How to choose a driving school in Rugby
It’s important to make sure you find a driving instructor in Rugby who:
- Builds your confidence
- Helps you enjoy learning
- Won’t empty your pockets!
So, when it comes down to picking a driving school in Rugby, you’ll want to follow these 5 simple steps:
1. Compare reviews
It’s super important to have a look and make sure other learners have had good experiences with the driving schools in Rugby that you are considering. While the reviews on the driving school’s website might be brilliant, this might not be the case on platforms like TrustPilot who strive to be unbiased.
2. Beware of terms and conditions
Buying driving lessons is a big step! You don’t want to risk spending all that money on a driving school with unclear terms and conditions. When you’re ready to purchase your lessons, make sure you’ve had an opportunity to read the terms, as some driving schools in Rugby won’t display them clearly.
3. Make sure your instructor is qualified
You might assume that you’ll be matched with a fully qualified instructor who is familiar with helping learners pass their test, however this is not always the case! Some driving schools in Rugby may match you up with a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI) - someone who is still in training to be a fully qualified instructor. To ensure the best chances of a first time pass, we recommend finding an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).
4. Check that you can switch instructors
It’s a sad truth that there’s a chance you may not get on with your first instructor. Make sure the driving school you sign up with has plenty of instructors for you to choose from. Some driving schools in Rugby will only have 1 or 2 instructors available, which can put you in a tricky situation if you’ve still got lessons to complete with an instructor you don’t like!
5. Avoid long waiting times
If you’re excited to get on the road, you don’t want to be delayed by pesky waiting lists. When looking for a driving school in Rugby, make sure you clarify when they’ll be able to get you started with lessons, as you may find somewhere else that can get you on the road much faster.
Tips for learning to drive in Rugby
As is the case for most new skills, to get better you’ve got to get that practise in! The DVSA recommends at least 22 hours of practice outside of lessons to make sure you’re test ready.
According to our driving instructors Rugby has a lot of great places to practise. Here are a few options provided by our driving instructors in Rugby.
Bilton Road, Lidl: Lidl has a great car park for practising the bay parking manoeuvres. Head over there in the morning so you can enjoy the quiet parking lot and perfect your positioning.
Boughton Road Roundabout: This roundabout is great for practising navigating Rugby’s busy areas while keeping your cool. Make sure you are familiar with smaller roundabouts before giving this one a go and just remember, deep breath and check your right!
A426: The A426 is a perfect stretch of road to work on your clutch control. With it being one of the main streets going through Rugby you’ll have plenty of chances to perfect stopping and starting.
Victoria Street: Worried that your parallel parking isn’t up to scratch? Victoria Street is the answer for you. This quiet residential street has plenty of places to practise those manoeuvres before trying them out in busier areas.
Choosing your test centre
Before you know it, it’ll be time to start thinking about your test date. There’s only one test centre local to Rugby, but the good news is that it has an excellent pass rate! Your instructor will help you pick out a date that works for both of you, and once it’s all booked in they will help you get familiar with the test routes that may come up.
Test centre pass rates
DVSA practical car test pass rates, 2019-2020.
Rugby Test Centre | Pass rate: 53.9%
Despite being quite a big area, Rugby only has one test centre, so if you’re in a rush to pass, make sure you check available test dates early on to avoid disappointment. There’s no parking at this test centre, so make sure you only arrive in the vehicle you’re taking on the test to avoid any parking stress!
Address: 7DH, 66b Somers Rd, Rugby CV22 7RQ
Test tips from driving instructors in Rugby
Our driving instructors in Rugby have given you the inside scoop for passing your test.
1. Book your test early on
No one wants to rush booking their test, but our instructors advise looking at test date options early on so you’re not waiting ages once you are ready.
2. Arrive early
Usually the DVSA recommends turning up 10 minutes early for your test, but at Rugby test centre you’re better off arriving at least 15 minutes before your test if you don’t think you’ll be able to park in the centre’s designated parking area.
3. Have a driving lesson beforehand
Our instructors in Rugby say the part of driving tests that trip most of their learners up is nerves. They recommend having a short lesson prior to your test to ease your anxiety and go over any last-minute concerns you have about your test.
Choosing between manual and automatic
One of the big decisions you will have to make, before even getting on the road, is deciding whether you want to drive a manual or automatic car.
A big factor to consider is the price. Manual lessons tend to be cheaper than automatic, however it can take a little longer to get to grips with as you will have more to learn, such as clutch control. Some people prefer spending more time on their lessons to learn manual as after passing their test they feel like they have a better understanding of the car.
However, in urban areas such as Rugby, automatic driving lessons may be easier. With the city traffic, you won’t have to worry about stalling or constantly changing gears. But remember, if you decide to go with automatic lessons, you won’t be able to drive a manual car later down the line which may become an issue when looking to hire cars.
There’s no right choice! It’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of both transmissions and make the decision that’s right for you.
What if you could pass in 17 fewer hours?
Thanks to our brilliant, top-rated instructors, Midrive learners are 38% more likely to pass first time and faster than the UK’s average too. Estimated to pass in 17 fewer hours, not only are Midrive learners getting a great instructor, they also get:
- To be on the road within 7 days
- A refund on unused hours
- Matched with a top instructor in 24 hours
So, what’s stopping you? Pop in your postcode to see when we could get you started.
Where we provide driving lessons in Rugby
Not only do we provide lessons all through Rugby, we also have instructors covering the following nearby areas:
Binley Woods, Coventry, Crick, Daventry, Dunchurch, Royal Leamington Spa and Ryton-on-Dunmore.
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