How to Tell If Your Driving Instructor is a Good One

Learning how to drive can be relatively easy but finding someone to teach you is often the major obstacle. Parents and friends are usually the ones showing new drivers the rules of the road but this can lead to short cuts and bad behavior masked by helpful tips and advice. Driving is a serious endeavor and such short cuts can lead to accidents. A far better alternative than that empty parking lot with a nervous parent or guardian in the passenger seat is a driving instructor.

A gift to potential drivers and those would-be teachers; driving instructors are ready and willing to take your child or you if should you not know how to drive, out on the road for a hands on experience. Of course you will have to pay these intrepid men and women but it is a small price for peace of mind.

Driving instructors will teach any driver young or old, inexperienced or experienced as long as they are legally capable to drive or are preparing for a driving test. These lessons are a great way for those drivers already issued a license to take a refresher course but are primarily thought of as serving the needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood.

Usually, instructors belong to a driving school but there are independent instructors out there. It is important to find an instructor or a driving school that will be of the most benefit to the new student. Knowing what to look for in instructors and schools will help in avoiding any headaches.

In cases such as this, word of mouth works best. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend a good driving instructor. They will be the first to tell where you should and should not go. After you have narrowed your choice of instructors, call each one and ask a few questions. The first should be something on the lines of “Are you accredited and is the instructor fully qualified?” If so then go ahead and ask as many questions necessary in order for you to feel confident that the instructor you want will be the best one for you. Driving schools and instructors should not mind any questions. Ask about the car used for the lessons and if it is dual controlled. Dual controlled simply means that the Instructor will be able to take control of the car should something happen. If getting to and from the driving school is a problem, ask if they have a pick-up and drop-off service. You will also want to inquire about the pass rate which will be a great indicator of how well the instructor does his job. Other questions can center on the personality of the instructor and if they will be explaining the subtle nuisances of driving. What is taught, where it is taught and if the instructor will be able to explain any concerns about rules and traffic laws are also great questions.

Once you have your driving instructor, be quick to voice any concerns and comments you may have. If your instructor seems impatient or rude you may want to ask about changing instructors. Driving instructors should be calm and understanding, it is your first time after all and they are there to teach and guide you. They should also be well versed in traffic laws and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Remember, price alone does not denote quality of the service. Do as much research as possible before committing to a driving instructor. It is your money; it would be a shame to waste it.