You are about to invest a significant amount of money in developing a skill for life in a dangerous environment. Your approach to this investment should be well considered.
Most important in the approach is deciding
- what you want to learn
- how you approach the learning
- who will teach you
- what they will teach.
A detailed discussion on the approach is given in the following document.
Learning to drive - an approach.pdf
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A summary of the recommendations follows
- Set objectives - define what you want to achieve and by when you want to achieve it.
- Study for the Theory & Hazard Perception and Practical Driving tests concurrently followed by Pass Plus
- Ensure that your chosen instructor can meet your requirements or recommend a suitable alternative.
- Select a good driver training organisation AND instructor.
- Ensure the instructor is licensed
- fully qualified (green licence holder)
- part qualified (pink licence holder)
- Do not pay standard rates for instruction with part qualified instructors.
- Insist that you meet the instructor before taking any lessons.
- Ensure that the instructor can show you the Code of Practice/Conduct to which he/she adheres.
- Ensure you have seen and sat in the instruction car before committing to take lessons.
- Ensure the car has dual controls.
- Ensure the instructor's car is fully insured for Learner Driver training.
- Ensure that the instructor has professional indemnity insurance.
- Ensure that you receive and have thoroughly read and understood a set of terms and conditions before committing.
- Do expect to pay £30+ per hour for a quality learner driving experience.
- Don't expect cheap to be cheerful - there must be something inadequate in the offering!
- Ensure that the instructor will provide receipts for all payments.
- Ensure that the instructor maintains a record of lessons taken for your keeping.
- Ensure that your instructor keeps a progress record for your keeping and that it is updated at the end of every lesson.
- Ask how the instructor ensures you get tuition for the full time for which you have paid.
- Ensure that you are ever the only learner in the car - you do not want to be paying for somebody else to be driving.
- Ensure that the instructor knows what you want from your lessons and will accommodate your requirements.
- Ensure the focus is on SAFE DRIVING and not just passing the tests.
- Ensure lessons are 1.5 - 2 hours in duration.
- Take at least 2x 2-hour lessons per week.