Learning to drive is a milestone in all of our lives, so when your teenager says they want to start learning, it is a huge step. But how do you find the right instructor for your son or daughter?
Get some recommendations
Before you call up the first person that popped up on your google search, do your research! Find out who your friends and family used when they were learning to drive – there is no better review than from someone who has experienced it firsthand. If you find who seems to be the perfect instructor, get in touch and discuss it from there.
Ask lots of questions
The cheapest price and the quickest pass time rate with the fewest lessons, doesn’t mean that one instructor is better than another. Your child’s safety, comfort and happiness when learning to drive is what is most important. Find out how they get on with their students and what they will do to help keep your child safe and calm when learning. There is no harm in asking questions, especially when it comes to your child’s safety. It may be worth spending the extra couple of pounds a lesson if your child is going to get more out of it.
Aren’t they all the same?
You may think that all driving instructors are the same because they have to teach the same things, but this isn’t the case. The DVSA recommends that when someone learns to drive, they do so with a trained professional who is an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).
Their teaching style is just as important as what they’re teaching. Remember in school when you had your favourite teacher? The same thing applies when learning to drive. Your child needs to feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel, and learn in a way that will help them.
We hope that these tips will help you and your child find the right instructor, and don’t forget that alongside their lessons, private practice is a great way for learners to boost their confidence and up their skills on the road. If you son or daughter will be practising in your car, they can get short term cover with Learner Driver Insurance.
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