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How to choose the driving instructor?


Although you can ask your friends, family members to teach you driving, an approved driving instructor (ADI) would have the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly. Choosing a driving instructor plays a vital role as professional training can contribute significantly in success or failure in your practical driving test.

Some driving instructors are a part of bigger driving schools such as the AA, BSM or Red and some are impendent. Whichever driving instructor you choose to go with, make sure you directly communicate what you expect from them.
Make sure that driving instructor is full qualified

Driving instructors called Approved driving instructor (ADIs) are registered with Driving Standard Agency (DSA). Two types of badges are issued by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) for display in tuition vehicles.

These badges will help you to visually identify instructor's qualification
  • Green, octagonal badge - The instructor is fully qualified and approved
  • Pink, triangular badge    - The instructor is licensed under training and is not yet fully qualified

It is suggested that at least compare two or three driving instructors or driving schools before you make a final decision.

You must ask the instructor
  • How long have you been teaching?
  • Will you get a full hour's tuition?
  • Will it always be in the same car?
  • Do they carry other pupils as passengers while teaching you?

Don't go for the cheapest option while choosing the driving instructor. You can ask your friends and family who have recently passed their driving test . They will share their learning to drive experiences with you.

Driving instructor should always
  • Come on time
  • Appear in a clean well-maintained car
  • Must prepare and plan lesson based on the DSA syllabus

If you are unhappy with the service provided by your driving instructor, make an effort and talk about it tactfully to resolve any matter. Then too if everything remains same, you may choose to find a new driving instructor. Driving instructor should make you feel secure and confident while you are learning to drive.

Driving instructor would judge your abilities and would guide you when you should appear for your full practical driving test.

It is always good to perform a mock test before appearing for the final test. In this driving instructor will act as the examiner and for the learner to take instruction and execute a number of procedures that will be given, such as turning the car in the road. After doing this mock test, learners will get a good example of what exactly is expected on the actual test, so that he can be prepared and perform well in the final test.

Crown copyright material has been reproduced by permission of the Driving Standards Agency which does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the reproduction.
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