors that do so would continue for a long time to come; the job that is on hand is of great importance. The best driving schools are those that apply a mix of both in the offerings and prepare a detailed sketch of all that they are supposed to deliver.
The best in the business as per my analysis has been London School. Whether it is the variance in packages that they offer or it is the nature of driving instructors, the Driving School has been the best in the business. Log onto Driving schools Croydon and get yourself registered with the most effective and affordable driving school in the UK.