Assessment driving lesson
This assessment lesson is important for both you and your instructor. For the instructor, it will enable them to gain an understanding of your ability and to provide you with an overall amount of hours they think you will need. More importantly for you, this assessment lesson will allow you to see if you and the instructor get on and more importantly if you fully understand their teaching technique. If this is your first ever driving lesson, then things are likely to be a little confusing, although you should still fully understand what your instructor is explaining.
Choose a driving course
If you are happy and feel comfortable with your instructor, you can both decide on an appropriate course. The assessment lesson will provide the instructor with enough information for if you are suited for an intensive. If not, a semi-intensive may be more appropriate or weekly lessons.
Driving lesson discounts
Most driving schools and instructors offer block booking discounts. It takes the average learner around 30 to 40 hours of tuition to reach test standard. If 30 hours are paid in advance, ask for discounts.
Some schools and instructors offer student discounts, NHS staff discounts and reduced driving lesson prices for the unemployed.
Driving test centre routes
Each and every driving test centre has its own predefined driving test routes. It is certainly not important to know each and every single road on the test routes, but most test routes have difficult areas. These difficult areas often come in the form of complicated roundabouts or junctions.
It is important that your instructor is familiar with these areas of the test routes as coming into them on your driving test for the first time will certainly be a challenge. Theoretically you should be taught to handle every possible road situation, realistically however with only 30 to 40 hours of driving tuition under your belt, having an understanding of the test routes will benefit you significantly during your test.
Saving money on driving lessons
An option for saving money on driving lessons can be to teach the learner driver yourself. A qualified instructor will most certainly be needed at some point during the teaching process as a qualified ADI will provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to the learner. If you are able to meet the rules and regulations for becoming a supervising learner driver passenger, then if correct tuition is provided, a large amount of the cost of driving lessons can be saved.
That's not to say the instructor charging £15 per hour won't have any of these attributes, although it may be worth asking them why they are charging well under the average cost of local driving lessons. Here are some possible reasons:
So essentially, there is often a reason why an instructor is charging lesson prices well below the local average. With this in mind, it's unlikely that you will save money in the long run. It's less likely that you will pass the driving test first time, resulting in the need for further driving lessons. When looking to see how much are driving lessons, it's often best to pick a reputable company and pay a little more than the cheapest.
Higher than average cost of driving lessons
Going to the other extreme and paying far more than the average cost of driving lessons in your area.
Possibly, depends on the instructor. Say for example the average cost of lessons in your area is £23 per hour, a particular instructor may charge upwards of £28 to £30 per hour. This may seem like excessive pricing initially, although there are some things to take into account. Every fully qualified driving instructor has frequent check tests by the DSA to ensure they are providing at least a minimal quality of driving tuition.
Instructors are graded from a 4 to 6. There may be only 2 marks difference, but a grade 6 instructor compared to a grade 4 is very different. A grade 4 instructor will provide an adequate level of instruction compared to a grade 6 instructor who will meet all the examiners criteria during the check test. So in other words, the level of instruction you receive during your driving lessons is likely to be much greater than simply enough tuition to get you through the test.