Learning to drive can be a nerve shattering experience and an expensive one at that too! While searching for a driving school in London, there are some important things one should consider. Read on to know what these are:
- Qualifications- A Potential Driving Instructor (PDI) in London is required to pass the Approved Driving Instructor examination. Ask your driving instructor if he/she is registered with the DSA. A green octagon badge indicates that the instructor is fully qualified while a trainee instructor who is not yet fully qualified but is permitted to give driving lessons uses a pink triangle badge in front of the windscreen.
- Pass Rate- Starting from April 7, 2014, instructors are given one of the following grades following their assessment.
- A grade- 85% or over pass rate
- B grade- 60% or over
- C grade- less than 60%
Needless to say, an A grade instructor has an overall high standard of instructions and has greater number of students passing the driving test under his/her supervision.
- Tuition vehicle- It is imperative that the vehicle used during the course has dual controls so that the instructor would be able to take control at times when the candidate sways. In addition, one should request to learn in the type of car similar to the one they would be driving after. Choose whether you want to take automatic or manual gearbox tutorials. Also, check whether the tuition vehicle has adequate safety features like air bags and side impact protection.
- Duration- Normally driving classes are conducted once a week and cover a span of few months. However, if you have been practicing at home or have some prior experience with driving, the instructor should be able to customise your lessons accordingly, considering one’s learning pace.
- Price- While taking driving lessons in East London, match up the price rates of different driving schools with their services offered. Some driving schools in London offer special booking services with the DSA for their clients after the successful completion of their lessons.
While choosing a driving instructor or school, it always pays to follow the word of the mouth path. Ask around among your friends and relatives if they have any recommendations. Check online at the DSA website for available booking dates and discuss with your instructor a bespoke plan you can work out together to help you achieve your goal in the set time.