Basic Skills

How to: Pick a driving instructor

2 min read • Posted Dec 6, 2018
how to pick a driving instructor

So, you’ve decided that it’s time to get your driver’s licence and you’re looking for driving lessons. However, picking a driving instructor who’s right for you is proving to be a bit of a challenge. What do you look for? What do you ask? Here’s some help.

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Picking the right driving instructor can make the difference between passing your test first time and spending a fortune retaking it over and over again. That’s why we’ve put together a simple guide to help you to make the right choice and take your first steps towards throwing away those L-plates.

1) Know what’s available to you

Don’t just got on one word of mouth recommendation, make sure you shop around. Google, and websites like Trustpilot and Yell are a great place to find reviews for instructors and driving schools local to you. Midrive, for example, is the top-rated national lesson provide on Trustpilot. (Sorry for tooting our own horn!)

2) Compare prices

Get prices for as many of your local instructors as possible. Average prices are around £20-£25 per hour and you should be able to negotiate some discount if you are willing to book a block of pre-paid lessons. If one driving instructor is considerably cheaper than the rest, be sure to consider why that may be. Are they properly qualified? Do they have a bad reputation?

3) Ask about qualifications

You can be taught by two levels of instructor, an ADI or a PDI. An Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) is a fully qualified driving instructor whereas a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI) is an instructor still in training. PDIs may be cheaper to learn from, but they won’t be as experienced as an ADI, so you might not get as much value for your money.

Plug alert: at Midrive we only work with ADIs so our learners can learn from the best!

Further to this, you can ask an instructor for their pass rates, or their most recent grading. All ADIs are graded either A (high standard of instruction), B (sufficient level of instruction), or a fail (unsatisfactory level of instruction).

4) Is the car right for you?

There’s not much point learning to drive in a 4×4 if you’re going to be driving a Smart car when you pass your test. For this exact reason, most instructors use small, sensible cars for their lessons. However, some instructors choose to try and attract customers with flashy convertibles or luxury vehicles that couldn’t be more different from your typical first car.

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When you contact your potential instructors, ask what car they drive, the engine size, the fuel type – although there’s not much difference in the way diesel and petrol cars drive these days- and check that it has dual controls. Dual controls allow the instructor to control the vehicle’s pedals. As you can imagine, they’re very important in the early stages of your lessons, when you might make the occasional mistake.

5) What additional help can they provide?

Okay, another plug. We can’t speak for other driving schools, but at Midrive we connect our learners with the best local driving instructor. And if you aren’t happy with them, you can swap at any time! We’re super friendly, we’ve got a great app to help you learn, and a dedicated support team. Why not check us out? Your first lesson’s free on us. (Use code JOY at checkout when you first buy 10 hours or more with us.)

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