10 Questions To Ask Your Driving Instructor

November 12, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Learning to drive can be stressful and expensive; and there are numerous driving instructors all fighting for your business. So how do you choose the right driving instructor?

Here are 10 questions to ask your driving instructor before you pay them any money:

  1. Are you a fully qualified driving instructor and how long have you been an instructor?

    Generally, there are two types of driving instructors, fully qualified and trainee driving instructors. A trainee driving instructor is not necessarily bad but will not have passed all exams and thus has limited experience. A good driving instructor must have at least two to three years-experience behind them as it does take a driving instructor some time to become established with their instructing techniques and to become confident about which technique works best for certain individuals.

  2. Are you skilled with the driving test routes in this area?

    It is not only vital to find an instructor with some few years of experience, but experience in your routes as well. Driving test roads are arranged by the local test examiners and often have some of the most difficult routes and traffic systems within the set perimeter of the exam centre. A reputable instructor who understands these difficult roads will provide you with adequate practice, leaving no surprises when it comes to taking your driving test.

  3. Will I have the same instructor for each driving session?

    This is important as a driving instructor who has been teaching you will understand your capabilities and precisely where you are in terms of progress. Different trainers will have to evaluate your progress `and will need to get used to the best way of instructing you. In addition, it will take you some time to get a good understanding of a different trainer’s teaching methods.

  4. Will I have the same vehicle for each session and the driving test?

    Several driving instructors use reference markers, particularly when it comes to movements, such as the reverse round a corner, turn in the road etc. A good number of the reference markers can be car specific, thus learning in various cars will require familiarizing with the reference markers. All of which takes additional time.

  5. What is your pass rate?

    Try to look for a driving instructor or school with a high test pass rate.

  6. How much do you charge for your driving lessons?

    Choosing the cheapest driving school that you can find is generally a bad idea. A driving instructor or school offering driving lessons well below the local average is probably struggling for work or is new to the area. If the driving school is new to the area, it may be likely that they are not familiar with the roads.

  7. Do you offer driving lessons discounts?

    Many driving instructors offer either block booking discounts or student discounts. In order to get a block booking discounts, a pre-paid amount of driving lessons is usually required.

  8.  How long do your driving lessons take?

    It’s important to make sure that lesson lasts for the whole time duration stated.

  9. Is there any car sharing involved?

    Reputable driving schools offer only one-on-one tuition. Sometimes a driving instructor or school may use a certain degree of car sharing.  

  10. Can you pick me up from a different location?

    Most reputable driving instructors offer this service. It can be very beneficial for you if you can be picked-up from a different location, such as a friends place, school or workplace.

Do you have any other questions? Please ask: http://www.a1drivingschool.co.nz/contact-us/

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