Best Way To Choose A Driving Instructor


You’re likely to spend hours learning to drive with your driving instructor, so it is important to choose the right one. How do you choose the right driving instructor? What qualities should you be looking for and how can you meet others before you make a decision? You can read all about it in our blog.

How can I find a driving instructor in my area?

You have two options. Either you can go to a driving school, or you can use the government website to find instructors who are approved in your area.

Do you have any recommendations for qualifications?

It is important to ensure that your driving instructor is either an Approved Driver Instructor (ADI), or a Potential Driving Instruction (PDI). The former is fully certified, while the latter are in training.

To prove their qualifications, they should have a badge on their car. A green badge is for ADIs and a pink for PDIs. Before you begin your lessons, make sure you have this badge.

ADIs are more experienced in teaching. However, a PDI does not mean that the teacher isn’t qualified to teach you. They’re just building their experience before becoming fully qualified. A PDI is usually less expensive than lessons with an ADI. This could help you to save money. You might find them more positive and fresh in instructing you.

Before I book a lesson, how do I find out if my instructor is certified?

Will I be able to choose my driving instructor if I pass a driving school?

Driving schools usually assign instructors to students based on their availability. However, you can request specific types of instructors from some schools. RED Driving School, for example, allows learners to request instructors based upon their learning needs. You might request a female instructor, or someone who speaks another languages.

Here are some things to consider when selecting a driving instructor

You should not only look for qualifications but also other qualities in your driving instructor.

1. Ask your friends to recommend you

You might ask your friends if they have passed their driving test. It’s a good idea to ask your friends for recommendations.

It’s even more special if your friend has passed the first time.

2. Make sure that the instructor is able to meet your needs

Make sure your instructor can accommodate any special requests. You might ask for a different drop-off and pick-up point if you are working or need to travel to school or university.

3. Get to know them well

It’s fine to send the instructor an email, or call them to let them that you are interested in taking lessons. This gives you the chance to ask questions. Ask questions such as the following to get a feel of their teaching style and past performances.

  1. What would you describe as your teaching style?
  2. What is the average number of lessons your students take before they are ready to take the test?
  3. What lessons should I take?
  4. What is the length of your waiting time?

There are no right or wrong answers. However, your instructor’s answers and the way they talk about past students should give you an idea of how well they will fit you. If you are a person who learns best with encouragement and kindness, then a Birmingham driving instructor who answers questions in a brusque manner might not be a good match.

The DVSA estimates that the average learner driver will spend 45 hours driving with a qualified instructor. You might consider speaking with other instructors if the instructor suggests that students will need to spend more time on the road in order for them to pass.

The last two questions can be used to ensure that your schedule and that of your instructor are compatible.

What are the qualities you should look for in a driving instructor?

You’ll soon discover if you and your instructor are compatible when you begin lessons. Although many people don’t think the former is important, it’s important to make sure you are a good match since you will be spending approximately 45 hours together in an enclosed space.

1. Find an instructor who is patient

When choosing a driving instructor, this is the most important thing to look out for. It is important to find someone who will be patient with you as you learn how to drive, and won’t get angry if something goes wrong. It’s nerve-wracking enough to be on the road, so you don’t need someone who is impatient.

2. Your instructor should demonstrate manoeuvres or explain them to you.

It is not a good idea to be told how to do something and thrown into the deep end. One member of our team stated that her instructor had told her to drive down the road, and that she would find a surprise. It turned out that it was a 40mph highway and that she didn’t know until he explained. While some may prefer this style of teaching, it wasn’t right for her personality so she switched driving instructors shortly thereafter.

3. You must ensure they are using your time effectively

Your driving instructor is paying you to learn how to drive. They should also give you an outline of the lessons you will be taking. Your instructor should respect your time. This means they must arrive on time for lessons and not waste their time calling the shops or petrol stations.

You’ll pass your driving test quickly if you choose a competent instructor.

Finding the right instructor will make your intensive driving course & lessons enjoyable. Although it may be difficult to learn with someone else after you have found a great instructor, we recommend that you also practice your driving skills with a parent or guardian.

The DVSA recommends that you add around 20 hours to the 45 hours spent with your driving instructor. If you are already struggling with the high cost of learning to drive, driving with friends and family can help you spend more time on the roads.


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