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Choosing A Driving Instructor

Choosing a Driving Instructor is not just about Personality.

Choosing a Driving InstructorChoosing a good driving instructor is essential if you are going to pass your driving test first time and enjoy the whole experience of learning to drive. There are many different driving instructors to choose from so where do you start?  Price, grade, pass rate or recommendation, or is it simply a case of attitude and behaviour?

Let’s look at these in more detail.

Driving Lesson Prices.

Choosing the cheapest driving instructor can be a big mistake!  Taking advantage of special offers, etc. does make a lot of sense, but a driving instructor charging really low prices for all or most of their driving lessons may be undervaluing themselves or charging what they are worth.  There are even some driving instructors who, despite the money they have had to pay for their own training, are actually working for less than the minimum wage. Remember, the price you pay for your lessons does not end up in the driving instructors pocket; here is what they typically have to pay for (click on a question below to find out the answer):

What costs are behind driving lesson pricing?

  • Car.
  • Dual Controls.
  • ADI Licence.
  • Fuel.
  • Admin costs.
  • Car insurance for driving school.
  • Car tax.
  • Car servicing.
  • Car repairs.
  • Tyres.
  • Cancellations and No shows.
  • Accountants.
  • Professional Memberships.
  • Payment for holidays and sick.
  • Pension.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance for driving instructors.
  • Public Liability Insurance for driving instructors.
  • Franchise.

What extras are there for none franchisee instructors?

  • Advertising.
  • Car Logos.
  • Marketing.
  • Phone answering.
  • Website.
  • Stationary.
  • Continued Training.
  • Pupil management system or data base.
  • Time off to do all the above.

Professional Driving Instructors have gone through rigorous driving instructor training and have had to pass 3 demanding driving instructor tests. They have also invested lots of time and hard earned money to start their business as a driving instructor, only then to work for under the minimum wage, you must ask yourself WHY? How many of the above do they not do? What have they cut back on?

A question our director Kathy Higgins asks, “How can some driving instructors charge the same hourly rate that I charged back in 1999?I was not the most expensive either, fuel was only 69p a litre back then, everything was cheaper. It seems like everything is going up, yet driving lessons are coming down! “

So how are you going to choose your driving school?

Choosing a Driving Instructor LiverpoolDriving Instructor Grade.

This could be a good start, but there are driving instructors out there who had a fantastic grade 6, who could have put on a really good show for the one hour on the day of their check test. Kathy, who has seen 100s of driving instructors deliver lessons, during check test training, said “I have seen some fantastic grade 4 driving instructors, the lowest grade you can get and still keep your licence to teach. I have also seen some horrible grade 6 driving instructors, some people, as we know simply don’t do their best under test conditions and driving instructors are no exception”. Having said all that at least you know they do have the skills to produce a good driving lesson.  But please do not discount a driving instructor who is a grade 4.  From April 2014 the way driving instructors are checked is changing.  They will now undergo a new standards check, which will remove the grading system as we know it.

Driving Test Pass Rate.

This is a minefield and can actually mean nothing at all, perhaps looking at a first time driving test pass rate could be better.  The best heart surgeon in the world apparently loses the most patients as they get end up getting the worst cases referred to them.   Let’s look at 2 driving instructors: John Doe is a part time driving instructor who actually has a full time job, so just does driving lessons in the evening and weekends.  He takes 4 learner drivers for driving tests in a year and they all pass their driving tests, so John has a 100% driving test pass rate. Jane Doe is a full time driving instructor, who is experienced in taking very nervous learner drivers and those learner drivers other driving schools have written off!  Jane takes 40 learner drivers for driving tests in a year, but only 20 pass their driving tests in that year, so Jane only has 50% driving test pass rate, half of John’s!  On reflection, which driving instructor has the most experience and which one has the most passes?

 Driving School Recommendation.

This can be by far is the best way; however, beware of why your friends are recommending them.  There are driving instructors who get recommended for getting their learner drivers though the driving test really quickly!  Other driving instructors will be recommended because they are the cheapest driving instructor in the area.  However, you don’t find out how many cheap lessons where required in order to get to test standard.  Or how nervous was the learner driver, while driving solo.  It has been estimated that 40% of learner drivers don’t feel ready to drive solo even after passing their driving test! So have they been short changed.

