With the current economic hardship in the UK, there has never been a more important time than now for you to make sure you choose the right driving instructor when learning to drive and preparing for the DSA practical car test.
For many people the price of driving lessons is the most important determining factor, regardless of how good the quality of tuition or other things like instructor attitude, puntuality, etc.
I'm going to illustrate with a real life story why you should not just go for cheap driving lessons, but in addition to price need to consider, the instructor, services being offered as well as thinking about what will be the best value for your hard earned money.
About 8 weeks ago I got a call from a foreign licence holder who wanted to pass the uk test which was already booked, and was looking to take some driving lessons to prepare as well as use my car for the test. When I told him I charge £23 for a one hour lesson, he commented that I was even more expensive than Red Driving School, to which I replied I offer a high quality service and charge accordingly. He decided not to go with me, as he thought I was too expensive.
On monday this week, I got a call from the same guy asking if I was able to take him for a test next week because he had not been able to do the last test due to the fact that he didn't have his provisional licence counterpart with him when the DSA examiner called his name in the waiting room! Now I didn't ask him the details of how that happened, but surely I would have expected his instructor to have checked he had the right documents with him when picking up a test candidate from home!
Now whatever amount of money he was hoping to save by paying £21 per hour for driving lessons has now been lost because he not only has to pay the DSA for another test, he'll have to take a couple more lessons as well as the fee I charge on the day of the test!
Now I'm not saying that all driving instructors that charge £21 an hour for lessons in London are not honest or poor quality, but surely any ADI who has been in the business for at least a couple of months will know test candidates don't always think straight as their appointment draws near, nerves, and irrational behaviour can exibit themselves, and you should be there to calm them down and make sure everything is in place for the driving test.
Other horror stories I have dealt with include instructors talking on the phone conducting business while learners drive, shouting, sexual or racial harrassment, late or non turn up for lessons, all because people are looking to only pay £15 for driving lessons in London in the 21st century.
Learners always seem to think they can tell when they are being ripped off, the truth is many don't, and even those who do are afraid or too embarassed to change, and only seem to take action when and if they fail, some ending up taking more lessons at a cheaper rate or multiple attemps at the test.
One of the most important things that instructors should do during driving lessons is make sure you develop safe habits starting from when you learn how to move off and stop. Simple things like not checking the right blind spot before driving off if not corrected could lead to failure on the test, and the learner might not even know they have this fault!
Not matter how good you are as a driver, there is always something that you can learn during a driving lesson with a fully qualified instructor even if it is only the fact that you are doing things right, and building up experience with different situations, there is more to a test than learning a driving test route, bearing in mind that road works are very common in London which could lead to diversions into unfamiliar roads, which without the right skills you might not be able to deal with!
If you require high quality driving lessons from a very helpful, patient and fully qualified instructor, then why not call or send me a text message on 07956233032, I'm not the cheapest in this area of London, but offer vey good value for your hard earned money, and you can be rest assured that you will be getting the best tuition tailored to your ability, and nothing will be held back from you in a bid to get more lessons from you than you actually need,
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