If you’re hoping to sit your driving test soon, you’re also probably looking to book some lessons. It can be a daunting process finding an instructor who is qualified, experienced and approved, because not all are. In a large city like this, finding trustworthy driving instructors in Edinburgh can be like looking for a needle in haystack.
With this in mind, we’ve come up with a guide for finding the right driving instructors in Edinburgh, and we hope you find it’s a great help. Read on to find out what you should be looking out for.
Take a Look Online, Shop Around
Learning to drive can be expensive, but booking the cheapest isn’t necessarily the best way forward. You’re looking at least around 30 hours of driving lessons, so you need to choose carefully and find someone you can trust. The first port of call is to take a look online and see if you can find any local driving schools that seem trustworthy.
What should you look out for on their website?
Their website should give clear indications as to what they offer for what they are charging. The type of courses on offer should be clearly sign posted, whether they’re hourly weekly lessons taken as and when you need them, a full intense course, or short blocks of lessons you can book for maybe a few days or weeks ahead. There should be clear indications as to how long each one of their instructors have been in their jobs, and whether they’re fully qualified, they should have a green licence if they are. Do some of their driving courses offer discounts if you book in advance?
Recommendations and word-of-mouth
What are their pass rates like, and do they have recommendations, has someone recommended this firm to you before you looked online? Recommendations are always a good sign, if people are recommending them word of mouth, then they’re obviously good. Listen out for any recommendations then as well as utilising the internet.
Assessment Lessons, Techniques and Methods
You’ll need an assessment lesson before you start. This is to see how much you know already and to ascertain how many lessons you’re going to need to pass. It’s also an important time for you and the instructor to see if you’re a best fit. From your point of view, you want someone who makes you feel comfortable because you’re bound to feel nervous. It’s also important you find someone who has a good understanding of techniques and methods and that they’re able to convey them to you in a clear and concise manner. If they become impatient or rude, then it’s time to find someone else. A good driving instructor should be aware from the start that a new driver is going to be a little bit nervous and they should be able to take this into account.
Is your instructor patient, helpful and communicative?
A good driving instructor should be kind, helpful with good communication skills and above all - patient. If an instructor is constantly addressing failures and mistakes and never focusing on the positives, giving you gentle encouragement, then you need to find someone else.
Compass Prodrive – Premier Driving Instructors in Edinburgh
We can get you through your test, we’re a team of qualified and experienced driving instructors in Edinburgh and we’ve got a lot of drivers through their tests over the years. Get in touch if you’d like to know more about us before deciding.