How to choose the best instructor for you

How to choose the best instructor for you

Not all driving instructors are the same. If you are planning on learning to drive soon, it’s worth considering a few things when choosing your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

Word of Mouth is very valuable. If you have friends who are already learning to drive, then ask then if they would recommend their instructor. Maybe even join them on a lesson or two. Most instructors are happy for their pupils to bring friends on lessons and will take the time to answer any questions you have.

Research. Look at some instructors’ websites and social profiles. You may find previous pupils reviews useful to read when making your research.

Sign up for one first. You don’t need to pay for a block booking immediately. Take a lesson with a couple of different instructors first to see if their teaching style and their car is right for you before making a decision and committing to paying for a course.

Theory test support. Find an ADI who offers support with your theory test too. Some instructors will have books they can lend or online resources you can use for free to help prepare. Some instructors will also offer theory lessons so if you think you may find learning your theory a little challenging then seek out an instructor who is happy to offer extra help and has experience in teaching theory and hazard perception.

Set homework. If you are planning on driving your own car or a family car in between lessons, find an instructor who is happy to set you ‘homework’ and will communicate with the person who will be sitting with you, either by inviting them to sit in on your lessons or by writing a report card or send regular updates on how your lessons are going. With a bit of team work you will get the best out of your private practice which will give you valuable experience and help you build on your lessons.

Don’t focus too heavily on price. Price and availability shouldn’t be your deciding factors The best ADI for you may charge a little more than some or may have a waiting list, but being with an instructor who teaches in a way that suits you best will save you time and money in a long run.


Louise Walsh

Driving Instructor
Driving Instructor TV


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