Choosing The Right Driving Instructor For You by:Rob Laird - RPL Driving
With the new year and summer in the distance, many people start to think about learning to drive. If you can't get a recommendation from a friend, the internet and phone books are normally the next in line
But, how do you choose a driving instructor who is fully qualified?
Firstly, they will have a certificate/badge displayed on the front windscreen of their tuition vehicle (this is a legal requirement, not doing it while charging for driving lessons is illegal). It will either be a green octagon if the instructor is fully qualified, or a red triangle if the person is a trainee instructor (valid for 6 months). Trainee driving instructors are not always worse, but they haven't completed their full training, and if their licence runs out, they can no longer by paid for teaching.
All registered driving instructors have to undergo rigorous training and examinations , they are also Criminal Records Bureau checked at the enhanced level to ensure the safety of you the pupil. Fully qualified ADIs ( approved driving instructors ) have regular checks by the Driving Standards Agency to ensure their level of instruction is up to the required standard. Unregistered illegal instructors do not have any of this.
Don't be afraid to ask about your instructor qualifications, if they're genuine, they will be more than happy to provide you with the information you require. If you are still not sure, the DSA have a database of all registered instructors, so a phone call should clear it up.
Also, don't be afraid to change instructors if you don't feel happy. Learning to drive should be enjoyable and relaxed, if your instructor shouts or gets impatient with you, they're not being professional.
About the author
Rob Laird has been teaching people to drive since he set up his driver training business, RPL Driving, in 2006. As well as learner drivers, he teaches full licence holders, and will soon be helping the IAM with their training for the advanced driving test. For more information, and to book driving lessons in essex have a look at the RPL Driving School - Romford website