How to choose a driving instructor
It’s important to take your time when choosing a driving instructor.
Obviously, we think that the Broughton School of Motoring should be the number 1 choice for anyone who wants driving lessons in the Scunthorpe, Winterton and Brigg area
But don’t take our word for it. Lots of other people think we’re great too! Click here to see some testimonials and click here to see photos of some of the people who have passed their driving test with us. Do you know any of them?
If you’ve made your mind up, great.
All you have to do is give Steve Watson a call or text 0784 0055 462 (or click here to send an email) and you’ll be driving in no time!
Still not sure? Here’s some tips:
In the UK, driving instructors are licensed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Only licensed instructors (ADIs) or DVSA licensed instructors under training can charge you for driving instruction.
The DVSA offers a ‘Find an instructor’ service – click here to access it.
How can I tell if a driving instructor is DVSA approved?
It is important to check the badge in the driving instructor’s windscreen. A green octagonal badge shows the instructor is fully qualified and an ADI.
A pink triangular badge shows the instructor is not yet fully qualified, but undertaking practical training. They are allowed to charge for driving instruction but should they really charge the same as a fully qualified instructor?
What’s the best way to find a good driving instructor?
The best way is to ask your friends and family to recommend a driving instructor. If they had fun learning to drive with a particular instructor, the chances are that you will, too.
Driving schools or independent?
Some driving instructors work by themselves, while others are part of bigger driving schools such as the AA or Red. Whichever driving instructor you decide to go with, try to talk to the instructor (not a salesperson) before booking any lessons.
If you call the Broughton School of Motoring on 01652 655986 or 0784 00 55 462 you’ll definitely speak to your instructor. You can also arrange a free home visit before you book.
What qualities should you expect in a good driving instructor?
Like any teacher, some driving instructors will be better than others. We have heard of one driving instructor who subjected his pupils to 1970s’ heavy metal on the car stereo.
Another driving instructor built in a trip to the Post Office to drop off parcels at the beginning of every lesson.
But luckily this sort of poor behaviour is rare.
Good driving instructors should make the most of your lesson time. You should have their full attention throughout the lesson, with no stops to pick up or drop off, fill-up with fuel or make phone calls – it’s illegal for an instructor to use a mobile phone or similar device. They shouldn’t shout or make you feel uncomfortable in any way, even if things go wrong.
Your driving instructor should always:
- Be patient, reliable and punctual;
- Arrive in a clean well-maintained car;
- Abide by the DVSA Code of Conduct for driving instructors;
- Have a prepared lesson plan based on the DVSA Syllabus.
Price is important but…
Don’t be tempted to go for the cheapest driving lessons you can find. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for and cheap driving lessons might end up being very expensive in the long run. Much better to pay a bit more, get taught properly and pass first time!
Call Steve Watson on 01652 655986 or 07840055462 to ask a question, arrange a home visit or book your driving lesson.