- How do I find a good female driving instructor?
- Female driving instructors near me
- Choosing a male or female driving instructor
- What’s the difference between male and female driving instructors?
- Are female driving instructors better?
- Should I choose a male or female driving instructor?
- How many female driving instructors are there in the UK?
- Female automatic driving instructors
How do I find a good female driving instructor?
Just like when you’re looking for a male instructor, it’s important to do these 5 things to find a good female instructor:
1. Read reviews
Finding out what other learners have said about the instructor you’re considering is the best way to get a feeling for what it would be like learning with them. Rather than relying on their website (where you’re likely to only find the best reviews) see whether they have reviews on independent sites like Google Reviews.
2. Check that they’re qualified
All fully qualified driving instructors should be registered as Approved Driving Instructors. They should be able to show you their pink badge, but if you’re still not sure, it might be worth checking with the DVSA to find out whether they’re registered and fully qualified.
3. Read terms and conditions
Not all independent instructors will have terms and conditions, but if you can it’s best to get hold of the small print and read it carefully. This will detail what happens if you need to cancel a lesson, what happens if you pass your test before using up all the lessons you purchase and more.
4. Find out what car they use
Your driving instructor should teach in a dual-control car. But the make, model and age of their car might also affect your decision. Small hatchbacks are usually easiest to learn in, and you’ll probably be most comfortable learning in a car that was made in the last few years.
5. Ask about their teaching method
However great your instructor has been at getting other learners to pass their test, you need to make sure that their teaching methods gel with your learning style. So, find out whether they have a specific style or whether they use particular methods before making your decision.
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Choosing a male or female driving instructor
Before you can get behind the wheel on your driving lessons, you’ll need to find the perfect driving instructor to get you on the road. There are a few obvious things to consider when looking for an instructor, including how much they charge, what car they drive and what their location is.
Some learner drivers, however, also choose their driving instructor based on gender. Here, we look at how this factor plays a role when choosing your instructor and at whether you should learn to drive with a male or female.
What’s the difference between male and female driving instructors?
All Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) are fully qualified to teach you to drive regardless of their gender. There may be a number of reasons why a learner driver would choose to take their driving lessons with a female ADI instead of a male ADI.
You might, for example, prefer to learn with a woman driving instructor if this keeps your nerves at bay, or if you feel more comfortable in a female’s company. Likewise, some learners specifically choose to take their driving lessons with a male driving instructor because they feel more comfortable in a male’s company.
Are female driving instructors better?
How good a driving instructor is won’t be influenced by gender. Some female instructors will be better than males and vice versa.
Equally, teaching styles and attitudes will vary between instructors regardless of their gender. While some learner drivers look for a driving instructor who will be gentle, calm and patient, others like to be pushed and challenged into going one step further every driving lesson. The idea that a female instructor will be more patient and gentle than a male instructor is a bit of a myth. In order to find an instructor with a teaching style that suits you, it’s worth finding out about their past experience, reading reviews and asking them about their teaching methods.
Likewise, the age old stereotype that ‘women can’t drive’ has long been disproven. There’s no need to worry about the technical ability of a driving instructor based on their gender, and the gender of your driving instructor won’t influence pass rates either.
Should I choose a male or female driving instructor?
It’s completely up to you whether you’d rather learn to drive with a male or female driving instructor. To make your choice, you should think about how comfortable you’d feel learning with each, and whether that would be likely to affect your performance.
These pros and cons of choosing to learn with a female driving instructor might also help!
- Some learners would rather not learn with a male driving instructor for religious reasons.
- Some learners feel more comfortable with a female driving instructor, particularly female learners.
- There are fewer automatic driving instructors available, so it can be hard to find one.
- Waiting times are often higher for female driving instructors, as they’re in greater demand.
How many female driving instructors are there in the UK?
There are roughly 40,000 driving instructors in the UK, according to The Telegraph. However, in 2014 the DVSA released data showing that just 22.4% of Approved Driving Instructors in Great Britain were female!
There are fewer women driving instructors in the UK and demand for them is high. This means waiting times are often longer and lessons can even be pricier - The Sun revealed that female instructors earn £35 a week more than men, for the same number of hours worked.
Female automatic driving instructors
Just like how there are few female driving instructors in the UK, there are also fewer automatic driving instructors. So, if you’re looking for a female automatic driving instructor they can be hard to come across.
That said, it’s certainly not impossible. If you want to take automatic driving lessons and you decide that a female instructor is best for you then it’s worth pursuing - it’s important that you’re comfortable with your driving instructor in order to give yourself the best chance of learning quickly and passing your test first time. You may just need to wait that little bit longer before your first lesson.
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