For most learner drivers, the Driving Test is a daunting prospect yet with proper planning it
need not be so.
Far too many learners still think they will be able to pass the test with a few lessons from a
friend. This is the surest way to fail the test and lose the fee.
While supplementary lessons from someone with at least 3 years driving experience are useful as
the test date nears, only an ADI approved instructor can provide a systematic programme of tuition which takes into
account the speed of a pupil's progress.
A recognised driving school will use instructors whose driving has been thoroughly tested, who
have a proven ability to teach the necessary driving skills and who are regularly re-tested to keep those abilities
sharp. They will offer a plan of lessons which can be adjusted to the pupil's progress and will teach all of the
basic skills which are required to pass the Driving Test. All of their vehicles will be properly insured and
roadworthy and can be used for the test itself.
Costs vary considerably so shop around, many schools now offer budget payment plans for groups
of lessons booked in advance. Consider also the residential intensive courses which some schools can offer.
Check the pass rate of the instructor, it's a good indicator of teaching skills.
Finally, remember that when you have passed your test you still lack driving experience. Many
instructors can offer advanced training, for example in motorway driving, skid control, defensive and high
performance driving techniques, all at reasonable prices.
Article © Graham Benge 2007