- The most common way these instructors time waste is by giving very long driving lesson briefings, and a lot of the times it might not be for just introducing new subjects or topics.
How can anyone teaching a practical skill like driving justify a 15-20 minute lecture on how to do the left reverse round a corner exercise?
I was once told by a foriegn licence holder that 45 minutes of a 2hr lesson was spent by an instructor inducting him on how to drive in the UK all via talking while the car remained stationary!
A learner driver does not need a 5-10 minute explaination following making a mistake at the junction. If the error was serious enough to require stopping, you can still draw a diagram, give corrective advice within a minute or 2.
- Using the toilets at a driving test centre. Every time I don't go in the car with a learner on the driving test, I usually encounter an instructor who comes into the centre use the toilets, and then has a 5 minute or so chat with one of the other ADIs, while the student sits in the car! Nothing wrong with going to the toilet if caught short during a lesson, but then going on to use a learner's time to have a social with a 'mate' is very un-professional! You as a learner should not tolerate this (there is a particular local instructor who I've seen regularly in one of the test centres I use, each time he spends more than 7 minutes after going to the toilet chatting), maybe they get away with it because they only charge £20 per hour, which is cheaper than other local schools.
- Other time wasting tactics include practising manuevers for a long time, getting stuck in traffic, going to the shops/bank, etc.
Is your driving instructor using any of these time wasting techniques on your lessons? Will you continue to give them your hard earnt money?
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