The next step is to contact a few schools, whether via the internet or by phone, and ask a few questions. Find out how much a lesson will cost, and if any discounts are offered, type of vehicle used, what services they offer such as night driving and motorway lessons, if they cover your area and test centre, and whether they can fit in with your diary. Some driving schools will offer a free pick up and drop off service as part of the lesson, and all should teach one client at a time, unless sharing is requested. Driving School Amsterdam
It is also very important that you find someone you are comfortable with as you will spend a lot of time in a car with that person. Schools may offer a free first lesson so that you can check them out before committing, and such a ‘trial’ lesson can be very useful!
As with all professions, good driving Instructors tend to be busy Instructors! Be wary of Schools that offer loads of ‘freebies’ or ‘bargain basement’ priced lessons…why do they need to do that?
You will need to pass your Theory Test before you can apply for your Practical Test, but you can start driving lessons before passing your Theory Test. It is sensible to study the Highway Code before setting off on your first lesson, but actually being on the road will help put your theory into real life practice. A good Instructor will include theory practice in your lessons, and can recommend the correct support aids. The DSA offers further advice.
Now you are ready to take your first lesson. When taking this lesson use it as an ideal opportunity to see if you are happy with your chosen Tutor. Many Instructor’s have different styles of teaching, so when taking that first lesson, after the inevitable nerves have settled, make sure that you feel comfortable and at ease. This way you will be at your best to learn and take on the Instructors advice. You can help take the pressure off yourself by writing down any questions or concerns that you may have in advance, and putting that piece of paper somewhere where you will remember it!
Learning to drive should be a positive experience, and even a fun thing to do, no matter what your age. Many people feel anxious about learning, and especially learning to drive. A good Tutor will help rid you of your fear and make the experience an enjoyable one, which you will never regret.
Your Instructor will devise a suitable programme catering for your individual needs. Whilst there will always be certain parts that come easier than others, whether parking or changing the gears, a good Instructor will tailor your lessons to match your learning style. A professional Instructor will adapt to your needs, and should never need to shout or belittle you to make their point! Good schools should be able to provide a Code of Conduct that will show the standard of behaviour to be expected from the Instructor.
The aim is not only to get you through your driving test, but to make you a safe driver for life. The DSA states that the average Learner Driver will need about 45 hours of professional lessons, plus 22 hours of private practice before being ready for their practical test. However, your Instructor will let you know when you are ready to take your driving test. Nerve racking I know…but it really won’t be that bad! If you weren’t ready your experienced Tutor wouldn’t have put you there. Just use those nerves efficiently, and show the Examiner that you know your stuff! The big bonus is then finally passing your test and receiving your well deserved driving licence – FREEDOM!! There really aren’t many things in life that beat the feeling of being told you’ve passed your driving test!