Choosing a Driving Instructor ClassroomDriving Instructor Attitude and Behaviour.

This is where you will really know if your driving instructor will suit you!  If your driving instructor turns up in a dirty driving school car, dirty clothes or shows any inappropriate behavior or language, change them immediately.  All driving instructors will occasionally have a bit of a messy driving school car, you could be the last driving lesson of the day so the driving school car will have been doing driving lessons all day and may gone though some mud, etc. but turning up every week for your driving lesson with a dirty driving school car inside or out is not acceptable.  Inappropriate behavior or language or simply feeling uncomfortable, is not acceptable either!  You should always feel safe and secure.  Always watch out for the instructor who simply allows you to drive around while they chat away to you, while offering very little help or guidance, even when you make a mistake. Insight to Drive Instructor Chosen

Another important point.

Because we know we are all different and occasionally we will all come across people, we simply don’t like or for some reason we feel we just don’t get on.  This is why at Insight 2 Drive we have a policy for just this happening.  If you do not like the driving instructor you are assigned to, we will simply change them, no questions asked, just ring us to discuss.

Summary of choosing a Driving Instructor

Go with your instinct, if something does not feel right, it is possible that it isn’t right, so ask questions!  If you do not like your driving instructor and they are part of a multi-car driving school like ours, please ring the driving school and get it sorted, you will actually be doing them a massive favour.


Here are a few or the areas you can choose your driving instructor from, check our Areas We Cover page for more;

Liverpool Driving School. Widnes Driving School. Runcorn Driving School. St Helen’s Driving School. Wigan Driving School.

