Tyger’s Diary: Choosing the right driving instructor
Learning to drive should be a team effort between you, your parents and your driving instructor. With this in mind, it's really important that you choose the right instructor from the start. In this video, Ollie from RED Driving School explains how to find the best instructor for you.
Ask for credentials
Only instructors registered with the Driving Standards Agency can give instruction for payment, so make sure your instructor is DSA approved. It's illegal for anyone who's not officially trained (or currently doing their training) to charge for lessons, so you're well-within your rights to ask to see some credentials.
Get on with Your instructor
You're going to be spending a lot of time together so make sure you get along. You want one instructor to see you from your first lesson to passing your test, so make sure you can see yourselves getting along before you start.
On average, people who pass their driving test have had 47 hours of driving lessons with a driving instructor and 20 hours of private practice.
Work as a team
Learning to drive is about you, your instructor and your parents instructor working together to get you on the road safely. This is especially important when you start practising outside your lessons. Put whoever is supervising your extra driving in touch with your instructor for a few tips, and work out between the three of you which skills need the most practice.
Trust their opinion
Just because you've had a certain number of lessons, that doesn't necessarily mean you're ready to book your test. Driving well comes with time and experience, so remember to try and stay patient. Your instructor will let you know when you've developed the right skills and attitude to be ready for the test.
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