How to Choose a Driving School
Are you planning to learn how to drive? If you’re looking to enroll in a driving school, then you should consider some factors before settling on a school because you want to get the best lessons. While fees, proximity and convenience are important criteria, they shouldn’t be the only reason for choosing a driving school.
We would recommend that you visit two or three schools and ask relevant questions before you make a decision.
1. Do your research and ask for recommendations – Just as choosing a college is important for your career, a driving school should be chosen after extensive research, to ensure that you’ve made an informed decision. Do relevant research on the Internet, and find out about the driving schools near your residence. Ask your friends and family if they know about any good driving schools they have enrolled themselves in, in the past. You may also ask current students for their feedback.
2. Fees- the fees may vary from school to school. Visit a couple of websites and narrow down your choices. However, the driving school with the lowest fees may not be your best option. Find out if any of the driving schools offer any packages or discounts.
3. Ask Question – here are a few questions you can ask them:
> The instructor to students’ ratio (the lower, the better)
> How long are the driving classes?
> Do they provide pick up from home facility?
> Find out about the experience of different instructors.
> Do they provide any study material?
> Is it possible to reschedule a driving lesson?
4. Safety- You should find out if the cars have the facility of passenger side breaks for the instructor. Ask them if the instructors are experienced for teaching a lot of people and have the license to give lessons.
5. Combination of classroom and practical training- From learning about the functions of a car to a hands-on experience on a highway, it is very important for a new driver to go through different experiences. Find out how many hours will the students be required to log for classroom training and driving the car.
6. Pass rates- Ask them how many pupils pass the driving test and get the license at the end of the course. Ask them to show you some valid reports. If the pass rate is higher, it shows they have an expertise in giving driving lessons.
Remember, your focus is to become a good driver through good instruction and not get a driving license as soon as possible.