How to Choose a Driving Instructor

If you’re about to embark on driving lessons, perhaps for the first time, you may have some questions you need answering.

So we thought of all the questions you might want to ask your local driving instructor and provided some comprehensive answers:

Why should I learn with your driving school?

Here at Compass ProDrive we provide a calm, positive and fun learning environment where your development and comfort is our priority, so when you learn with us, we’ll do everything in our power to make you feel relaxed and confident during each lesson, that way, you’ll learn much more.

How long should it take from lesson 1 to test?

On average, according to DVSA statistics, a novice driver from start to finish takes about 46 hours with an instructor, and 22 hours out and about with lessons taken with a full licence holder with a minimum of 3 years holding a full UK licence. So it’s really not that long!

Can I do anything to speed up the process?

Yes you can, there are a couple of options:-

You can have your lessons condensed into a shorter period to build on previous lesson

or -

Go out with a parent or an experienced driver with a 3 year old full UK licence. This can help you along as you learn and can be an added extra to what your instructor has already been teaching you during lessons. You can put into practice what you’ve learnt with your instructor and this can really help.

Please note it is essential that you follow the criteria that has been set by your driving instructor to ensure continuity and safety. ( Parents – if you have any questions please feel free to the pupils instructor)

Do you have any testimonials?

Yes, here at Compass ProDrive we have testimonials from many satisfied former pupils on our website and this will highlight our successes as well as visiting our link to our Facebook page.

How do I know I'm being taught correctly?

We provide an electronic record sheet that is emailed to you after each learning milestone is met. We sit down and put in place a plan designed for you with targets that we look to meet. As such, we give you a comprehensive record which will provide you with all the information you need for revision between lessons, that way, you’ll know exactly what you need to work on to achieve success.

What is the main reason for not passing a test?

There are a multitude of reasons for not passing your driving test, but the main ones tend to be nerves, not following the correct procedures at the right time, not checking your mirrors before changing direction and speeding. However don't focus on what you could do wrong - concentrate on what you know is correct.

Why should I do pass plus lessons?

The pass plus takes what you’ve learned, then enhances it further to meet the greater demands and challenges that motorways, country roads and night driving have to offer. It builds on your basic knowledge and increases awareness. It also improves your proactive abilities. It’s recognised by insurance companies as an extra form of driver training, which in a lot of cases helps reduce insurance premiums.

Are cheaper lessons or packages a better option for me?

Booking block lessons can save you money when you’re learning to drive as individual lessons do cost more in the long run.

How much should I budget for?

On the basis that you would be looking at 46 hours, approximately £1000 excluding your test fee to the DVSA

What makes you the best option overall?

We have high pass rates – with an emphasis on developing an environment which encourages learning through fun and comfort. We use up to date learning techniques coupled with cutting edge hardware and software to enhance your learning experience.

At Compass ProDrive, we’re on your side.