 
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Malaika Wong
Malaika Wong
2018-12-04T09:44:39+0000
My 17 year old daughters confidence was knocked by a previous instructor. On her first lesson with Kerrie, she had big smiles. Thanks to Kerrie's teaching methods my daughter no longer hated driving and passed first time! Fabulous instructor and beautiful person. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I'm a happy and proud mum.
Peter Moon New
Peter Moon New
2018-09-14T02:12:45+0000
I have to say Kathy is THE best driving instructor/trainer in the area.. and all of her instructors are amazingt!.. I'm an ADI and am booked up for months ahead s3o there is no ulterior motive. If you want to pass you're test.. this is honestly the best driving school in the Merseyside area!
Kriss James
Kriss James
2018-07-31T15:16:25+0000
Just want to say how much of a fantastic instructor Karen is. Karen made me feel very comfortable as a learner and made the lessons fun and engaging. Thank you so so much.
Karen Errity
Karen Errity
2018-04-15T17:37:41+0000
Loved doing my ADI Training with insight2drive. Why? It was fun and hardwork at the same time. Since becoming a professional ADI, I enjoy being part of a team of like minded instructors whose aim is to teach safe competent driving for life and not just pass a test. Kathy and the training team continue to provide CPD (continuous professional development) to all the team so we keep our standards high, which makes us the best training academy in the region for learners to be the best they can. 5 stars all the way guys �����
Debra Jordan
Debra Jordan
2018-04-15T10:07:09+0000
The best !! Kathy and the team provide the best support, catering for whatever needs the pupil has, can't recommend them enough
Ellie Ianson
Ellie Ianson
2017-11-30T18:47:41+0000
Leanne was recommended to me by a friend in work, after being let down by my previous driving instructor who couldn't fit lessons in for me around my work schedule. After failing my first driving test at Southport in the summer with my previous instructor, I had already rebooked my test in Norris Green for the beginning of November when i started my lessons with Leanne in September. We had a lot of work to do in a short space of time. Leanne went out of her way to make time for me and pushed me to do the best i can. She was always thorough in her lessons and helped calm my nerves as i was a really anxious driver. I passed first time using insight2drive and can not thank Leanne enough for helping me, would recommend her to anyone!
Samantha Cain
Samantha Cain
2017-11-17T15:16:56+0000
One of their drivers Andy has robbed me off my money, cancelled on me every week with fake excuses and cancelled on my friend the next day with a complete other excuse so I asked for my money back (6 weeks in a row he cancelled), he then only partly gave me my money back (after waiting over 3 weeks for it) and kept the rest and is now ignoring all messages, I have contacted the company who are also blanking my messages. I’m not one to complain usually especially as he was previously a good instructor but taking somebody’s money and not repaying them back when you haven’t provided a service is disgraceful. I don’t see how you can expect someone to pass their test if you cancel most weeks. I have tried to sort this out with both Andy and Insight 2 Drive and both are now ignoring me so I will be taking this further
Danny Linacre
Danny Linacre
2017-07-23T18:53:04+0000
When I first started with Leanne I hadnt drove on the road for about 4 years and had really bad habits from driving a forklift she was really patient and I felt really comfortable with her all have the lessons were enjoyable and she managed to get threw in under 3 months with a 1st time pass I couldn't recommend insight2drive highly enough and especially Leanne she was brilliant.
Pauline Harvey
Pauline Harvey
2017-07-06T15:19:25+0000
I was recommended insight to drive by my friend Amanda who was also a driving instructor, I was buying a birthday package for my son, he was allocated Jerry Dowling as his instructor, I couldn't have asked for a better instructor he has helped Sam so much, and today he passed his test. Well done Sam and many thanks for all your help Jerry.
Jessica Claire
Jessica Claire
2015-03-16T15:06:24+0000
I began my driving lessons with another school shortly after my 18th birthday and it was horrific. I had an instructor who was a family friend and did us a 'discount' for this relationship. It was the biggest waste of time and money that i had ever invested in and after almost 40 hours of driving around Liverpool whilst he was on his phone and other distracting things I stopped and restarted when I was 20. I started with Leanne and after one lesson she gave me her estimated number of lessons I would require in order to pass to which i was shocked as it was so low!!! Even though I had a few bad habits from the instructor before. I absolutely loved my driving lessons and am writing this review 4 hours after passing 1st time in the time frame which Leanne had said it would be. She is an amazing instructor who I beyond trust and will be recommending to any friends or family who tell me they are thinking of learning to drive. I had an absolute ball on my lessons and am now considering to do my pass plus in order to do more lessons with her as i enjoyed them so much!! Many Thanks Leanne!! Don't think I could have done it without you!!
Sean O'leary
Sean O'leary
2014-10-25T18:59:23+0000
Passed my driving test first time with Stuart harrison adi would highly recommend Stuart to anyone who wants to learn to drive in a safe and confident way great instructor
Marie Boyd
Marie Boyd
2014-08-14T10:46:47+0000
Just passed my driving test with Barbra porter! Couldn't of asked for a better instructor.. So happy! From Abbie :) x
Lana McLean Mifa
Lana McLean Mifa
2014-07-14T22:12:21+0000
Joan An Vinny Bingham
Joan An Vinny Bingham
2014-06-22T23:48:17+0000
Connor Ledgerton
Connor Ledgerton
2014-05-08T18:39:44+0000
Jordan Parry
Jordan Parry
2014-02-05T22:17:44+0000
Dot Riley
Dot Riley
2013-12-19T23:04:27+0000
Autum Foster
Autum Foster
2013-12-19T01:26:23+0000
Sabrina Lai
Sabrina Lai
2013-12-17T00:54:32+0000
Līga Ločmele
Līga Ločmele
2013-12-15T23:21:15+0000
Iain Scarlett
Iain Scarlett
2013-12-14T23:10:44+0000
Susan Bunnell
Susan Bunnell
2013-12-12T14:52:07+0000
Dave Stone
Dave Stone
2013-12-09T07:59:22+0000
Guy Annan
Guy Annan
2013-11-27T06:35:39+0000
Wyn Owen
Wyn Owen
2013-11-19T14:21:53+0000
Christine Brennan
Christine Brennan
2013-11-03T22:40:46+0000
Colin Dickinson
Colin Dickinson
2013-11-02T09:59:54+0000
Henry Hipps
Henry Hipps
2013-10-30T22:38:20+0000
Andy Guile
Andy Guile
2013-10-10T13:54:03+0000
Ged Wilmot
Ged Wilmot
2013-10-08T20:46:30+0000
Tony Lane
Tony Lane
2013-09-23T13:19:05+0000
Granit Gojnovci
Granit Gojnovci
2013-09-16T14:51:27+0000
Louisa Hayhurst
Louisa Hayhurst
2013-09-05T08:59:39+0000

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